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Doris M. Bowman

Curator Emerita
Research Specialties: 

Hand and machine-made needlework and lace made or used in America. Related tools, implements, and machines.


Current Projects:

Rotation of quilts in Artifact Walls exhibition case. Continuation of many years of regularly scheduled public programs and behind-the-scenes tours related to the quilt, needlework, and lace collections.

Past Projects:

  • Exhibit Curator: Victorian Needlework: Or the Rise of the Printed Pattern, the first Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition with three-dimensional objects.
  • Exhibit Curator: Putting Her Best Quilt Forward: Exhibiting at the Fair.
  • Exhibit Curator: Quilts, A Selection from the National Collection.
  • Exhibit Co-Curator: Needlework sections of Textile exhibition halls.
Awards, Honors, and Special Recognition: 

Smithsonian Institution Unsung Hero Award

Blog Posts


American Quilts (Smithsonian Treasury). Washington, D. C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1991.