• 2017/18 Craft Research Fund Grants
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  • 2015/16 Craft Research Fund Grants
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  • 2005 Craft Research Fund Grants
  • 2009 Craft Research Fund Grants

    Graduate Research Grants

    4 out of 12 Graduate Research Grant proposals awarded

    Elaine Fussell Pinson, Corcoran College of Art & Design – $7,000

    To conduct primary research for master’s thesis examining the connections between African-American industrial education in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and the Arts and Crafts Movement.

    Mary Helen Burnham, The Graduate Center, City University of New York – $10,000

    This research investigates the career of an artist/educator in a post-secondary liberal arts institution as the “missing link” between critical aspects of the Arts and Crafts movement, and the later studio craft movement.

    Annmarie Bobak, Parsons the New School for Design – $2,800

    Masters Thesis research on CAD/CAM, RP jewelry: from Stanley Lechtzin questioning the hand in craft to the continued exploration of developing technologies by his students at the Tyler School of Art.

    Amy Eisen Krupsky, Corcoran College of Art & Design – $5,000

    Research on the significant impact of The Peter Joseph Gallery on the studio furniture field, by in person and telephone interviews of people associated with the Gallery (staff, makers and collectors).

    Project Grants

    7 out of 33 Project Grant proposals awarded

    Julia Bryan-Wilson, PhD., Univ. of California, Irvine – $10,000

    Crafting Dissent: Politics, Protest, and Textile Handmaking in America since 1970 examines the role of textile handmaking within U.S. social movements of the 1970s – feminism, the anti-Vietnam war movement, and gay liberation – to historicize the continued intersection of craft, art, and protest politics.

    Julie Muniz, Curator, Oakland Museum of Art – $8,000

    Contemporary interviews and examination of newly discovered archival material will document the career of Modernist pioneer Margaret De Patta not only as a jeweler but also as a designer of tableware, ceramics, and interiors.

    Marilee Boyd Meyer & Susan Montgomery, PhD., Independent researcher & Independent scholar – $15,000

    Meyer and Montgomery seek funding toward a monograph on Arthur E. Baggs (1886-1947), director of the Arts & Crafts era Marblehead Pottery, and ties to occupational therapy, art education, design reform and the studio pottery movement.

    Cynthia Fowler, PhD., Emmanuel College – $3,500

    An historical and theoretical consideration of the modernist hooked rugs designed and distributed by American modernists in the first half of the twentieth century and their relationship to the fine arts and craft traditions.

    Norm Sartorius, Barry Gordon & Phil Jurus, Wood artists and Independent researchers – $14,000

    Rediscovering an important American craft artist, our research of the little known life and career of woodcarver and teacher, Emil Milan (1922-1985), will yield archival documentation suitable for dissemination.

    Ashley Callahan, Independent scholar – $11,850

    Research career of Athens, GA cabinetmaker, collector and dealer Eugene Thomas (d.1965) within contexts of early 20th c. American craft and history of study of Georgia furniture. Prepare checklist and publication text for exhibition.

    Cat Mazza, Artist, Independent researcher & Univ. of Massachusetts – $7,950

    The Textile Grid Archive project is a digital archive, database and pattern tool that assists scholars and artisans study the historical, cross-cultural and global method of producing textile patterns within the framework of the grid.

    2009 Craft Research Fund Selection Committee

    Annie Carlano, Director, Mint Museum of Craft + Design

    Kate Bonansinga, Gallery Director, University of Texas at El Paso

    Diane Douglas, Independent researcher & Co-editor of “Choosing Craft: An Artist’s Viewpoint”

    Ezra Shales, PhD., Assistant Professor of Art History & Theory, Alfred University


    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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