Sheila Hicks (b. Hastings, Nebraska 1934) graduated with a BFA and MFA from Yale University; she lives and works in Paris, France. Hicks recently participated in the 57th Venice Biennale, curated by Christine Macel (2017), the 20th Biennale of Sydney (2016), Glasgow International (2016) and as part of Weaving & We, Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber Art (2016). Hicks also exhibited as part of the São Paulo Biennial (2012).
Recent solo presentations include Sheila Hicks - Free Threads, Textile and its Pre-Columbian Roots, 1954-2017, Museo Amparo, Puebla (2017), Sheila Hicks: Apprentissages, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Musee Carnavalet and Nanterre-Amandiers, Paris (2016); Sheila Hicks: Material Voices, Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha (2016); Sheila Hicks | Why Not, TextielMuseum, Tilburg (2016); Sheila Hicks, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2015); Foray into Chromatic Zones, Hayward Gallery, London (2015); La Pêcher dans La Rivière, Alison Jacques Gallery, London (2013); Sheila Hicks: 50 Years organised by the Addison Gallery, Andover, travelled to the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2010/11) and the Mint Museum, Charlotte (2012); Sheila Hicks - Hors Normes, Sculptures Textiles, Passage de Retz, Paris, France(2010); and Sheila Hicks: Weaving as Metaphor, Bard Graduate Centre for Studies in Decorative Arts, Design and Culture, New York (2006). Hicks participated in the 2014 Whitney Biennial and was awarded the Smithsonian Archives of American Art Medal in 2010. Forthcoming solo exhibitions include Lignes de Vie / Life Lines, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2018).
Hicks has created monumental site-specific works for the Ford Foundation Headquarters and Federal Courthouse in New York; The Duke Endowment in Charlotte, North Carolina; King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. Hicks also produced installations for the Grande Rotonde at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2014-15) and as part of the outdoor exhibition Vogaye d'hiver in the gardens of the Palace of Versailles (2017). Hicks' commission Hop, Skip, Jump, And Fly: Escape From Gravity for the High Line, New York, is currently on view until March 2018.
Hicks’ work is featured in a number of prominent collections including Tate Gallery, London; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; Museo de Bellas Artes, Santiago; Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the National Gallery, Washington D.C, Art Institute of Chicago, Pérez Art Museum, Miami, The Jewish Museum, New York and the Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska.