• 2017 (3)
  • 2016 (4)
  • 2015 (3)
  • 2014 (4)
  • 2013 (4)
  • 2012 (3)
  • 2011 (3)
  • 2010 (3)
  • Crafted Strangers

    On view: September 15, 2017 – January 6, 2018

    Opening Reception: September 15, 2017

    Framed within the Native American and immigrant experience, Crafted Strangers explores how craft is used as a tool for alienation and self-making.

    Tie Up, Draw Down

    Friday, June 2, 2017 - Saturday, September 2, 2017

    Opening Reception: Friday, June 2 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm / Curator’s talk 7:30 pm

    Tie Up, Draw Down is an exhibition exploring weaving as a source of formal and material experimentation for contemporary artists, bringing together works that translate weaving processes across media, genres, concept and scale.

    Forging Futures: Studio Craft in Western North Carolina

    June 29 - August 25, 2017

    Forging Futures surveys 24 emerging and established artists shaping the future of studio craft in western North Carolina.

    The Good Making of Good Things: Craft Horizons Magazine 1941-1979

    On View: January 20 - May 20, 2017

    Opening Reception: Friday, January 20, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Curators' Tour 7:30 pm

    The Good Making of Good Things investigates Craft Horizons, a watershed publication, which ran from 1941-1979, to explore how the magazine documented and shaped the concept of craft as a movement, career, way of life, and cultural phenomenon.

    The Future of Fixing

    On view September 2, 2016 - January 7, 2017

    Opening Reception: September 2, 2016, 6-8 pm

    The future needs a new relationship with making. A forward-thinking, backward-looking, sideways-stepping kind of making. A making born of the imaginative use of skills. Something like fixing. The Future of Fixing is an open source exhibition and program that promotes engagement with making and repair. It is a call for integrating fixing in our day to day life and for reflecting on attitudes to fixing in the future.

    Warped: An exhibition on sound and weaving

    On View: June 10 - August 20, 2016

    Opening Reception: June 10, 2016 6-9 pm

    Practitioners have long observed the relationship between sound and weaving. Appalachian master weaver Lou Tate (1906-1979) remarked how the weaving draft pattern resembles the five line musical staff. Contemporary artists continue to investigate this intersection, mining the connections between sound and weaving for material, visual, and conceptual properties.

    The Box

    April 8 - May 21, 2016

    The curators of The Box posed a unique challenge to a select group of artists. Take five readymade materials purchased at the dollar store and create three wearable pieces of jewelry. Each artist received a box containing five standard sizewhite envelopes, a small white towel, three white erasers, three CDs, and a can of Diet Coke. The materials were chosen because they are all white and echo a metaphorical blank page.

    Recorded Matter: Ceramics in Motion

    January 22 - May 21, 2016

    Opening Reception: Friday, January 22, 2016, 6-9 pm

    An exhibition showcasing the work of eleven artists who effortlessly integrate video into their studio practice.

    Made in WNC

    September 4, 2015 - January 9, 2016, May 7 - 17, 2016 (WantedDesign Brooklyn)

    Opening Reception: September 4, 6 -9 PM

    An exhibition examining 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 today.

    Spaces of Production

    June 5 -27, July 10-25, July 31 - August 22

    Spaces of Production is a series of three artist-led projects focusing on community engagement. The selected artists all come from a different making background and include ceramic artist Michael Strand (Fargo, ND), soft guerrilla textile activist Carole Frances Lung (Long Beach, CA) and conceptual metalsmith Nick Dong (Oakland, CA).  Schedule Michael Strand, ceramic artist (Fargo, […]

    Loving After Lifetimes of All This

    January 30, 2015- May 23, 2015

    Opening Reception: January 30, 2015, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

    Curated by Danny Orendorff, 2013-2014 Curator-in-Residence and Interim Programs Director for the Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City, MO, Loving After Lifetimes of All This considers the connections between craft, (self-)care, and survival, as well as how intergenerational apprenticeship functions within historically disadvantaged or underserved populations.

    2015 Back to the Drawing Board

    April 3-4, May 1-2, May 29-30, August 28-29

    The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) is now accepting applications for a series of 24-hour gallery take-overs intended to provoke conversation, expose process, and invite public participation. Back to the Drawing Board will take place at Benchspace, CCCD’s gallery and workshop, during the summer of 2015. These one-day take-overs, aim to make visible the invisible creative process and provide a venue for experimentation, collaboration, failure, and innovation.

    Gee’s Bend: From Quilts to Prints

    September 5, 2014 - January 10, 2015

    Opening Reception: Friday, September 5, 2014, 5:30 PM-7:30 PM

    Gee’s Bend: From Quilts to Prints examines the work of four, well-known Gee’s Bend, Alabama, quiltmakers: Mary Lee Bendolph (b. 1935), Loretta Pettway (b. 1942), Louisiana P. Bendolph (b. 1960) and Loretta Bennett (b. 1960) and their recent exploration of the art of printmaking.  Since their first appearance at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston […]


    May 15 - August 23, 2014

    Opening Reception: May 15, 2014, 5:30-7:30pm

    Recent economic reports speculate that a third industrial revolution, shaped by digital technologies, is underway. Ctrl + P investigates the implications of such technologies on the making of sculptural and functional objects in the 21st century.

    Taking Shape: Celebrating the Windgate Fellowship

    January 24 - May 3, 2014

    Opening Reception January 24, 2014 from 5-7pm

    A new generation of makers is taking shape. Since 2006, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design has annually awarded a total of $150,000 to ten undergraduate seniors working in craft. The Windgate Fellowship provides essential resources and experiences to the next generation of makers at an influential stage in their careers. To this day, […]

    ILSSA Working Group

    July 6 - July 24, 2013

    Opening: July 6, 2013 from 5-7pm

    ILSSA, or Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts, is a membership organization for those who make experimental or conceptual work with obsolete technology. For this exhibition, the Center will see its galleries turned into a project space as ILSSA members converge for their first conference. This ‘Working Group’ will occur on July 6th and the […]

    Spoon | Fed

    March 15 – June 15, 2013

    March 15, 2013 from 5-7pm

    The spoon is a very humble object. Like most functional items, it often goes unnoticed. But if we take the opportunity to look closer, a useful beauty emerges from these overlooked utensils. Indeed, it is in the details that we find a vast array of subtle, and at times not so subtle, differences – a […]

    Ismini Samanidou | Topography: recording place – mapping surface

    January 18, 2013 – March 1, 2013

    Artist's Reception: Friday, January 18 5-7pm

    Textile artist and designer Ismini Samanidou seeks to understand her encounters with beauty through crafting woven surfaces and installations. Utilizing both mechanical jacquard looms and hand weaving techniques, her creative process becomes a way to document her own story. She often photographs her travels and reinterprets them with thread. Themes of transience, decay, and history […]

    Harvey’s Legacy: The Next Generation of Studio Glass in Western North Carolina

    November 19, 2012 - January 7, 2013 (closed December 21 - 31)

    Opening Reception: Thursday, December 6, 2012 5-7pm

    The year 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the development of studio art glass in America. To celebrate this milestone, The Center for Craft,Creativity & Design presents “Harvey’s Legacy: The Next Generation of Studio Glass in Western North Carolina”, an exhibition of work by studio glass movement founder Harvey K. Littleton as well as exceptional […]

    Bridge 11: Lia Cook

    July 26 - November 9, 2012

    Opening Reception: Thursday, July 26th 2012 5-7pm

    Using self-portraiture as a visual base, Lia Cook’s current practice incorporates concepts of cloth, touch, and memory. With her use of a digital loom, digital pixels become thread as she weaves images and creates monumental works that blur distinctions between computer technology, weaving, painting, and photography. In spring 2010, Cook participated in a residency at […]

    Torqued & Twisted: Bentwood Today

    02/10/12 - 06/29/12 12pm - 5pm

    Opening Reception: Friday, Feb. 10th 2012 5-7pm

    Co-curated by Katie Lee and Tom Loeser, this exhibition explores the work of nine furniture makers and sculptors who use the technique of bending wood in innovative, unusual and eloquent ways. Wood bending is typically accomplished through one of three approaches:steaming, laminating or greenwood bending. Steaming requires the application of heat and moisture to allow the wood fibers to bend and slide against each other.

    Common Threads: Innovative Textile Practices in India & Western North Carolina

    09/08/11- 01/27/12

    “Common Threads” explores the fiber art of four artists – two from India and two from Western North Carolina – who work with other individual artists or businesses to create work that is both innovative and viable to the marketplace. This exhibition shares information on the unique artistic processes of these four artists and highlights how collaboration has expanded their opportunities.

    The Asheville Reef, A Satellite of the Worldwide Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project

    5/09/11- 08/12/11

    The Asheville Reef is a part of a collaborative project that was created in 2005 by Margaret and Christine Wertheim of the Institute For Figuring in Los Angeles. The project emerged out of several intersecting threads, mathematics, marine biology, feminine handicraft, collective art practice, and environmental concerns regarding the plight of living reefs.

    Models of Sustainability in Craft Making

    01/14/11- 04/22/11

    This exhibition features studio craft artists working in residence at EnergyXchange, located in Burnsville, NC, and Jackson County Green Energy Park, located in Sylva, NC.

    Out of the Board Room & Into the Studio

    08/27/10- 12/03/10

    CCCD is fortunate to have many regionally and nationally known artists participating on its board. Because of their commitment to making art and making a difference on a broader level by serving on our board, we would like to celebrate and showcase some of our board’s creative talent.

    In Sunshine or In Shadow: A Residency & the WNC Students Who Were There

    04/15/10- 08/13/10

    “In Sunshine or In Shadow” is the title of the piece created by Tasmanian artist Patrick Hall along with 18 students from UNC-Asheville, Western Carolina University, Appalachian State University, Haywood Community College and Blue Ridge Community College during an International Artist Residency that took place in May 2009 at Marshall High Studios in Marshall, NC.

    Loren Schwerd: Mourning Portrait

    01/15/10- 03/26/10

    This solo exhibit features a series of work by sculptor and mixed media artist Loren Schwerd, currently an Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Louisiana State University. An opening reception will take place Thursday, Jan. 21st from 5-7 pm. Additionally, the artist will give a lecture on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 6 pm at UNC Asheville Owen Conference Center.


    Job Opportunity: Gallery Associate

    The Center for Craft, a national 501c3 nonprofit arts organization located in downtown Asheville, NC, is currently seeking a part-time Gallery Associate. This position will staff the front desk, serve as a primary contact for public interface and provide project, program, and database support.


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