Press Releases

CERAMICIST AND JEWELRY ARTIST COMMENT ON INTERACTIONS BETWEEN NATURE AND HUMANITY

Posted August 7, 2015 in Press Releases

Artifice of Nature
September 12 – December 27, 2015
Artist Hall at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

Opening Reception
Friday, September 18, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
The evening will also feature the openings of Ann Morton: What Happened Today?/ The Collective Cover Project and Wendy Maruyama: The wildLIFE Project, 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) August 7, 2015 — This fall, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) presents Artifice of Nature, a modern-day Garden of Earthly Delights. Susan Beiner’s ceramic installation of hybrid plant forms comes together with the imaginary anatomies of Brian Fleetwood’s jewelry to create new species out of synthetic and organic materials. Artifice of Nature explores the way in which nature is reconstructed, presented, and dissected for human consumption. Acting as naturalists, Susan Beiner and Brian Fleetwood observe and recreate interactions between nature and humanity. In each of their works, they utilize craft-based media to educate others about lived environments. Continue Reading »

FIBER ARTIST ENGAGES HOUSTON COMMUNITY IN ART-MAKING PROCESS

Posted July 7, 2015 in Press Releases

Ann Morton: What Happened Today? / The Collective Cover Project
September 18, 2015 – January 3, 2016
Front and Main Galleries
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

Opening Reception
Friday, September 18, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
The evening will also feature the opening of Wendy Maruyama: The wildLIFE Project and open studios by HCCC’s current resident artists.

Related Programming
Artist Talk by Ann Morton, Saturday, September 19, 2:00 PM

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) July 7, 2015 — This fall, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present What Happened Today?, an exhibition of newly created works by Arizona-based fiber artist, Ann Morton. Through two large-scale installations, Morton highlights the relevance of printed news and hand-crafted objects and their combined ability to communicate parallels among the voices of the individual, the greater Houston community, and the world-news stage. The exhibition also includes Morton’s award-winning work, The Collective Cover Project. This installation utilizes randomly found objects to explore ideas of place, time and memories of events, as well as their effects on individuals and on social, cultural, and political aspects of society. Continue Reading »

FURNITURE MAKER ADVOCATES FOR WILDLIFE PRESERVATION

Posted June 23, 2015 in Press Releases

Wendy Maruyama:  The wildLIFE Project
September 18, 2015 – January 3, 2016
Front and Main Galleries at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX  77002

Opening Reception
Friday, September 18, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
The evening will also feature the opening of What Happened Today? and open studios by HCCC’s current resident artists.

Related Programming
Artist Talk by Wendy Maruyama – Saturday, November 21, 2:00 PM

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) June 23, 2015 —Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present Wendy Maruyama:  The wildLIFE Project, an exhibition that serves to illustrate the plight of elephants and the illegal ivory trade. Through a moving installation of life-sized objects made from exotic woods and string and shrine-like forms made from steel and glass, the show makes a compelling case for the preservation of animals in the wild.

Furniture maker, artist and educator Wendy Maruyama has been making innovative work for 40 years.  While her early work combined ideologies of feminism and traditional craft objects, her newer work moves beyond the boundaries of traditional studio craft and into the realm of social practice. The wildLIFE Project focuses on the endangerment of elephants, a cause that is very personal to the artist. She recently took a sojourn to Kenya and met with wildlife advocates to investigate the dangers of the continued poaching of these magnificent animals. The trip served as a source of inspiration for the artist to create a new body of work and incorporate a strong societal message. Continue Reading »

HOUSTON CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY CRAFT ANNOUNCES INTERIM DIRECTOR

Posted May 4, 2015 in Press Releases

(HOUSTON, TX) May 4, 2015 — Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to announce that Mary Headrick, the Center’s Communications Director of more than eight years, has been appointed as Interim Executive Director. Ms. Headrick began serving in this role as of May 1st, following the departure of Executive Director Julie Farr. Ms. Headrick has been a member of HCCC’s executive staff since 2006 and has more than 18 years of management experience in marketing and communications, special events, publicity, and media relations. Continue Reading »

HOUSTON CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY CRAFT ANNOUNCES LEADERSHIP TRANSITION

Posted April 22, 2015 in Press Releases

(HOUSTON, TX) April 22, 2015 — Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) announced today the resignation of Executive Director Julie Farr, effective May 1, 2015. Ms. Farr has been director of HCCC since 2007 and noted in her statement that the timing is appropriate for her to pursue other projects. She has had the privilege and challenge of stewarding the helm for the Craft Center for eight years and feels confident about leaving the organization as a nationally recognized and celebrated venue for the art of craft. Continue Reading »

GLASSELL SCHOOL’S EXCEPTIONAL JEWELRY & ENAMEL WORK ON VIEW AT HCCC THIS SUMMER

Posted April 8, 2015 in Press Releases

Course of Action:  50 Years of Jewelry and Enamel at the Glassell School of Art
on view May 9 – August 29, 2015, at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

Exhibition
Course of Action:  50 Years of Jewelry and Enamel at the Glassell School of Art
May 9 – August 29, 2015
Artist Hall at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX  77002

Reception
Friday, May 29, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
The evening will also feature the opening of Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft in the galleries 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 July 4th and Sundays, July 4th – Labor Day.
Admission is free

(HOUSTON, TX) April 2, 2015 – Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present Course of Action:  50 Years of Jewelry and Enamel at the Glassell School of Art, an exhibition that celebrates the outstanding Jewelry and Enamel program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s (MFAH) Glassell School of Art.  For five decades, the program has provided a place for students of all skill levels and backgrounds to flourish, and it now offers a full curriculum of classes in metalsmithing, enameling, and digital technology.  Curated by Glassell faculty members, Nathan Dube, Jan Harrell, and Sandie Zilker, the show chronicles the history of the program, acknowledging former instructors, Mary Lorena Brown, William Steffy, and Mary Ann Papanek-Miller, as well as others who have been influential in its development.  Displaying jewelry objects and enamel works by current students, former and current faculty, and alumni, the collection showcases an exceptional level of talent.

The Glassell School of Art includes the Junior School for young people ages 3 – 18; the Studio School for adults; and the Core Program, which offers postgraduate residencies. Since 1965, the Jewelry and Enamel program has evolved with the school, taking up residence in several different buildings. Formerly known as the Museum School, the Glassell School’s first jewelry course was held inside the basement of the MFAH. In 1971, the program moved to the former Jett’s Grocery site and then to a former insurance building on Garrott Street in 1973.  Six years later, the program migrated to the Studio School’s current building, at 5101 Montrose Boulevard, and the school adopted its present name, the Glassell School of Art. Continue Reading »

Crafting a Continuum:
Rethinking Contemporary Craft

Posted March 2, 2015 in Press Releases

Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft
May 29 – August 29, 2015
Front and Main Galleries
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

Opening Reception
Friday, May 29, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
The evening will also feature open studios by HCCC’s current resident artists.

Related Programming
Lecture and Workshop by Ceramic Artist Del Harrow
Date TBD

Lecture by Betsy Greer, Author of
Craftivism: The Art of Craft and Activism
Saturday, August 29, 2 PM

Hours & Admission
Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM, and Sunday, 12 – 5 PM.
Closed Easter Sunday (April 5th), July 4th, and Sundays, July 5th – Labor Day.
Admission is free.

(HOUSTON, TX) March 3, 2015 — Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to host Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft, an exhibition organized by the Arizona State University (ASU) Art Museum and Ceramics Research Center in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Highlighting the Museum’s extensive holdings in craft objects made from wood, ceramic, and fiber, the exhibition provides a national and international perspective on modern and contemporary craft and the current level of innovation and experimentation in material studies.

HCCC Curator, Elizabeth Kozlowski, was an assistant curator of the exhibition when she worked as the Windgate Curatorial Fellow at ASU Art Museum in 2013. Kozlowski says that Crafting a Continuum presents the work of pioneering artists of the studio-craft movement—a group that was pivotal in building and maintaining craft programs in higher education institutions around the country—and those generations of artists that have followed. Both of these groups are the driving force behind the model of “rethinking craft.” “The newer artists have built upon the knowledge of their predecessors but have a different approach to craft and care little about how their work is classified. They are pushing boundaries of materials and experimenting with technology, yet remain utterly convinced by the power of the handmade object.” Continue Reading »

Nourish:
ClayHouston Membership Exhibition

Posted December 10, 2014 in Press Releases

Nourish: ClayHouston Membership Exhibition
On view February 6 – April 26, 2015, at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft 

February 6 – April 26, 2015
Artist Hall at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

Opening Reception
Friday, February 6, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
The opening will also feature Dining and Discourse: A Discussion in Three Courses in the Main Gallery and one day, late in the afternoon. . . in the Front Gallery. Current resident artists’ studios will be open to the public.

Hours & Admission
Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM, and Sunday, 12 – 5 PM
Spring/Summer Hours: Closed on Easter Sunday, July 4th and Sundays, July 4th – Labor Day.
Admission is free

(HOUSTON, TX) December 10, 2014 – This spring, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) presents Nourish: ClayHouston Membership Exhibition, a juried group exhibition and exploration of the concept of nourishment through the medium of clay.

The word nourish implies an act of caring, promoting or fostering life, growth, health, ideas and much more. Nourishment can represent a variety of concepts and ideas—anything that acts as food for the soul. But at its core, an act of nourishment depends on a connection between one being and another. This connection and symbiotic relationship can be played out in many different ways, yielding a diverse range of outcomes. Continue Reading »

CERAMIC ARTIST EXPLORES EMOTIONAL
VALUE OF EVERYDAY OBJECTS

Posted November 12, 2014 in Press Releases

one day, late in the afternoon. . .
February 6 – May 10, 2015
Front Gallery at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

Opening Reception
Friday, February 6, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
The opening will also feature Dining and Discourse: A Discussion in Three Courses in the Main Gallery and open studios by the current resident artists 

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

(HOUSTON, TX) November 12, 2014 – Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to host one day, late in the afternoon…, an installation by contemporary ceramic artist, Kelly O’Briant. Reminiscent of the traditional still life from art history, the installation captures a moment of intimacy between utilitarian objects and their users. Things, such as a favorite mug, heirloom silverware, or a holiday tablecloth, are as integral to people’s lives as the conversations that take place around them. O’Briant recreates these everyday objects in order to elevate them to a position of aesthetic and emotional value.

Using a minimal color palette to emphasize physical form, the artist also manipulates atmosphere, emotion and memory through her use of light and shadow. Her process of coiling and pinching the clay lends humanity to the surfaces of the objects, which, in ordinary life, would remain inert. Continue Reading »

SPRING EXHIBITION EXPLORES
RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CRAFT & DINING

Posted November 12, 2014 in Press Releases

Dining and Discourse: A Discussion in Three Courses
February 6 – May 10, 2015
Main Gallery
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

Opening Reception
Friday, February 6, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
The evening will also feature the opening of one day, late in the afternoon. . . 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. Admission is free.

(HOUSTON, TX) November 12, 2014 — With the demand for locally sourced goods and handmade products on the rise, terms like handcrafted, craftsmanship, and artisanal are household words in the food industry and marketplace. Art-and-food-fusion events are increasingly prevalent, while craft, in this arena, denotes customized products and services. In response to these trends and recent scholarship, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) presents Dining and Discourse: A Discussion in Three Courses, an exhibition that looks critically at the intrinsic relationship between craft and dining. The exhibition features 26 emerging and mid-career artists working in wood, glass, ceramics, fiber, metal, and mixed media. Curated by HCCC Curatorial Fellow, Kathryn Hall, the show challenges contemporary notions of functionality, status, and aesthetics by moving beyond the presentation of the beautifully set dinner table to spark discussion about the past, present and future of craft. Organized into three dining-room vignettes—Role Play, Hunter-Gatherer, and Opulence and ExcessDining and Discourse reveals new flavors within the age-old partnership of craft and food, as contemporary makers find inspiration in the dining experience. Continue Reading »