A $3 million gift from Avenir Foundation to Denver Art Museum for Textile Art

Denver Art Museum, Department of Textile Art

Imperial Manchu Man’s Semiformal Court Robe with Twelve Symbols of Sovereignty.  China, Qing Dynasty:  1850-1875, Woven silk and metal thread tapestry.  Neusteter Textile Collection: Gift of James P. Grant and Betty Grant Austin, 1977.196

Imperial Manchu Man’s Semiformal Court Robe with Twelve Symbols of Sovereignty. China, Qing Dynasty:  1850-1875, Woven silk and metal thread tapestry. Neusteter Textile Collection, Denver Art Museum. Gift of James P. Grant and Betty Grant Austin, 1977.196

“A $3 million gift from Avenir Foundation, announced in January 2012, has transformed the department of textile art. The donation endowed the department, funding its staff and program in perpetuity.  It also supported the relocation and significant expansion of the textile art gallery, which opened on May 19, 2013, with its inaugural exhibition, Cover Story. In the adjacent innovative and interactive Nancy Lake Benson Thread Studio, visitors can learn about many aspects of textile art and also try their hand at different techniques, while the PreVIEW space, funded with help from the William H. Donner Foundation, provides a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes work that fuels our textile art exhibitions. The new textile art complex—these three areas plus storage for the majority of the department’s more than 5,000 objects—occupies more than 8,000 square feet on the 6th floor of the North Building. Spun: Adventures in Textile Art, a museum-wide series of textile-related exhibitions joins in the celebration.”

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