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Dominic Di Mare
Born in 1932 in San Francisco. Di Mare, a self-taught studio weaver, is a major force in American fiber art. In the 1970s his work shifted from weaving to enigmatic, often startling mixed-media assemblages using natural fibers, feathers, and handformed rag paper, which demand introspection on the part of the viewer. Di Mare attended San Francisco State University and taught for 17 years in the San Francisco public school system. His work is in many private and public collections, including: the S.C. Johnson Wax Collection, Wisconsin; the Lannan Foundation, New York and Florida; the International Paper Co.; and the Museum of Arts and Design, New York. He was awarded National Endowment of the Arts fellowships in 1977 and 1981. Dominic Di Mare lives and works in Tiburon, California. He received the American Craft Council’s Gold Medal in 1999.