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    Graduate Research Grants

    5 out of 16 Graduate Research Grant proposals awarded

    Sara Alford, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago – $10,000

    Supporting Masters’ thesis research on the political and cultural impact of bookbinder Ellen Gates Starr, co-founder of the social settlement Hull House (1889) and the Chicago chapter of the Arts and Crafts Society within the context of Chicago’s early labor history.

    Jennifer Sorkin, Yale University – $10,000

    Supporting dissertation research on how Post-war American studio craft provided vital arena for women as teachers, thinkers, and makers, considering the confluence of gender, craft, pedagogy, and modernist discourse in studio ceramics, 1945 – 65.

    Shannon Stratton, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago – $10,000

    Supporting Masters’ thesis research exploring recent textiles studio handicraft as a form of “social sculpture” meant to explicitly reassert ideas of personal agency over the anonymity of capitalist product.

    Angela Susan George, University of Maryland – $7,900

    Supporting dissertation research which examines Mesoamerican-inspired objects created by Tiffany & Co. in the 1890’s and investigates representations of Mesoamerican antiquity produced in 19th century America.

    Lacy Jane Roberts, California College of the Arts – $5,000

    Supporting Masters’ thesis research tracing how the word “craft” took on status of nonnormativity and “otherness” using theories of language and rhetoric, including the possibility of new critical craft theory modeled on a template of queer theory.

    Project Grants

    5 out of 32 Project Grant proposals awarded

    Meg Ostrum, Vermont Crafts Council – $15,000

    Supporting Folklorist Dr. Gregory Sharrow in his interviews 40+ leading craft artists, administrators and advocates, and the resultant museum/publishing/archival project on the history of Vermont’s studio craft movement, 1965 – present.

    Nancy Green – $10,000

    Supporting research for the publication Shared Dreams: Partnerships of the Arts and Crafts Movement, which is intended to examine the importance of creative partnerships in relation to the Movement. It will address each of the partners in depth and examine the larger connections between the artists, their political aims and societal influence, and the artistic legacy left for further generations.

    Ezra Shales, Alfred University – $10,000

    Supporting research that situates John Cotton Dana’s (1856 – 1929) pioneering exhibitions in terms of craft, differing from previous characterizations of The Newark Museum as fostering a “machine esthetic.”

    Patricia Keller – $7,800

    Supporting the project which expands craft history by identifying the cultural process surrounding the emergence of quiltmaking as a traditional American craft.

    Glen Adamson, Victoria & Albert Museum – $6,050

    Supporting rights and reproduction for an interdisciplinary study blending craft history, theory and criticism, divided into 5 chapters: supplementary, materiality, skill, pastoral; the amateur. The book concerns American craft with some references to the UK & Japan.

    Travel Grants

    Virginia Spivey – $500

    University of North Carolina, Asheville, College Art Association 2006 Annual Conference, New York City paper “Why Hot’s So Cool: Gender and Performance in Glassblowing” for panel When Is Technique Central to Meaning? Part II.


    2007 Craft Research Fund Selection Panel

    Charlotte Brown (Gallery Director, NC State University)

    Glen Brown (Professor, Kansas State University)

    Michael Monroe (Exec. Director & Chief Curator, Bellevue Art Museum)

    Patricia Phillips (Art Dept. Chair, State University of New York at New Paltz)


    Artspace Survey Launch: Counting Asheville Artists & Creatives for Affordable Housing Solutions

    The Center for Craft and Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the launch of a comprehensive community outreach campaign and survey to quantify affordable housing and space options for Asheville’s artists, makers, performers and creatives. The Arts Market Survey, with a tagline of “Keep Asheville Creative,” is the next step to addressing community need as part of a bigger project to develop live/work, mixed-use-model development for the creative sector in Asheville.


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