Media Matters

The Exhibition

Artists choose the materials and processes they work with carefully. Painters use oils, acrylics, or watercolors for specific reasons, as artists in other media choose to work with wood, metal, textiles, clay, etc. to fully express their ideas with intention. This all-media show asked artists to exhibit artwork that best expresses why they use the media they do. Artwork may be about any theme or subject matter of the artists’ choosing.  The overall intent of this exhibition is to share innovative and exemplary works utilizing an array of processes and materials. 


Conjuring Book
19” X 7.5” X 5” H
carved basswood, paint

Tom Eckert received his M.F.A. degree from Arizona State University, with advanced study at California State University at Northridge.  He uses a wide variety of woodworking techniques in his sculptural pieces, including laminating, bending, carving, turning and painting.  Exhibited in over 150 national and international exhibitions since 1966, his work is shown throughout the United States and the Netherlands, and was part of the Craft in America traveling exhibition.  Solo exhibitions include Scottsdale Center for the Arts (AZ), Tempe Center for the Arts (AZ), Himovitz Miller Gallery (CA), West Valley Art Museum (AZ), Gallery Materia/The Hand and the Spirit Gallery (AZ) and Lois Lambert Gallery (CA), Mesa Arts Center – two person (AZ).  Numerous publications include Studio Furniture, American Craft, Art Space, and Fine Woodworking.  His many commissions include McDonald’s Corporation, OSI Industries, Arizona Governor's Award, and Apple Computer Inc. His work is included in many private and public collections including Los Angeles County Art Museum (CA), Racine Art Museum (WI), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MA), Museum of Arts & Design (New York), Albuquerque Museum (NM), Sheldon Museum of Art (NE), Tweed Museum of Art (MN), El Paso Museum of Art (TX), Tucson Museum of Art (AZ), Coconino Center for the Arts (AZ), Yuma Fine Arts Center (AZ). He received a Visual Arts Fellowship from the Arizona Commission on the Arts twice and was awarded WESTAF/NEA grants in 1993 and 1989.  An interview transcript is available on-line through the Smithsonian Audio Archives, Washington, D.C.

This exhibition is in conjunction with Innovations in Textiles 10, a regional collaborative event celebrating fiber art. Visit for more information. 

About Innovations in Textiles

Innovations in Textiles 10 is a collaborative event in the St. Louis, MO region, that investigates the state of contemporary textile arts. Over 20 nonprofit and private arts organizations join forces to present exhibitions related to fiber art created by national and international artists. Activities include workshops, lectures, gallery tours, and community programs. Innovations in Textiles 10 serves to enlighten the community with a unique aesthetic prospective on fiber art featuring various materials and techniques. The broad range of programming offered mirrors the symposium’s dedication to the investigation of innovative ideas.

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