4 out of 13 Graduate Research Grant proposals awarded
Thomas Bongiorno, Indiana University, Folklore Institute — $5,000
Support for research on the social-economic history of a community of approximately 200 craft artists in California who sell the majority of their work at arts and crafts fairs throughout the state, with specific emphasis on the “Renaissance Faire” project. Through a combination of ethnographic and historical research and analysis, the relationship between social events and individual artisan practices are examined.
Alice V. Kinsler, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, College of Education and Human Sciences -$5,000
Support for research supporting the exhibition, From Dust Bowl to Salad Bowl: The Quilts and Quiltmakers of the 1930’s Migration to Salinas Valley, California at the National Steinbeck Center. The exhibit will present quilts primarily from the 1930s as an artistic expression of the life and times of the Depression Era. In particular, the show will examine the vital role quilts played in the lives of the families during the migratory journey cross-county, and after their arrival in the Salinas Valley Region.
Elizabeth C. Melton, Winthrop University, South Carolina – $5,000
Support for research on Anni Albers. In particular, Melton’s work will examine primary source material from her time at Black Mountain College using the North Carolina State Archives and an invitation to spend time at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation cataloguing and conducting research on their collection of original weavings by Anni Albers.
David Adams, Rochester Institute of Technology, New York – $5,000
Support for research into the cultural attitudes about craft, art, or design which determine the priorities of makers in choosing how artists create and present their work. Specifically, the research will trace the cultural influences that guided the conception of recent furniture pieces from both students and professionals.
6 out of 57 Project Grant proposals awarded
Sandra Corse, Ph.D., Scholar, Georgia Tech faculty retired, Waynesville, NC – $11,800
Support for research for a book-length study tentatively titled Craft: Toward and Aesthetic of Useful Objects. The book will examine contemporary craft in light of philosophical aesthetics, focusing on Adorno’s Aesthetic Theory. Additionally, the book will examine historically important positions in aesthetics, beginning with Kant’s Critique of Judgment, to see how these earlier discussions of fine art may have anticipated the 20th century craft movement.
Davira Taragin, Director of Exhibitions and Programs, Racine Art Museum, W – $15,000
Support for research for a catalogue to accompany the traveling exhibition of approximately 60 works of Viola Frey (1933-2004), mostly ceramics. Scheduled to open at RAM in fall 2008, the exhibitions will then travel to Cincinnati Art Museum, and other sites. Taragin, and Anita J. Ellis, Director of Curatorial Affairs, Cincinnati Art Museum will work in Frey’s studio reviewing unpublished correspondence, notebooks, sketchbooks and her extensive library. The grant will also help support two additional catalogue essayists.
Beverly K. Brandt, Ph.D. Professor, School of Design, Arizona State University, AZ – $15,000
Funds will help support Brandt’s final year of research for the 115,000-word manuscript, entitled The Craftsman & The Critic: Designing Usefulness and Beauty in Turn-of-the-Century Boston, to be published by the University of Massachusetts press. The book explores the symbiotic relationship between the studio craft-artists and design critics associated with the American Arts & Crafts Movement, focusing on the Society of Arts & Crafts of Boston. The grant will ensure high-quality illustrations, pay for reproduction, publication, copyright and subvention fees.
Ellen Paul Denker, author, museum consultant, Wilmington, DE – $14,570
Support for research on Aileen Osborn Webb and the Infrastructure of Contemporary Craft Marketing, her significant role in creating a complex marketing infrastructure developed in the 1930’s and 1940’s. Her work helped establish contemporary craft as a successful commodity in today’s art world. Research will seek to understand the origins of the key features of Mrs. Webb’s vision, a stylish sales outlet, public and practitioner education through publications and exhibitions, and continual commercial promotion of the material. The completed article will be submitted to the New Yorker or New York Observer.
Kathleen Mundell, public sector folklorist, Rockport, ME, $11,800: For the research, design and printing of 1000 monographs on the methodology of ethnographic marketing, including fieldwork documentation, community organizing, asset-based business planning and micro marketing. Mundell will be researching and reporting on the marketing of Wabanaki and Akwesasne Mohawk basketmakers and Tuscarora beadworkers in upstate New York. The New York Folklore Society will distribute the monograph.
Cindi Strauss, Curator, Modern and Contemporary Decorative Arts and Design, Museum of Fine Art, Houston, TX, – $6,830
Support for research and producing a catalog for the exhibition Ornament as Art: Avant-Garde Jewelry from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Helen Williams Drutt Collection. The show opens in 2007 and will explore contemporary jewelry’s impact as a global art form. Both the catalog and the exhibition will celebrate the spirit of American jewelry and place it in context with works from early pioneers and contemporary artists in this country and other geographic areas.
Nancy Green, Curator, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY to spend a week on-site with the archives in three collections in Woodstock, New York for an article on Zulma Steele and the Byrdcliffe Colony in Woodstock New York for the Women’s Art Journal.
Jessica Hemmings, Adjunct Faculty, Rhode Island School of Design to present a paper entitled “Writing on Making: The Literature and theory of Contemporary Craft” at the Design Education: Traditional and Modernity Conference at the National Design Institute in Ahmedabad, India.
Liza Kirwin (Director of the Smithsonian Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, Museum of American Art)
Howard Risatti (Chair, Department of Craft/Material Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University)
Kenneth Trapp (past Chief Curator, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution)
Consuelo Jimenez Underwood, (Professor of Art, San Jose State University)
On March 22 from 7-8:30 pm, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) and Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce will host a public meeting on affordable housing solutions for artists, craftspeople and makers. The meeting will provide the public with an opportunity to engage with and learn from Artspace, a national non-profit organization based in Minneapolis, MN that specializes in creating, owning and operating affordable housing and studio/business space for artists and creative sector businesses.