Press Releases

“LIGHT CHARMER” MESMERIZES WITH GLOWING NEON ART & PERFORMANCE

Posted November 16, 2017 in Press Releases

Light Charmer:  Neon and Plasma in Action
February 9 – May 13, 2018
Main and Front Galleries
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

Hours & Admission
Open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM, and Sunday, 12 – 5 PM. Holidays: Closed Easter, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Admission is free.

(HOUSTON, TX) November 8, 2017 – Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present Light Charmer: Neon and Plasma in Action, a group show featuring artists who create a spectacle of light, color, and movement through neon and plasma sculpture and performance. Viewers will be enchanted by the variety of glowing artworks on display.

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FANTASTICAL PIECES IN “HEAD GEAR” HIDE, REVEAL & TRANSFORM IDENTITY

Posted October 24, 2017 in Press Releases

Head Gear
November 17, 2017 – January 21, 2018
Artist Hall
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

Hours & Admission
Open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM, and Sunday, 12 – 5 PM. Holidays: Closed Easter, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Admission is free.

(HOUSTON, TX) October 24, 2017 – This fall, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present Head Gear, featuring three artists who use masks and portraiture to perform, interrogate, and subvert constructed identities. Inspired by the historical uses of armor and veils, Kate Clements, Arielle DePinto, and Matthew Lambert explore the implications of concealing and revealing oneself through ornament. Through a combination of objects and accompanying studio portraits, the artists experiment with classic archetypes like beauty queens, brides, widows, athletes, and soldiers to create entirely new and complex identities. Continue Reading »

ASHER HOLIDAY SOIREE & TRUNK SHOW WITH MARIQUITA MASTERSON

Posted October 10, 2017 in Press Releases

ASHER HOLIDAY SOIREE &
TRUNK SHOW WITH MARIQUITA MASTERSON
November 10 – 11, 2017
Asher Gallery at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

WHAT:  Asher Gallery at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is pleased to present a special holiday soiree and trunk show with celebrated Houston jeweler, Mariquita Masterson.  Guests will enjoy good cheer, bubbly, and sweets, while they mingle with Mariquita and shop an extended selection of her stunning glass jewelry–including rings, necklaces, earrings, and cuff links.  Continue Reading »

EXHIBITION INVITES VISITORS TO DISCOVER SONIC POTENTIAL IN UNEXPECTED PLACES

Posted July 11, 2017 in Press Releases

 The Sound of Things
August 4 – October 28, 2017
Artist Hall
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

Opening Reception
Friday, September 22, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
The evening will also feature the opening of For Hire: Contemporary Sign Painting in America in the Main Gallery, Storyline in the Front Gallery, and open studios by the current resident artists.

Hours & Admission
Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM, and Sunday, 12 – 5 PM. Summer Hours: Closed Sundays, July 4th – Labor Day. Holidays: Closed Easter, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Admission is free.

(HOUSTON, TX) July 11, 2017 Opening this summer at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC), The Sound of Things, featuring the work of artists Bohyun Yoon and Alyce Santoro, conceptualizes sound and its laden potential within objects and craft materials. The exhibition prompts visitors to ask:  What does glass sound like? What does a sonic weaving look like? Yoon and Santoro have mined the history of their respective materials—glass and woven audio tape—to engage with these questions and make tangible what was once unperceivable. Continue Reading »

QUILTS DEPICT PERSONAL STORIES, COMMENT ON CULTURE IN “STORYLINE”

Posted June 23, 2017 in Press Releases

Storyline: The Contemporary Quilt
September 22, 2017 – January 7, 2018
Front Gallery
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

Opening Reception
Friday, September 22, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
The evening will also feature the opening of For Hire: Contemporary Sign Painting in America and open studios by the current resident artists.

Hours & Admission
Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM, and Sunday, 12 – 5 PM. Summer Hours: Closed Sundays, July 4th – Labor Day. Holidays: Closed Easter, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Admission is free.

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(HOUSTON, TX) June 23, 2017 This fall, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) presents Storyline: The Contemporary Quilt, a survey that highlights the spectrum of contemporary quilt-making techniques and traditions. As living artifacts that change over time, historically, quilts have depicted personal histories and fostered community-building throughout many different cultures. Storyline brings together a diverse selection of quilters, including Kathryn Clark, Carolyn Mazloomi, Aaron McIntosh, and Anna Von Mertens, who utilize various techniques, patterns, and materials to document their stories as well as comment on broader cultural narratives. Each artist uses the language of fiber to capture the unique content of his or her work. Continue Reading »

“FOR HIRE” FEATURES TIME-HONORED CRAFT OF SIGN PAINTING IN REAL TIME

Posted June 22, 2017 in Press Releases

For Hire:  Contemporary Sign Painting in America
September 22, 2017 – January 14, 2018
Main Gallery
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

Opening Reception
Friday, September 22, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
The evening will also feature open studios by HCCC’s current resident artists.

Hours & Admission
Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM, and Sunday, 12 – 5 PM. Summer Hours: Closed Sundays, July 4th – Labor Day. Holidays: Closed Easter, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Admission is free.

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(HOUSTON, TX) June 21, 2017 This fall, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) explores the rich history and current renaissance of hand-lettered signs in For Hire: Contemporary Sign Painting in America. The exhibition showcases a range of contemporary sign painters who use traditional methods to create banners, sandwich boards, paper signs, murals, fictional advertisements, and more. Some pieces will be installed from the start of the show, while others will be created in the gallery, during public hours, over the course of the exhibition. This will allow visitors to witness, firsthand, a variety of sign-painting processes. Continue Reading »

HCCC 2017-2018 RESIDENT ARTISTS ANNOUNCED: Eight Local and National Artists Selected for Residencies at HCCC

Posted May 3, 2017 in Press Releases

(HOUSTON, TX) May 3, 2017 — Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is proud to announce its new class of resident artists for the 2017-2018 cycle, which begins September, 2017, and ends August, 2018. 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.

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SMALL-SCALE FIBER WORKS SHOWCASE VARIETY, INNOVATION

Posted April 20, 2017 in Press Releases

Small Expressions 2017
May 26 – July 29, 2017
Artist Hall
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

Opening Reception
Thursday, June 1, 5:30 – 7:00 PM

The evening will feature a talk by juror Mary Ruth Smith, open studios by HCCC’s current resident artists, and beverages sponsored by Buffalo Bayou Brewing.

Hours & Admission
Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM, and Sunday, 12 – 5 PM. Summer Hours: Closed Sundays, July 4th – Labor Day. Holidays: Closed Easter, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Admission is free.

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(HOUSTON, TX) April 18, 2017 — Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is delighted to host Small Expressions 2017, the Handweavers Guild of America’s annual juried exhibition of small-scale fiber works. Featuring the work of 24 artists using a wide range of fiber techniques, the show requires that each piece is no greater than 15 inches in any direction. Despite their small size, the works on view reflect a strong conceptual component, as well as emotive narrative content, a variety of materials and textures, and, of course, skilled craftsmanship. Mary Ruth Smith, an esteemed fiber artist and professor at Baylor University, juried this year’s applicants. The exhibition will be on view during the Contemporary Handweavers of Texas’ biennial conference, Crossing Threads/Connecting Cultures, in the Houston area.

Now in its 34th year, the Small Expressions annual exhibition series was conceived in 1983 by the board of directors of the Handweavers Guild of America to mark the 15th anniversary of the organization. The format was initially inspired by small-scale fiber shows in England and Hungary.  With thousands of pieces submitted since its inception, the show has included works by artists from each of the 50 states and more than 20 foreign countries and has traveled to art institutions across the U.S. and internationally. The series not only provides a platform for artists working in fiber but also a format that encourages innovation.

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Viewers Invited to Take a Seat in Playful and Seductive Furniture

Posted March 27, 2017 in Press Releases

Annie Evelyn: Multiple Impressions
June 16 – September 2, 2017
Front Gallery
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

Opening Reception
Friday, June 16, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
The evening will also feature the opening of Edward Eberle Retrospective and open studios by HCCC’s current resident artists.

Hours & Admission
Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM, and Sunday, 12 – 5 PM. Summer Hours: Closed Sundays, July 4th – Labor Day. Holidays: Closed Easter, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Admission is free.

(HOUSTON, TX) March 27, 2017 — This summer, viewers can expect to see and feel the unexpected in Annie Evelyn: Multiple Impressions, a solo exhibition of recent work by the furniture maker at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC).  Punctuated by carpeted shapes that frame her furniture, Evelyn’s installation entices the visitor to experience her craftsmanship firsthand by taking a seat. Using alternative materials to upholster her chairs, she manipulates tessellations of cement and aluminum to create comfortable, squishy seat cushions. These seemingly hard and rigid materials are so surprisingly relaxing to sit on, the experience of interacting with the work is sure to change the viewer’s first impression. Continue Reading »

EBERLE SURVEY COVERS THREE DECADES OF WORK BY PROLIFIC CERAMIC ARTIST

Posted March 27, 2017 in Press Releases

Edward Eberle Retrospective
June 16 – September 2, 2017
Main Gallery
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

Opening Reception
Friday, June 16, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
The evening will also feature open studios by HCCC’s current resident artists.

Hours & Admission
Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM, and Sunday, 12 – 5 PM. Summer Hours: Closed Sundays, July 4th – Labor Day. Holidays: Closed Easter, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Admission is free.

(HOUSTON, TX) March 27, 2017 Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present the first career retrospective of work by Pittsburgh-based ceramic artist, Edward Eberle (b. 1944, Tarentum, PA).

Over the past three decades, Eberle has explored and tested the limits of porcelain, with his prolific body of work ranging from classically inspired vessels to altered and deconstructed sculptures. The retrospective brings works from the mid-1980s to the present into dialogue, allowing visitors to discover the timeless and intriguing work of a true master. Comprised of over 40 works, the show highlights the evolution of Eberle’s exquisite forms and fragmented dreamlike imagery by featuring both his trademark porcelain work, as well as a series of works on paper. Audiences will see paper-thin wheel-thrown vessels of both closed and open forms, as well as more conceptual pieces from the early 2000s. The exhibition culminates with examples of the artist’s most recent mixed-media sculptures and large paper cylinders. Continue Reading »