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  • May 2013 CCCD Newsletter

     Recap: Writer’s Workshop with Simon Olding of Crafts Study Centre, UK

    From left: Simon Olding (director, Crafts Study Centre), Kyle Sherard (writer, Mountain Xpress), Rachel Meginnes (resident artist, Penland School of Crafts) Kevin McNiff (student, Western Carolina University), Marilyn Zapf (assistant director, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design), Yoko Morris (program manager, HandMade in America), Karen Peltier (Windgate Intern, Asheville Art Museum) Sally Garner (student, UNC Asheville), Grace Hatton (student, Warren Wilson College)


    The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design organized a workshop titled, ‘The Craft of Writing: Writing about Craft,’ held at the Asheville Art Museum on Friday, 19 April. Led by Professor Simon Olding, Director of the Crafts Study Centre in Farnham, UK, this program provided a unique opportunity for participants to work with one of the leading craft scholars in the UK. 

    The workshop was designed to build confidence in emerging makers’, craft writers’, and curators’ authentic written voice. Participants analyzed examples of craft writing and objects in the Asheville Art Museum, as well as identified many rules of writing and provided compelling reasons to break them. Students and representatives from partner schools and organizations were invited free of charge as a part of the Center’s dedication to facilitating craft education and scholarship. 

     2013 Windgate Museum Interns selected

    The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design administers the Windgate Museum Internship program which provides $5,000 stipends to four undergraduate or graduate students each year. These interns work under the direction of curators of 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 craft.

    This year the Center solicited applications for 2013 Windgate Museum Internship host institutions for the first time since the award was created in 2006. After receiving applications from a national applicant pool, the four chosen hosts- The Art Institute of Chicago, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, The Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art and The Tennessee State Museum- each selected an intern for their projects. We are pleased to announce their selections:

    The Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL)

    Kate Swisher (Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, University of Delaware, MA expected August 2013) 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). Related to this collection-based work, she 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)

    Emily Schlemowitz
     (City University of New York, Hunter College M.A., Art History, expected May 2013) will work closely with curatorial and exhibitions staff to assist with research in preparation for the 2014 Arts/Industry exhibition and publication. She will compile oral and written histories about the residency program, determine photography needs, update collections and photography records, and assist with exhibition planning. 

    Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC)

    Aram Han (MFA Fiber and Material Studies, School of the Art Institute of Chicago 2013) will contribute to a digital exhibition that tells the story of studio craft in the United States through primary source materials. Guided by the Curator of Manuscripts and the Terra Foundation Project Manager for Online Scholarly and Educational Initiatives, Aram will learn how to identify and contextualize significant primary source documents and oral history excerpts. 

    Tennessee State Museum (Nashville, TN)     

    Sharon Price Fairbanks (University of Memphis MA History, Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies) will assist museum personnel in cataloging, photographing, and storing over 100 quilts dating from the mid-19th century to the present. During this process, she 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. 

     The Center featured in Handful of Salt

    The Center was recently introduced to Regina Connell, the founder and editor of Handful of Salt, a blog that provides articles about the intersection of craft and design and celebrates people who create beautiful things. In early May, Handful of Salt highlighted The Center in a prominent online feature:



    Warren Wilson College receives $2.1 million grant to expand craft program that strengthens partnership with The Center

     Warren Wilson College was awarded a $2.1 million grant by the Windgate Charitable Foundation to enhance its art department with the addition of studio craft and material arts and foster a close partnership between the college and The Center. 

    From the WWC press release: “This is an excellent opportunity to enhance an existing strength of the college,” Warren Wilson College President Steve Solnick said. “We already collaborate with [The Center], and we look forward to doing so more formally and to working with other schools and programs in the area to support the role of craft in our region.”

    Collaboration in action (above): Instructor Matthew Kabat leads Warren Wilson’s first glass course, held at The Asheville Glass Center in Spring 2013. The Course was subsidized in part by The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design.

    The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design advances the understanding of craft by encouraging and supporting research, scholarship, and professional development in the United States. 


    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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