Press Releases

“BEST IF USED BY” EXPLORES SIGNIFICANCE OF THE EPHEMERAL

Posted July 27, 2016 in Press Releases

BEST IF USED BY
September 2, 2016 – January 15, 2017
In the Artist Hall
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

Opening Reception & Artist Talk with Celia Butler
Saturday, September 10, 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Reception & Artist Talk with Kazuki Guzmán
Saturday, October 8, 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Hours & Admission
Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM, and Sunday, 12 – 5 PM.
Admission is free.

(HOUSTON, TX) July 27, 2016 — Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present BEST IF USED BY, a group exhibition organized by HCCC Curatorial Fellow, Sarah Darro, that investigates the dynamic intersection of craft and food in contemporary culture. Featuring six U.S. and international artists, Celia Butler, Kazuki Guzmán, Joshua Kosker, Aurélie Mathigot, Yuka Otani, and Rachel Shimpock, this show aims to probe the very definitions of craft by staging critical comparisons among works that are moving at varying rates of consumption and deterioration. The works range in material from wool, ceramic, and electroformed metal to cast sugar, cured tangelo peels, and needle-worked bananas. Continue Reading »

CRAFTTEXAS 2016 PUSHES BOUNDARIES, DEMONSTRATES SKILL

Posted June 29, 2016 in Press Releases

CraftTexas 2016
September 23, 2016 – January 8, 2017
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX  77002

Opening Reception
Friday, September 23, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
At 6:30 PM, three artists will be presented with the jurors’ Award of Merit prizes. The evening will also feature open studios by HCCC’s new resident artists.

Hours & Admission
Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM, and Sunday, 12 – 5 PM.
Admission is free.

(HOUSTON, TX) June 29, 2016 — This fall, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) presents CraftTexas 2016, the ninth in a series of biennial juried exhibitions showcasing the best in Texas-made contemporary craft. Featuring 53 works by 38 artists, the exhibition includes everything from sculpture, jewelry, installation, and cut paper to works that explore diverse subject matter, including genetics, upcycling, and process. Continue Reading »

IN RESIDENCE FEATURES DYNAMIC WORK BY RECENT RESIDENT ARTISTS

Posted April 25, 2016 in Press Releases

In Residence
May 27– August 27, 2016
Artist Hall
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

Opening Reception
Friday, May 27, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
The evening also features the opening of A View Within in the Main Gallery, Charlotte Potter: Glass Armory in the Front Gallery, and open studios by HCCC’s current resident artists.

Hours & Admission
Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM, and Sunday, 12 – 5 PM.
(Summer Hours: Closed Sundays, July 5th – Labor Day.)
Admission is free.

(HOUSTON, TX) April 25, 2016 — Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is delighted to present In Residence, an exhibition displaying works produced by seven artists who began their residencies at HCCC in 2014: Clara Hoag, Natasha Hovey, Jera Rose Petal Lodge, Sarah Mizer, Alexis Myre, Collette Spears, and Rena Wood. This annual exhibition of clay, fiber, glass, metal, and mixed media celebrates HCCC’s Artist Residency Program, which has supported makers and their ingenuity in the field of craft for the past 15 years.

The Artist Residency Program at HCCC provides a space for creative exploration, exchange, and collaboration with artists, professionals in the field, and the public. In their open studios, resident artists are able to engage with visitors as they work and explain the processes behind their craft. This experience incorporates enriching group activities and professional development, along with opportunities to display in Asher Gallery, the sales gallery within HCCC, and in the Project Space. Though they develop individual bodies of work during their tenure, the collegiality of the program encourages lines of collective inspiration between their works. Continue Reading »

EXPLORING IDENTITY THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS

Posted April 1, 2016 in Press Releases

Charlotte Potter: Glass Armory
May 27– September 3, 2016
Front Gallery
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

Opening Reception

Friday, May 27, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
The evening also features the opening of A View Within in the Main Gallery, In Residence: 2014 Artists in the Artist Hall, and open studios by HCCC’s current resident artists.

Hours & Admission
Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM, and Sunday, 12 – 5 PM.
(Summer Hours: Closed Sundays, July 5th – Labor Day.) Admission is free.

(HOUSTON, TX) April 1, 2016 — Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present Charlotte Potter: Glass Armory. This solo exhibition investigates the physical manifestation of identity through the intersection of glass and the body’s largest organ and protective barrier, the skin. While reflecting on the intertwined history of glass, medicine, and anatomy, artist Charlotte Potter states, “the fates of lives are cast with these small transparent pieces of glass.” Using microscope slides, along with lenses and window glass, Potter constructs a series of glass armor pieces that provide a frame into the psyche, allowing the viewer to explore how skin—with all of its blemishes, scars, and imperfections—is fundamental to one’s sense of self. Continue Reading »

FIBER ARTISTS SPARK MEANINGFUL DIALOGUE BETWEEN ART AND MEDICINE

Posted March 23, 2016 in Press Releases

A View Within
May 27 – September 3, 2016
Main Gallery
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

Opening Reception
Friday, May 27, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
The evening will also feature open studios by HCCC’s current resident artists.

Hours & Admission
Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM, and Sunday, 12 – 5 PM. Summer Hours: Closed Sundays, July 5th – Labor Day. Holidays: Closed Easter, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Admission is free.

(HOUSTON, TX) March 22, 2016 – The advent of sonograms, MRIs, and other advanced forms of body imaging have transformed modern medicine and the way in which people view their bodies. These non-invasive renderings provide doctors with critical information about personal health, and, yet, when faced with uncertainty about a diagnosis, these medical images can provoke fear and confusion. They give a powerful glimpse into the complex systems of the bodily existence, marking growth and deterioration. Continue Reading »

“CRAFTTEXAS 2016” CALL FOR ARTISTS!

Posted March 21, 2016 in Press Releases

APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 30, 2016

(HOUSTON, TX) March 21, 2016 — Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) announces its call for artists for the fall exhibition, CraftTexas 2016.

CraftTexas 2016 is the ninth in a series of juried exhibitions showcasing the finest in Texas-made contemporary craft. This encompassing exhibition will feature artists from across the state who work in clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and found/recycled materials. Continue Reading »

HCCC ANNOUNCES PERRY PRICE
AS NEW DIRECTOR

Posted January 13, 2016 in Press Releases

HOUSTON CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY CRAFT
ANNOUNCES NEW DIRECTOR
Perry Price Joins HCCC on February 29, 2016

(HOUSTON, TX) January 13, 2016 — Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to announce that Perry Price will be the art center’s new executive director, beginning February 29th. In late February, Price will leave his position as director of education at the American Craft Council (ACC) in Minneapolis, MN, where he developed, managed and implemented all aspects of local and national outreach and programming for nearly four years. He brings to HCCC a wealth of experience in arts administration, including project and fiscal management, fundraising, scholarship, programs and exhibitions, as well as a passion for developing and fostering national relationships in the world of contemporary craft. Continue Reading »

ARTISTS ALTER OBJECTS TO FORM ECCENTRIC NEW KITSCH

Posted December 28, 2015 in Press Releases

Mixed and Mastered: Turntable Kitsch
February 5 – May 8, 2016
Artist Hall
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

Opening Reception
Friday, February 5, 5:30 – 8:00 PM

The evening will also feature the openings of At Your Service and Found Subjects: Works by Sondra Sherman, as well as open studios by HCCC’s current resident artists.

Hours & Admission
Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM, and Sunday, 12 – 5 PM.

(Summer Hours: Closed Sundays, July 5th – Labor Day.)
Admission is free.

(HOUSTON, TX) December 28, 2015 — This spring, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) presents Mixed and Mastered: Turntable Kitsch, an exhibition featuring the works of mixed-media artist and ceramic restorer, Debra Broz, and fiber artist, Nick DeFord. Turntable Kitsch explores the alteration and customization of the sentimental trinkets in our everyday lives. By mixing, sampling, and adding layers, the artists rework found tchotchkes. Like mastering a record to produce a polished sound, Broz and DeFord fine-tune their kitsch mementos for an exciting final effect. Continue Reading »

JEWELER SONDRA SHERMAN BRINGS VINTAGE BOOKS TO LIFE

Posted December 26, 2015 in Press Releases

Found Subjects: Works by Sondra Sherman
February 5 – May 8, 2016
Front Gallery
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

Opening Reception
Friday, February 5, 5:30 – 8:00 PM

The evening will also feature the opening of At Your Service in the Main Gallery, Mixed and Mastered: Turntable Kitsch in the Artist Hall, and open studios by HCCC’s current resident artists.

Hours & Admission
Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM, and Sunday, 12 – 5 PM.

Closed Easter Sunday.
Admission is free.

(HOUSTON, TX) December 26, 2015 — Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present Found Subjects, an exhibition of work by jeweler Sondra Sherman. In this body of work, Sherman creates unique brooches and necklaces prompted by the individual books she has collected over many years. Sherman cuts into the pages of each book, giving them new life as they house the jewelry they inspired. Continue Reading »

“At Your Service” Brings the Plate to the Head of the Table

Posted December 26, 2015 in Press Releases

At Your Service
February 5 – May 8, 2016

Main Gallery
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

Opening Reception
Friday, February 5, 5:30 – 8:00 PM

The evening will also feature the opening of Found Subjects: Works by Sondra Sherman in the Front Gallery, Mixed and Mastered: Turntable Kitsch in the Artist Hall, and open studios by HCCC’s current resident artists.

Hours & Admission
Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM, and Sunday, 12 – 5 PM.

Closed Easter Sunday.
Admission is free.

(HOUSTON, TX) December 26, 2015 — Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present At Your Service, an exhibition that examines the plate as a cultural touchstone beyond its everyday utility. Curators Amelia Toelke and Niki Johnson join their own works with pieces by an international selection of artists in this stunning exhibition. Whether serving as the canvas for a large-scale painting, cast into three-dimensional sculptures, or transformed into willow patterned jewelry, the plates of At Your Service are both alluring and thought provoking. They cause us to reflect, from anthropological and art historical perspectives, upon the social, cultural, and utilitarian significance of the dishes in our own cupboards. Whether decorative, commemorative, or kitsch, the plates in this exhibition are more than surfaces upon which we serve food. In material culture, plates are alternately status symbols, commemorative objects, and functional household items. Continue Reading »