Hillary Waters Fayle was born in Buffalo and received an MFA in Craft/Material Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a BFA from Buffalo State College. She is an Assistant Professor and Head of the Fiber Area in the department of Craft/Materials Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has previously taught at Penland School of Craft, North Carolina; the Mediterranean Art & Design Program, Italy; and Yasar University, Turkey. Her work has been widely exhibited and is currently on view at Quirk Gallery in Charlottesville, Virginia; the Lamont Gallery in Exeter, New Hampshire; and the Czurles Nelson Gallery in Buffalo. Her work is included in many public and private collections, including those of the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo and the Arboretum Kalmthout in Belgium, and will soon be installed in the home of the American Ambassador to Sri Lanka.