A Stitched-Up Life: Presenting the Work of Dr. Mary Ruth Smith

Photo of Dr. Mary Ruth Smith and a banner announcing the presentation

Dr. Mary Ruth Smith headed the Fabric Design concentration in Baylor's Department of Art and Art History for 27 years, retiring in 2020. This exhibition presents a retrospective of her life's work in fiber and textile art.

Dr. Smith cites "anything and everything" as inspiration for her art, and that penchant for experimentation shines through in this carefully curated exhibit of her skill with a needle. Her mostly hand-stitched creations often focus on pattern, with the resulting pieces showcasing surprising forms, color combinations, and visual flourishes.

A Stitched-Up Life Video Interview with Dr. Mary Ruth Smith

On August 10, 2021, members of the Crosshatch Galleries Committee interviewed Dr. Smith about her career, her inspirations, and her techniques. The interview is presented below, complete with a Q&A with committee members.

"A Stitched-Up Life" is on exhibit in the Jones Crosshatch Gallery through 2021.

Photo of Crosshatch Gallery Wall
Photo of hanging quilt from the exhibit
Detailed photo of a quilt in the collection