Jon Eric

Jon Eric Riis
Tapestry Artist
Atlanta, GA
2011 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by the Windgate Foundation.

Informed by his research into the historical textiles of Pre-Columbian Peru, Imperial China, and Russian ecclesiastical vestments, tapestry artist Jon Eric Riis produces tapestries that are imbued with social content. One of his main forms is a “universal coat,” which he meticulously creates with metallic thread, silk, beads, and semi-precious stones. He often addresses socio-political content within the hidden, equally detailed interior of each piece.

Portrait photo courtesy the artist.
  • Artwork by Jon Eric Riis
    Greed Tapestry Coat, 2007, woven metallic thread; photo credit Indianapolis Museum of Art
Artwork by Jon Eric Riis