The Innovations in Textiles STL collaborative dates back to 1994, when Craft Alliance, COCA, Art Saint Louis, Saint Louis Art Museum and Duane Reed Gallery created a joint event celebrating contemporary fiber art. There are now 48 regional partners participating in what is the largest art collaborative in metropolitan St. Louis.
Four years ago, Program Coordinator Anne Murphy, along with Robin Hirsch-Steinhoff of Art Saint Louis, re-visioned the original biennial schedule into an every-four-year schedule, so as to involve more art organizations and institutions over an extended time period.
Contemporary fiber art has evolved, from traditional ideas and the making of utilitarian objects, into innovative expressions that confront contemporary issues and values. The collaborative exhibitions, events, workshops and programs address contemporary fiber art from what could be called the cutting edge.