Warren Seelig lives and works in Rockland, Maine. He holds the rank of distinguished visiting professor in the Craft/Fibers program at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where he teaches, curates and writes on various subjects related to fiber, textiles and material studies.
He received a BS from the Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science and an MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Seelig has twice received individual fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and three fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
His work has been included in more than 30 major museum exhibitions in the United States, Europe, Japan and Korea with many solo and group exhibitions worlwide. He has lectured extensively, including programs at the Korean National University of the Arts, the Gerritt Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and the Royal College of Art in London. He has written extensively for American Craft, Fiber Arts, Surface Design Journal, Textileforum and Nouvel Objet. His work is in the collections of museums, colleges and private and corporate collections.
Seelig is a regular visiting critic at the Rhode Island School of Design and is a mentor in the graduate program at Maine College of Art. He was elected a Fellow of the American Crafts Council and is a member of its board. A major retrospective of his work was shown last year at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art ) in Baltimore.
The idea of a "Textile" is for me a phenomenon which has its source in the magic I experienced when weaving my first length of cloth. Through the accumulation of hundreds of intersecting threads I observed the growth of an energy field which I sensed was organic and alive, where its true life was not represented on the surface of the cloth but hidden within. That early experience of constructing a textile has informed my work in many ways including more recent "shadowfields." Shadow-field Drawing is an architectural/textile hybrid, a kind of complex cellular array with no clear beginning or end with the implication of movement toward infinite space. Shadows cast cause the tangible to dissolve resulting in its physical presence becoming illusive.