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.
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.
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.
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)
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.