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As President of TSA, I am delighted to welcome you to the 12th Biennial Symposium of the Textile Society of America. This gathering brings together an impressive number of scholars, artists, museum and gallery professionals, educators, and textile enthusiasts from around the world.
As an organization, TSA selects Symposium venues which through their unique site specific offerings broaden our understanding of diverse museum collections and institutions in different geographic settings, encouraging new and old members to discover what yet another location holds of serious interest to specialists. Each gathering has its own flavor and distinct sense of place. For this event in Lincoln, Nebraska, our deep appreciation goes to the inspired and dedicated leadership of Wendy Weiss and Diane Vigna, co-chairs of Symposium 2010, and to the careful, collaborative planning by the local steering committee. Many people have worked so hard to make available Nebraska’s offerings to those of us who have traveled great or small distances to be here, focused on the theme, Textiles and Settlement: From Plains Space to Cyber Space. This Symposium has scheduled a generous and professional program of organized sessions, panels and discussions, the keynote address and plenary presentations, site seminars, tours, workshops, and the many excellent exhibitions. I look forward to seeing you at the International Textile Marketplace, the Book Fair, at the opening reception, the gallery hop, and at the Banquet and Awards Ceremony.
This is a time when we as colleagues can meet new colleagues, enjoy networking with others in the field and connect across our diverse interests, learning from each other. Thank you for coming to this Symposium and for your interest and support of TSA. You are an important part of this international organization.
Pat Hickman, President of TSA, 2008-2010