The Language of Looms — Weaving Human Tapestry presents works by Brooklyn-based artist Cynthia Alberto at the Tremaine Art Gallery at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn., from April 15 through June 7, 2023. The show features an assortment of weavings, techniques, and materials, as well as showcases the variety of looms that the artist uses in the creation of her work.  It will grow to include pieces woven in collaboration with Hotchkiss School students during the artist’s one- week residency. The Tremaine Art Gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. It is closed on Monday.

About the Artist

An artist, designer, and founder of the Brooklyn-based Weaving and Healing arts studio Weaving Hand, Cynthia Alberto seeks to bridge traditional and contemporary weaving techniques, drawing inspiration from ancient communities of Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Her artwork, performances, and public weaving projects honor traditional and artisanal techniques while also incorporating unconventional materials and a zero-waste philosophy. Throughout her artwork and teaching, Alberto continuously explores the many intersections between weaving and healing, as well as craft and sustainability.

Inspired by her studio practice and teaching, Cynthia Alberto continuously explores diverse relationships between weaving, healing, inclusive art, craft, and sustainability.  In 2014 at Weaving Hand, Alberto developed “Weaving Together”:  a series of ongoing collaborative weaving events that focus on healing the community and creating interpersonal relationships through the act of weaving together. Members of different communities are invited to bring recycled materials to weave alongside their neighbors. “Weaving Together” events were held at the Museum of Arts and Design, Cooper Hewitt, Barnard College, Pratt Institute,  Earth Day Initiative, Pioneer Works, Queens Museum, Ace Hotel, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and Bldg 92 ­Brooklyn Navy Yard. 

Cynthia Alberto is also a recipient of the Dan River Weaving Award (1998);  Peters Valley Craft Center Art Educator Scholarship (2008); The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2009); Museum of Arts and Design – Open Studio Artist Residency (2008 & 2018); and has been the artist-in-residence at the Ace Hotel (2015 – 2016), Hunterdon Museum (2020), Hancock Shaker Village (2021),  and Artshack Brooklyn (2021). Since 2009, Alberto has been a Resident Artist at League Artists Natural Design, a studio and gallery in Brooklyn, NY that features work by adult artists living with disabilities.  

Cynthia Alberto was featured in the Cooper Hewitt Design Dictionary (2014), where she demonstrates the process of weaving.  She has conducted lectures and workshops at the Queens Museum of Art (NY), Tyler School of Art, Pratt Institute, Fashion Institute of Technology, Brooklyn Fashion and Design Accelerator (BFDA), Sheridan College Textiles Department, and Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts and Culture.  

Cynthia Alberto is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology with a B.F.A. in textile surface design and exhibits her work worldwide.

The Language of Looms — Weaving Human Tapestry

April 15 – June 7, 2023

Contact: Terri Moore, Gallery Director

About the Tremaine Art Gallery
The Tremaine Art Gallery is a museum-quality exhibition space located in Hotchkiss’s main academic building. With education at the heart of its mission, the gallery hosts five shows a year. Featured artists attend the opening reception, present gallery talks, and guest-teach classes, giving students an opportunity to work with accomplished, working artists.

General Information
Tremaine Art Gallery, The Hotchkiss School
11 Interlaken Road, Lakeville, CT 06039

Current Hours: Tuesday–Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday: noon – 4 p.m.  Monday: closed.

Tremaine Art Gallery exhibitions are free and open to the public.

COVID-19 Protocols
All visitors to the gallery must be vaccinated; masks are optional. Eating or drinking is not permitted inside the gallery.