Comprising approximately 3500 textiles, the collection holds textile arts from a broad range of world cultures and time periods. The earliest works date to Byzantine Egypt and Ancient America. The collection also includes works from present-day fiber artists. Among the strengths are Turkish carpets, Mediterranean embroideries, English embroideries, Guatemalan textiles, and American quilts.
Zoe Annis Perkins started with the Museum in 1979. She holds a MS in Clothing and Textile Science, with an emphasis in Historic Textile Conservation from Kansas State University. In addition to her role as textile conservator she has curated 45 exhibitions created from the Museum's diverse collection. For the reopening of the William A. and Carolyn C McDonnell Textile Gallery this spring she organized the exhibition, Highlights from the Textile Collection. This gallery hosts two exhibitions per year featuring works from the various curatorial departments.
Zoe has published on a variety of conservation topics in national and international journals, and is the author of Textiles from the Collection.