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Jenny Garwood

Manager of Museum Education and Adjunct Curator of Textiles at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA); Winston-Salem, North Carolina

From an early age, when she learned the art of needlework from her grandmother, Ms. Garwood has been enchanted by textiles in general and needlework in particular.

Ms. Garwood is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and has been with MESDA since 2007, where her focus of research and study has been with the textile collection. 

At MESDA, Ms. Garwood recently curated an exhibition titled Stitching Structures: Recent Additions to the MESDA Needlework Collection, which explored schools and their architectural representation on early needlework samplers. In 2022, she authored an article to be published in the MESDA Journal, “Mary Tait and the Washington Navy Yard Group of Samplers.” Also in 2022, Ms. Garwood was a featured speaker at “The Decorative Arts of the South Carolina Midlands,” where she spoke about South Carolina textiles.

Ms. Garwood presented the John H.A. Sweeney Emerging Scholar Lecture in 2017 for the Decorative Arts Trust conference in Savannah and served as a speaker at the Ninth Henry D. Green Symposium of the Decorative Arts at the Georgia Museum of Art.  She has published work in The Magazine Antiques; Georgia Girlhood Embroidery: Crowned with Glory and

Immortality; and Material Georgia 1733-1900: Two Decades of Scholarship.