• Shared Ground Symposium
  • Shelter // Center for Craft Holiday Shop
  • Artist’s Travelogue: Nexus of Craft and Environs with Sarah House
  • Trans – Across, Beyond, Through (Panel Discussion)
  • 2017 Annual Benefit: Celebrating Stoney Lamar and Craft After Dark
  • Windgate Project Grant Lecture and Workshop with Rebecca Manson
  • The Life and Work of Harvey Littleton
  • Windgate Project Grant Lecture and Workshop with Rachel Mauser
  • Object as Poet
  • About Face: Exploring the Graphic Identity of Craft Horizons Magazine, 1941-1979
  • Women in Craft Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
  • Salon Series: Craft and Community
  • Holding the Pieces Workshop with Michael Swaine
  • Matter in Action: Mending on the Streets with Michael Swaine
  • The Art of Repair with Dr. Steven J. Jackson
  • Shaker Tape Chair Weaving Workshop
  • November Repair Café
  • Follow the Money: Understanding Art Production Today with Glenn Adamson and Julia Bryan-Wilson
  • Fix it in 15: Bike Repair Clinics
  • General and Special: Designer Talk with Ole Jensen
  • 2016 Back to the Drawing Board
  • Overshot: A Composition for String Quartet and Electronics Inspired by the Lou Tate Kentucky Coverlet Collection
  • 20th Anniversary Celebration & Benefit
  • Ghetto Craft: A Place Where Poverty and Porcelain Intersect, Artist’s Talk with Roberto Lugo
  • Recycled China: The Residue of Industry, Artist’s Talk with Thomas Schmidt
  • 1st Annual Windgate Fellowship Project Grant Artist Talks
  • Showing/Making: Curator’s Talk with Garth Johnson
  • Spaces of Production | The Mend-Smith Project
  • Broadway Block Party
  • Glassville: WNC’s Contemporary Glass Showcase
  • Spaces of Production | The People’s Cloth Trade Show
  • How Artists Get Noticed: An Editor’s View
  • At Human Scale: Artist Talk by Michael Strand
  • Back to the Drawing Board | Blue Mountain, Mark Reigelman (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Process vs Product: Shifting Values in Art, Craft, and Design
  • ‘Loving After Lifetimes of All This’ Exhibition Tour with curator Danny Orendorff
  • Back to the Drawing Board | In Song Sing On: The Songbook Project, David Wilson (Oakland, CA)
  • Bringing it Home: Loving After Lifetimes of All This in Asheville
  • Back to the Drawing Board | Performance Crafting: Hand in Hand, Tanya Aguiñiga (Los Angeles, CA)
  • From Hair to There: Artist Talk with Sonya Clark
  • Paper Piecing: Printmaking and the Quilts of Gee’s Bend Session 2
  • Go Tell It at the Gallery!
  • Quiltmaking Workshop with Louisiana P. Bendolph
  • Gee’s Bend In Translation: A Symposium
  • Exhibiting Blackness and the Gee’s Bend Effect
  • Paper Piecing: Printmaking and the Quilts of Gee’s Bend Session 1
  • Quiltmaking Workshop with Loretta Bennett
  • From Quilts to Prints: A Roundtable Discussion
  • Gee’s Bend Quilts: The Art of Necessity and the Necessity of Art
  • PBS “Craft in America: SERVICE” Sneak Preview
  • The Revolution is Now
  • 3-D Printing Week
  • REBIRTH – Ceramics 14.0 – Art + Design + Architecture | a lecture by Garth Clark
  • The Materiality of Sound: What Can Craft Learn from the Sound Industry?
  • CTRL+P Opening Reception
  • PechaKucha Night Asheville – Vol 6
  • “Taking Shape: A Curator’s Perspective”, discussion with Cindi Strauss
  • Craft in America Industry: Handmade in the Creative Economy Sneak Preview
  • Moogfest brings Immersive, Improvisatory, Durational Performances to Benchspace
  • Sign Painters
  • Bernard Leach and the Fine Art of Pots
  • Ismini Samanidou, Guest International Artist at the WNC Textile Study Group
  • The Future of Traditional Pottery with Garth Clark
  • History in the Making: Maker’s Co-Authors Janet Koplos and Bruce Metcalf
  • An Evening with Matthew Crawford
  • Up for Discussion with Magdalene Odundo
  • CCCD’s Windgate Fellowship Program: A Case for Funding Professional Development Opportunities for Graduating Seniors
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  • Audio Archive
  • Trans – Across, Beyond, Through (Panel Discussion)

    Friday, October 13, 2017 - 6:30 pm | The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design

    Image courtesy of Rachel Frank from her current Rewilding project

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    CCCD is pleased to announce the second annual Windgate Research and Collections Curator Lecture, Trans—Across, Beyond, Through.

    Please join us for an evening dedicated to unpacking the powerful, and loaded, prefix trans-, defined as “across, beyond, and through.” From nation-wide activism supporting the civil rights of transgender people, to the popularity of the show Transparent, trans- is having an “it” moment. Taking the current political and cultural energy as a jumping off point, this special panel presentation brings together three innovative creatives to discuss how their practices illustrate, leverage, or probe the meaning of the prefix trans-.

    Jes FanRachel Frank, and Kay Wells have studio and research practices that, on the surface, seem very different. Moderated by Windgate Research & Collections Curator Elissa Auther, this panel will form new connections between the artists as each responds to the question: “How does your work invoke trans-?”


    Artist Jes Fan on the topic of craft and transgender identity

    Sculptor and performance artist Rachel Frank on her transspecies explorations

    Frank, Kentucky-born and now based in Brooklyn, NY, will dive into how her work explores the tensions between the natural and manmade worlds, the animal and the political, and the past and present.

    Art historian Kay Wells on the topic of transnational tapestry networks

    Wells, assistant professor of American art at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will draw from her forthcoming book Weaving Modernism: Postwar Tapestry between Paris and New York (Yale University Press, 2019).

    Moderated by Elissa Auther, the Windgate Research and Collections Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design, the Bard Graduate Center in Manhattan, and The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design.

    About the Panelists

    Kay Wells

    Kay Wells is Assistant Professor of American Art in the Art History Department at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She earned her PhD in Art History from the University of Southern California in 2014 and has been awarded fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the Bard Graduate Center. Wells was a member of the Textile Project at the University of Zurich and the inaugural Postdoctoral Fellow in the History of Craft at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her work focuses on the intersections between fine and applied arts from the late-eighteenth century to today. Her publications include “Serpentine Sideboards, Hogarth’s Analysis, and the Beautiful Self” in Eighteenth Century Studies, “Rockefeller’s Guernica and the Collection of Modern Copies” in Journal of the History of Collections, and “‘The merely imitative mood’: British Japonisme and Imperial Mimesis,” forthcoming in Nineteenth-Century Studies. Her talk today draws on material from her book, Weaving Modernism: Postwar Tapestry between Paris and New York, which will be published by Yale University Press in spring 2019.

    Rachel Frank

    Born and raised in Kentucky, Rachel Frank received her BFA from The Kansas City Art Institute and her MFA from The University of Pennsylvania. Her work uses sculpture, theater, and performance to explore the tensions between the natural world and the manmade, the animal and the political, and the past and the present. Frank is the recipient of numerous awards, including grants from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, The Puffin Foundation, and The Franklin Furnace Archive. She has attended residencies at Yaddo, The Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation, Sculpture Space, The Women’s Studio Workshop, Skowhegan and The Museum of Arts and Design. Her performance pieces have been shown at HERE, Socrates Sculpture Park, The Select Fair, and The Bushwick Starr in New York City, The Marran Theater at Lesley University, and most recently at The Watermill Center in collaboration with Robert Wilson. Currently, she lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

    Jes Fan

    Jes Fan is from Canada/Hong Kong, China. They hold a BFA in Glass from Rhode Island School of Design. They are the recipient of various awards, such as the Pioneer Works Residency, Edward and Sally Van Lier Fellowship at Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), CCGA Fellowship at Wheaton Arts, and John A. Chironna Memorial Award at RISD. Recent solo shows include “No Clearance in Niche” at MAD Museum, NY; “Disposed to Add”, at Vox Populi Gallery, PA; “Ot(her)” Brown University, RI. Fan is currently based in Brooklyn, NY.

    About the Windgate Research and Collections Curator

    Elissa Auther

    Elissa Auther is the Windgate Research and Collections Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design, the Bard Graduate Center in Manhattan, and The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design. She is the curator of the forthcoming exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Design titled Surface/Depth: The Decorative After Miriam Schapiro, which examines the political and aesthetic objectives of the artist’s collage-paintings of the early 1970s and 1980s as an intervention in the hierarchy of art and craft.

    The Windgate Research and Collections Curator is a jointly appointed position demonstrating a significant partnership between CCCD, the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), and the Bard Graduate Center (BGC) in New York City. This position serves to establish a new hub for expanded field of craft research in the United States. Funded by the Windgate Charitable Foundation, the post is intended to advance scholarly research and critical discourse in the fields of craft and design through research, exhibitions, publications, and public programming.


    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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