Best known for expanding the architectural possibilities of fabric, Knodel has created grand installations for institutions around the world for more than three decades. He is a recipient of many prestigious grants and honors including a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, an Honorary Doctorate Degree from the Maryland Institute of Art and the Michigan Governors’ Arts Award for outstanding achievement in the visual arts. Knodel was artist-in-residence and head of the Fiber Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art from 1970-1995 and directed the Academy from 1995-2007. He now holds the title of Director Emeritus. Knodelʼs extensive 2015 exhibition at the Art Museum of American University, Washington, D.C. was accompanied by the Schiffer publication “What If Textiles: The Art of Gerhardt Knodel,” documenting recent work and his remarkable career.