Dr. Lisa Vinebaum is an interdisciplinary artist, critical writer, and educator. She holds a PhD in Art from Goldsmiths, University of London (UK); an MA in Textiles also from Goldsmiths, and a BFA from Concordia University in Montreal. She is an Assistant Professor in the department of Fiber and Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Associate Editor of Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture (Routledge/Taylor and Francis). Current research and artistic investigations explore labor, performance and collectivity in the larger context of economic globalization and cutbacks to workers rights. She also writes about the social histories of textiles and their connections to contemporary fiber and socially engaged art.
Lisa Vinebaum's art practice incorporates performance, text-based installations, textiles, print, neon, video, photography and protest tactics. Her creative work has been included in exhibitions and festivals internationally, including David Weinberg Photography, Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival, Brave New Art World, and 2nd Floor Rear Festival of Art in Itinerant Spaces (Chicago), Performance Studies International 19 (Stanford University, CA), Open Engagement: Art & Social Practice (Portland State University, Portland OR), Nuit Blanche and La Centrale (Montreal), the Centre Pompidou (Paris), the UCLA Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), Lincoln Center (New York NY), , and the European Media Art Festival (Osnabruck, Germany), and in conjunction with Grace Exhibition and Performance Space (Brooklyn), and Articule Gallery (Montreal).
Lisa Vinebaums scholarly work has been commissioned and published in edited anthologies, academic journals and exhibition catalogues, including The Companion to Textiles (Wiley Blackwell 2017), The Handbook of Textile Culture (Bloomsbury Academic 2015), Danica Maier: Grafting Propriety from Stitch to Drawn Line (Black Dog Books 2017), More Caught in the Act: Performance by Canadian Women (YYZ Books 2016), the The Journal of Modern Craft online, Art Textiles of the World: Canada (Telos Art Publishing 2009), Emergency Index (Ugly Duckling Press, 2012), and Shifter. She is co-editor (with Dr. Kirsty Robertson) of Crafting Community, a special issue of Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture. She has presented papers at academic conferences internationally, including at the Textile Society of America Biennial Symposia (Savannah 2016, Los Angeles 2014, Washington DC 2012), the College Art Association Annual Conference (Chicago 2014, New York 2013), The Subversive Stitch Revisited: The Politics of Cloth, (Victoria and Albert Museum, London), and Performance Studies International 18 (University of Leeds UK 2012). She has lectured as a Visiting Artist at Temple University (Philadelphia), Tulane University (New Orleans), Concordia University (Montreal), Goldsmiths (London), Nottingham Trent University (Nottingham UK), and Calvin College (Grand Rapids).