Honoring artists and advocates for a lifetime dedication to fiber art and Textile Center

As we celebrate Textile Center’s 25th Anniversary, it’s time to bring back the Spun Gold Awards. Established in 1999, the Spun Gold Awards honor artists and advocates for lifetime dedication to fiber art and Textile Center.


The criteria for the awards are:

  • Years of experience
  • Innovation
  • Contribution to the greater community
  • Recognition by peers
  • Preeminence
  • Excellence in the field

Nominations for the 2020 Spun Gold Awards open Thursday, September 5, 2019, and the deadline is Wednesday, September 25, 2019. The Spun Gold recipients will be announced at our 25th Anniversary Gala on October 21, 2019, and they will be honored at a special event at Textile Center in February 2020. Honorees will be selected by a review panel.

Past Spun Gold Award Winners

Paul O’Connor – Weaver
Ellen Wells – Textile Art International Gallery Owner
Elsa Sreenivasam – Artist & Teacher
Margot Siegel – Fashion Reporter

Helen Kelly – Quilter
LaVern Bell – Sewer & Teacher
Homa Amir-Fazli – Teacher

Charlene Burningham – Beader, Weaver, Quilter & Teacher

Gladys Raschka – Quilter

Lila Nelson – Weaver

Walter Nottingham – Teacher
Ruth Waukazo – Beader & Teacher

Gini Corrick – Surface Design & Clothing Design

LaVonne Horner – Quilter
Marliss Jensen – Master Dyer & Surface Design
Lotus Stack – MIA Textile Curator
Nancy MacKenzie – Artwear & 3D Sculpture

Anna Smits – Weaver & Teacher
Wilma Gary – Quilter
Thelma Buckner – Quilter

Donna Pauley – Needleworker
Joan Skalbeck – Dyer
Karen Searle – Knitter, Teacher & Publisher

Norma Kenny – Quilter
Mary Temple – Weaver & Teacher

Marj Ford Sethna – Weaver

Susan Stein – Quilter
Diane Fitzgerald – Beader

Paula Pfaff – Weaver
Margaret Miller – Weaver & Founding Textile Center Executive Director

Becka Rahn – Surface Design & Teacher

2020 Textile Center Spun Gold Award Nomination Form

Please answer the following information about yourself – the Nominator.

Please answer the following information about the Nominee.

You are welcome to include documents or images to support your nomination, such as press clippings such as features or reviews, images of art, work written by nominee, etc. (3 document max)


Questions? Please contact Karl Reichert at kreichert@textilecentermn.org.