Who We Are

About HCCC

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is a nonprofit arts organization founded to advance education about the process, product and history of craft. HCCC’s major emphasis is on objects of art made primarily from craft materials: clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood or found/recycled materials.

Since opening in September of 2001, HCCC has emerged as an important cultural and educational resource for Houston and the Southwest—one of the few venues in the country dedicated exclusively to craft at the highest level. HCCC provides exhibition, retail and studio spaces to support the work of local and national artists and serves as a resource for artists, educators and the community-at-large. In addition, HCCC reaches thousands of children a year through educational and outreach programming.

At HCCC, you will see the full range of the creative process, from how an object is made to why the artist decided to create something “just that way.” Our exhibitions feature sophisticated creations – some that have functions and some that don’t. Asher Gallery is the place to shop one-of-a-kind gifts made by a variety of local and national artists. The Craft Garden, behind the building, demonstrates the living connection between how plant materials are grown and used to create things like the blue jeans and T-shirts we wear every day.

And, no stop at HCCC is complete without visiting the Artist Hall to explore our artist studios. Our artists-in-residence are selected from across the country to come to Houston and share their knowledge and love of craft with you. In return for opening their studios to the public, they receive financial , professional, and promotional support to advance their careers.

HCCC showcases the best in contemporary craft in a welcoming environment that invites you to stay for a while or drop in often. We hope that you’ll visit, follow us online, and become a supporter.

Visitors enjoy viewing innovative exhibitions, talking with artists-in-residence, creating their own craft objects in workshops, and shopping for one-of-a-kind gifts and home décor in the Asher Gallery. Admission is free. Docent-led tours are available for groups, if scheduled in advance.

Board of Directors Advisory Council
Victoria Lightman

Sara S. Morgan
Founding President

Phyllis Childress
Vice President

Edward McCartney

Byron Pettit

Julie Farr
Executive Director

Brad Bucher
Cheryl Creuzot
Thomas Edens
Steven Hempel
Anna Holliday
Melanie Lawson
Ernesto Maldonado
Tracye Wear
Fabené Welch
Clint Willour

Lynn Baird
Gracie Cavnar
Franci Crane
Nanette Finger
Pam Glosserman
Nancy Goldesberry & Oliver Goldesberry
CeCe Goldstone
Sharon Hoffman & John Hoffman
Thomas Irven
Jim Keller
Anne Lamkin Kinder
Linda Lewis
Kathy Poeppel & Richard Moiel
Michael Morgan
Carol Straus
Cindi Strauss
Kay Tabor
Ellie Totz
Debbie Wetmore
Sandie Zilker
Jen Dombrowski 
Asher Gallery Sales Associate
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Hayley McSwain
Programs Assistant
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Julie Farr
Executive Director
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Miriam Mendoza
Education Director
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Leah French
Volunteer Manager & Education Support
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Heather Schiappa
Administrative Director
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Kathryn Hall
Curatorial Fellow
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Suzanne Sippel
Asher Gallery Manager
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Mary Headrick
Communications Director
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Amanda Shackleford 
Asher Gallery Sales Associate
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Iva Kinnaird
Asher Gallery Sales Associate
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Jenny Lynn Weitz
Graphic Designer & Marketing Coordinator
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Elizabeth Kozlowski
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HCCC is funded in part by grants from The Brown Foundation; Houston Endowment, Inc.; the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance; Texas Commission on the Arts; the National Endowment for the Arts; the Kinder Foundation; the Morgan Foundation; Windgate Charitable Foundation; and the Wortham Foundation. HCCC is a member of the Houston Museum District.

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is funded by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance and is a participant of the Capacity Building Initiative.

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HCCC has received generous support from the Houston Chronicle for the upcoming exhibition, What Happened Today?.