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  • 21
    Feb
    Call for Participation: Object as Poet

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    “All forms are language, and communication flows between all of them, non-verbal and verbal alike.”  -M.C. Richards

    “I have been a spellbound traveler in the world of objects, having been magnetized into their orbit and mystified by their aura-the marvel of shapes and the materials of those shapes, how the shapes come together, the tensions, the colors, their uses present and past, their isolation, their embrace, their all-knowing presence, their space and vitality.” -Rose Slivka

    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.

    This program will have three phases:

    Phase One, April 15, 2-4 pm: convene makers and writers, introduce and tour exhibition, engage in a collaborative, playful workshop, and assign teams.

    Phase Two: teams will have 11 days to refine, develop and materialize a final collaborative work.

    Phase Three, April 28, 6:30–8pm: teams will present the final work during a public event at CCCD.

    How to Apply:

    Applications are due by March 11, 2017 and will be reviewed by Anna Helgeson, Grants and Programs Coordinator, CCCD and Gary Hawkins, Associate Dean for Faculty, Warren Wilson College. Applicants will be notified by April 1, 2017. For questions and further information, please contact ahelgeson@craftcreativitydesign.org or 828-785-1357.

    APPLY NOW

    This event is held in conjunction with The Good Making of Good Things: Craft Horizons 1941-1979, on view at The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design January 20 – May 20, 2017.

    The Good Making of Good Things: Craft Horizons 1941–1979 is curated by The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design’s (CCCD) 2017 Curatorial Fellows Elizabeth Essner, Lily Kane, and Meaghan Roddy and organized by CCCD. The CCCD Curatorial Fellowship is made possible by the John & Robyn Horn Foundation. This exhibition is generously sponsored by Rotasa Foundation with additional support from Gary Ferraro and Lorne Lassiter. All Craft Horizons images and content owned by the American Craft Council and provided courtesy of the ACC Library & Archives. CCCD is supported in part by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

    01
    Sep
    2017 Materials-Based Research Grants

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    This year, CCCD is proud to announce a new, pilot grant initiative that will support the expanding definition of craft-based research and promote collaboration between the fields of Craft, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

    The Materials-Based Research Grant is an award of up to $15,000 granted to interdisciplinary teams of researchers for an 18-month grant period. The goal of these collaborations is to encourage mutually beneficial innovation in Craft and STEM through focusing on materials and process-based research. The teams should include one maker and one professional working in a STEM-based field (e.g. Material Science, Manufacturing, Environmental Studies, Medicine, Structural Engineering, etc.). 

    The Goal of the Materials-Based Research Grant is to advance, expand, and support innovative and mutually-beneficial craft-based research in the United States, including:

    Application Deadline: Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 11:59 pm EST

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    To learn more and apply, view the grant guidelines below and visit craftcreativitydesign.slideroom.com.

    2017 Materials-Based Research Grant Guidelines

    2017 Materials-Based Research Grant Budget Form

    The Materials-Based Research Grant program is administered by The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design and supported by the Windgate Fund at the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina.

    22
    Jul
    Meet the 2017 Curatorial Fellows

     

    Meaghan Roddy
    Brooklyn, NY

    Lily Kane
    Brooklyn, NY

    Elizabeth Essner
    Brooklyn, NY

    Carissa Carman
    Bloomington, IN

    Natalie Campbell
    Washington, DC

    Quizayra Gonzalez
    Brooklyn, NY

    Cass Gardiner
    Brooklyn, NY

     

    CCCD’s Curatorial Fellowship is a yearlong program created to give emerging curators a platform to explore and test new ideas about craft.

    Of 54 applications received, three Curatorial Fellowship teams have been selected to fully develop and mount their proposed exhibition in CCCD’s Benchspace Gallery & Workshop, during the 2017 exhibition season. The Curatorial Fellows will work with CCCD staff to produce the exhibition, develop didactic material and an exhibition catalog, and deliver a curatorial talk.

    Selected fellows and exhibitions include:

    The Good Making of Good Things: Craft Horizons Magazine 1941-1979
    Elizabeth Essner, Lily Kane, Meaghan Roddy (Brooklyn, NY)
    Spring 2017

    The Good Making of Good Things: Craft Horizons Magazine 1941-1979 investigates this watershed publication, which ran from 1941-1979. The exhibition explores the shifting concept of craft as a movement, career, way of life and cultural phenomenon examining its impact on visual culture.

    Elizabeth Essner is a Brooklyn-based independent Design Specialist with a focus on modern and contemporary craft. In addition to research and appraising, Essner is a regular contributor to Modern magazine. She has also published in The Magazine Antiques (online) and The Common (online). A graduate of the Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture, Essner has previously been an auction house specialist at Rago Auctions in Lambertville, New Jersey, and worked for several New York design galleries, R & Company and Historical Design.

    Lily Kane is currently the Director of Exhibitions and Publications at R & Company gallery in New York, NY. In this role she has worked alongside the principals to mount international exhibitions such as Greta Magnusson Grossman: A Car and Some Shorts, on the pioneering Swedish-American designer and architect, as well as publishing books including the first volume on emerging interdisciplinary designer-makers The Haas Brothers and the recently released Brazil Modern, an overview of the country’s rich 20th century design history.  In 2006, while serving as the Director of Education at the American Craft Council, Kane was part of a team to revive the organization’s annual conference. She has also contributed writing to magazines including Modern and American Craft. A Nashville native, Kane attended Vassar College and now lives in Brooklyn, NY.

    Meaghan Roddy is a Senior Specialist and Vice President in the Design Department at Phillips auction house in New York, specializing in 20th and 21st century Design and Decorative Arts. She has previously been a Design Specialist at  Rago Auctions in Lambertville, New Jersey, and has been consulted for print and television features on 20th century Design including Architectural Digest, Bloomberg, Art + Auction, The Art Newspaper, Die Zeitungen, and Modern magazine. Roddy was a contributor to the publication Temperature 2012 produced by the Museum of Arts and Design in New York and Volume Gallery in Chicago regarding the current state of American design. A Maryland native, Roddy studied at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.

    Tie Up, Draw Down
    Carissa Carman (Bloomington, IN), Natalie Campbell (Washington, D.C.)
    Summer 2017

    The weaver’s grid has long served as a frame for irregularity, material experiment, and handcraft. Sheila Hicks’ minimes, hand-sized compositions woven daily from disparate materials, have inspired Tie Up, Draw Down, an exhibition about translating the weave across media, genres, and conceptual frameworks, and between micro and macro scale.

    Carissa Carman’s interdisciplinary artwork incorporates social practice directed by the construction, design, and usability of specialty objects and services. These playful interventions in site-specific environments are pseudo-purposeful, yet soulful and generous. Her performances, sculptures, and printed materials reference already established systems, occupations, and skills while maintaining the aesthetic of the handmade. Originally from California, Carman earned her BA from the University of California Chico (2001) and her MFA in Fibres and Material Practices from Concordia University, Montreal (2012). From 2003-2009 she was based in New York City, where she received residencies and grants from Women’s Studio Workshop, Andy Warhol Foundation, New York Foundation of the Arts, New York Council of the Arts, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She has presented at the Textile Museum of Canada, the Havana Biennial, and in New York City, Seattle, Florida, Montreal, Sackville, Italy, and France. She is part of numerous collaborations and has works in private collection at Yale, Wesleyan University, RISD, and Virginia Commonwealth University amongst others. She is a College Art Association ArtSpace Committee Member, a former board member of the Textile Study Group of NYC, and is currently a Professor at Indiana University, Bloomington in Textiles. CCCD is her first curatorial exhibition, in partnership with longstanding collaborator Natalie Campbell.

    Natalie Campbell is an independent curator and arts worker active in DC and New York whose interests include alternative exhibition formats and artists’ books. She often works collaboratively: forthcoming such projects include a public art/activism action in DC (fall 2016, co-organized with Saisha Grayson); a painting exhibition at the American University Art Museum (2017, co-organized with Danielle Mysliwiec); and an oral history of visual arts practices inside the I-495 Beltway (as part of the DC-based collective FURTHERMORE). Since 2007 she and Heidi Neilson have operated SP Weather Station, an artist-run weather station based in Queens, NY that organizes weather-related publications, events, and exhibitions. Exhibitions include The Crier (with Martine Workman and others), an artist newspaper and installation at Pleasant Plains Workshop, DC (2013); Heat Island, Smack Mellon, NY (2011); Shape Language, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, NYC (2010); Artists’ Books as (Sub)Culture, The Center for Book Arts, New York (2009). She studied English and Studio Art at The Ohio State University and Art History at Hunter College, and currently is a lecturer in Art History at the Corcoran School of Arts + Design at George Washington University.

    Crafted Strangers
    Matters Unsettled – Quizayra Gonzalez, Cass Gardiner (Brooklyn, NY)
    Fall 2017

    Crafted Strangers is a visual exploration of how craft is used as a tool for alienation and self-making. This exhibition will present artists that problematize, challenge, and reinvent notions of self through their artistic practice. Our curatorial question is framed within the Native American and immigrant experience in order to show the connections between these perceived polar opposites.

    Matters Unsettled is an emerging curatorial collective comprised of Cass Gardiner and Quizayra Gonzalez. Gardiner is an indigenous artist and curator who holds an MFA from Ryerson University and an Honors BA from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Gonzalez is a Dominican-American artist and curator who holds an MA from Parsons and a BFA from the University of the Arts. Together, Gonzalez and Gardiner seek to create exhibitions that serve as forums for cultural research and experimentation. As artists and curators, they are driven to use the curatorial platform as a tool to challenge preconceived notions of culture, identity, and belonging. They live, work, and play in Brooklyn, NY.

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    22
    Jul
    CCCD Celebrates 20th Anniversary on August 11

    Asheville NC – On August 11 from 7-10 pm, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) celebrates 20 years of service to emerging artists, researchers, scholars, and the public with its 20th Anniversary Celebration & Benefit.

    Guests will convene at CCCD’s historic 67 Broadway Street building in downtown Asheville, to explore four uniquely themed floors filled with art installations, live music, craft food, and specialty beverages. The event features local cuisine provided by Posana, Gan Shan Station, and Foothills Local Meats. Mayor Esther Manheimer will welcome guests and the 55-member host committee, led by Robyn Horn of the Windgate Charitable Foundation and Libba Evans who is the former Secretary of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. Benefit tickets begin at $50 for young adults (under 35) and $100 for the general public.

    Three distinct Back to the Drawing Board installations by artists Jay Fox and Ellie Richards (Penland, NC), Brice Garrett (Brooklyn, NY), an Chris Watts (High Point, NC) allow guests a one-of-a kind experience working with the artists on hands-on projects or experiencing a site-specific immersive installation. Two of the three projects will continue on Friday and Saturday August 12 – 13, free and open to the public from 12 – 6 pm.

    “We are planning a one-of-a-kind event in celebration of the history of CCCD while embracing the cultural community and artists who make Asheville and Western North Carolina the location that it is known for today,” says Stephanie Moore, Executive Director.

    Throughout the building, guests will preview a future Makerspace with live music by the Reggie Sullivan Band, experience the exhibition Warped featuring textiles inspired by sound, and enjoy a contemporary lounge created by Mobilia and Four Corners Home. Ticketed guests will also receive a commemorative vessel created by East Fork Pottery.

    EVENT DETAILS

    Date and Time: Thursday, August 11, 2016, 7 – 10 pm

    Location: The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, 67 Broadway Street, Asheville, NC 28801

    Ages 21+

    To learn more and purchase tickets, visit: http://cccdnow.org/20years/.

    Leadership support for CCCD’s 20th Anniversary Celebration generously provided by Aceto Law Office P.A., Blue Spiral 1/Bellagio/Fine Arts Theater, Dixon Hughes Goodman, Posana, Gan Shan Station, Foothills Local Meats, French Broad Chocolates, Daniels Graphics, and Capital at Play magazine.

    ABOUT THE CENTER FOR CRAFT, CREATIVITY & DESIGN (CCCD)

    Founded in 1996, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design is a national 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the field of craft through fostering new ideas, funding craft scholarship, and backing the next generation of makers, curators and critics. CCCD has developed a strong national reputation as a significant resource for artists, museums, academic researchers, university students and arts organizations. Each year, CCCD administers over a quarter million dollars in grants to those working in the craft field. www.craftcreativitydesign.org

    04
    May
    Exhibition of North Carolina design to open at NYCxDESIGN

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    ASHEVILLE, NC –  This week, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) will bring Made in Western North Carolina (WNC) to WantedDesign Brooklyn May 7 – 17, 2016, an opportunity made possible by the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority (BCTDA). The exhibition will be held during NYCxDESIGN, New York City’s official annual citywide celebration of design.

    Made in WNC is an exhibition examining the legacy of craft-based industry in western North Carolina and its influence on artists and designer-makers working in the region today. First on display at CCCD’s Benchspace Gallery & Workshop in Fall 2015, the exhibition features work by twenty-four textile, ceramic, and furniture studios based in the region. These designer-makers export their work internationally with brands such as Calvin Klein Home and Starbucks, are sold at the Le Bon Marché or in Dwell on Design, and have been featured in publications such as Monocle, Garden and Gun, and Bon Appétit.

    “Asheville is gaining reputation as a hub for forward thinking contemporary design in addition to being recognized for its rich craft history and traditions,” said CCCD Assistant Director and exhibition curator Marilyn Zapf. “Made in WNC explores this intersection, showcasing a region that is at the forefront of innovation in new business models combining craft, design, and industry. We are thankful to the BCTDA for supporting our efforts to provide context of the region and showcase local talent to an international audience at WantedDesign Brooklyn.”

    Like CCCD, WantedDesign supports new ideas, emerging designers, and critical dialogue. It is a platform dedicated to promoting design and fostering the international creative community at large throughout the year.

    At WantedDesign Brooklyn, CCCD will join an international cohort of organizations, designers, brands, embassies, and design schools in providing content for ten days of exclusive exhibitions, workshops and conversations. Other participants include Aalto University (Finland), Brooklyn Glass (U.S.), Centro (Mexico), Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum (U.S.), Cultural Services of the French Embassy (France), ENSCI les ateliers (France), Escuela de Comunicación Mónica Herrera (El Salvador), Industry City (U.S.), Trend Tablet, Toronto Design Offsight Festival (Canada), and Pratt Institute (U.S.) among others.

    Says Zapf, “WantedDesign Brooklyn is a fitting stage to showcase the top-quality work being produced in this region as part of the international designer-maker movement.“

    Participating Studios:

    Appalatch (Weaverville, NC), Blue Ridge Chair Works (Asheville, NC), Bow + Arrow (Asheville, NC), Cause and Effect (Asheville, NC), The Circle A Brand Mfg. Co.(Asheville, NC), Claire Minihan Woodworks (Asheville, NC), East Fork Pottery (Marshall, NC), Element Clay Studio (Asheville, NC), FEHLŌ (Asheville, NC), Hudson’s Hill(Greensboro, NC), Iron & Ash (Asheville, NC), Lightheart Gear (Arden, NC), A Little Weather (Leicester, NC), Melissa Weiss Pottery (Asheville, NC), Mudtools (Bat Cave, NC),New Colony Furniture (Bakersville, NC), Nick Moen (Asheville, NC), The Old Wood Co. (Asheville, NC), OUTRA (Asheville, NC), Overlap Sewing Studio (Asheville, NC),Raleigh Denim Workshop (Raleigh, NC), Shelter Collective (Asheville, NC), Sketchbook Crafts (Marshall, NC), TSUGA (Boone, NC).

    Collaborating Studios:

    Bernhardt Design & Bernhardt Textiles (Lenoir, NC), Capricorn Bicycles (Marshall, NC)

    Save the date(s). Your essential calendar to attend WantedDesign Brooklyn:

    WantedDesign Brooklyn, May 7-17

    Industry City – Sunset Park – 220 36th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232

    For more information, visit: wanteddesignnyc.com/wd2016/brooklyn/exhibitions/madeinwnc

    Made in WNC is organized by The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, curated by Marilyn Zapf, presented by the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority, and received support from the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

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    ABOUT THE CENTER FOR CRAFT, CREATIVITY & DESIGN

    Founded in 1996, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) is a national 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the field of craft through fostering new ideas, funding craft scholarship, and backing the next generation of makers, curators and critics. CCCD has developed a strong national reputation as a significant resource for artists, museums, academic researchers, university students and arts organizations. Each year, CCCD administers over a quarter million dollars in grants to those working in the craft field. craftcreativitydesign.org

    ABOUT THE BUNCOMBE COUNTY TOURISM DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

    The Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority (BCTDA) oversees the Asheville area destination marketing and sales efforts which attract more than 3.3 million overnight visitors, providing a base of customers that spend more than $1.7 billion and generate a total $2.6 billion economic impact for the community. BCTDA has also supported more than 27 community capital projects with $23 million in Tourism Product Development Fund grants. For more information on the BCTDA, visit bctda.org.

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    03
    Feb
    CCCD Announces Call for Emerging Curators

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    CURATORIAL FELLOWSHIP 

    Application Deadline: Monday, March 28, 2016, 6:00 PM EST

    Apply at craftcreativitydesign.slideroom.com

    Click here to download a printable pdf application and images/floorplans of Benchspace Gallery & Workshop.

    About

    Founded in 1996, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the field of craft through fostering new ideas, funding craft scholarship, and backing the next generation of makers, curators, and critics. CCCD is the leading national nonprofit working collaboratively across sectors in support of craft education. Since 2010, the organization has supported the careers of emerging curators with an interest in contemporary craft through its Windgate Museum Internship Program. This year, CCCD is proud to announce a new initiative that will support curators by giving them resources, space, and technical assistance to nurture their talents.

    The Curatorial Fellowship is a yearlong program created to give emerging craft curators a platform to explore and test new ideas about craft. Three Curatorial Fellows will be selected to fully develop and mount their proposed exhibition in CCCD’s Benchspace Gallery & Workshop, located in Asheville, North Carolina, during the 2017 exhibition season. The Curatorial Fellows will work with Assistant Director Marilyn Zapf to produce the exhibition, develop didactic material and an exhibition catalog, and deliver a curatorial talk.

    Selected curators will receive at no cost:

    Eligibility

    Proposals are sought from individuals, two-person teams, and collectives for exhibitions to be considered in CCCD’s Benchspace Gallery & Workshop 2017 season. No prior curatorial experience is necessary. An experienced curator on staff will be available to provide guidance and support during the program.

    Criteria

    All proposals will be evaluated on merit of project, singularity of concept, full completion of application, and adherence to the criteria listed below:

    “Benchspace is a gallery and workshop for investigating contemporary practices of making in the shifting creative landscape of the 21st century. More than simply a place to display finished objects, this innovative flex space is about engaging in critical dialogue and pushing at disciplinary boundaries.

    Concerned with modes of production – how skill, process, materials, and ideas are assembled, Benchspace provides a valuable opportunity for artists, makers, designers, students, academics and the public to engage in collaborative practice.”

    How to Apply

    CCCD’s Benchspace Gallery & Workshop is a 2,000+ square foot space located on the ground floor of a creative campus in the heart of downtown Asheville, North Carolina’s cultural district. Please review photographs of previous exhibitions as well as the gallery floor plan before submitting your proposal.

    APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Application must be submitted via SlideRoom no later than Monday, March 28, 2016 at 6:00pm EST.

    APPLICATION FEE: A non-refundable application fee of $10 (US) is required with each application. Payment must be submitted via SlideRoom. DO NOT mail checks, cash or send money via Western Union, Money Gram, Postal Money Gram to CCCD’s office.

    NOTIFICATION: Notifications of the results will be sent via e-mail by May 23th, 2016. The e-mail address listed on the application form will be used to send out notifications. Please be sure that it is a valid account that you check regularly.

    APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must apply using the online application program SlideRoom at www.craftcreativitydesign.slideroom.com. Please review the application requirements listed below before beginning your application.

    All applicants should create a log-in to be able to partially complete the form and return to finish it at a later date. Before submitting your application, you will be directed to a confirmation page where you will be able to review your form and return to edit or delete your uploaded files as needed. Once you submit your application, you will not be able to access your form again. Applicants will receive a confirmation email once the application form has been successfully submitted.

    NAME OF APPLICANT & CONTACT INFORMATION:Applicants must provide a current address and a valid e-mail address. Providing a website is optional but encouraged. The e-mail address provided will be used to send out the final notification letter. Collaboration: Applicants who wish to apply as collaborators need only submit one application form and application fee. One member of the collaborative team must be selected as the main applicant; their contact information will be used for all preliminary correspondence and notification.

    1. EXHIBITION PROPOSAL (Short): Please briefly describe the content of the proposed exhibition. (75 words)

    2. EXHIBITION PROPOSAL (Extended):Please describe the content of the proposed exhibition including outlining the curatorial idea, research methods, and proposed display strategies. (1000 words)

    3. How does the proposed exhibition approach the concept of craft? (400 words)

    4. Why is the proposed exhibition relevant today? (400 words)

    5. Name three recent, significant written works or exhibitions that are pertinent to the proposed exhibition (historiography). Describe how the proposed exhibition would extend, questions, or push this conversation forward. (400 words)

    6. LIST OF PROPOSED ARTISTS:A list of at least four and up to twenty proposed artists, including last name, first name, primary media, primary location, and up to two sentences explaining how their work relates to the theme of the exhibition. Please indicate if the applicant has corresponded with the artist and if the artist’s work is available for the show.

    ATTACHMENTS:

    1. CURATOR’S C.V.: A copy of your most up to date CV should be uploaded in either Word or PDF format. Name your CV file “Curator’s Last NameFirst Name.doc/docx/pdf”, i.e. “Smithxxx” All collaborating partner’s information and CV must also be submitted.

    2. ADDITIONAL SUPPORT MATERIAL (optional):Support materials such as reviews or catalogues are optional. Curators may upload up to three scanned copies of support documents.

    REFERENCES: Each applicant must provide one reference letter.

    MEDIA: Applicants may upload up to 20 samples of proposed artwork to be included in the exhibition. You have the option of uploading any combination of images or video links (from video hosting sites such as vimeo, flickr or youtube.) During the review process only the first 2 minutes of each video sample so please edit your materials accordingly. Images should be in JPEG format no larger than 1000 pixels on any side @ 72 dpi. Name each jpeg file with “Applicant’s Last NameArtist’s Last NameNumber.jpg,” i.e. “Smith_ Jones1.jpg”, “SmithAdams_2.jpg” etc. Each uploaded image or video link must be accompanied by a corresponding Image Description, which lists the Artist Name, Title, Year, Medium, Dimensions of the artwork. You may include a brief description (up to 50 words) of the artwork in lieu of or in addition to the artwork information. This list should correspond to the order in which the images were uploaded.

    PLEASE NOTE: Applications containing images and documents that are not labeled or uploaded according to the guidelines above will NOT be reviewed. Images will not be accepted by email. Submitting an application does not constitute a promise or guarantee of acceptance.

    NON-DISCRIMINATION: The program encourages and welcomes the participation of curators from all backgrounds and does not discriminate with regards to any individual or group of individuals on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status. CCCD encourages applications from traditionally under-represented minority populations.

    Timeline

    February 2016 –Call for Curators announced
    March 28, 2016 – Deadline for Proposals – 6pm EST
    May 2016 – Curators announced
    Summer 2016 – Curators site visit
    Spring 2017 – First exhibition
    Summer 2017 – Second exhibition
    Fall 2017 – Third exhibition

    FAQs

    What is the final deadline for submitting my online application form?

    All applications must be electronically submitted no later than Monday, March 28, 2016 at 6:00pm EST. Late submissions will not be accepted. PLEASE DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST DAY TO UPLOAD YOUR MATERIALS. (If you have any technical problems after 5pm on March 25, we will not be able to assist you and any application that is late due to technical difficulties will not be accepted.)

    May I mail a hard copy of my application materials to CCCD’s office?

    No, hard copy submissions will not be accepted. The application must be completed and submitted through SlideRoom.

    I have video samples as well as jpegs of the work examples proposed for my exhibition. Can I submit samples of both?

    You may upload up to 20 images or video links from your personal site or video hosting sites (such as vimeo, flickr or youtube) of your recent work. You can upload any combination totaling 20. Remember, during the review process only the first 2 minutes of each video sample so please edit your materials accordingly.

    Can I work on my application and return to complete it at a later date?

    Yes, creating a login account will enable you to complete the form in several online sessions.

    I just submitted my application but I want to return to it and make an edit. Is this possible?

    No, once your application is submitted, you will not be able to return to the form or change any submitted information. The application fee must also be paid at the time of submitting your application as you will not be able to log-in again to access the payment page again.

    Will I receive confirmation that my application has been received?

    Yes, applicants will receive a confirmation email once the application form and application fee have been received.

    How do I pay the application fee?

    Payment must be submitted via credit card through the online application form system. After you complete and submit your application, you will be directed to a confirmation page and a link to pay your application fee. The application fee must be paid at the time of submitting your application as you will not be able to log-in to access the payment page.

    Can I apply as part of a collaborative team?

    Yes curatorial teams of two people or more may apply together for their shared project. Applicants who wish to apply as collaborators need only submit one application form and application fee. One member of the collaborative team must be selected as the main applicant; their contact information will be used for all preliminary correspondence and notification. Please note that CCCD will only cover the travel expense of up to two collaborators per project for the site visit and Curator’s Talk.

    Do the images I submit in the application need to be the exact pieces in the exhibition? Once I’m selected may I add/subtract pieces I used in my submission?

    The submitted proposal should include as many of the artists exhibiting work in the exhibition as possible. The strongest proposals are the most specific and will include the artwork intended for the exhibition. Once selected, the curator may add or subtract pieces after discussion with the CCCD staff. The selected proposal is chosen based on the exhibition as a whole so it is important for the proposal to be fully formed.

    What does the exhibition budget cover?

    The $8,000 exhibition budget should be used to cover the entire cost of the exhibition to include shipping, crating, framing, exhibition design and build, installation, demo costs, art commissions/artist fees, loan fees, customs, couriers, and interpretive materials such as show graphics, labels, and so on.

    What does CCCD provide for the exhibition?

    CCCD will provide the gallery/exhibition space, insurance, staffing during gallery opening hours, administrative support including marketing, postcard invitations, and email invites. CCCD will provide a registrar to work directly with the Curatorial Fellows to arrange shipping and object reports. Additionally, CCCD will organize an opening reception and a Curator’s Talk. An experienced curator on staff will be available to provide guidance and support during the program.

    An honorarium of $5,000 will be awarded to the selected applicant. There will be no other financial support.

    What is the responsibility of the selected curator?

    The curator is responsible for organizing the exhibition in a timely manner including arranging all artwork delivery to and from the gallery and writing a short essay to accompany the exhibition. The curator is required to attend a site visit during Summer 2016 and present a Curator’s Talk as part of the program.

    How much time will the selected curator have to install the exhibition?

    Each exhibition should be installed within 3-4 days. The installation will be completed by a team of art handlers selected by CCCD.

    Does CCCD have equipment to borrow for the exhibition such as projectors, monitors, media players, pedestals etc. or should we include those items in my budget?

    CCCD does have a limited supply of basic media and installation equipment that can be utilized by the selected curator. Please contact CCCD directly regarding specific inquiries for equipment prior to completing your budget. A full list of available basic media and installation equipment will be provided to the selected Curatorial Fellows.

    Can I submit an exhibition with an open call or a residency component?

    No. Open calls must be completed prior to submitting a proposal and residencies cannot be a component of the exhibition.

    Can my show be virtual or off-site?

    No. All exhibitions must take place in the physical gallery space. Though parts of the exhibition may be in public or other spaces, something must be on view within the walls of the gallery for the scheduled duration of approximately 3 months, during hours assigned by CCCD.

    Can my proposed show include sales of work?

    No. Benchspace is an educational gallery and works are not offered for sale.

    Can I submit a proposal for a solo show or an exhibition of my own work?

    No. All proposals must include at least 3 people. Including yourself in an exhibition proposal is allowed yet should be clearly stated. In addition, proposals will not be accepted for exhibitions where multiple people work on one person’s idea (artists projects). Artist projects are exhibitions that use other artists or individuals working on the submitter’s idea to create a single work or installation.

    Can I submit more than one proposal? Can I submit an exhibition that has been presented elsewhere before?

    No.

    I have a question that wasn’t answered. How can I reach CCCD?

    If you have any further questions, please contact mzapf@craftcreativitydesign.org.

    28
    Jan
    CCCD to exhibit Made in WNC at WantedDesign Brooklyn during NYCxDesign

    Industry City

    ASHEVILLE, NC – The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) is pleased to announce its participation in WantedDesign Brooklyn May 7-17, 2016 during NYCxDESIGN, New York City’s official annual citywide celebration of design. CCCD will display Made in Western North Carolina (WNC), an exhibition featuring work by twenty-four regional textile, ceramic, and furniture studios.

    “CCCD is grateful to the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority (BCTDA) for making it possible to bring Made in WNC to Brooklyn during New York’s annual design week,” said Stephanie Moore, CCCD Executive Director. “This sponsorship demonstrates significant leadership and support for our cultural sector. We are proud to be working with the BCTDA to export the quality and authenticity of Asheville to New York.”

    Made in WNC is an exhibition examining the legacy of craft-based industry in western North Carolina and its influence on artists and designer-makers working in the region today. Since 2008, the designer-maker movement has established itself as new form of creative entrepreneurship defined by small-batch or limited-run scale of production, combining craft-based practice with new technology, and marketing to a design-based consumer. The studios and artists included in Made in WNC exemplify how designer-makers in this region are at the forefront of innovation in new business models combining craft, design, and industry.

    Curated by CCCD’s Assistant Director, Marilyn Zapf, the exhibition was on view throughout Fall 2015 at CCCD’s Benchspace Gallery & Workshop in Downtown Asheville with nearly 4,000 visitors. The importance of the exhibition was underlined by a private closing reception hosted by North Carolina Senator Terry Van Duyn.

    “The studios represented in Made in WNC are creating and selling products to an international market. They are working with brands such as Calvin Klein Home and Starbucks, are sold at the Le Bon Marché or in Dwell on Design, and grace the pages of publications like Monocle, Garden and Gun, and Bon Appétit. WantedDesign Brooklyn is a fitting stage to showcase the top-quality work being produced in this region as part of the international designer-maker movement,” said curator Marilyn Zapf.

    WantedDesign is a platform dedicated to promoting design and fostering the international creative community at large throughout the year. CCCD will join an international cohort of organizations, designers, brands, embassies, and design schools in providing content for ten days of exclusive exhibitions, workshops and conversations at WantedDesign Brooklyn. Other participants include Aalto University (Finland), Brooklyn Glass (U.S.), Centro (Mexico), Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum (U.S.), Cultural Services of the French Embassy (France), ENSCI les ateliers (France), Escuela de Comunicación Mónica Herrera (El Salvador), Industry City (U.S.), Trend Tablet, Toronto Design Offsight Festival (Canada), and Pratt Institute (U.S.) among others.

    Made in WNC is organized by The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, curated by Marilyn Zapf, presented by the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority, and received support from the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

    Participating Studios:

    Appalatch (Weaverville, NC), Blue Ridge Chair Works (Asheville, NC), Bow + Arrow (Asheville, NC), Cause and Effect (Asheville, NC), The Circle A Brand Mfg. Co.(Asheville, NC), Claire Minihan Woodworks (Asheville, NC), East Fork Pottery (Marshall, NC), Element Clay Studio (Asheville, NC), FEHLŌ (Asheville, NC), Hudson’s Hill(Greensboro, NC), Iron & Ash (Asheville, NC), Lightheart Gear (Arden, NC), A Little Weather (Leicester, NC), Melissa Weiss Pottery (Asheville, NC), Mudtools (Bat Cave, NC),New Colony Furniture (Bakersville, NC), Nick Moen (Asheville, NC), The Old Wood Co. (Asheville, NC), OUTRA (Asheville, NC), Overlap Sewing Studio (Asheville, NC),Raleigh Denim Workshop (Raleigh, NC), Shelter Collective (Asheville, NC), Sketchbook Crafts (Marshall, NC), TSUGA (Boone, NC).

    Collaborating Studios:

    Bernhardt Design & Bernhardt Textiles (Lenoir, NC), Capricorn Bicycles (Marshall, NC)

    ABOUT THE CENTER FOR CRAFT, CREATIVITY & DESIGN

    Founded in 1996, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) is a national 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the field of craft through fostering new ideas, funding craft scholarship, and backing the next generation of makers, curators and critics. CCCD has developed a strong national reputation as a significant resource for artists, museums, academic researchers, university students and arts organizations. Each year, CCCD administers over a quarter million dollars in grants to those working in the craft field. craftcreativitydesign.org

    ABOUT THE BUNCOMBE COUNTY TOURISM DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

    The Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority (BCTDA) oversees the Asheville area destination marketing and sales efforts which attract more than 3.3 million overnight visitors, providing a base of customers that spend more than $1.7 billion and generate a total $2.6 billion economic impact for the community. BCTDA has also supported more than 27 community capital projects with $23 million in Tourism Product Development Fund grants. For more information on the BCTDA, visit bctda.org.

    View full press release

     

    08
    Jan
    Center for Creative Entrepreneurship Launched by UNC Asheville and The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design

    UNC Asheville and The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) have partnered to launch the Center for Creative Entrepreneurship. The new center will create an all-in-one ecosystem to coalesce business resources and training programs to support student and community innovations and craft products. This initiative is supported by the Windgate Charitable Foundation, with an initial grant of $716,500.

    Photo of the facility, courtesy of The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design

    Photo of the facility, courtesy of The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design

    The three-year investment includes funding for pilot programming, operational support, and facility improvements toward the renovation of The Hive AVL, a shared regional resource center for academic institutions and the location of the Center for Creative Entrepreneurship. The project constitutes the second phase of CCCD’s redevelopment project at 67 Broadway in Asheville known as The Hive AVL.

    “The Center for Creative Entrepreneurship will be the Asheville area’s hub for product incubation, design thinking and creative sector entrepreneurship,” said CCCD Director Stephanie Moore. “It’s the first product incubator program for makers in the area and will serve as a cornerstone for makers in the region, particularly the students and early-stage makers who will benefit from professional connections, entrepreneurial resources, and the opportunity to work side-by-side with faculty and visiting artists.” 

    UNC Asheville and the CCCD will each contribute to the unique programming in the new Center for Creative Entrepreneurship to develop maker-based businesses. By co-locating craft-related academic programming and entrepreneurial courses offered by academic partners and technical service providers, area students and faculty from universities will be able to take advantage of a collective knowledge base. UNC Asheville joins Warren Wilson College, founding academic partner, in the list of academic institutions paving the way for innovative programming that supports the business and entrepreneurial needs of the creative sector. The new center and its programming will be a part of The Hive AVL and supported by additional project partner Mountain BizWorks. A second-floor gallery also will feature student exhibitions.

    “UNC Asheville is a leader in creativity and collaboration. Faculty connect our students to hands-on experiences and provide the expertise in innovation and interdisciplinary learning to advance the creative economy. The Center for Creative Entrepreneurship will take this work to the next level. We are bringing our entrepreneurs from the classroom to the community and making sure these students have the resources to succeed,” said UNC Asheville Chancellor Mary K. Grant. 

    Photo of "Made in WNC," featuring work by UNC Asheville alumna Anna Toth, by Jennifer Cole Rodriguez, courtesy of The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design

    Photo of “Made in WNC,” featuring work by UNC Asheville alumna Anna Toth, by Jennifer Cole Rodriguez, courtesy of The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design

    The Center for Creative Entrepreneurship announcement is part of the Jan. 8 closing event for the exhibition “Made in WNC,” at the CCCD, which includes remarks by State Senator Terry Van Duyn and Asheville Vice-Mayor Gwen Wisler, alongside The Support Center, a statewide nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution. The exhibit examines the legacy of craft-based industry (textiles, pottery, and furniture) in Western North Carolina and its influence on artists and designer-makers working in the region – the kind of work that will be advanced and fostered by the Center for Creative Entrepreneurship. 

    “The Center for Creative Entrepreneurship will help introduce and support a new generation of makers,” said Brent Skidmore, assistant professor art and art history at UNC Asheville. “This intersection between UNC Asheville and the Center for Creative Entrepreneurship is where our students will have pre-professional experiences, bringing forth designs from our makerspaces and connecting to real-world professionals while getting the support that every budding maker wants. The CCE will become the nexus for unique endeavors in craft and design by offering programming that supports this new generation.”

    ABOUT THE CENTER FOR CRAFT, CREATIVITY & DESIGN (CCCD)

    Founded in 1996, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design is a national 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the field of craft through fostering new ideas, funding craft scholarship, and backing the next generation of makers, curators and critics. CCCD has developed a strong national reputation as a significant resource for artists, museums, academic researchers, university students and arts organizations. Each year, CCCD administers over a quarter million dollars in grants to those working in the craft field. www.craftcreativitydesign.org

    ABOUT UNC ASHEVILLE

    UNC Asheville is the designated liberal arts institution for the UNC system. Enrolling 3,900 students and offering more than 30 undergraduate majors and a Master of Liberal Arts and Sciences degree, UNC Asheville encourages students to take part in a nationally acclaimed undergraduate research program and participate in interdisciplinary learning. From internships and hands-on projects, to study abroad and community engagement, students experience an education that extends beyond campus into the vibrant City of Asheville, the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains and the world. www.unca.edu

    View full press release via UNC Asheville News Center

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    21
    Dec
    CCCD Holiday Schedule

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    CCCD offices and Benchspace Gallery & Workshop will be closed from December 24, 2015 at 2 pm reopening January 2, 2016. We look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

     

     

    23
    Jun
    CCCD Announces Plans for Creative Campus in Downtown Asheville

    67 Broadway

    TDA TPDF Grant sought to support conference facility and event space 

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    June 25, 2015

    Asheville, NC – In January 2014, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) relocated to downtown Asheville, North Carolina. Since that time, the national nonprofit organization has opened its headquarters to serve as a creative hub for residents and visitors alike. Now a contender for a grant from the Tourism Development Authority (TDA) Tourism Product Development Fund (TPDF), CCCD is poised for it’s second phase of development: The Hive – a creative campus for making, learning and enterprise. 

    CCCD’s vision for the campus has three phases:

    If awarded, TDA/TPDF funding will serve as match funds for the second phase of development. Phase 2 includes a 6,000+ square foot conference facility, an ideal venue for arts organizations and professionals to hold conferences, meetings, and retreats. The space is being designed to meet the needs of the cultural community, locally and nationally. “We’re developing a new business model to sustain the nonprofit’s operations and increase our program offerings,” says CCCD Executive Director Stephanie Moore. “CCCD is uniquely positioned to serve as a bridge between academic organizations, cultural institutions, and creatives.” Other funding partners include the Windgate Fund of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, Fleur Bresler and the Bresler Family Foundation, Warren Wilson College and private donors. 

    CCCD has partnered with creative placemaking consultant Mike Marcus to further develop plans for the facility. “Asheville is known as a destination for artistic people. It’s a large part of the ‘vibe’ that so many people talk about and that CCCD supports. Through extensive community outreach, we have identified both the need and opportunity for a physical place where learning, making and entrepreneurship intersect,” says Marcus. “This is the perfect economic development initiative for the hospitality industry and the creative sector to collaborate on.”

    Asheville-based architect Brandon Pass was chosen for the project based on his contemporary vision and thoughtful consideration to the tradition and materials of the region. “Our intent is to develop an environment that will express the communal and creative spirit intrinsic to Asheville. We will create a space to foster the processes of other thinkers and makers,” says Pass.

    “Western North Carolina offers something extraordinary to the country that we are looking to highlight and promote. We want to preserve the rich legacy of this 1912 building, honor craft’s historic and vital importance in the development of the region while looking toward the future,” says Moore. The Hive will invite ‘cross pollination’ through collaborations, discussions, and sharing across disciplines, enriching local culture and national dialogue.

    ABOUT THE CENTER FOR CRAFT, CREATIVITY & DESIGN (CCCD)

    Founded in 1996, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design is a national 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the field of craft through fostering new ideas, funding craft scholarship, and backing the next generation of makers, curators and critics. CCCD has developed a strong national reputation as a significant resource for artists, museums, academic researchers, university students and arts organizations. Each year, CCCD administers over a quarter million dollars in grants to those working in the craft field. www.craftcreativitydesign.org

    View full press release as PDF

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