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Annual Sinton Lecture: Invisible Blue

with Rowland Ricketts


Saturday, 3/18/23 10am PT

Presented In-Person *and* Virtually via Zoom

Koret Auditorium, de Young museum, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

In-Person Tickets: $5 General Admission \ Free for TAC members.


Virtual Tickets (Zoom): $5 Members of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and Students $10 General Admission \ Free for TAC members.

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Installation: "Ai-no-keshiki – Indigo Views" at the Smithsonian American Art Museum Renwick Gallery, 2020.
"Ai-no-keshiki – Indigo Views", 2018. Rowland Ricketts – art direction. Installation at the Smithsonian American Art Museum Renwick Gallery, 2020.

In this presentation, Rowland Ricketts will discuss his work growing, processing and dyeing with indigo on his farm in Indiana. His art is a reflection on indigo's material properties and its global context. Special emphasis will be placed on recent works that make palpable the invisible aspects of the color’s creation as well as the invisible histories and forces that lie below the surface of this globally revered dye.


Rowland Ricketts utilizes natural dyes and historical processes to create contemporary textiles that span art and design. Trained in indigo farming and dyeing in Japan, Rowland received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2005 and is a Professor in Indiana University’s Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design. His work has been exhibited at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Seattle Asian Art Museum, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum Renwick Gallery. Rowland is a recipient of a United States Artists Fellowship.


The annual Sinton Lecture is made possible with the generous support of The Carol Walter Sinton Fund for Fiber Arts Studies.



Rowland Rickets, Untitled, 2019. Indigo and madder dyed paper, faded and unwoven. Image courtesy of artist.
Rowland Rickets, Untitled, 2019. Indigo and madder dyed paper, faded and unwoven.

Image Credits:

1. Ai-no-keshiki – Indigo Views, 2018. Rowland Ricketts – art direction, Norbert Herber – sound. Indigo-dyed linen, faded over 5 months in the homes of 450 participants from 9 countries. Installation at the Smithsonian American Art Museum Renwick Gallery, 2020. Image courtesy of Renwick Gallery.

2. Rowland Rickets, Untitled, 2019. Indigo and madder dyed paper, faded and unwoven. Image courtesy of artist.
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