Press Releases

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 »

MEDIA ALERT–HANDS-ON HOUSTON FAMILY FESTIVAL-11-7-15

Posted September 28, 2015 in Press Releases

WHAT:  Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to host the fifth annual HANDS-ON HOUSTON FAMILY FESTIVAL, a free community event. Families and visitors of all ages are invited to this fun day of indoor/outdoor activities. This year, HCCC celebrates wood crafts with hands-on activities, demonstrations by local artists and more. Continue Reading »

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 »