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, the Fellowship remains the largest source of funding for emerging American craft practitioners.

This special exhibit is the first group display of Windgate Fellows’ work, spanning a range of approaches, media, and processes. Taking Shape features a selection of recent objects completed by Fellows awarded years 2006-2010, revealing a cross-section of up-and-coming perspectives on craft. Not only is the next generation of makers taking shape, they are shaping the future of craft.

Participating artists: Tom Alward, Josh Copus, Andrea Donnelly, Dustin Farnsworth, Jenny Fine, Erin Rose Gardner, Kathleen Janvier, JooHyun Lee, Aaron McIntosh, Nate Moren, Alexis Myre, Elizabeth Staiger, Amelia Toelke, and Thoryn Ziemba.

Taking Shape was juried by Cindi Strauss, Assistant Director of Programming and Curator for Modern and Contemporary Decorative Arts and Design at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

A pdf of the exhibition catalog can be downloaded here

photo credit: Erin Rose Gardner, Engagement Ring Brooch, 2010; Nate Moren, Topographic Rocker, 2012


Programming and Special Events

Wednesday March 19, 2014, 5:30pm
Andrea Donnelly, Artist’s Talk (in conjunction with The Textile Study Group)
Mind, Body, Handwoven Cloth

Virginia-based textile artist and 2007 Windgate Fellow and current exhibitor in Taking Shape: Celebrating the Windgate Fellowship, Andrea Donnelly will speak about her handwoven textiles embedded with images of figures, inkblots, and combination forms she calls “body blots.” 

Wednesday April 9, 2014, 6pm
Alexis Myre, Artist’s Talk
A Narrative Through Art and Mathematics

Mathematics shapes so much of how we interpret and perceive the universe. We are subconsciously drawn to its aesthetics of symmetry, pattern and harmony existing in the natural world. Theorems and formulas provide a framework to comprehend things like infinity, dimension and time. Part of the beauty of mathematics is its exploration of the same questions asked through art, spirituality and anyone contemplating relationships of the surrounding world. If these concepts are used as metaphors can the concreteness of mathematics become expressive and narrate a broader sense of relatedness?

Alexis Myre is a New York City based multimedia artist and 2010 Windgate Fellow featured in The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design’s current exhibition, Taking Shape: Celebrating the Windgate Fellowship. Myre studied mathematics and industrial design before moving to San Francisco to complete her Jewelry / Metal Arts degree with high distinction from California College of the Arts. She has participated in residencies in Abiquiu, New Mexico and Rajasthan, India and collaborated on projects with poet Anne Waldman, painter and printmaker Pat Steir, filmmaker Ed Bowes, and musician Ambrose Bye. Her multimedia sculpture, jewelry, drawings, and wall pieces have been shown nationally: Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition, Charming Wall gallery in New York, Society of North American Goldsmiths, American Craft Council Exposition, and The Kaas Bagh Artist Space in Jodhpur, India.

Friday May 2, 2014, 6pm
Cindi Strauss, Curator’s Talk
Taking Shape: A Curator’s Perspective

Join Cindi Strauss for a discussion about the featured artists and the significance of their work in Taking Shape: Celebrating the Windgate Fellowship. In addition, the importance of the Windgate Fellowship as a vehicle for individual artistic growth as well as its effect on the larger field of craft will be addressed. 


This exhibition would not be possible without support from the:

John and Robyn Horn Foundation
NC Arts Council, a division of The Department of Cultural Resources



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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