detail of embroidered textile

Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery

Welcome back! Our galleries have reopened for visitors. See below for gallery hours and what’s on view.

On View

Lace from the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection

graphic with pieces of lace images and text in the middle in white on a dark blue background that reads Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery, September 8 – EXTENDED through December 5, 2021
Lace is the single largest category of objects in the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection. How do we make sense of this ubiquitous yet enigmatic material? From fine art on the wall to intimate garments on the body, lace surrounds us yet often goes unnoticed. This exhibition will investigate the complex historical, cultural, technical, and aesthetic histories of lace, changing the ways visitors understand this strong, delicate, and beautiful material.

History of the Textile Gallery

Ribbon cutting at the opening of the Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery in 2019.

Anticipating the 50th anniversary celebration of the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection (HLATC) in 2019, Lynn Mecklenburg, Susan Engstrom and Jane Villa, three members of the HLATC Development Committee, provided the philanthropic leadership for a fundraising effort to create a dedicated textile gallery. Loyal HLATC donors, Sandra and Jack Winder, soon joined this effort. With additional funds from the estate of Kathleen “Katie” Orea Sweeney, the renovation of the Lynn Mecklenburg Reading Room to the Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery commenced. Their collective dream for a space dedicated to featuring pieces from the HLATC stemmed from their love of textiles and the belief that textiles have a universal appeal, the power to tell stories of a shared humanity and cultural experiences.