The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design is pleased to announce the recipients for the 2015/16 Craft Research Fund grants. This year, eleven 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 Georgia Museum of Art, The Museum of Arts and Design, and Art Jewelry Forum among others.
2015/16 Craft Research Fund Recipients:
EXHIBITION RESEARCH GRANTS
4 out of 13 Exhibition Research Grant proposals awarded
Stephanie Beck Cohen, Indiana University: $8,000
Support for PhD dissertation research about quilt histories and transatlantic exchange over two centuries between Liberia and the United States and how women artists construct individual and national identities through their quilts, used in cultural diplomacy.
Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia: $15,000
Support for Crafting History: Seven Decades of Textiles, Metals and Ceramics at UGA, an exhibition and publication documenting the school’s craft areas and the vision, careers, and works of more than two dozen professors who enabled American studio craft to thrive at a public university.
The Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY: $15,000
Support for a groundbreaking exhibition on the seminal American ceramist Peter Voulkos, creating the first substantive art historical account of this key postwar sculptor.
Telfair Museums, Savannah, GA: $9,500
Support for Fold/Unfold, a collaborative research project to result in an exhibition, publication and public performance that explores the rich history of Southern bedcoverings and the contemporary questions that this art form reveals about status, class, and race in America.
5 out of 28 Project Grant proposals awarded
Art Jewelry Forum: $6,000
Support for the first book-length volume to focus on gender and contemporary jewelry.
Noga Bernstein, Stony Brook University: $6,000
Support for research on the cross-cultural practice of textile designer, painter and preservationist Ruth Reeves, focusing on her exploration of Central American art.
Hadley Jensen, Bard Graduate Center: $5,500
Support for a dissertation project that will investigate the visualization of craft in the American Southwest through various modes and media of representation, with special reference to Navajo weavers and the ‘photography of making.’
Kevin Murphy, Vanderbilt University: $6,500
Support for research on Scott Nearing (1883-93) and Helen K. Nearing (1904-1995) and the back-to-the-land movement of the 1960s and ‘70s.
Kayleigh Perkov, University of California Irvine: $10,500
Support for research on contemporary craft practice through a study of the Systems Era.
GRADUATE RESEARCH GRANTS
2 out of 3 Graduate Research Grant proposals awarded
Alessa Alexander, University of California, Santa Barbara: $10,000
Support for a dissertation examining the emergence of museum and market interest in self-taught and black folk art and craft in the Post-Civil Rights era, beginning with the landmark exhibition Black Folk Art in America 1930-1980.
Jacqueline Sullivan, Parsons School of Design/Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum: $3,000
Support for research to elucidate Trude Guermonprez’s pivotal and pioneering role in the advancement of American fiber art in the 20th century and her significant artistic contributions as both a weaver and a teacher.
Nonie Gadsden, Katharine Lane Weems Senior Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Museum of Fine Arts. Boston
Nonie Gadsden earned her B.A. from Yale University and her M.A. from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture at the University of Delaware. She has served as the Charles F. Hummel Fellow at the Chipstone Foundation and the Associate Curator of Decorative Arts at the Milwaukee Art Museum. She has curated several exhibitions, including “Skin Deep: Three Masters of American Inlaid Furniture” (2002, Milwaukee Art Museum,) “Design Reform: Decorative Arts and the Manifesto, 1850-1920” (2003), organizing curator for “American Fancy: Exuberance and Delight in the Arts” (2004), and organizing curator for the traveling exhibition “A New and Native Beauty: The Art and Craft of Greene and Greene” (Torf Gallery, July 14-October 18, 2009). Gadsden has written several articles and book reviews for scholarly art journals, wrote major contributions for both A New World Imagined: Art of the Americas (2010), and MFA Highlights: American Decorative Arts & Sculpture (2006), as well as authored Art and Reform: Sara Galner, the Saturday Evening Girls and the Paul Revere Pottery (2006).
Jenni Sorkin, Assistant Professor of Art History, UC Santa Barbara
Jenni Sorkin is Assistant Professor of contemporary art history at University of California, Santa Barbara. She writes on the intersection between gender, artistic labor and material culture. Sorkin has published widely as an art critic, and her writing has appeared in the New Art Examiner, Art Journal, Art Monthly, East of Borneo, NU: The Nordic Art Review, Frieze, The Journal of Modern Craft,Modern Painters and Third Text. In 2004, she received the Art Journal Award. She holds a PhD in the History of Art from Yale University and has received fellowships from the ACLS, Luce/ACLS, CCCD, and Getty Research Institute. Her book, Live Form: Women, Ceramics and Community, is forthcoming from The University of Chicago Press in April 2016.
Sarah Warren, Associate Professor of Art History, Purchase College, SUNY
Sarah Warren, is an Associate Professor of Art History at Purchase College, SUNY. Warren was the James M. Renwick Senior Fellow in the History of American Craft, Smithsonian American Art Museum from 2013-14. Her book, Mikhail Larionov and the Cultural Politics of Late Imperial Russia, was published in 2013 and her current research focuses on the transformation of the studio craft movement during the 1970s and 80s, the expansion of craft markets, and relations between the craft movement and the counter-culture with which it was associated. Warren holds a B.A. from Oberlin College, M.A from University of Iowa, and Ph.D. from University of Southern California.
The Craft Research Fund program is administered by The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design and supported by the Windgate Fund at the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina.
Applications for the 2016 grant cycle will open in early May 2016.
The Materials-Based Research Grant is a new, pilot grant from initiative from CCCD that will support the expanding definition of craft-based research and promote collaboration between the fields of Craft, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).