• 2017/18 Craft Research Fund Grants
  • 2016/17 Craft Research Fund Grants
  • 2015/16 Craft Research Fund Grants
  • 2014 Craft Research Fund Grants
  • 2013 Craft Research Fund Grants
  • 2012 Craft Research Fund Grants
  • 2011 Craft Research Fund Grants
  • 2010 Craft Research Fund Grants
  • 2009 Craft Research Fund Grants
  • 2008 Craft Research Fund Grants
  • 2007 Craft Research Fund Grants
  • 2006 Craft Research Fund Grants
  • 2005 Craft Research Fund Grants
  • 2010 Craft Research Fund Grants

    Graduate Research Grants

    4 out of 9 Graduate Research proposals awarded 

    Susie Silbert, Bard Graduate Center – $10,000
    This master’s thesis will explore the role of the Heller Gallery, New York, in creating and maintaining a market for studio glass from 1973 – to the present.

    Monika Schiavo, Corcoran College of Art & Design, Smithsonian – $5,140
    This master’s thesis will focus on Katharine Prentis Murphy and the resurgence of the Colonial Revival in the age of modernism, 1945-1950.

    Gloria Dunlap, Corcoran College of Art & Design, Smithsonian – $2,550
    Master’s thesis researching OBJECTS:  USA and it’s curator, Lee Nordness, and the impact of the exhibition on studio craft and opinions about studio craft in the United States.

    Julia Hood, Corcoran College of Art & Design, Smithsonian – $4,000
    Focusing on four pieces of studio furniture, this project will explore the ways in which postmodern ideas, like historicism and ornamentation, included studio furniture in the late 1970s and 1980s.

    Mary Ronan, Corcoran College of Art & Design, Smithsonian – $2,470
    An investigation of the Boston Society of Decorative Art (1878-1922) as a center for Art Needlework and its place in female craft professionalism and philanthropy.

    Project Grants

    5 out of 23 Project Grant proposals awarded

    Wendy Kaplan, Los Angeles County Museum of Art – $14,720
    Research and essay on the role of craft in California from 1945-65 for the exhibition catalogue as well as support staff to conduct research and write biographical entries on the craftspeople in the exhibition for a handbook and website.

    Jennifer Way, University of North Texas – $7,000
    Research will examine the political, cultural, and social significance of craft in relation to the U.S. State Department’s handicraft and export program in Southeast Asia 1955-1961.

    Tara Tappert, Independent Researcher – $15,000
    Research on how the U.S. Military embraced arts and crafts in the 20th c. in two ways: From WWI as rehabilitation for healing and vocational training; and from WWII as recreation to promote well-being and efficacy.

    Nancy Odegaard, Arizona State Museum – $15,000
    Research for an illustrated reference that identifies common and unambiguous vocabulary related to the elements of handcrafted domestic and decorative objects for use by educators, artists, and museums.

    Namita Wiggers, Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art – $5,000
    Research contributing to the study of mid-century craft artists and connecting Pacific Northwest crafts to the national movement, resulting in a regionally traveling exhibition and catalogue.

    2010 Craft Research Fund Selection Committee

    Bernard L. Herman is the George B. Tindall Distinguished Professor of American Studies and Folklore at the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill where he also serves on the Art History faculty. His books include Town House: Architecture and Material Life in the Early American City, 1780-1830 (2005) and The Stolen House (1992). He is currently completing a book Quilt Spaces centered on the quilts and quilt makers of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, and is developing a collection of essays Troublesome Things in the Borderlands of Contemporary Art. He has published essays, lectured, and offered courses on visual and material culture, architectural history, self-taught and vernacular art, food ways, cultured-based sustainable economic development, and 17th and 18th-century material life. He is a 2010 recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for his book-in-progress Troublesome Things in the Borderlands of Contemporary Art, a U.S. Department of Agriculture wetlands habitat restoration grant for his work with native oyster populations, and elected membership in the American Antiquarian Society for his scholarship on early American material culture and everyday life. He is currently developing two exhibitions as a guest co-curator: Thornton Dial: Works-on-Paper (Ackland Museum, University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill, Fall 2011) and an installation of contemporary quilts and narratives from The Alliance for American Quilts Quilters’ Save Our Stories project (International Quilt Festival, Houston, October 2010).

    Leisa Rundquist, an Associate Professor of Art History at the University of North Carolina Asheville, received her Ph.D. from UNC- Chapel Hill in 2007. While earning her doctorate, she was awarded a 2005-2006 Terra Foundation for the Arts / American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship in American Art for her work on self-taught artist Henry Darger. In 2009, she published “Little Ways: Girlhood According to Henry Darger” in the SECAC Review. Previous to her doctoral studies, Leisa was a Curator at the South Bend Regional Museum of Art and a Lecturer at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana from 1990 to 2000 and 1996 to 2000, respectively. She received her Masters and Bachelors in Art History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While a graduate student at Illinois, Leisa help a summer curatorial internship at the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.

    Jenni Sorkin is a critic and recent Ph.D. in the History of Art Department at Yale University, where she recently completed her dissertation on the confluenece of women, artistic labor, and craft pedagogy, titled, Live Form: Gender and the Performance of Craft, 1940-1970. She is the recipient of an ACLS/Luce Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in American Art, a 2007 Graduate Research Fellowship from the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design, and in 2004, the Art Journal Award. She will be a Post-Docotral Residential Fellow at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles during the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Lena Vigna, currently Curator of Exhibitions at the Racine Art Museum (WI), has a particular interest in the contemporary fields of sculpture, installations, adornment and fiber. Lena has currated over 40 solo and group exhibitions and written numerous essays that explore issues relevant to contemporary art and society. Recent areas of investigation included political garments and accessories, jewelry that reconsiders the past in the present, contemporary chandeliers, extreme yet wearable garments and lace. A co-author of “Mining History: Ornamentalism Revisited” (Metalsmith, vol. 29, no. 3, 2009), Lena was awarded a 2006 Craft Research Fund Project Grant from the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design for scholarship related to the exhibition and upcoming publication Laced with History and her exhibition, Adornment and Excess: Jewelry in the 21st Century, received an Art Jewelry Forum Grant in 2009.


    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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