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  • February 2013 CCCD Newsletter

    Approaching Deadline: Windgate Museum Internship Host Institution Application

    **Applications due Friday, February 15, 2013**

    The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design administers the Windgate Museum Internship program which provides $5,000 stipends for four undergraduate or graduate students to work under the direction of curators or directors in decorative arts or contemporary crafts collections, exhibitions and programs in museums or organizations nationally. The goal of the program is to expand the number of future curators with education and interest in contemporary studio craft. Since 2006, the Center has awarded internships to 29 graduate and undergraduate students from 18 museums.

    This is the first year the Center is launching applications to select four 2013 Windgate Museum Internship host institutions. Selected host institutions will receive $5,000 to fund an intern who will work closely with a curator on a studio craft collection, exhibition, or research project designed specifically for the internship. 


    2012 Windgate Museum Interns: Update 

    We’re pleased to share testimonials and updates from 2012 Windgate Museum Interns:


    Ryan King

     Corcoran College of Art + Design, Washington DC
    Intern at The Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, Oregon


    “It was a privilege to contribute to the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Oregon over the course of six weeks during this past summer, helping with research, planning, writing, exhibition design, and installation of upcoming exhibitions, namely “Reflecting on Erik Gronborg.” That exhibition, in particular, afforded me the opportunity to work directly with the artist, art lenders, and contributing curators.

     The staff were all extremely knowledgable and supportive. I would especially like to recognize Namita Gupta Wiggers, Director and Chief Curator, Nicole Nathan, Curator of Collections and Registrar, and Kat Perez, Assistant Curator, for their encouragement, inspiration, and creative spirit.           

    Even though it is a small-scale art museum, it has a rich legacy of top-of-class programming and continues to expand its broad reach and national prestige. I gained valuable insight into the processes of working with a small staff and quick turn-arounds, as well as my first experience in curatorial research and planning.”


    Allison Geremia 

    Parsons The New School for Design, New York, NY
    Intern at The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA


    “My experience at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston was invaluable. I was offered the opportunity to compile research for an upcoming show, which paralleled my own interests. I also compiled research for the museum’s permanent collection of contemporary craft in the Farago Galleries. I worked with a lot of passionate people throughout the course of the summer including curators, research librarians, and other staff who introduced me to new facets of the museum world and inspired much of my own current research.” 



    Karen Peltier

    Corcoran College of Art + Design, Washington DC
    Intern at Asheville Art Museum


     “I’ve been working along side guest curator Andrew Glasgow in preparation for the upcoming show, A Sense of Balance: The Sculpture of Stoney Lamar, opening in April 2013. I’ve gotten great experience in all aspects of getting the show together, such as handling loan requests for pieces from public and private collections all over the country, gathering material for the catalogue, and assisting in planning for the traveling portion of the show, which will leave Asheville Art Museum in September 2013. I’ve also been busy researching and preparing my own show which will highlight some of the key craft pieces in the permanent collection at the Museum to open in March 2013.”

    Piers Gelly

    Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
    Intern at The Chipstone Foundation

    This summer Piers Gelly worked with the Chipstone Foundation, a research institute in Milwaukee, Wisconsin devoted to promoting new scholarship in the field of American Decorative Arts, to assist in the planning and programing of the Object Lab initiative. The Object Lab is a new initiative to bring interdisciplinary voices to the study of craft and decorative arts and history. 

     “Towards a New Apprenticeship Model” at CAA Conference 


    Thursday, February 14, 5:30-7:30 PM. 


    The Center will be sponsoring a session at the upcoming College Art Association conference in New York. The session will continue a discussion which started in our September 2012 Think Tank about apprenticeships as an alternative form of craft education.


    The session is open to the public. For more information, please visit the CAA 2013 conference website.

    “Towards a New Apprenticeship Model: The Case for Experiential Learning” 
    Gramercy B, 2nd Floor, Hilton Times Square
    Chair: Stephanie Moore, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design 

    The New Apprenticeship Project

    Mark Shapiro, independent scholar

    Making as Knowledge: The Role of Apprenticeships in Craft Education Today

    Panel discussion 

    Moderator: Ethan Lasser, Harvard Art Museum
    Erin Fletcher, independent artist, North Bennett Street School
    Alex Matisse, independent artist 
    Ken Sager, independent artist

    Upcoming Exhibition: Spoon | Fed 

    The Center is pleased to announce our spring exhibition, Spoon | Fed. This exhibit will feature the work of four international emerging artists and craftspeople who make, manipulate or are inspired by the archetype of the spoon:

    Wes Airgood | Sarah Hurtigkarl | Joo Hyung Park | Annie Tung


    Spoon | Fed will be on view March 15 – May 31, 2013.

    The gallery is open Monday through Friday, noon-5pm daily. 

    Opening Reception :        

    March 15, 2013 from 5 -7pm

    The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design
    1181 Broyles Road
    Hendersonville, NC 28791  
    Postcard image: “Branchlet Silver Cutlery,’ Sarah Hurtigkarl, 2012 

    Ornament Magazine Features Windgate Fellows


    Be sure to check out the latest issue (36.2) of Ornament Magazine for “The Windgate Fellowship: Crafting Excellence”, a feature on our Windgate Fellows working in jewelry written by independent scholar, curator and Craft Research Fund recipient Ashley Callahan. 


    Preview available here. Magazine subscribers may access the full article. 

     “The Polite Pointer,” (ring), Wes Valdez, 2011 Windgate Fellow 

    Save the Date: FOOD Conference at the Mint Museum

    We invite you to join us at the Mint Museum Uptown in Charlotte on Friday, April 26, 2013 for a day of engaging presentations by food writers, chefs, historians, and designers. Speakers include food historian and founder of Gastronomica Darra Goldstein, bread expert and Johnson and Wales chef Peter Reinhart, Asheville-based architect Ken Gaylord, and designers Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin of FormaFantasma. This conference, co-hosted by the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design and the Mint Museum, will be held in honor of the museum’s upcoming exhibition, F.O.O.D. (Food, Objects, Objectives, and Design).
    Designer and Architect Michael Graves will also be presenting as the keynote speaker on the evening of Thursday, April 25 in conjunction with the exhibition. 
    For details or to register, visit the Mint Museum’s website or call 704.337.2107.


    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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