Student, University Michigan School of Art, 1967-1969; Bachelor of Fine Arts, Cranbrook Academy Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, 1972; Master of Fine Arts, California College Arts and Crafts, 1976.
Chair textile department, The De Young Museum Art School, San Francisco, 1973-1978;
professor fiber department, School of the The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, since 1979. Adjunct instructor California College Arts and Crafts, Oakland, California, 1975-1978. Panelist National Endowment for Arts, Washington, 1986, Western States Arts Federation/National Endowment for Arts Regional Fellowships for Visual Artists, Santa Fe, 1995.
Co-curator Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, 1988. Juror Fiber National '90, Adams Art Gallery, Dunkirk, New York, 1990. Co-moderator Women's Caucus for Art, Chicago, 1992.
Panelist, workshop instructor International Symposium '92, Toyama, Japan, 1992. Panelist The Textile Museum, Washington, 1994. Board of trustees Haystack School, Deer Isle, Maine, 1990-1995.
Artists advisory board Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, since 1994. Lecturer Kansas City The Art Institute of Chicago, 1996, Australian National U. Canberra School Art, 1996, Textile Conservation Center/Courtauld Institute Art, London, 1995, others. Represented by Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, Revolution, Detroit and New York.
Member College Art Association (regional co-chair annual conference 2001).
Married Michael Andreas Nagelbach.