Portrait of Dorie Millerson
Portrait of Dorie Millerson
Dorie Millerson
Associate Professor
Faculty of Design, Graduate Studies

Area(s) of Expertise

Textiles, Craft History and Theory, Drawing


Dorie Millerson holds an MFA in textiles from NSCAD University and is an honours graduate in fibre from the Ontario College of Art & Design. She works in a variety of constructed textile techniques ranging from weaving to lace making to investigate conceptual concerns. Building on her research into the metaphorical and physical nature of "mending" in textiles, her Masters thesis examined the propensity of lace and shadow to investigate time, memory and loss. She exhibits her award-winning artwork internationally. Articles about her work have appeared in Fiberarts, Surface Design Journal, Sculpture and the book Artistry in Fiber, Vol. 2: Sculpture. Her writing about craft practice has been published in Studio: Craft and Design in Canada, Surfacing Journal, MAGazine and the book Crafting New Traditions: Canadian Innovators and Influences. In 2017, she developed the research project Craft Pedagogy and the Digital Challenge with Co-Investigator Dr. Lynne Heller which tackled issues of how we learn, teach, and practice digital craft in higher education and that formed the basis for a SSHRC-funded project, Thinking through craft and the digital turn: studio practice, technology, and pedagogy within Canadian art and design universities (2019-2022) in collaboration with colleagues from across Canada. She has an extensive background in arts event and education programming and coordination and in 2008 received a Community Outreach Award from the Ontario Association of Art Galleries for her work with the Textile Museum of Canada. Millerson has taught in the Faculty of Design at OCAD U since 2005 and was chair of Material Art & Design from 2015 to 2020. She supervises MA, MDes and MFA students who work across craft disciplines such as textiles, ceramics, furniture, and fashion in the Faculty of Graduate Studies.


2000 AOCAD (Hons), Fibre, Ontario College of Art & Design

2003 MFA, Textiles, NSCAD University

Professional Experience

2018 - Associate Professor, Material Art & Design Program, OCAD University

2015 - 2020 Chair, Material Art & Design Program, OCAD University

2010 - 2011 Chair, Material Art & Design Program, OCAD University

2009 - 2018, Assistant Professor, OCAD University

2005 - 2009 Instructor, OCAD

2005 - 2010 Instructor, Sheridan College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning

2004 - 2008 Public Programs Coordinator, Textile Museum of Canada

2002 Instructor, NSCAD University

Selected Exhibitions

2021–2022 Renaissance Venice: Life and Luxury at the Crossroads, Gardiner Museum, Toronto, ON. Curator: Karine Tsoumis

2019 Perspectives, OCAD U Great Hall, Toronto, ON

2018-2019 Lace, not Lace: Contemporary Fiber Art from Lacemaking Techniques, Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ. Curator: Devon Thein

2016-2017 Other Worlds, Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Queen's Park, Toronto. Curators: Anda Kubis and Jana Macalik 

2015-2016 A Very Long Engagement, Society of Contemporary Craft, Satellite Gallery, BNY Mellon Center, Pittsburgh, PA. Curator: Frances Dorsey

2015 Sensorial Objects, Craft Ontario Gallery, Toronto

2014-2015 Lacemakers, The Stables Gallery, Orleans House Gallery, Twickenham, UK

2014 Project 31, OCAD University, Toronto

2013 Investigating the Vessel: An Exhibition of Contemporary Craft, Oneonta, NY, Curator: Stephanie Rozene

2013 Rijswijk Textile Biennial 2013, Museum Rijswijk, Rijswijk, The Netherlands (juried)

2013 Doily Free Zone: Raising the Profile of Lace, Pavia, Italy. Curator: Angharad Rixon

2013 A Very Long Engagement, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax. Curator: Frances Dorsey

2012 8th International Fiber Biennial, Synderman-Works Galleries, Philadelphia, PA.

2011-2012 Household Notions, Telephone Booth Gallery, Toronto. Curator: Sharlene Rankin

2011 connections, new gallery, Toronto (solo)

2010 G20 Summit: Canadian Collection, Craft Component, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto

2010 Fiberart International 2010, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh; Memorial Art Gallery of Rochester, Rochester. Jurors: Mary Ruth Smith, Dr. Vibeke Riisberg, and Rebecca A. T. Stevens.

2010 Art of Craft: Exuberant and Refined Craft from Canada and the Republic of Korea, Museum of Vancouver, Vancouver

2010 Labourious, York Quay Centre, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto. Curator: J. Penney Burton

2010 Slow Movement, Queen Specific, Toronto (solo)

Awards \ Grants

2019-2022 Insight Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Co-applicant, PI: Dr. Lynne Heller, Craft and the Digital Turn

2017 Inspired Teaching Award for Leadership to Advance Teaching, OCAD University

2017 Nominated for Price Award for Excellence in Teaching, OCAD University 

2017 Research Seed Grant, OCAD University

2015 Nominated for the Price Award for Excellence in Teaching, OCAD University

2014 OCAD University Inspired Teaching Award

2010 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant

2010 Nominated for the OCAD University Non-Tenured Faculty Teaching Award

2010 Canada Council for the Arts Travel Grant

2008 Ontario Association of Art Galleries Community Outreach - Educator Award

2007 Fiberart International Josephine Cohen People's Choice Award

2007 Fiberart International Joanne Purrington Folley Memorial Award for Exceptional Needlework

2004 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant

2004 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition Honourable Mention in Fibre

2003 NSCAD University Royal College of Art Exchange Scholarship

2001-03 NSCAD University M.F.A. Program–Entrance Scholarship

2000 Ontario College of Art & Design Medal: Material Art & Design Program

Selected Publications

Heller, Lynne and Dorie Millerson. “Craft Pedagogy in Precarious Times.” Futuring Craft IOTA21 Conference, Oct. 17-18 2021, WA Maritime Museum and Curtain University, Indian Ocean Craft Triennial, in press.

Heller, Lynne and Dorie Millerson. “Craft, Pedagogy and the Digital Challenge: A Jewelry Perspective.” Digital Meets Handmade: Jewelry in the 21st Century, Fashion Institute of Technology, in press.

Acker, Sandra and Dorie Millerson. “Leading the Academic Department: A Mother-Daughter Story.” Gender and Leadership, special issue of Education Sciences, vol. 8, no. 2, 64, 2018, pp. 1-24.

Millerson, Dorie. "Name Dropping: Is craft still a relevant term for new makers?" Studio: Craft and Design in Canada, vol. 5, no. 2, Fall/Winter 2010, pp. 26-29.

Millerson, Dorie. "Review of Neocraft: Modernity and the Crafts," Revue d–art canadienne/Canadian Art Review, vol. XXXIII, no. 1-2, 2008, pp. 149-151.

Millerson, Dorie. "A Flexible Practice: The Work of Kai Chan, Dorothy Caldwell, and Susan Warner Keene," in Crafting New Traditions: Canadian Innovators and Influences, Melanie Egan, Alan Elder and Jean Johnson, eds. Gatineau, QC: Canadian Museum of Civilization in collaboration with Harbourfront Centre, 2008, pp. 87-97.

Millerson, Dorie. "What is craft: profession or practice?" Metal Arts Guild of Canada: MAGazine, vol. 20, no.1, Winter 2005, pp. 14-15.

Millerson, Dorie. "Emerging Unscathed," Surfacing Journal, vol.1, 2004, pp. 6-7.