Born in Berlin, Germany in 1899, Albers was a graphic artist, designer, weaver and teacher. She studied at Walter Gropius' Bauhaus, where she met her future husband Josef Albers. She learned from Gunta Stolzl and Paul Klee among others. She taught weaving at Black Mountain College in North Carolina from 1933-1949, and lectured at many universities and museums. After leaving Black Mountain she had a groundbreaking textile art show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Albers is also the author of several books, including Anni Albers: On Designing, and Anni Albers: Pre-Columbian Mexican Miniatures, a subject about which she was particularly enthusiastic. In 1963 she moved with her husband to Los Angeles, where she began to study lithography and screen printing at the Tamarind Lithography Institute. Though she did not ever give up weaving, her later career is focused in large part on printmaking.