Press Releases

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

Exhibition Reception
Friday, January 24, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
The evening will also feature the opening of Drawn to the Work: Illustration and Craft in Conversation in the Front Gallery and open studios by the current resident artists.  Beer generously provided by Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.

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

(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.

Links

(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 »

JUSTIN FAVELA’S PLAYFUL PIÑATA SCULPTURES EXPLORE THE POLITICS OF TEX-MEX IN “ALL YOU CAN EAT”

Posted March 4, 2019 in Press Releases

Justin Favela:  All You Can Eat
June 1 – August 25, 2019
Main 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 Tiff Massey:  A Different World in the Front Gallery and open studios by the current resident artists.  Beer generously provided by Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.

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

Links

(HOUSTON, TX) March 4, 2019 – Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present “All You Can Eat,” a solo exhibition by mixed-media artist Justin Favela.  Featuring larger-than-life piñatasdepicting a visual feast of Tex-Mex cuisine, from “nachos supreme” to “chili con carne,” this site-specific installation, which is both playful and challenging, is intended to generate conversation about popular culture, the politics of food, and the Latinx experience in the U.S. Continue Reading »

HCCC CHOSEN AS FIRST U.S. VENUE TO HOST CONTEMPORARY DANISH JEWELRY COLLECTION

Posted February 12, 2019 in Press Releases

Statecraft: Selections from the Jewelry Collection of the Danish Arts Foundation

March 15 – June 2, 2019

Asher Gallery
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

Asher Gallery will close in-store retail sales and serve as an exhibition space during this time period.

Hours & Admission

Open Wednesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM, and Sunday, 12 – 5 PM.

Admission is free. Closed major holidays.

(HOUSTON, TX) February 12, 2019 – This spring, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to host a collection of exquisite contemporary art jewelry, assembled for the first time in the United States, from the Danish Arts Foundation. On view March 15 – June 2, 2019, in the Asher Gallery, Statecraft will showcase more than 80 important pieces of contemporary jewelry that the Foundation’s Craft and Design Committee has acquired directly from the country’s most innovative and prominent designers and artists over the last five decades. Continue Reading »

CONTEMPORARY FUNCTIONAL CERAMICS DEMONSTRATE UNIQUENESS, INDEPENDENT SPIRIT & SOCIAL RELEVANCE FOUND IN HANDMADE OBJECTS

Posted November 28, 2018 in Press Releases

To Be of Use: The Functional Ceramics of Mike Helke, Ayumi Horie, and East Fork

February 2 – May 12, 2019

Front Gallery
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

Exhibition Reception
Friday, February 1, 5:30 – 8:00 PM

The evening will also feature the opening of Tom Loeser: Please Please Please in the Main Gallery and open studios by the current resident artists.  Beer generously provided by Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.

Hours & Admission

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

(HOUSTON, TX) November 29, 2018 – This spring, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) presents To Be of Use: The Functional Ceramics of Mike Helke, Ayumi Horie, and East Fork, a group exhibition that demonstrates the uniqueness, independent spirit, and social relevance found in the handmade, as it compares the different creative paths taken by three makers of contemporary functional ceramics.

As one of the earliest forms of material engineering developed by humankind, ceramics and the production of functional objects has been central to humans’ use of clay throughout history. Since the Industrial Revolution, however, the necessity of handmade ceramic ware has been diminished, just as the development of plastics has made the many ceramic forms originally used for storage obsolete. To make functional pieces by hand today is a choice made by the artist to go against the current of all other means of mass production, and the decision by the user to purchase these pieces represents a clear desire for the unique qualities of the one-of-a-kind over the ubiquity of all other options.

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PLAYFUL FURNITURE EXHIBITION SHAKES THINGS UP AT HCCC

Posted November 11, 2018 in Press Releases

Tom Loeser: Please Please Please
February 2 – May 12, 2019
Main Gallery
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

Exhibition Reception
Friday, February 1, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
The evening will also feature open studios by the current resident artists.  Beer generously provided by Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.

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

(HOUSTON, TX) November 7, 2018 — This spring, in partnership with the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) presents Tom Loeser: Please Please Please, a traveling exhibition of the Wisconsin-based maker and designer’s imaginative furniture and works on paper. The playful show encourages viewers to shake up their habits and interact with the environment and one another, while considering issues such as body posture and etiquette that are often taken for granted. Loeser’s work also raises a clever question: “If the furniture we sit on every day were totally different, would our lives be different, too?”

Guest curated by Glenn Adamson, Please Please Please reimagines what furniture can be by juxtaposing the artist’s furniture with his series of pyrographs and cyanotype prints. “In making this exhibition,” says Adamson, “we have been inspired by Loeser’s way of turning furniture upside-down and inside-out. This is partly about understanding the medium’s full potential, and partly about sheer enjoyment. It’s a show that children and adults alike will love.” Continue Reading »