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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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NINTH EDITION OF “IN RESIDENCE” DEFIES MATERIAL LIMITS

Posted March 3, 2017 in Press Releases

In Residence
March 31 – May 20, 2017

Artist Hall
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

Opening Reception
Friday, March 31, 5:30 – 7:00 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) March 3, 2017 — Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is delighted to present the ninth edition of In Residence, an annual exhibition celebrating HCCC’s Artist Residency Program, which has supported makers in the field of craft for over 15 years. This exhibition features work by 11 artists working in ceramic, fiber, metal, wood, and mixed media: Susan Budge, Jonathan Clark, Madison Creech, Terry Fromm, Julia Gabriel, Rene Lee Henry, Younha Jung, Wen-Dan Lin, Sarah S. Mallory, Gary Schott, and Carolyn Watkins. Continue Reading »

“POCKET MUSEUM” ENCHANTS VIEWERS WITH WONDROUS MINIATURES

Posted December 14, 2016 in Press Releases

Pocket Museum
January 20 – March 18, 2017
Artist Hall
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX  77002

Opening Reception
Friday, February 3, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
The evening will also feature the openings of United by Hand: Work and Service by Drew Cameron, Alicia Deitz and Ehren Tool and Future Tradition: Melissa Cody, as well as 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) December 14, 2016 – Diminutive, yet exactingly crafted, the miniature has an undeniable allure. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) presents Pocket Museum, a group exhibition that spotlights the contemporary craft miniature. Featuring five artists working in ceramic, fiber, glass, metal, and wood–Jon Almeda, Althea Crome, Sean Donlon, Nash Quinn, and Marco Terenzi–the exhibition explores the relevance of small-scale objects in contemporary material culture and the renewed fascination with this timeless form.   Continue Reading »

VETERANS UNITE THROUGH CRAFT TO PROMOTE DIALOGUE ON WAR CULTURE

Posted November 10, 2016 in Press Releases

United by Hand: Work and Service by Drew Cameron, Alicia Dietz and Ehren Tool
February 3 – May 28, 2017
Main Gallery
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX  77002

Opening Reception
Friday, February 3, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
The evening will also feature the opening of Future Tradition: Melissa Cody in the front gallery 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.

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(HOUSTON, TX) November 10, 2016 – Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) presents United by Hand: Work and Service by Drew Cameron, Alicia Dietz, and Ehren Tool, a program-driven exhibition led by three artist-veterans working in fiber, wood, and clay. Drew Cameron, Alicia Dietz, and Ehren Tool use craft as part of their own healing, and, through their artistic practices, continue to serve their country by promoting peace and giving a voice to veterans. Through both the works on view in the galleries and a series of craft-based programs, United by Hand pays tribute to U.S. veterans and aims to create neutral ground, raising critical awareness about the history and current state of war culture in the United States. Continue Reading »

YOUNG NAVAJO WEAVER IMBUES WORK WITH DAZZLING GRAPHICS AND PERSONAL EXPRESSION

Posted October 28, 2016 in Press Releases

Future Tradition:  Melissa Cody
February 3 – May 28, 2017
Front Gallery
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX  77002

Opening Reception
Friday, February 3, 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) October 28, 2016 – Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present Future Tradition: Melissa Cody, a solo exhibition of recent work by the Navajo artist. Cody is a fourth-generation weaver from a family known for excellence in the traditional Navajo art. Like her contemporaries and weavers before her, Cody designs her pieces on a stand-up loom as she weaves, incorporating precise geometric forms and recognizable graphic elements, such as the yeii or Rainbow Person, who symbolizes protection, or a cross to represent Spider Woman, the giver and teacher of weaving to the Navajo. Unlike any other, however, Cody imbues her pieces with a stirring graphic vitality and personal voice, emerging as perhaps the most exciting young textile artist of today.

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“BEST IF USED BY” EXPLORES SIGNIFICANCE OF THE EPHEMERAL

Posted July 27, 2016 in Press Releases

BEST IF USED BY
September 2, 2016 – January 15, 2017
In the Artist Hall
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

Opening Reception & Artist Talk with Celia Butler
Saturday, September 10, 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Reception & Artist Talk with Kazuki Guzmán
Saturday, October 8, 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Hours & Admission
Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM, and Sunday, 12 – 5 PM.
Admission is free.

(HOUSTON, TX) July 27, 2016 — Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present BEST IF USED BY, a group exhibition organized by HCCC Curatorial Fellow, Sarah Darro, that investigates the dynamic intersection of craft and food in contemporary culture. Featuring six U.S. and international artists, Celia Butler, Kazuki Guzmán, Joshua Kosker, Aurélie Mathigot, Yuka Otani, and Rachel Shimpock, this show aims to probe the very definitions of craft by staging critical comparisons among works that are moving at varying rates of consumption and deterioration. The works range in material from wool, ceramic, and electroformed metal to cast sugar, cured tangelo peels, and needle-worked bananas. Continue Reading »

CRAFTTEXAS 2016 PUSHES BOUNDARIES, DEMONSTRATES SKILL

Posted June 29, 2016 in Press Releases

CraftTexas 2016
September 23, 2016 – January 8, 2017
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX  77002

Opening Reception
Friday, September 23, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
At 6:30 PM, three artists will be presented with the jurors’ Award of Merit prizes. The evening will also feature open studios by HCCC’s new resident artists.

Hours & Admission
Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM, and Sunday, 12 – 5 PM.
Admission is free.

(HOUSTON, TX) June 29, 2016 — This fall, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) presents CraftTexas 2016, the ninth in a series of biennial juried exhibitions showcasing the best in Texas-made contemporary craft. Featuring 53 works by 38 artists, the exhibition includes everything from sculpture, jewelry, installation, and cut paper to works that explore diverse subject matter, including genetics, upcycling, and process. Continue Reading »

IN RESIDENCE FEATURES DYNAMIC WORK BY RECENT RESIDENT ARTISTS

Posted April 25, 2016 in Press Releases

In Residence
May 27– August 27, 2016
Artist Hall
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

Opening Reception
Friday, May 27, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
The evening also features the opening of A View Within in the Main Gallery, Charlotte Potter: Glass Armory in the Front Gallery, and 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) April 25, 2016 — Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is delighted to present In Residence, an exhibition displaying works produced by seven artists who began their residencies at HCCC in 2014: Clara Hoag, Natasha Hovey, Jera Rose Petal Lodge, Sarah Mizer, Alexis Myre, Collette Spears, and Rena Wood. This annual exhibition of clay, fiber, glass, metal, and mixed media celebrates HCCC’s Artist Residency Program, which has supported makers and their ingenuity in the field of craft for the past 15 years.

The Artist Residency Program at HCCC provides a space for creative exploration, exchange, and collaboration with artists, professionals in the field, and the public. In their open studios, resident artists are able to engage with visitors as they work and explain the processes behind their craft. This experience incorporates enriching group activities and professional development, along with opportunities to display in Asher Gallery, the sales gallery within HCCC, and in the Project Space. Though they develop individual bodies of work during their tenure, the collegiality of the program encourages lines of collective inspiration between their works. Continue Reading »

EXPLORING IDENTITY THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS

Posted April 1, 2016 in Press Releases

Charlotte Potter: Glass Armory
May 27– September 3, 2016
Front Gallery
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

Opening Reception

Friday, May 27, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
The evening also features the opening of A View Within in the Main Gallery, In Residence: 2014 Artists 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.
(Summer Hours: Closed Sundays, July 5th – Labor Day.) Admission is free.

(HOUSTON, TX) April 1, 2016 — Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present Charlotte Potter: Glass Armory. This solo exhibition investigates the physical manifestation of identity through the intersection of glass and the body’s largest organ and protective barrier, the skin. While reflecting on the intertwined history of glass, medicine, and anatomy, artist Charlotte Potter states, “the fates of lives are cast with these small transparent pieces of glass.” Using microscope slides, along with lenses and window glass, Potter constructs a series of glass armor pieces that provide a frame into the psyche, allowing the viewer to explore how skin—with all of its blemishes, scars, and imperfections—is fundamental to one’s sense of self. Continue Reading »