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  • March 2013 CCCD Newsletter

    Spoon | Fed  Exhibition opens

    Joo Hyung Park, “The Moment of Pleasure” series, 2013

    Spoon | Fed, an exhibition featuring the work of four international emerging artists, will open with an artist’s reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday, March 15, 2013 at The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design in Hendersonville.

    The spoon is a humble object. Like most functional items, it often goes unnoticed. This exhibition is meant to draw attention to the useful beauty of these overlooked utensils by featuring the work of four artists who make, manipulate, or are inspired by the archetype of the spoon.

    Each artist takes a different approach: Wes Airgood of Ohio handcrafts spoons with a technical mastery; Sarah Hurtigkarl of Sweden takes a more narrative approach – imagining a world where spoon bowls grow out of pillows, tables, and trees; Joo Hyung Park of South Korea creates hybrid cutlery in her “The Moment of Pleasure” series; and Annie Tung of Canada constructs spoons which reflect on themes such as love, time, and death.



     ‘Towards a New Apprenticeship Model’ panel at CAA – audio now available

    New Apprenticeship Project panel at CAA 2013 Conference (from left to right): Michael Sherrill, Ethan Lasser, Alex Matisse, Erin Fletcher, Ken Sager, Mark Shapiro

    This past February, the Center sponsored a panel discussion at the College Art Association conference in New York entitled, ‘Towards a New Apprenticeship Model: The Case for Experiential Learning.’

    The audio is now available on the New Apprenticeship Project website.





    New Apprenticeship Project website launched

    In concert with the Center’s apprenticeship-focused panel presentation at the 2013 College Art Association Conference, the New Apprenticeship Project website was launched. Born out of The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design’s September 2012 Think Tank, the New Apprenticeship Project is the result of a convene of seventeen scholars, practitioners, and experts on apprenticeships.The New Apprenticeship Project supports contemporary creative and skills-based training, updating the traditional form of apprenticeships through research and the publication of resources in order to meet the needs of today’s craft community.To keep informed about upcoming events, opportunities, and resources connected with the New Apprenticeship Project, including the audio from the CAA panel, please visit the new website and join the NAP mailing list at http://www.newapprenticeshipproject.org/.

    Windgate Museum Internship host institutions announced  

    This year the Center solicited applications for 2013 Windgate Museum Internship host institutions for the first time since the award was created in 2006. This program provides $5,000 stipends to four undergraduate or graduate students who work under the direction of curators or directors in decorative arts or contemporary crafts collections, exhibitions, and programs in museums or organizations nationally. 

    After reviewing a strong application pool, demonstrating a high level of interest in craft-related projects in museums and institutions across the nation, the Center is pleased to announce the 2013 Windgate Museum Internship Host Institutions: The Art Institute of Chicago, The John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art, and The Tennessee State Museum.

    Applications are now open for 2013 Windgate Museum Internships.  Please see the brief descriptions of the internships below for final deadlines. Interested applicants may visit www.craftcreativitydesign.org/grants/windgate-museum to download full application instructions.

    The Art Institute of Chicago

    Chicago, IL

    Application Deadline: April 15, 2013

    During the summer of 2013, the intern will focus on researching and cataloging the American Art department’s permanent collection of studio and contemporary craft in all media (wood, glass, ceramics, and silver). With this information, and in consultation with the curator, the intern will formulate a strategic acquisitions plan and generate installation ideas. Related to this collection-based work, the intern will also contribute research to a “Chicago Design” exhibition project that will uncover craftspeople working in the burgeoning studio movement in and around Chicago during the mid-twentieth century. 

    John Michael Kohler Arts Center

    Sheboygan, WI  

    Application Deadline: March 30, 2013

    The John Michael Kohler Arts Center, a nationally acclaimed visual and performing arts complex, is seeking an intern for the summer who will work closely with curatorial and exhibitions staff to assist with research in preparation for the 2014 Arts/Industry exhibition and publication. Goals are to compile oral and written histories about the residency program, determine photography needs, update collections and photography records, and to assist with exhibition planning. Specific tasks include: compiling survey information, interviewing artists and transcribing recordings, assisting with photography, and updating photographic records, electronic and physical files. Additional areas of focus depend on departmental needs and the intern’s skills and interests.

    Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

    Washington, DC

    Application Deadline: March 31, 2013  

    Dorothy Liebes at work in her New York City studio, ca. 1950 

    Photo Credit: Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

    The Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art has in its holdings more than one hundred collections of personal papers, gallery records, and more than 200 oral history interviews documenting the depth, breadth, and evolution of the studio craft movement in the United States. In order to carry out the Archives’ mission to make these resources available, the curatorial department is in the early phases of organizing a multi-faceted, educational website dedicated to the history of American craft.

    The intern will contribute to a digital exhibition that tells the story of studio craft in the United States through primary source materials. The intern will conduct extensive research in our craft-focused collections and oral history interviews. Guided by the Curator of Manuscripts and the Terra Foundation Project Manager for Online Scholarly and Educational Initiatives, the intern will learn how to identify and contextualize significant primary source documents and oral history excerpts. Key documents will be digitized and presented in interactive features such as timelines and maps in a website presentation. The intern will be encouraged to write blog posts about his/her experience and use social media to share compelling discoveries. 




    Tennessee State Museum

    Nashville, TN

    Application Deadline: April 1, 2013

    The Tennessee State Museum (TSM) intern for 2013 will assist cataloging TSM’s more than 300 quilts, the state’s largest public collection. The intern reports to TSM’s Senior Curator of Fashion & Textiles and assists museum personnel in cataloging, photographing, and storing about 100 quilts dating from the mid-19th century to the present. During this process, the intern will be specifically responsible for identifying patterns, textile types, and construction techniques in the quilts during cataloging and will observe and learn national best practices in textile handling and storage, especially for quilts and other large textiles. The intern will also learn to enter cataloging and other information into TSM’s collections database. Cataloging and photography follow the parameters of the Tennessee Quilt Survey. Storage follows the standards and guidelines of TSM’s current Save America’s Treasures grant housing upgrade. Through this funded opportunity to help with cataloging recently acquired quilts, TSM would like to encourage the study of Tennessee quilts by the next generation of museum curators and scholars. 

    CRF recipient introduces new online resource: Jack Lenor Larsen Oral History Project 

    Each year the Craft Research Fund provides grants up to $15,000 to advance, expand and support scholarship in United States. 

    In 2008 Stephanie Zollinger was awarded a $15,000 project grant to document the process by which influential textile designer Jack Lenor Larsen designs were initiated, brought to production, and marketed.

    The transcripts and oral histories with Jack Lenor Larsen, gathered through the help of the CRF grant, are now online at http://goldstein.design.umn.edu/collection/jll/.

    If you are a previous Craft Research Fund, Windgate Grant, or Windgate Museum Internship recipient, please keep us informed about your recent successes – we would like to celebrate them with you – both here and on our Facebook page!


    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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