The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design is pleased to announce the recipients for the 2014 Craft Research Fund grants. This year, ten organizations, curators, scholars, and graduate students will receive a total of $95,000 to support and expand scholarly craft research, exhibitions, catalogs, and projects in the United States, including the Museum of Arts and Design, Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco, and the Patricia & Phillip Frost Museum of Science, among others.
3 out of 27 Project Grant proposals awarded
Nicole Burisch, Independent Curator, Artist, Critic and Cultural Worker & Anthea Black, Independent Artist, Writer and Cultural Worker – $10,000
Support for research, interviews, and artist projects on politically engaged craft, making links to material histories of political action, and situating craft in relation to the politics and economics of the 21st century.
Ashley Pigford, Associate Professor, University of Delaware & Tricia Treacy, Assistant Professor, Appalachian State University – $10,000
Support for the examination, documentation and workshopping of contemporary, post-digital creative practice with a specific focus on understanding the relationship between handmade production and digital technologies.
Regina Root, Associate Professor, The College of William and Mary – $15,000
Support for research and analysis of the so-called Tillett Tapestry, crafted with an estimated fifty-five million stitches and 106-feet in length, representing the conquest of Mexico from both indigenous and Spanish point of view.
EXHIBITION RESEARCH GRANTS
5 out of 11 Exhibition Research Grant proposals awarded
Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco – $6,500
Support for the exhibition Data Clay: Digital Strategies for Parsing the Earth and related symposium at California College of Art, that will critically address the nascent movement of architects, artists, and designers exploring the medium of ceramics coupled with digital technologies, curated by Del Harrow, Associate Professor of Art, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO and Joshua Stein, Associate Professor of Architecture, Woodbury University.
James Herring, Exhibitions Manager/Designer, Patricia & Philip Frost Museum of Science – $10,000
Support for development of an interactive exhibition, Maker Space and online components to focus on the intersection of craft and science, specifically craft as a process of making and its intersections with technology.
Museum of Arts and Design – $10,000
Support for Pathmakers: Women in Modern Craft, Midcentury and Today, an exhibition illuminating the contributions of women to postwar visual culture and their use of craft materials to explore concepts of modernism.
Josephine Stealey, Professor, University of Missouri-Columbia – $12,000
Support for Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America, an exhibition exploring the history of basketry in America, from its origins in Native American, immigrant, and slave communities to its presence and influence within contemporary fine craft.
Keaton Wynn, Associate Professor, Department of Fine Arts at Georgia Southwestern State University – $5,000
Support for Ralph Harvey Retrospective: A History of Glass Education in the Rural South, an exhibition at the Albany Museum of Art bringing public attention to the contributions of the active glass program at Southwestern State University in rural Georgia, built by Ralph Harvey.
GRADUATE RESEARCH GRANTS
2 out of 5 Graduate Research Grant proposals awarded
Braden Malnic, George Mason University – $6,500
Support for master’s research situating abstract/experimental filmmaker James Whitney’s (1921-1982) Raku pottery in terms of craft history and criticism.
Kelley Totten, Indiana University, Bloomington – $10,000
Support for PhD dissertation research investigating contemporary craft environments at adult craft education sites, focusing on U.S. – based craft folk schools.
John Stuart Gordon Benjamin Attmore Hewitt Associate Curator of American Decorative Arts, Yale University Art Gallery
John Stuart Gordon is the Benjamin Attmore Hewitt Associate Curator of American Decorative Arts at the Yale University Art Gallery. He received an M.A. from the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture and a Ph.D. from Boston University. His publications and exhibitions range in subject from 19th century stained glass to postmodern design. He also serves on the board of Creative Arts Workshop, a community-based art school in New Haven, Connecticut.
Bibiana Obler, Associate Professor of Art History, George Washington University
Bibiana Obler is Associate Professor of Art History at George Washington University. Her research and teaching interests include European and American art from the late nineteenth century to the present, with emphases on twentieth-century avant-gardes, theories of gender and cross-cultural representation, photography, applied arts, and intellectual history. An associate professor of art history at George Washington University, she is working on a book, tentatively entitled The Anti-Craft Tradition, on the relation between art and craft in the late twentieth century. Her first book, Intimate Collaborations: Kandinsky and Münter, Arp and Taeuber (Yale University Press, 2014) investigates the role of artist couples in the emergence of abstract art.
Catherine Whalen, Assistant Professor of American Material Culture Studies, Bard Graduate Center.
Catherine Whalen is Assistant Professor at the Bard Graduate Center in New York City. She teaches and writes about U.S. craft and design history, gender and material culture studies, history and theory of collecting, and vernacular photography. She is the founding director of the Bard Graduate Center Craft, Art and Design Oral History Project, an online archive of interviews with contemporary craftspeople, artists, and designers conducted by the Center’s graduate students. This initiative responds to the growing academic interest in this subject area, in which oral histories are a key resource for scholarship. Whalen is also currently co-editing Paul Hollister: Collected Writings on Studio Glass. Supported by a Craft Research Fund Grant from the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, this volume brings together important published work by this noted critic and historian of the studio glass movement.
Motivated by the writings of longtime Craft Horizons Magazine editor Rose Slivka and artist/poet M.C. Richards, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) presents a challenge for makers and writers: to create a new collaborative work inspired by The Good Making of Good Things: Craft Horizons Magazine, 1941-1979 in just 11 days.