The Empty Bowls Houston Steering Committee invites artists working in all media to help celebrate the organization’s 11th year by creating and donating handmade bowls for Empty Bowls Houston 2015, taking place May 16 at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.
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Opening at HCCC this fall, What Happened Today? is an exhibition that shows the relevance of print 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. Here are several ways Houstonians can get involved in the project:
- Monitor one or more of our social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) from now until July, 2015, to find out when our ads will appear in the Houston Chronicle. Fill out the form within the ad, clip it, and mail it to Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St., Houston, TX 77002. The completed forms will become part of a huge wall quilt, composed of all the notes collected over several months.
- Stop by HCCC to fill out a note that asks the question, “What happened today?” (available March 12 through July). In this small format, visitors can tell us about a major or minor event of their day, in their own words. The notes will become part of a large wall quilt in the exhibition
- Join us on Saturday, April 25th for Museum Experience Day: Zone 2. In addition to seeing a variety of craft demonstrations, visitors can make hooked-rug squares to contribute to the exhibition. Artist Ann Morton will be present.
- Join us on Saturday, June 6th for HANDS-ON HOUSTON. We will have a station set up for visitors to make hooked-rug squares to contribute to the exhibition. Artist Ann Morton will be present.
- Bring in a group for a free docent-led tour of the current exhibitions, and we can arrange for your group to make hooked-rug components for the exhibition in a hands-on activity following your tour. (Please schedule your tour in advance here.)
- If you would like your group to be a community partner for What Happened Today?, please email HCCC Curator, Elizabeth Kozlowski, at email@example.com for more information.
Read more about the exhibition here.
What Happened Today? is made possible by generous support from the Houston Chronicle.
Please join Asher Gallery for a chat with current resident artists, Jera Rose Petal Lodge and Rena Wood, as they demonstrate the methods used in creating their sophisticated adornments. While you can frequently observe them at work in their studios, at this event, they will highlight specific techniques. Rena will explain the tying and folding she uses for her shibori scarves, and Jera will show the wire working that forms the heart of her style. Read More »
Dining and Discourse Event:
Panel Discussion with Corey Ackelmire, Clark Kellogg,
Robbie Lobell, and Studio WAC
Join HCCC for a panel discussion with several Houston artists featured in Dining and Discourse, currently on view in the main gallery. Moderated by Curatorial Fellow Kathryn Hall, the panel will address topics related to dining ware and dining furniture design, sustainable practices in food and craft culture, and the traditions associated with the objects found within our own dining rooms. Audience members are encouraged to share their own ideas and to participate in the discussion. The event is free and open to the public. Read More »
Historically, commissioned wares and dining-room furniture asserted the power, status, and personal beliefs of their patrons through the use of precious materials, embellishment, and technical execution. Borrowing from decorative arts patronage, the Opulence and Excess dining-room vignette comments on the relevance of this loaded history in contemporary culture. Join MFAH associate curator of decorative arts and Rienzi, Christine Gervais, as she provides a historical decorative arts context for this vignette. This event is free and open to the public. Read More »
HCCC is pleased to host its sixth annual Crafting a Legacy Spring Luncheon on Wednesday, April 29th, at River Oaks Country Club. This year, we honor two tremendously generous Houstonians—Andrea and Bill White—for their many contributions to the cultural life and vitality of our city. Read More »
Empty Bowls is a grassroots effort by artists and craftspeople in cities and towns across the country to feed the hungry in their communities. Empty Bowls Houston is presented by Whole Food Market and implemented locally by Houston-area ceramists and artists working in various media, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and Houston Food Bank. Read More »