Lisa Vinebaum is a scholar, critical writer, artist, and educator. Current research and artistic investigations explore labor, performance and collectivity in the larger context of predatory capitalism, economic globalization and cutbacks to workers rights. She is also a leading scholar on contemporary participatory, socially engaged and activist art projects the mobilize fiber and textiles in struggles for social, economic, and racial justice.
Published scholarship includes commissioned book chapters and essays in edited anthologies, academic journals and exhibition catalogues, most recently Makers, Crafters, Educators: Working for Cultural Change, Counter-Signals, The Handbook of Textile Culture, Exhibiting Craft and Design: Transgressing the White Cube Paradigm 1930-present, Danica Maier: Grafting Propriety from Stitch to Drawn Line, More Caught in the Act: Performance by Canadian Women, Surface Design Journal, Textile: Cloth and Culture, and The Companion to Textiles (forthcoming). She is co-editor, with Dr. Kirsty Robertson, of Crafting Community, a special issue of Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture. Dr. Vinebaum has chaired panels, lectured and presented work at academic conferences internationally, including College Art Association Annual conferences (2013, 2014, 2017, 2018), The Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present, Textile Society of America biennial symposia (2012, 2014, 2016), Performance Studies International, and The Subversive Stitch Revisited: The Politics of Cloth. 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).
Lisa Vinebaum's art practice incorporates text-based installations, textiles, print, neon, performance, video, photography and protest tactics. Her creative work has been included in exhibitions and festivals internationally*, including Sector 2337, Weinberg Newton Photography, Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival, Performance Studies International Open Engagement: Art & Social Practice, Nuit Blanche, and the European Media Art Festival (Osnabruck, Germany), and in conjunction with Grace Exhibition and Performance Space (Brooklyn), and Articule Gallery (Montreal).
Dr. Vinebaum is an Associate Professor in the department of Fiber and Material Studies, and affiliated full-time faculty in Art History, Theory and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 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 the Associate Editor of the international peer-reviewed journal Textile: Cloth and Culture.