Artist Statement:

When one thinks of Fiber Art/ Rug Hooking what comes to mind is
“Women’s Work.”  Rooted in feminism, all the pieces I am
currently creating, look at women and the issues and events that
challenge their lives.  In this “women's series,” you will always
find a woman, and a word, phrase, or symbol that will express my
feelings about a particular experience. Having words and symbols
in my pieces is symbolic of my desire for women to always have
their own voice.  What each piece decides to “say” and at what
point in my life, is part of the creative process that never ceases to
amaze me.  This place, of being “in the flow” and letting the
creative process take over, is a place of true bliss.  As an artist, I
look at each piece that I create, as a segment of my thought
process, at that time.
Created from recycled clothing from friends and family, I noticed early on, that I started
to add other elements to my pieces, such as ribbon, buttons, yarn, felting, and
machine/hand embroidery so that each piece would have to be hung on the wall and
not placed on the floor and “walked on” as rugs traditionally are.

My art is about capturing my intuitive guidance and having the strength to follow its
direction, wherever it may lead, even when society may not feel comfortable with
some of the issues I raise. Being in touch with the energy that flows around us all, it is
my intent that when my art is viewed it will elicit an emotional response in the viewer
.
Grants /Fellowships/Awards

The Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts Honorable Mention 2016
Puffin Foundation LTD.  2013
Fantastic Fiber Honorable Mention 2012
Pushing the Limits Juror's  Choice 2012
Northeast Regional Juried Contemporary Fiber Exhibition 2nd Place 2011
New Jersey Council on the Arts Fellows Award 2009
TIGHR Founders Cup Award 2009-2012
Puffin Foundation LTD.  2008
Puffin Foundation LTD.  2004

Selected Exhibitions

2017
New Jersey Arts Annual: Special Edition New Jersey State Museum Trenton New Jersey
When Language Meets Art The Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, Lubbock, Texas
Exploring the Tarot Hooked Rug Museum of North America Nova Scotia, Canada  

2016
Seoul Chojun Museum of Quilting Seoul, Korea
Korea Bojagi Forum Suwon Park Museum of Art Suwon, South Korea
By A Thread Ridgefield Guild of Artists Ridgefield, CT
Exploring the Tarot T.W. Wood Art Gallery Montpelier, VT

2015
Accessorize - the Person and the Place Morris Museum Morristown, NJ
Square Narthex Gallery, NYC, NY

2014
United Nations Commission on the Status of Women; United Nations, NYC, New York
Hooked Art The Gallery University of CT. Stamford, CT.   
Fantastic Fiber Yeiser Art Center Paducah, KY   
New Jersey Arts Annual: Currents in the Contemporary Crafts  The Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton College, AC, NJ

2013
The Sky's the Limit Strathalbyn Council Library Strathalbyn, Australia

2012
New Jersey Council of the Arts Visual Art Fellowship Awards Exhibition Noyes Museum Oceanville, NJ
Fantastic Fiber Yeiser Art Center Paducah, KY   juried exhibit
Momentum Gallery 825 Los Angeles CA  juried exhibit
9x9x3: Salon des Refuses Hudson Gallery NYC, New York
Beyond Rugs Farnsworth Art Museum Rockland, ME  

2011
REjuvenate: Recycled Materials as The New Medium  Barron Art Center Woodbridge NJ Two Person Exhibit
Northeast Regional Juried Contemporary Fiber Exhibition Rochester Contemporary Art Center Rochester, NY
Crime Story Art Guild of New Jersey, Rahway NJ,
Response Sauder Village Sauder Ohio Curator/Exhibitor
Perfect Fit: Shoes that Tell a Story Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID  
Perfect Fit: Shoes that Tell a Story Kimball Art Center, Park City, UT  
Perfect Fit: Shoes that Tell a Story Albany Institute of History & Art, Albany, New York

2010
Perfect that Tell a Story t Fit Shoes The Nicolaysen Museum Casper, Wyoming  
Nature vs. Nurture Broadway Gallery NYC, NY
The Proverbial Proverb Southampton Historical Museum Southampton, NY
Tide Pool Project Alaska Wildlife Refuge Kodiak Island, Alaska
Baby Doll Art Guild of New Jersey, Rahway NJ
Hooked on New Jersey Barron Art Center, Woodbridge, NJ Curator /Exhibitor

2009
Stripes Mikimoto Ginza Tokyo Japan  Curator/Exhibitor,
Perfect Fit: Shoes that Tell a Story Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA  
Economies of Scale Phoenix Gallery, NYC, NY
Out of the Loop Innovations in Hooking Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield, CT  
Stripes Carnegie Center for Art & History New Albany, IN  Curator/Exhibitor

2008
Tribal Arts in the Garden State  Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ  

2007  
Sleight of Hands The Slater Museum, Norwich CT

2006  
Folks in Fiber The Cahoon Museum of American Art, Cotuit, MA
Bernina Challenge, Bernina of America, Aurora, IL  
Trashformation East Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, Pa
Trashformation East Copia Museum, Napa, California  
One Loop at a Time Morgan Arts Council Ice House Gallery, Berkley Springs, WV  

2005  
Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture Japan/America Rug Exhibit Promenade Gallery Meiji
Seimei, Nishi-Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Japan
Circa Craft 2005 Jersey City Museum, Jersey City NJ
Trashformations Fuller Museum of Art, Brockton, MA  
The Elements: Creative Energy Hunterdon Museum, Clinton, NJ  

2004  
Cache: New Horizons in Crafts New Jersey Arts Annual Noyes Museum Oceanville, NJ
Underfoot, Contemporary Hooked Rugs The Art Complex, Duxbury, MA  
Contemporary American Rug Makers The Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio  

2003  
The Healing Power of Art Manhattan Arts International, NYC, NY  
In Memoriam – September 11th Barron Art Center, Woodbridge, NJ  

2002  
A Passion for the Creative Life Poplar Hill Mansion, Salisbury, MD  

2001  
Fantastic Fiber Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, Kentucky
Tell me a Story – Chapter 1 The Cahoon Museum of American Art, Cotuit, Ma
Japan/American Rug Exhibit Tokyo Electric Power Co. Ginza , Tokyo, Japan  

2000  
Japan/American Rug Exhibit MetLife Building, NYC, NY
New Jersey Arts Annual Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ juried exhibit

1999  
Fiberarts International ’99 Pittsburgh, PA  
Expression of Individual Spirit Toucan Gallery, Billings, MT  

1998  
Remembering When-Rug Hookers Reminisce Wenham Museum, Wenham MA  

Selected Publications

Women Artists Consider Our World, United Nations Video 2015 - 2016
Korea Bojagi Forum - The Living Traditions 2016
Fiber Art Now Magazine Spring 2016
Square 2015
Accessorize: The Person and the Place 2015
Out and About 2015 Morris Museum NJ Arts Annual
Hooked Art 2014
Honoring Women's Rights: Echoing Visual Voices Together 2013
Momentum 2012
Hooked Rug Portraits by Anne Marie Littenberg, 2011
Rug Hooking Magazine 2011
Fiberarts Magazine April/May 2009
American Craft Magazine April/May 2009
A Complete Guide to Collecting Rugs: Uncovering The Secrets, by Jessie Turbayne  Schiffer Publishing
Cache: New Horizons in Crafts New Jersey Arts Annual
A Celebration of Hand Hooked Rugs XIII, published by Stackpole Books
A Passion for the Creative Life: Textiles that lift the Spirit, by Mary Sheppard Burton
Jubilee 2000, Calendar, published by Saint Vincent Hospital,
Fiberarts Design Book Six, edited by Nancy Orban, published by Lark Books
A Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs VIII, published by Stackpole Books
Hooked Rug Treasures, by Jessie Turbayne, published by Schiffer Publishing
A Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs VII,  published by Stackpole Books,100% Pure Virgin Wool

Curator/Juror/Boards

Rug Hooking Magazine Executive Editorial Board 2012 - Present
Curator
iView  Analysis International fiber exhibit 2012 -2014
Curator
Response  Fiber Exhibit 2011
Co- Curator
Hooked on NJ  Fiber Exhibit 2010
Curator  
Art Rugs: The Art of Playing Cards International fiber exhibit 2004 - 2009
Curator American Side of
Hooked Rug Exhibit III Stripes International fiber exhibit 2008-2009
Juror
Barron Art Center Members Show 2004
Judge for the juried book, Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs X, 2000, published by Stackpole Books.
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Author of

Contemporary Hooked Rugs: Themes and Memories  Schiffer Publishing
Modern Hooked Rugs: Inspirational Series  Schiffer Publishing
Art Rugs: The "Art" of Playing Cards
Linda Rae Coughlin
Recycled Textile Hooking and Stitching