Adjunct professor Julia E. Pfaff (VCU MFA ’93) has taught textiles and surface design techniques in the Fashion Department since 2001. She began teaching at VCUarts in 1993 both in the Crafts Material Studies department and the MIS graduate program. With an undergraduate degree in Art History (University of Toronto 81) her articles on the meeting point of craft and fine art have been published both nationally and internationally. She is the 2020 recipient of VCUart’s Faculty Award for Distinguished Adjunct. In 2019-20 she was a recipient of both a VMFA’s Professional Artist Fellowship as well as a Virginia Commission for the Arts Fellowship in Crafts.
Professor Pfaff maintains a vigorous studio practice and her work has been exhibited at venues around the world, including the American Craft Museum in New York, the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C., and the Carnegie Center for Art and History in Indiana. Her academic interests go beyond textiles and fine art having worked as an archaeological illustrator for over 25 years. She was head illustrator for the Wadi Tumilat Project in Egypt (university of Toronto), the Nemea Valley Archaeological Project in Greece (Bryn Mawr College) and the Kommos Excavations in Crete (University of Toronto).