• 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
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  • 2007 Craft Research Fund Grants
  • 2006 Craft Research Fund Grants
  • 2005 Craft Research Fund Grants
  • 2011 Craft Research Fund Grants

    Graduate Research Grants

    4 out of 9 Graduate Research proposals awarded 

    Monica Steinberg, Queens College and the Graduate Center, CUNY – $9,750
    This dissertation researches how Los Angeles Finish Fetish artists of the 1960s used their work and constructed alter-egos to engage in a craft-based, humorous critique of east coast minimalism.

    Sequoia Miller, Bard Graduate Center – $10,000
    This master’s research project will explore the context in which young studio potters of the 1970s sought to construct what they deemed authentic and meaningful identities through a life in craft relative to contemporary cultural practice.

    Paul James Morgan, University of California, Irvine – $5,000
    This project aims to understand how craftspeople price their crafts, examining the relationship between their labor, the use and aesthetic value of their crafts, and the craft’s consumer value.

    Monica Obniski, University of Illinois, Chicago – $8,500
    This grant will support research for a dissertation that will explore Alexander Girard’s design projects, his folk art collection, and the complex relationship of craft, the vernacular, and modernism in postwar American design.

    Project Grants

    5 out of 20 Project Grant proposals awarded

    Diana Baird N’Diaye, Smithsonian Institution, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, curator and cultural heritage specialist – $13,000
    Community-based: multi-sited research including oral history interviews and visual documentation of African American artisans of style: dress, hair, and other parts of the body in preparation for a publication, exhibition, website and public programs for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

    Janet Berlo, University of Rochester, professor of Art History – $10,750
    A study of 100 years of imitation and replication of Mimbres pottery by native and non-native potters, craftspeople and manufacturers, that seeks to understand the continuing power of this ancient tradition.

    Faythe Levine, independent scholar – $15,000
    Documentary film and book about the trade of sign painting in America. Oral history will include dialog about the past, present and future of the sign painting community, the impact signage has on the landscape and explore the community’s future potential.

    Janet Koplos, independent scholar – $13,000
    Research for a book on the philosophy and aesthetics of functional pottery today, including interviews with and profiles of a variety of potters across the U.S. and analysis of their work.

    Lorelei Stewart, Gallery 400, University of Illinois, Chicago, curator – $10,000
    A major publication on Karen Reimer’s work, with innovative scholarly essays that address neglected craft history, theorize a new relationship of craft to labor, and explore how Reimer entwines craft, art, and contemporary issues.

    2011 Craft Research Fund Selection Committee

    Sarah Archer, former Director of Greenwich House Pottery, is Chief Curator at the Philadelphia Art Alliance. She has worked as a curatorial assistant at the Museum of Arts and Design and recently as a guest curator at Pratt Institute. Her writing has appeared in the Journal of Modern Craft (forthcoming), American Craft, Artnet, Ceramics: Art and Perception, Hand/Eye, Modern Magazine and Huffington Post. She holds a B.A. from Swarthmore College and an M.A. from the Bard Graduate Center.

    Karen Derksen is currently the Director of Winthrop University Galleries (WUG) and lectures in art history and visual communications design history for the Department of Fine Arts and the Department of Design at Winthrop. Derksen received a M.A. in Arts Administration from Winthrop and a B.A. in Art History (curatorial studies) from the University of Regina. She has continued her education in design, computer technology, web design, mass communications, and public relations. In her curatorial capacity, she has organized exhibition projects such as Interlaced: Anne Lemanski, Performing Gender, co-curated with Dr. Karen Stock, CADlabORATION 1.0, and Edmund Lewandowski: Precisionism and Beyond in cooperation with the Flint Institute of Arts. 

    Ethan W. Lasser is Curator of the Chipstone Foundation, an educational foundation with a mandate to advance progressive scholarship and curatorial practice in American craft and design history. Lasser earned his PhD in the History of Art at Yale University in 2008. He recently completed an innovative reinstallation of the American Collections Galleries at the Milwaukee Art Museum, and has curated numerous exhibitions of contemporary craft. His most recent show, The Tool at Hand, considers the relationship between artists and their tools, and the history of tool use. Lasser has published essays about early American decorative arts and museum practice, and is currently a Visiting Scholar in the Research Department at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

    Mark Shapiro makes wood‐fired pots in Western Massachusetts. He is a frequent lecturer, curator, panelist, and writer, and is mentor to a half‐dozen apprentices who have trained at his Stonepool Pottery. His work was featured in the 4th World Ceramics Biennial in Icheon, Korea, and is in many public collections. His interviews of Karen Karnes, Michael Simon, Paulus Berensohn, and Sergei Isupov, are in the Smithsonian Archives of American Art and he recently edited A Chosen Path: the Ceramic Art of Karen Karnes (UNC Press 2010), which accompanies her current traveling retrospective and was supported with a 2009 Craft Research Fund grant. He is on the advisory board of Ceramics Monthly, and is a contributing editor to Studio Potter Magazine.


    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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