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Sondra Sherman on Her Artistic Influences & Social Conventions in Jewelry

Posted March 25, 2016 in Blog

Sondra Sherman, “Listen the Wind Necklace,” 2010. Sterling silver (hollow construction). Photo courtesy of Sienna Patti Contemporary.

Sondra Sherman, “Listen the Wind Necklace,” 2010. Sterling silver (hollow construction). Photo courtesy of Sienna Patti Contemporary.

In honor of Women’s History Month, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) joined The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Can You Name Five women Artists?,” a social media campaign to raise awareness of women artists. This is our third blog entry about a female artist currently exhibiting in our galleries. To read other articles in our series of #5womenartists, click here.

This week, HCCC’s Curatorial Fellow Sarah Darro asked Sondra Sherman, whose work is currently displayed in the solo exhibition Found Subjects, a few questions about her work and influences.

Sarah Darro: Be it adding pinstripes to a string of pearls or replacing the diamond of an engagement ring with an industrial tool, like a circular level, much of your work explores, and often subverts, archetypes in jewelry of gender and romance. Do you believe that there is a responsibility for jewelers to respond to social issues and/or be conscious of the gender stereotypes within jewelry and metalsmithing itself?

Sondra Sherman: I do not think there is a responsibility for jewelers to respond to social issues. I don’t believe in rules for creative production. I also find a noble social cause is sometimes used to justify lazy visual art.

I do think there are opportunities for jewelers to respond to social issues in the distinctive language and context of jewelry which are particularly potent because of its traditional symbolism, social roles, and the context of the body or wearer. Continue Reading »

Artist and Independent Curator Amelia Toelke on Recontextualizing Tradition & Female Role Models

Posted March 18, 2016 in Blog

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Amelia Toelke, “Light & Shadow, Part I” (detail), 2012. Photo by Jim Escalante.

Have you been following #5womenartists? In honor of Women’s History Month, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) joined The National Museum of Women in the Arts in a social media campaign to raise awareness of women artists. This week, HCCC’s Curatorial Fellow Sarah Darro asked Amelia Toelke, the co-curator and featured artist of At Your Service, a few questions about her work and influences.

Sarah Darro: You have worked within numerous traditionally bounded disciplines of fine art and craft (jewelry, metalsmithing, sculpture, ceramics); how have you been able to transcend these institutional distinctions and how has that influenced your work?

Amelia Toelke: I studied metalsmithing and jewelry as an undergraduate and this training continues to influence the way I approach each project I undertake. Jewelers are trained to think about every detail—with the back of a pin being just as important as the front, for example. We study the long history of functional and decorative objects and embrace their inherent qualities and imbued meanings. Continue Reading »

Five Women Artists Working in Metals, Ceramics, and Glass

Posted March 12, 2016 in Blog

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Kat Cole, “Boulder Necklace.” Mixed Media. Photo courtesy of the artist.

As part of the #5womenartists campaign, this week we bring you five talented women artists working in traditional craft media. This group of female artists is special because they are represented by Asher Gallery at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC). Continue Reading »

Artist and Ceramic Restorer Debra Broz on Gender, Craft Traditions & Her Own Art Practice

Posted March 4, 2016 in Blog

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In honor of Women’s History Month, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is participating in #5womenartists, a national campaign led by The National Museum of Women in the Arts to share information about women artists. As mentioned here, this March, we will highlight five women artists working in traditional craft media that are currently exhibiting at HCCC.

This week, HCCC’s Hayley McSwain asked mixed-media artist and ceramic restorer, Debra Broz, currently featured in Mixed and Mastered: Turntable Kitsch, a few questions about her work and influences. Continue Reading »

Hearts for Art Project

Posted March 3, 2016 in Blog

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On Valentine’s Day week HCCC participated in Hearts for Art 2016, an event that invited museum visitors to show their love for a favorite piece of contemporary craft by placing a paper heart on the floor in front of their artwork crush. Continue Reading »

Can You Name Five Women Artists?

Posted March 1, 2016 in Blog

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The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA), the world’s only major museum solely dedicated to celebrating great women artists, has announced a new social media campaign for this March’s Women’s History Month and has invited Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) and other museums across the nation to participate with them in this campaign. If someone is asked to name five artists, they will likely name prominent male artists, but how many people can list five women artists? To increase awareness, on March 1, NMWA will launch the campaign, “Can you name five women artists?,” on its website and blog as well as on social media outlets, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Using the hashtag #5womenartists, the campaign will encourage online communities to help address the gender imbalance in the presentation of art both in the United States and internationally. Continue Reading »

Call for Resident Artists! Apply to Artist Residency Program at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

Posted February 24, 2016 in Blog

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Each year, more than 80 artists from all over the United States apply to the Artist Residency Program at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC). The program supports emerging, mid-career, and established artists working in traditional craft media, including clay, fiber, glass, metal, mixed media, and wood. Each residency ranges between 3 and 12 months in length, and includes a monthly stipend and housing/materials allowance. Continue Reading »

Cheers & Happy Quinceañera!

Posted January 29, 2016 in Blog

In honor of its 15th anniversary, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) hosted Margarita Madness! Celebrating La Quinceañera, a festive update to our very popular Martini Madness! series of annual cocktail fundraisers. The evening included bottomless margaritas, delicious Latin American food, a silent auction, live Latin music by Trio Fórte, a papel picado making station, and photo-booth fun. All proceeds benefitted HCCC.Margarita_01212016_©Roswitha Vogler_0125-556px Continue Reading »

Perry Price Joins HCCC
as New Executive Director

Posted January 13, 2016 in Blog

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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 »

What happened today, Gilbert?

Posted October 21, 2015 in Blog

By Ann Morton

In contemplating the What Happened Today? project, I hoped that maybe, just maybe, someone would be inspired to write a note on multiple days to chronicle their own life and become an active part of this effort. I got my wish, but from a quite unexpected source. It may surprise many to learn that a number of our 3 x 3 notes have been returned by prisoners in the Harris County and Montgomery County jails. Continue Reading »