bio
artist statement

One of my favorite activities when visiting a new city is to scour the antique shops for embroidery. I collect mainly flowers and foliage but am especially drawn to the animals that are meant to be cute but instead come off with a sinister snarkiness. There’s a sadness to antique shops, and for me, especially in the embroidery - the many hours that were devoted to stitching these now discarded treasures. I like to think that in using these found bits and pieces in my work, I’m giving them a new life, a way to be precious once more.

And I’m fascinated by how memory works. Why do some scenes and stories stick and others are only vaguely available to me? Why are some of my most recurring memories so emotionally charged while others are thoroughly mundane. I’ve found that in recreating these moments in my work, they change in how I hold them in my mind. My hope is that if the image I’ve created feels true, it will transmute for the viewer, evoke a recognition in them. Our anxieties, insecurities, joys and pains are oddly common.

‘Is it autobiography if parts of it are not true? Is it fiction if parts of it are?’---Lynda Barry

I love to create images that at first appear whimsical or vibrantly happy but on closer inspection are not quite so. Sometimes it’s a malicious undertone to the relationships, or a lack of self-control on the part of the characters, or maybe an otherworldlyness hidden in the everyday. I like how this subtext works against the comfortable and innocuous medium of fabric and stitching.

solo exhibitions

2016
Vantage Point
Lawrence Arts Center
Lawrence, KS
visit the exhibition website
• see the work exhibited •

Summer Invitational
Sherry Leedy contemporary
Kansas City, MO
visit the exhibition website
links to the work included in this exhibition:
CampLimerick

2015
Vantage Point
Yellowstone Art Museum
Billings, MT
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Vantage Point
Dr. Ruth Tam Lim Project Room
Mesa Art Center, Mesa, AZ

visit the Mesa Art Center website
• see the work exhibited •

2013
Camp
Tart Gallery, Bozeman, MT
see pictures from the Tart exhibition

Maggy Rozycki Hiltner: Familiar Faces
Gallery of Visual Arts, University of Montana, Missoula, MT
visit the Univeristy of Montana exhibit website

2011
Summer Providence
Tart Gallery, Bozeman, MT
visit the Tart exhibition website

2010
Cruel Truths / Kind Lies
Toucan Gallery, Billings, MT

2009
Maggy Rozycki Hiltner: Familiar Faces
Tinlark Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
See photos and work from the Familiar Faces exhibition

2008
The Seditious Stitch, Maggy Rozycki Hiltner
The Center, Hailey, ID

2007
One Way Or The Other
Steckline Gallery, Newman University, Wichita, KS

2005
Maggy Rozycki Hiltner
Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI

Sweet and Strange Narratives
Earle Wright Gallery, Cowley College, Arkansas City, KS

2004
Domestic Plastic
Friendship Gallery, McPherson College, McPherson, KS

Subversive Stitches
Western Illinois University Art Gallery, Macomb, IL

2003
Domestic Plastic
Steckline Gallery, Newman University, Wichita, KS

2002
Maggy Rozycki Hiltner
Trish Higgins Fine Art, Wichita, KS

2001
Nine-Patch
Clayton Staples Gallery, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS

1999
Mixed Media Textiles
The Wellness Center, Billings, MT

1998
Few, Some, Many: Stitched Imagery and Sculpture
Northwest Gallery, Powell, WY

1997
Symbols and Vestments
Westcott Community Center, Syracuse, NY

 

selected exhibitions

2017
txt me
Alice C. Sabatini Art Gallery,
Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
Topeka, KS
see the work included in the exhibition

2016
Social Justice: It Happens to One, It Happens to All
St. Mary's College Museum of Art
Morago, CA
visit the exhibition website
view the exhibition catalog
see the piece included in the exhibition

Breaking Bread
Stapleton Gallery
Billings, MT
November 10, 2016 to January 3, 2017
visit the exhibition website
see the pieces included in the exhibition:
BottledStrawberry Girls

Uncommon Threads: a Celebration of Fiber Arts
Bigfork Art & Cultural Center
Big Fork, MT

Fool's Paradise
Turman Larison contemporary, Helena, MT
visit the Turman Larison website

Complex: the Art in Mixed Media
Embroiderer’s Guild of America Headquarters, Louisville, KY
links to the work included in this exhibition:
Gas MoneyBeginners LuckLawn Party

Notions: New Work by Maggy Rozycki Hiltner & Shalene Valenzuela
tart Gallery, Bozeman, MT
visit the tart Gallery website

Extreme Fibers: Textile Icons and New Edge
The Dennos Museum Center, Traverse City, MI
visit the Dennos Museum Center website
view the exhibition catalog

2015
Extreme Fibers: Textile Icons and the New Edge
Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI
visit the Muskegon Museum of Art website
view the exhibition catalog

Visaural: Sight, Sound and Action
Nave Gallery, Sommerville, MA
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view the exhibition catalog

re:MEMBERS
Kansas City Artists Coalition, Kansas City, MO
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• see the work exhibited •

A Common Thread: Stitching and Embroidery
San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, San Jose, CA
visit the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles website

2014
Quilt Visions Biennial 2014
Vision Arts Museum, San Diego, CA
visit the Vision Arts Museum website
see work included in the exhibition

Art We Use
Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, OH
visit the Dairy Barn Arts Center website
see work included in the exhibition

Focus: Fiber 2014
Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA
visit the Erie Art Museum website
buy the catalog for this exhibition

2013
20th Annual Art Auction
Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT

Art Auction 45
Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, MT

The Connective Thread: Wearable to Sculptural Fibers
Gandee Gallery, Fabius, NY
visit the Gandee Gallery website

Sweet Corn Suckers and Hot Honey Bears
David Hiltner and Maggy Rozycki Hiltner
Turman Larison, Helena, MT
visit the Turman Larison website

2012
BAM Biennial 2012: High Fiber Diet
Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA
visit the BAM Biennial page

DIAMOND LEAVES: Artist Books From Around the World
Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Beijing, China
visit the Central Academy of Fine Arts website

Love Letters
tart, Bozeman, MT
visit the tart Love Letters page

Material Matters
Peerless Gallery & Worksite, Omaha, NE
visit the Material Matters page
the Material Matters exhibition in Omaha's The Reader

In Stitches
Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, Loveladies, NJ
visit the LBI Foundation website

"And then..." Narratives by Pattie Chalmers, Gerit Grimm, and Maggy Rozycki Hiltner
Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL
visit the Lillstreet Art Center website
see the Lillstreet Art Center flags

2011
Rocky Mountain Textile Exhibition
Nicolaysen Museum, Casper, WY
visit the Nicolaysen Museum website

Green: the color and the cause
The Textile Museum, Washington, DC
The Textile Museum exhibition website
National Public Radio story
Washington Flyer article
Fashion and Earth blog

Play
Textile Arts Center, New York, NY
Textile Arts Center website

Girls Girls Girls
Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York, NY
Jenkins Johnson Gallery website
Rittenhouse Needlepoint blogspot
notes from art - chelsea website

2010
Mom
Turman Larison Contemporary, Helena, MT
Turman Larison Contemporary website

Stitch: Modern Embroidery
Haydon Art Center, Lincoln, NE
in conjunction with the Textile Society of America 12th Biennial Symposium -"Textiles and Settlement: From Plains Space to Cyber Space"


By Design: Threads
Custer County Art Center, Miles City, MT
Custer County Art Center exhibition website

Out of the Wild
Art Star, Philadelphia, PA
Art Star exhibition website

More Than Fiber: A Creative Approach to Material
Goggleworks Center for the Arts, Reading, PA
Googleworks exhibition website

2009
Generously Odd: Craft Now
Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY
Generously Odd exhibition website

Raised In Craftivity
Wignall Museum, Chaffey College, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Raised in Craftivity exhibition website

It's Just Like I Never Stopped Being There
My House Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

XX/4
FischHaus Studios, Wichita, KS

2008
Figuratively Speaking
Visions Art Quilt Gallery, San Diego, CA
Figuratively Speaking exhibition website

Red Dot Art Fair (w/Tinlark Gallery)
New York, NY

Time Flies
Tinlark Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2007
Traditional Skills, New Thinking
Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery, Suffolk, England

The Affair at the Jupiter Hotel (w/Tinlark Gallery)
Portland, OR

Raised in Craftivity
Greenlease Gallery, Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO

Modern Fables
Tinlark Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Gender Stitchery
Carleton College Art Gallery, Northfield, MN

Sugar Buzz
Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY

Pins and Needles: Maggy Rozycki Hiltner and Melissa Haviland
Lederer Gallery, SUNY Geneseo School of the Arts, Geneseo, NY

Back to the Fifties
Heidi Cho Gallery, New York, NY

2006
Embroidered Stories/Knitted Tales
Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA

Art In Textiles/ 3 Perspectives
shack up, Bozeman, MT

Summertime
Judy Saslow Gallery, Chicago, IL

Needle Culture
Coconino Center for the Arts, Flagstaff, AZ

New Embroidery
Contemporary Crafts Museum and Gallery, Portland, OR

Deconstruction and Reconstruction: The Family Experience
Museum of Fine Arts, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

2005
The Subversive Stitch
Reynolds Gallery, University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA

Extra/ordinary: fiber artists rethinking art…
The Cube at Beco, Kansas City, MO

Surfaced
Byron C. Cohen Gallery, Kansas City, MO

Constants & Variables
Lynn Foundation Gallery, Kansas City, MO

2004
Cross-Stitch: Craft Redefined
The Bank/Urban Culture Project, Kansas City, MO

River Market Regional Exhibition
Kansas City Artists Coalition, Kansas City, MO

New Directions in Fiber
CORE New Art Space, Denver, CO

2003
Scope Miami (w/ Byron Cohen Gallery)
Miami FL

Short Stories
Byron C. Cohen Gallery, Kansas City, MO

Fiber Focus 2003
Art Saint Louis, St. Louis, MO

Taking Shape: 10 Artists Reveal Their Processes
Salina Art Center, Salina , KS

2002
Gone Wrong CityArts, Wichita, KS
Fiber Arts 2002 Gallery 510, Decatur, IL
Small Expressions 2002 Pendulum Gallery Vancouver, BC, Canada

2001
Kansas Artist Craftsman Invitational Delmar Riney Gallery, Pratt, KS
Director’s Show 2001 CityArts, Wichita, KS
Fiber Directions 2001 Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, KS

2000
CRAFTFORMS 2000 Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA
Fiber & Textile Exhibit Crossman Gallery, UW-Whitewater, Whitewater, WI
Natürlich Trish Higgins Fine Art, Wichita, KS

1999
Small Works ACME Gallery, Wichita, KS
USA Craft Today 99 Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan, CT

1998
Arrowmont Summer Assistants Exhibition Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
Feats of Clay XI Lincoln Arts, Lincoln, CA
Seeing Red Hera Gallery, Wakefield, RI
Women, Art, Change Westcott Community Center, Syracuse, NY

1997
Hunger ArtSpace/Lima Center for the Visual Arts, Lima, OH
Monarch National Ceramic Competition Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts, Florence, AL

1996
Stitchery at Syracuse Central New York Embroidery Guild, Liverpool, NY
Inspired By Nature Thousand Islands Craft School, Clayton, NY
Healing Works Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL
Blueroom, Installation with Jenny Kanzler and Elise Kendrot The Drawing Room, Syracuse, NY

1995
White Swelling, Installation with Jenny Kanzler The Drawing Room, Syracuse, NY
Dimension Dementia Printmaking Council Gallery Somerville, NJ

 

publications / video

2016
Shirley Kay Wolfersperger. "Complex: The Art in Mixed Media"
Needlearts, Volume 47, Number 3, June 2016

2015
Colleen Harvey "The Hell of Persistent Pretending"
watch the video on Vimeo

Jaci Webb. "Billings, Red Lodge artists among state innovation award winners."
Billings Gazette, (Dec 21)

Jaci Webb. "Red Lodge artist Hiltner is new Artist-in Residence at YAM’s Visible Vault."
Billings Gazette, (Sept 10)
read the article

Kristi Niemeyer. "Congrats to..."
Montana Arts Council State of the Arts, (July/Aug 2015, p3)
see the .pdf

Melissa Campana. "Vantage Point."
Phoenix New Times, (Aug 13)
read the article

Nic Wiesinger. “Vantage Point at Mesa Arts Center.”
The Arts Beacon, June 19

Image. “Providence.”
Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot, (Issue 182, Spring 2015) p.51

2014
Special Series: Color Decoded: Stories That Span The Spectrum
National Public Radio (Oct 23)
hear the story

2013
Junko Yazaki, editor "Stitch Show."
BNN, Tokyo, Japan (July)
see the .pdf

Staff Writer "Two Fiber Art Exhibits at UM."
The Missoulan, (March 8)

Sharie Pyke "Art Auction 45...What artists say."
The Billings Outpost (Feb 28)

2012
Alexis M. Adams "Textile Twist."
Big Sky Journal, Bozeman, MT
see the .pdf

Sally Deskins "Well Crafted Collaboration."
The Reader, Omaha, (May 27)
to see the original article Brigitte Martin "essay by Jill Foote-Hutton."
Humor In Craft, Schiffer Publishing, (March)
to pre-order the book

2011
Alexis M. Adams "Maggy Rozycki Hiltner."
Yellowstone Valley Woman, (Dec/Jan) pp34-37
see the original article

Janet Koplos "The Meaning of Green."
American Craft, (Aug/Sep) pp26-27

Susan Stamberg "Celebrating Green: As Color, As Concept, As Cause."
NPR, (April 20)
see the original article

2010
"Fiber artist puts new spin on homespun."
Billings Gazette, (Feb. 12)
see the original article

2009
Ashley McLean Emenegger. "Season Openers." Editors' Picks
THE magazine, (Sept.)

Stacy Davies. "Macrame Made Hip."
Inland Empire Weekly, (Feb.)
see the original article

2008
Rachel Abrahamson. "Dreamweavers, The substance of textile arts."
Boise Weekly, (April 2)
Karen Bossick. "One Way or the Other - a unique look at nostalgia."
The Wood River Journal, (Feb. 19)
Laura Caruso. "Maggy Rozycki Hiltner at The Center, Hailey."
SunValleyonline, (Feb. 15)

2007
Martha Schwendener. "Sugar Buzz."
The New York Times, (May 11)
Prudence F. Roberts. "New Embroidery: Not Your Grandma's Doily."
Selvedge, Issue 14
Bean Gilsdorf. “New Embroidery: Not Your Grandma’s Doily.”
Fiberarts, (Jan./Feb.) p 60, 61
Caitlin Fawcett. "Pins and Needles Exhibit Integrates Dual Artistic Visions."
The Lamron, (Feb. 1)
Shirley Dawson. "Exhibit Looks At Women's Traditional Roles."
Rochester Demograt and Chronicle, (Jan. 28)

2006
Robert Taylor. “Yarn art gets a modern makeover at Bedford.”
ContraCostra Times, (Sept. 28)
Natasha Boas. “Modern Landscapes.”
domino, (September) pp 66 -69
Jessica Hemmings. “Child's Play.”
Embroidery, (March/April) p 16-19

2005
Liz Good. “Under the Surface.”
Fiberarts, (Sept/Oct) p 80
Theresa Bembnister. “Fiber exhibit tackles contemporary themes.”
The Kansas City Star, (July 1)
Rebecca Braverman. “Extra/Ordinary: Fiber Artists Rethinking Art and Everyday Life.”
The Pitch, (June 9)
Cover Image. “Summer Scouts.”
F5, (April 28) p 1
Blair Shulman. “Future Stitch.”
Review, (March) p 46

2004
Theresa Bembnister and Gina Kaufman. “Cross Stitch, Craft Medium Redefined.” The Pitch, (Nov. 5)
Robin Trafton. “Midwest Visions.”
The Kansas City Star, (July 30) p 31
Jonathan Hicks. “A Stitch in Time.”
The Western Courier, (April 8)
Fiberarts Design Book 7,
Asheville, NC: Lark Books, Spring 2004
Maria Buszek. “Riddles of the Self.”
Review, (Feb.) p 57

2003
Kate Hackman. “Pop culture inspires ‘Stories’ exhibit.”
The Kansas City Star, (Dec. 12) p 21
Chris Shull. “Maid in Wichita.”
The Wichita Eagle, (Jan. 24) p 24C
Nancy Hull. “The Process of Art.”
The Salina Journal, (Jan. 17) p 1,7D

2002
Staff Writer. “Maggy Rozycki Hiltner.”
Portfolio, American Craft, (Dec./Jan.) p 62

2001
Chris Shull. “A Stitch In Time.”
The Wichita Eagle, (Feb. 4) p 8D

2000
Victoria Donohoe. “Three area venues host national exhibits.”
Philadelphia Inquirer, (Dec. 31) p 1
Marie Fowler. “CraftForms 2000 honors local artists in Wayne.”
Arcade, (Dec. 7)

1999
Michael Carmichael. “The Road to Art.”
Veranda, (May-June) p 132

1998
Staff Writer. “Fiber Art on Display in Powell.”
The Billings Gazette, (Nov. 6) p 12D

1997
1997 Sally Vallongo. “Probing Hunger Through Art.”
The Blade: Toledo, Ohio, (Nov. 5) pp 37, 39

 

education
1997
BFA, Cum Laude, Sculpture, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

1998
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Studio Assistant, Fibers and Textile Design, Gatlinburg, TN

2007
Anderson Ranch, Color For Clay, Michael Corney and Jodi Guralnick, Snowmass Village, CO