The purpose of the Craft Research Fund is to advance, expand and support scholarship in United States.
Since 2005, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design’s Craft Research Fund grant program has advanced and expanded research about craft in the United States. The program supports innovative research on critical issues in craft theory and history, explores the inter-relationship among craft, art, design and contemporary culture, and fosters new cross-disciplinary approaches to scholarship in the craft field.
The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design is pleased to announce the recipients for the 2016/17 Craft Research Fund grants. This year, 16 organizations, curators, scholars, and graduate students, including the Museum of Craft And Design, Portland Museum of Art, and The Marks Project, will receive a total of $95,000 to support research, exhibitions, catalogs, and projects in the United States.
PROJECT GRANTS 11 out of 47 Project Grant proposals awarded Anya Montiel – $4,500 Support for a dissertation research about government-funded basketry, pottery, and woodworking craft workshops in the 1960s-70s among the Florida Seminole, Mississippi Choctaw, and North Carolina Cherokee. Ann Glasscock – $10,000 Support for a dissertation about Hudson Roysher (American, 1911-1993) a silversmith, designer, and craftsman, aiming to look at his career and oeuvre as a way to advance the understanding of modern craft, especially objects used in sacred contexts thus prompting further exploration in the burgeoning field of postwar ecclesiastical design and furnishings. The Marks Project – $10,000 Support for research, writing, photography and documentation of the Southern Highland Craft Guild’s (SHCG) clay artists, as part of a larger project to document regional American studio ceramics. Kaitlin McClure – $4,220 Support for oral history interviews with 15-20 potters from the New York West Side YMCA pottery studio. The project’s goals are to record the way these makers have created a community space that perpetuates American craft practices and the ways they both embody and challenge canonical American craft history. Emily Rogers – $9,847 Support for dissertation research to investigate American craft by examining how Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indian basket makers manage two scarce resources used in weaving: basket making knowledge and the river cane plant. Christina Michelon – $8,500 Support for a dissertation focused on print’s relationship to domestic craft and interior design from 1830-1890, specifically how printed material simultaneously promoted and limited creativity; mediated between individual and collective identities; and shaped the way people experienced and transformed their visual and material surroundings. Museum of Craft and Design – $10,000 Support for conducting research for a book and exhibition about craft artist Dominic Di Mare. The publication will contribute a deeper understanding on how the studio craft movement enveloped around Di Mare in the context of his time and culture. Laura McGuire – $5,000 Suppport for conducting research for an article about the role of immigrant craftsmen in the formation of professional industrial design organizations in the United States between the World Wars. Lynne Baggett – $5,000 Support for Idiosyncrasies and Innovation: Incised Letterform Carvings from 17th and 18th Century Grave Markers, a website/blog developed as a unique collaborative forum dedicated to the study of the stone masons craft of incised lettering. Jaimianne Amicucci – $3,300 Support for a publication entitled The History of Craft in our Nations’ Capital, the first comprehensive examination of craft in Washington DC that documents regional craft artists, institutions, exhibitions, organizations and supporters from the studio craft movement to today. Aimee Lee – $5,000 Support for a book about hand papermaking tool-makers over the past fifty years. This project will recognize the makers and the tools created enabling the papermaking craft to flourish for the past fifty years. EXHIBITION RESEARCH GRANTS 1 out of 4 Exhibition Research Grant proposals awarded Portland Museum of Art – $10,000 Support for research to inform an exhibition and accompanying catalogue entitled Process Makes Perfect: Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, 1950-1969, focused on the early decades of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. GRADUATE RESEARCH GRANTS 4 out of 7 Graduate Research Grant proposals awarded Betsy Redelman, Oregon College of Art and Craft, MFA in Craft Studies, December 2017 – $3,705 Support for thesis research about the neglected history of indigenous women potters in San Marcos Tlapazola, a small pueblo in Oaxaca, Mexico and how different types and geographies of knowledge can dialogue in a modern craft context. John-Duane Kingsley, Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation, MA in History of Decorative Arts, Summer 2017 – $2,000 Support for research about the Crafting Queer Identity project, and how contemporary LGBTQ craft artists Nathan Vincent (crochet), Rebecca Levi (embroidery), Jeremy Brooks (ceramics), and Nicki Green (ceramics) blend elements of queer culture into the traditional iconography and mediums of craft. Emelie Gevalt, Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, University of Delaware, MA, American Material Culture, May 2017 – $2,000 Support for a thesis to undertake a systematic review of a group of paint-decorated chests from Taunton, Massachusetts attributed to Robert Crossman, however the various levels of complexity of the painted designs may suggest multiple makers. Kimberly Bradshaw, University of Memphis, Tennessee, MA, Art History, Fall 2017 – $1,928 Support for Graduate thesis research on Renaissance-era metalwork in the form of padlocks and coffers with trick lock mechanisms and other elaborate theft deterrents. 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.
Russell Flinchum, Associate Professor, Design Department, NC State, Raleigh, NC Russell Flinchum currently teaches History of Industrial Design, History of Art and Design, Design History for Engineers and Scientists, and (in collaboration with Dr. Deborah Littlejohn) History of Graphic Design. He serves as the Chair of the University Advisory Committee on Copyright and on the NC Museum of Art’s College Advisory Committee. He is a member of the College Art Association and SECAC. He continues his research into the work of the industrial design firm of Henry Dreyfuss and is also investigating the relationship between fashion, automotive interiors, textiles, and the rise of women in the industrial design profession. Russell Flinchum is a native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and took his B.A. in English and M.A. in Art History at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He moved to New York in 1985 to attend The Graduate School of The City University of New York, receiving his Ph.D. in Art History in 1998. Sarah Carter, Curator and Director of Research, Chipstone Foundation, Milwaukee, WI Sarah Anne Carter is Curator and Director of Research of the Chipstone Foundation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is currently working on a book project on object lessons in American culture, as well as several museum and material culture-based projects. Dr. Carter completed her PhD in the History of American Civilization at Harvard in 2010 and earned an MA in Early American Material Culture form Winterthure in 2004. She has a wide range of research and teaching interests including American and US social and cultural history, material and visual culture, museums, histories of gender, sexuality, childhood, and the family, and public history. Sarah A. Lichtman, PhD, Assistant Professor, Design History, Director, MA Program, History of Design and Curatorial Studies, The New School, Parsons, New York, NY Sarah Lichtman specializes in design history and material culture. Her areas of interest include the Cold War, design and youth culture, gender and design, Scandinavian design and popular culture. Her articles and reviews have appeared in numerous journals including: The Journal of Design History, Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design and Culture, and West 86th. Sarah is presently working on a project examining the material culture of youth in the postwar United States. Lichtman recived a PhD in Design History from Bard College and a BA in Art History from Vassar College. Jeannine Falino, Guest Curator, Richard H. Driehaus Museum, and ceramics faculty, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI Jeannine Falino is an independent curator and museum consultant. She has curated exhibitions, lectured, presented workshops and written extensively on American decorative arts, craft and design from the colonial era to the present, with expertise in metalwork, jewelry and ceramics. Previously the Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Falino has worked independently since moving to New York in 2007, where she was co-curator for the major survey exhibition Crafting Modernism: Midcentury American Art and Design (MAD, 2011) and curator of What Would Mrs. Webb Do? A Founder’s Vision (MAD 2014) an exhibition on the role of advocacy and philanthropy in American craft. Presently she is co-curator of the exhibition Gilded New York: Design, Fashion & Society at the Museum of the City of New York (2013), which is on view through January 2016. Fallino received an MA from Boston University and BA from Providence College
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).