Press Releases

CRAFT COMMUNITY DAY

Posted January 16, 2020 in Press Releases

WHAT:  Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) will host Craft Community Day, a free spring event featuring local artist guilds and community groups. Visitors of all ages are invited to see a variety of craft demonstrations—including woodturning, weaving, ceramics, and more—plus, visit the resident artists’ studios, and view the current exhibitions.

WHEN:  Saturday, March 7, 2020, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

 WHERE:  Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

4848 Main Street, Houston, TX  77002; 713.529.4848; www.crafthouston.org

 ADMISSION:  FREE

EVENT WEB PAGE: https://www.crafthouston.org/events/craft-community-day-2020/

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HCCC ANNOUNCES CALL FOR RESIDENT ARTISTS AND LAUNCHES NEW INTERDISCIPLINARY CRAFT + PHOTOGRAPHY RESIDENCY WITH HCP

Posted December 12, 2019 in Press Releases

(HOUSTON, TX) December 13, 2019 – Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) announces its application for the 2020 – 2021 Cycle of its Artist Residency Program opens January 1st, 2020.  Artists working in craft media, including wood, glass, metal, fiber, clay, and mixed media, are invited to apply.

Applicants must be able to fulfill a program requirement of working in their studios for two days per week during HCCC public hours. The resident artists are required to open their studios to public interaction on Saturdays and one other day of the week, as well as during exhibition openings and specific educational programs on the evenings and weekends. Applicants should consider the public facing nature of the residencies and the fact that a major goal of the program is to provide visitors with an opportunity to explore contemporary craft through engagement with working artists. Continue reading.

“DRAWN TO THE WORK” EXPLORES INTERSECTION OF ILLUSTRATION AND CRAFT

Posted December 5, 2019 in Press Releases

Drawn to the Work: Illustration and Craft in Conversation

January 25 – March 29, 2020
Main Gallery
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

(HOUSTON, TX) December 5, 2019 – Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is pleased to present Drawn to the Work: Illustration and Craft in Conversation, an exhibition of works by Aurélie Guillaume, Chenlu Hou, and Aya Kakeda, three craft artists who draw from a background in illustration. By featuring traditional and digital illustrations alongside works in craft materials, the exhibition explores the intersection of these two artistic disciplines and presents unusually expressive works that tell unique stories. Continue Reading.

IN RESIDENCE CELEBRATES WORK BY RECENT RESIDENT ARTISTS

Posted November 26, 2019 in Press Releases

(HOUSTON, TX) November 27, 2019 – Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present the 12th edition of In Residence, an annual exhibition in celebration of the Artist Residency Program, which has supported artists working in the field of craft for almost 20 years. In Residence: 12th Edition features work in clay, metal, wood, fiber, and mixed media by 2018 – 2019 resident artists:  Antonius-Tín Bui, Zoe Gross, Heather L. Johnson, Eunsil Leem, Joyce Lin, Robert Raphael, Jared Theis, and Meg Wachs. Continue Reading »

HCCC NAMES JAMES C. WATKINS AS NEWEST TEXAS MASTER

Posted November 5, 2019 in Press Releases

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft to Host Solo Exhibition for Watkins in Fall of 2020

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to announce ceramicist James C. Watkins as the recipient of its Texas Master Award. From Lubbock, Texas, Watkins joins the roster of former Texas Masters—curator Clint Willour (Houston) and artists Harlan Butt (Denton), Cindy Hickok (Houston), Rachelle Thiewes (El Paso), Piero Fenci (Nacogdoches), and Sandie Zilker (Houston)—recognized for making a significant impact on the field of craft.  In recognition of his ceramic career and outstanding service to the community, HCCC will present a solo exhibition of Watkins’ work in the fall of 2020. Read more here.

HOLIDAY MAKER MARKET 2019

Posted November 1, 2019 in Press Releases

HOLIDAY MAKER MARKET FEATURES ELEVATED HAND-CRAFTED GIFTS

WHAT:  Houston Center for Contemporary Craft’s (HCCC) Holiday Maker Market is perfect for those who wish to support local makers and give hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind gifts for the holidays. On the weekend of December 13 – 15, discerning shoppers will enjoy festive refreshments while they peruse an elevated selection of jewelry, accessories, clothing, art objects, and home décor from local craft artists, including HCCC’s current resident artists. HCCC members will receive a 10% discount on sales from the residents’ studios, as well as from select makers.

Participating makers include:  Box Sparrow Studio (ceramics), Ceibo by Maria Cadena (handbags), Dirigible Designs (jewelry), Claire Drennan (knitted accessories) , Lauren Eckert (jewelry), Richard Florence (wood-turned bowls), Tarina Frank (jewelry), Terry Fromm (jewelry), Heidi Gerstacker (jewelry), Tim Gonchoroff (fiber art), Rene Lee Henry (jewelry), Lotus (ceramics), Abigail Ogle (fiber art), Olga Tarasova (felted-wool accessories), and Onyii (clothing)  Continue Reading »

CASEY CURRAN’S KINETIC SCULPTURES CAPTURE HAUNTING BEAUTY OF HUMAN INNOVATION

Posted October 30, 2019 in Press Releases

Escaping Earth: The Kinetic Work of Casey Curran
January 25 – March 29, 2020
Main Gallery
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

(HOUSTON, TX) October 31, 2019 – Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is pleased to present Escaping Earth: The Kinetic Work of Casey Curran,featuring kinetic sculptures, asteroid paintings, and installations that reflect the haunting beauty of human innovation and its aftermath. The exhibition, which is Curran’s first solo show outside of Washington State, showcases the artist’s ability to create exquisite sculptures that convey the complexities found within nature, art, and architecture. Continue Reading.

HCCC & KINETIC PRESENT DYNAMIC CONCERT INSPIRED BY  HURRICANE HARVEY

Posted September 6, 2019 in Press Releases

Houston Composers Shane Monds & Kyle Rivera collaborate with Artist Nathalie Miebach for The Water Line Concert

The Water Line Concert

Thursday, December 5, 2019, 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Free Admission
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

(HOUSTON, TX) September 6, 2019 – Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) and KINETIC present a one-night concert inspired by the solo exhibition, Nathalie Miebach: The Water Line, featuring work by the contemporary basket weaver and sculptor that focuses on the major hurricanes of 2017: Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Fascinated by two narratives generated by every disaster–one based on science, encompassing temperature, wind and pressure gradients, and one based on human experience–Miebach translates information from these storms into graphic music scores, large-scale woven installations, and sculptures. As part of the artist’s Weather Score Project, The Water Line Concert will feature two new compositions, inspired by Hurricane Harvey, by Houston composers Shane Monds and Kyle Rivera, as well as existing compositions by Matthew Jackfert and Harrison Ponce, based on other hurricanes. Miebach will be present to speak about her work in the exhibition and her collaborations with various composers. Continue reading.

HCCC 2019 – 2020 RESIDENT ARTISTS ANNOUNCED

Posted July 26, 2019 in Press Releases

Ten Artists Selected for Residencies at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.

(HOUSTON, TX) July 26, 2019 — Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is proud to announce its new class of resident artists for the 2019 – 2020 cycle. The Artist Residency Program is designed to offer time and space for craft artists to focus on their creative work and interact with the public. The program supports emerging, mid-career, and established artists working in all craft media, including but not limited to clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood and mixed media.

A juried selection is held annually to award eight-to-ten artists a three-to-twelve-month residency. Each year, more than 80 applicants from all over the U.S. apply. The selection is based on quality of creative work, ability to interact with the public, career direction, and program diversity. In addition to 24/7 access to studio space, HCCC provides each artist with a modest materials and living stipend and a variety of professional development opportunities. Their work is also included in the annual In Residence group exhibition at the conclusion of the residency cycle.

In exchange, the residents are required to have their studios open to the public for at least two days each week, in support of HCCC’s mission to advance education on the process, product, and history of craft.  Visitors to the Center have the unique opportunity to walk into the artists’ studios, ask questions, and watch them work. This deeper level of interaction between artists and visitors allows the public to learn about a range of craft processes and techniques and helps artists to gain exposure, make connections within the Houston community, and educate people of all ages about craft.

2019 – 2020 HCCC Resident Artists

Audrey LeGalley, Clay (San Antonio, TX)
June 1 – August 31, 2019
http://www.audreylegalley.com/

Tim Gonchoroff, Clay (Charlottesville, VA)
September 1, 2019 – May 31, 2020
https://www.gonchoroff.com/

Maxwell Mustardo, Clay (Pittstown, NJ)
September 1 – November 31, 2019
https://www.mustardom.com/

Abigail Ogle, Fiber (Blountsville, AL)
September 1, 2019 – February 28, 2020
https://aogleart.com

Masako Onodera, Metal (Menomonie, AL)
September 1 – November 31, 2019
https://www.masakoonodera.com/

Lauren Eckert, Metal (Mullica Hill, NJ)
December 1, 2019 – May 31, 2020
https://lauren-eckert.com

Brian Vu, Clay (Arlington, TX)
December 1, 2019 – August 31, 2020
https://www.bottegabv.com/

Nicolle LeMere, Clay (Houston, TX)
March 1 – August 31, 2020
http://nicollelamere.com

Dee Clements, Fiber (Chicago, IL)
June 1 – August 31, 2020
https://studioherron.com/

Sophie Glenn, Metal (Smithville, TN)
June 1 – August 31, 2020
https://sophieglenn.com/

To see current and past resident artists at HCCC, visit:

https://www.crafthouston.org/artists/residents/current-artists/

https://www.crafthouston.org/artists/residents/alumni-artists/

The application for the 2020 – 2021 cycle opens January 1, 2020. For more information, visit: https://www.crafthouston.org/artists/residents/apply-to-program/

About Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is a nonprofit visual arts center dedicated to advancing education about the process, product, and history of craft.  HCCC provides exhibition, retail, and studio spaces to support the work of local and national artists and serves as a resource for artists, educators and the community at large.

Located in the Museum District at 4848 Main Street, HCCC is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM, and Sunday, 12 – 5 PM. Closed major holidays. Admission is free. Free parking is available directly behind the facility, off Rosedale and Travis Street. HCCC is three blocks south of Wheeler Ave. MetroRail station on Main Street.

HCCC is supported by individual donors and members and funded in part by The Brown Foundation; Houston Endowment, Inc.; the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance; Texas Commission on the Arts; the National Endowment for the Arts, the Kinder Foundation; the Morgan Foundation; Windgate Charitable Foundation; and the Wortham Foundation. HCCC is a member of the Houston Museum District and the Midtown Arts District.

For more information, call 713-529-4848 or visit www.crafthouston.org. Find HCCC on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @CraftHouston.

 

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TIFF MASSEY’S MONUMENTAL JEWELRY EXPLORES CULTURAL APPROPRIATION, AUTHENTICITY, AND THE LEGACY OF “BLING”

Posted March 4, 2019 in Press Releases

Tiff Massey:  A Different World
June 1 – August 25, 2019
Front Gallery
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

Exhibition Reception
Friday, May 31, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
The evening will also feature the opening of Justin Favela: All You Can Eatin the Main Gallery and open studios by the current resident artists.  Beer generously provided by Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.

Artist Talk with Tiff Massey
Saturday, June 1, 3:30 – 5:00 PM
Tiff Massey will give a brief overview of her work, influences, and multi-disciplinary artistic practice.

Hours & Admission
Open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM, and Sunday, 12 – 5 PM. Closed on major holidays. Admission is free.

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(HOUSTON, TX) March 4, 2019 – Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present Tiff Massey: A Different World, a solo exhibition by the interdisciplinary artist and metalsmith. The first exhibition of Massey’s artwork in Texas, A Different World showcases three bodies of work that reference the material culture of nostalgic pasts, from 1980s hip hop to African hair braiding. Informed primarily by jewelry, Massey’s diverse artistic practice deftly renders her observations on race and class in contemporary American culture. Continue Reading »