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Ruth Tabancay

Lia Cook Jacquard Residency

Last updated on Mar 23, 2023

In 2013 the Textiles Program created the Lia Cook Jacquard Residency to support CCA alumni in the production of experimental and innovative work using the jacquard loom as their primary tool. It was named in honor of internationally known artist, weaver, and long-time CCA Textiles faculty member Lia Cook.

During this invitational three-week residency, selected artists weave on the TC-2 looms located in the Textiles Program’s weaving studio and engage in both informal and formal conversation with students in a critical dialogue around contemporary textile practices through a public lecture, studio visits, critiques, and/or demonstrations.


Kira Dominguez Hultgren (MFA/MA 2019) was the seventh annual Lia Cook Jacquard artist in residence. Dominguez Hultgren’s research interests include material and embodied rhetorics, decolonizing material culture, and analyzing textiles as a performative critique against the visual.

Dominguez Hultgren earned her BA in Comparative Literature from Princeton University in 2012 and an MFA in Fine Arts and MA in Visual and Critical Studies from CCA 2019. She is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Fiber and Material Studies program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Indira Allegra (BFA 2015) was the sixth annual Lia Cook Jacquard artist in the residence. She works with tension as creative material to investigate themes of haunting and memorial. Allegra is active in a range of fields including sculpture, performance, writing and installation.

Indira has been a visiting artist at Southern Denmark University, and Mills College and is a former Tag Lecturer at East Carolina University and Shelly Osborne visiting artist at UC Berkeley.

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Danielle Andress (MFA 217) was the fifth annual recipient of the Lia Cook Jacquard Residency. In her vibrantly boisterous hand woven work, Andress explores the relationship between textiles, narrative, and nostalgic artifact.

Andress earned her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2008, and her MFA from CCA in 2017. She is a founding member of the Borderline Art Collective.

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Ruth Tabancay (BFA 2000) has been selected as the fourth annual Lia Cook Jacquard artist in the residence.

As a former physician, Tabancay’s interdisciplinary work ranges from weaving to embroidery to cast sugar, and at times draws inspiration from molecular science.

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Tali Weinberg (MFA 2013) was the third annual Lia Cook Jacquard artist in residence.

She works between text and textiles. Her current project investigates the California drought as data and lived experience. She is the executive director of the Textile Society of America.She also holds an MA and BA from New York University.

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Johanna Friedman (MFA 2012) was the second artist to participate in fall 2014.

Friedman is a Swedish artist working with photographic imagery and textile techniques, incorporating both video and performance.

She earned her BFA from Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm and an MFA from California College of the Arts in 2012.

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Kate Nartker (MFA 2012) was the first artist in residence (established in the spring of 2014).

Nartker works between animation and textiles to disassemble images, narrative, and material structures.

She is a lecturer in the Art Department at San Francisco State University and is represented by Jack Fischer Gallery.

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Image artist credit: Ruth Tabancay