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Selected works currently on exhibit at Norwood on the Washdemoak B&B, Cambridge Narrows,

New Brunswick



1993    Masters of Fine Art, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia 

1982    Bachelor of Fine Art, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia

1977    Diploma, Fabrics Major, Sheridan College, School of Craft and Design, Mississauga, Ontario



July 2012 – Present.         Associate Professor Emerita (retired), Department of Art and Design,

                                              College of Design, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.A.

Aug. 2001 – June 2012   Assistant / Associate Professor, Department of Art and Design, College of Design,

                                              North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.A.

Aug. 1999 - spring 2001  Head of Textiles Studio, New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, Fredericton,                                                    New Brunswick, Canada

Aug. 1995 - May 1998     Coordinator, Fibres Programme, Studio Arts Department, Concordia University,                                                        Montreal, Quebec, Canada   



2022     Recognition, Perry Gallery, Art Gallery of Burlington, Ontario, Canada

2021      Vita Plume: Patterns & Portraits, UNB Arts Centre, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

2021      Commemoration: Woven Stories, Mary Black Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

2021      Remembrance Day: Fallen Soldiers: Canadian, NB Military History Museum, Base Gagetown,

                      New Brunswick, Canada

2019      Commemoration: Vita Plume, New Brunswick Museum, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada

2012 & 2014     Vita Plūme: Noaustie Stāsti (Woven Narratives), solo exhibitions, Madonas Museum of

                             History & Art, Madona & Aizkraukles History & Art Museum, Aizkraukle, Latvia

2013      Vita Plume: Doris Ulmann’s Appalachian Spirits, Traylor Galleries, Berea College, Kentucky, USA 

2012      In Response: Weaving by Ann Roth & Vita Plume, Gregg Museum, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

2011.      Fabrications, Anna Leonowens Gallery, NSCAD University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

2011       Narration, Two person exhibition, Materia, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

2006     Catharine Ellis & Vita Plume, two person exhibition, Grand Gallery, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

2002     Woven Works, solo exhibition, The Carnegie Building, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada

2002     Cultural Journeys, the Woven Work of Ramona Sakiestewa and Vita Plume, invitational exhibition, 

                      The Gallery of the College of Design, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina,                               U.S.A.

1997       Retaining....desire, two person exhibition with Buseje Bailey,  Observatoire 4, Montreal, Quebec,                                   Canada

1995      Traces of Translation, solo exhibition, Gallery Connexion, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

1992      Vita Plume: Weaving, Solo Exhibition,  Iisalmi Cultural Centre, Finland

1992      Starp svesumu un majam / From Away, travelling solo exhibition, Cesis Museum, Cesis;

                      Museum of Jekabpils, Jekabpils; Madona Museum of History & Art, Madona; Bauska Museum of                            Art, Bauska; Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada



2022    Refocus on Fibre Art, Sunbury Shores, Saint Andrews New Brunswick, Canada

2020    Fibre Art Network: Craft 2020: Reflections, UNB Art Centre, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

2018     Māksla nešķir, māksla vieno! (Art Unites!) Latvian Art Centre, Cēsis, Rīga, Latvia

2017     First/50 Alumni Exhibition, The Gallery, Sheridan College, Trafalgar Campus, Mississauga, Ontario,                                Canada

2016     Spectrum, Travelling exhibition, NB Crafts Council, Canada

2014    Changing Appalachia: Custom to Cutting Edge, Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, Portsmouth,                              Virginia, USA 

2013-14  Quiet Stories / Klusi Stāsti: Textile work by Inese Jakobi, Vita Plume, & Inese Birstins,

                      Latgale Museum of Culture and History; Krustpils Museum of Art; Rēzeknes Museum of History

                      and Art; Alūksnes Art School; Valka Museum of Art, Latvia

2013    Sorrows of War, Rust Hall, Memphis College of Art, Tennessee, USA

2012    Textiles Today, Redefining the Medium, Durango Arts Center, Colorado, USA

2010    Binary Fiction: Digital Weaving 2010, Eisentrager-Howard Gallery, Lincoln Nebraska, USA

2009 & 2010       Lieu de mémoire: Biennale du lin, Maison de la culture Marie-Uguay, Montreal, Quebec,                                         Canada & La Chevrotiere Mill, Deschambault-Grondines, Quebec, Canada

2008   Tattered Cultures: Mended Histories, curator: Mary Babcock, Academy Art Center, Honolulu, Hawaii,                    USA

2008   Weaving & Resist, curator: Catharine Ellis, Art Gallery, Hillsborough Community College,

                  Tampa, Florida, USA

2008   Facing South: Portraits by NC Artists, Green Hill Center for NC Art, Greensborough,

                  North Carolina, USA 

2007 - 2008   Materialize,  The Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Frederciton, NB; Gallery 360, Nepisiguit                                                 Centennial Museum & Cultural Centre; Saint Johns Art Center; Andrew & Laura McCain                                       Gallery, Florenceville; Owens Art Gallery, Sackville; Sunbury Shores Arts & Nature Centre,                                     Saint Andrews, Canada

2007   Textile Monuments, curator: Edie Carpenter, Green Hill Center for NC Art, Greensborough,

                  North Carolina, USA

2006   About Jacquard, invitational exhibition, Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles, Montreal,                                      Quebec, Canada

2006   Jacquard Weaving: Works by American Weavers, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Michigan, USA

2006   Explorations in Fibers, curator: Lisa Kriner, Doris Ulman Galleries, Berea College, Berea, Kentucky,                              USA

2005   Textile Catalysts: Shibori Shaping the 21st Century, International Juried exhibition, Tama Art University                      Museum, Tokyo, Japan

2005   Recursion: Material Expression of Zeros & Ones, curator: Carol LeBaron, Museum of Design, Atlanta,                         Georgia; George Caleb Bingham Gallery; University of Missouri, Columbia; Eastern Michigan                                University, USA

              Contemporary Crafts, National juried exhibition, Juror: Sandra Blain, ArtSpace Gallery, Raleigh, NC,                           USA- AWARD: Honourable Mention

2004   2nd European Textile & Fibre Art Triennial: Tradition and Innovation, Museum of Decorative Art, Riga,                         Latvia 

2004   Crafts National 38, Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, Zoller Gallery, Pennsylvania State                                   University, Pennsylvania, USA

              Spotlight 2003, American Craft Council annual juried exhibition, Juror: Kenneth Tripp, Blue Spiral 1                            Gallery, Asheville, North Carolina, USA

2003  Cross section: Material and Process, Slocumb Gallery, East Tennessee University, Johnson City,                                    Tennessee, USA

2000  Looking Forward, Ontario Crafts Council, National Trade Centre, Toronto, Ontario and  other

                    venues in Canada

2000  Des champs textiles,  curated exhibition, Le Centre des Arts contemporains du Quebec a Montreal,                             Quebec, Canada

1994   Eau infinité des possibles, curated exhibition, Galerie Occurence, Le Vieux-Port, Montreal, Quebec,                            Canada

1994   Langues, torsions et noeuds, La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

1993   7th Montreal Biennial of Tapestry, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

1992   Speaking in Tongues: Ethnic Influences in Contemporary Tapestry & Fiber Art, Centre for

                   Tapestry Arts, New York, New York, USA

1992   Political Textiles,  Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

1991    Tekstil - 91, Latvian & Norwegian textile artists, Kristiansand, Norway

1990   International Exhibition of Latvian Art,/Vispasaules latviesu makslas izstade,  Museum of Decorative Art,                     Riga, Latvia

1989  5th Exhibition of Latvian Fibre Art, juried exhibition, Peter's Church, Riga, Latvia

1988  2 Cities / 2 Countries - Lublin/Halifax Exchange, curated exhibition, Biuro Wystaw Artystycznych,                              Galeria Labirynt, Lublin, Poland and The Centre for Art Tapes and Eye Level Gallery, Halifax,

                  Nova Scotia, Canada

1988   Out of Canada, curated exhibition, International Gallery, San Diego, California

1987   Latvian Artists from Four Continents, curated exhibition, Gallery of Foreign Art, Riga, Latvia, USSR



Artist Presentations: Lakeshore Weaver’s Guild, Pointe Claire, Quebec; Burlington Weavers Guild, Burlington, Ontario; NY Textile Study Group, New York; Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia; Nova Scotia College of Art & Design (NSCAD), Halifax, Nova Scotia; Baltic Artists Association, Montreal, Quebec; Latvian Craft Guild, Toronto Latvian Center, Toronto; Fondazione Lisio Arte della Seta, Florence, Italy; School of the Art Institute, Chicago, Fibers Department, Chicago, Illinois; Triangle Weavers, Chapel Hill, North Carolina; New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, Fredericton, New Brunswick; School of Human Ecology, University of Madison, Madison, Wisconsin; Haywood Community College, Clyde, North Carolina; School of Fine Arts, East Carolina State University, North Carolina; Department of Art & Design, East Tennessee State University; University of Kansas, Lawrence Kansas, SOFA Chicago; College Art Association Conference, Los Angeles, California; Textile Society of America, 10th Biennial Symposium;  Centre for Contemporary Textiles, Montreal, Quebec;  Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia; School of Textiles and Materials, Philadelphia University, Philadelphia; SECAC & Tri State Sculptors Conference, Raleigh, North Caroline; The 7th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference of the Women’ Studies Program, Valdosta State University, Georgia




Lakeshore Weavers Guild, Pointe Claire Quebec; Sunbury Shores, Saint Andrews, New Brunswick; Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia; Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Deer Isle, Maine; East Carolina State University, North Carolina; Prague Institute, North Carolina State University, The Czech Republic; Asheville Weavers Guild, Asheville, North Carolina; New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, Fredericton, New Brunswick; The Penland School of Crafts, Penland, North Carolina; Triangle Weavers, Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Haywood Community College, Clyde, North Carolina; University of Madison in Wisconsin; American Center of the University of Maine in Orono




2012                   Wake Country Project Grant, Raleigh, North Carolina 

2010 - 2011      North Carolina Arts Fellowship 

2010                  Faculty Research and Professional Development Award (collaboration with Jan Ru Wan),

                            North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina

2006 - 2007  Canada Council for the Arts – Creations B Grant 

2001                  Creation Grant, N.B. Arts Board

2000                Travel Grant, N.B. Arts Board

1997                  Canada Council Short Term Grant

1996, 1992, 1990, 1989      Canada Council  - Travel Grants  

1992                  Joseph Beuys Scholarship, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design




Sept. 2019                               John Willard Fibre Arts Residency, Burlington Cultural Centre, Burlington Ontario

June 2004 & 2005              String Fever Gallery Artist Residency, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada 

Sept. 1999 - March 2000   Artist in Residence, N.B. College of Craft & Design, Fredericton,

                                                        New Brunswick., Canada

Sept. 1993 - May 1994         Artist in Residence,  Department of Studio Arts,  Fibres Programme,  

                                                   Concordia University,  Montreal,  Quebec, Canada

Winter 1991                             Neo-Mythic Art Making, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Alberta, Canada

Fall 1990                                  Norwegian / Latvian Textile Symposium, Riga, Latvia

Summer 1990                         Summer Residency on Border Cultures, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff,

                                                   Alberta, Canada

Fall 1989                                  3rd International Fibre Symposium, Riga '89, Latvia




Canada: University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick; Nova Scotia Art Bank;

                Latvian Cultural Centre, Toronto

USA:     Berea College, Kentucky; North Carolina State University, College of Design, Raleigh, North Carolina

Latvia:    Museum of Decorative Art, Riga; Aizkraukles Vēstures & Mākslas Muzejs  (Museum of History & Art),                  Aizkraukle; Latvian Art Centre, Cēsis, Latvia

Private collections




2013 - present    Director, Preservation and Interpretation & Weaving Consultant, Queens County Heritage,                                    Gagetown, New Brunswick 

2021                     Juror, Quilt Grand National, Fibre Exhibition,  Canada

2019 - 2020     Past President, Textile Society of America:

2016 - 2018       President, Textile Society of America

2014 - 2016       Incoming President,  Textile Society of America

2014                    Juror, Canada Council for the Arts, Crafts Jury

2014                    Juror, ArtsNB, Craft

1998 - 1999       Member of the Board, Gallery Connexion, Fredericton, New Brunswick

1996 - 1998       Member of the Board, Centre des métiers d'art en construction textile, Montreal, Quebec

1996                    Jury Member, Selection of Scholarship recipients, Ontario College of Art and Design,

                             Toronto, Ontario

1995                    Jury Member, Canada Council, Explorations Grant

1990                    Canada Council B Grant Jury Member

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