visual arts program

2019 Hallie Ford Fellow

Niraja Cheryl Lorenz


(Left to Right) "Strange Attractor #16," 2016. Hand-dyed and commercial solid-colored cotton, machine pieced, long arm quilted by Susan Miner, 82 x 82 in. "Black Hole," 2019. Hand-dyed solid colored cotton and commercial batik, fabric and strip piecing by Anne Parke, designed, pieced and quilted by the artist, 37 x 37 in

The daughter of an artist and a scientist, Niraja Cheryl Lorenz began weaving as a teenager.

Niraja Cheryl Lorenz was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1953. After high school, with a table loom and a foot locker of yarn, she explored the U.S. in her VW van visiting national parks and wilderness areas. Later she studied biology and earned a PhD in Human Experimental Psychology from Cornell University. She began quilting in 1995 and first studied with Nancy Crow in 2007. After twenty years as a research psychologist she is now a full-time artist. Lorenz’s quilts have been shown throughout North America, as well as internationally. She has won numerous awards including Best of Show, Design Excellence, and Creative Artistry.



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