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  • 12th Annual Craft Think Tank – October 16–18, 2014

    2014 Think Tank

    Photo by Steve Mann, Black Box Photography

    The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design held its 12th annual Craft Think Tank on October 16-18, 2014 in Asheville, North Carolina.  This year’s intimate gathering posed an opportunity to focus on the specific needs of the curatorial community, bringing together a select group of national and international, emerging and experienced curators, artists, and critics.

    Conversations focused on questions such as: what are the obstacles and opportunities for exhibiting objects and making in the 21st Century, what does it mean to be a “craft” curator in a post-disciplinary creative landscape, and how can we strengthen the display, documentation, and preservation of objects?  Participants also considered how matters like diversity, technology, and interdisciplinary inform the future of craft curating.

    Participants included:

    Glenn Adamson, Nanette L Laitman Director of the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD)
    Nora Atkinson, Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft at the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum
    Elissa Auther, Associate Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
    Edward S. Cooke, Jr., Charles F. Montgomery Professor of American Decorative Arts in the Department of the History of Art at Yale University
    Professor Daniel Charny, creative director, designer and Founder, From Now On, London, UK
    Garth Johnson, Curator of Artistic Programs for The Clay Studio in Philadelphia / Curator of Ceramics, ASU Art Museum
    Elizabeth Kozlowski, Curator at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
    Stephanie Moore, Executive Director, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design
    Danny Orendorff, curator, writer & activist, Curator-in-Residence & Interim Director of Artistic Programs, The Charlotte Street Foundation
    Jenelle Porter, Mannion Family Senior Curator, The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
    Dr. Catharine Rossi, Senior Lecturer in Design History, Kingston University
    Sarah Schleuning, Curator of Decorative Arts and Design, High Museum of Art, Atlanta
    T’ai Smith, Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory and a Wall Scholar in the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of British Columbia
    Cindi Strauss, Assistant Director, Programming and Curator for Modern and Contemporary Decorative Arts and Design,The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
    Namita Gupta Wiggers, curator, writer, and educator, Director and Co-Founder of Critical Craft Forum, Portland, OR.
    David Wilson, artist and curator, Oakland, CA
    Marilyn Zapf, Assistant Director, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design
    Emily Zilber, Ronald L. and Anita C. Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

    Think Tank Report – 2014


    Study Confirms Affordable Housing and Studio Need for Artists/Creatives in Asheville; Proposes Solutions

    In 2015, The Center for Craft, in partnership with the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, commissioned Minneapolis-based Artspace Consulting to conduct a preliminary feasibility assessment and report as the first step towards developing affordable space solutions for artists and the creative sector in Asheville, North Carolina. Artspace Consulting recently submitted their preliminary feasibility assessment findings, which confirm the need for affordable housing and workspaces for artists and creatives.


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