Press Releases

HANDS-ON HOUSTON FAMILY FESTIVAL CELEBRATING COLOR IN CRAFT

Posted October 31, 2018 in Press Releases

WHAT:  Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to host its eighth annual HANDS-ON HOUSTON FAMILY FESTIVAL, a free community event. Families and visitors of all ages are invited to this fun day of indoor/outdoor activities. This year, HCCC celebrates the use of color in craft with hands-on activities, demonstrations by local artists, and more.

WHEN:  Saturday, November 3, 2018, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

WHERE:  Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX  77002; 713.529.4848

ADMISSION:  FREE

EVENT WEB PAGE:  https://www.crafthouston.org/events/famfest18/

DETAILS: 

  • Learn a variety of techniques for adding color to craft mediums
  • Have fun with hands-on activities:
    • Design and glaze your own ceramic tile
    • Join the Houston Handweavers Guild to dye fabric using natural materials from the Craft Garden
    • Make your own sheet of marbled paper
  • Join Houston Metal Arts Guild to learn about patina techniques
  • Learn about experimental dyeing techniques with local fashion designer Isabel Wilson
  • View the fall exhibition, CraftTexas 2018, in the main galleries
  • Shop for one-of-a-kind gifts and home décor in the Asher Gallery
  • Enjoy food and refreshments on site from Gypsy Wagon and Good Pop

PARKING: The HCCC parking lot will be blocked off for activities and food trucks, but street parking is available nearby.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Follow HCCC on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram @CraftHouston. To follow the event online and share your images, please use #HandsOnHouston.

SPONSORS:  Ceramic tiles are generously provided by Daltile, and glazes are provided by AMACO. Continue Reading »

HCCC Names María-Elisa Heg Curatorial Fellow for 2018 – 2021

Posted October 25, 2018 in Press Releases

(HOUSTON, TX) October 24, 2018 — Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to announce the appointment of María-Elisa Heg as the next HCCC curatorial fellow. Heg is an illustrator and cartoonist who has been a co-organizer of Zine Fest Houston since 2012. She is currently a MA candidate in the Arts Leadership program at the University of Houston. In 2009, she received a BA in medieval studies, as well as a BA in visual and dramatic arts, from Rice University. Since then, she has been active in various capacities as an activist and artist, featured in shows at the Blaffer Art Museum, CentralTrak, Hardy & Nance Studios, Matchbox Gallery, and the Caroline Collective. Her research and curatorial interests are rooted in social practice, focusing on strategies for the decolonization of art, self-publishing, and lifting up artists and other groups who have been marginalized in mainstream society. In her new role, which begins November 26th, Heg will work with HCCC Curator Kathryn Hall to conduct research as well as develop and install exhibitions over the three-year fellowship. Hall commented, “MaríaElisa brings enthusiasm to the position, as well as a keen eye for recognizing emerging talent. We are delighted to have her join the HCCC team, and we look forward to the valuable contributions she will make
during her tenure here.” Continue Reading »

POSTMODERNISM INSPIRES GEOMETRY, ORNAMENTATION & FORM IN CRAFT OBJECTS

Posted October 13, 2018 in Press Releases

After Memphis: Crafted Postmodern
October 13, 2018 – January 13, 2019

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

Opening Day Lecture
Saturday, October 13, 2018, 3:00-4:00 PM
“Postmodernism & Radical Design” with Cindi Strauss, Curator and Director of Decorative Arts, Craft and Design at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

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

Admission is free. Closed major holidays.

(Houston, TX) September 11, 2018 — Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present After Memphis: Crafted Postmodern, a group exhibition that traces the legacy of radical design and Postmodernism in contemporary craft. Featuring six U.S. artists—Courtney Banh, Dee Clements, Jenny Mulder, Jessica Ninci, Christin Ripley, and Erin Lynn Smith—the exhibition takes the form of a showroom, featuring objects ranging from marbled-fabric furniture and neon lighting fixtures to basket-woven rugs and ceramic vessels.

Postmodernism arose in the late 1960s as a critical departure from the austerity and formalism of Modernist architecture and design. This period was uniquely defined by architects who worked in an interdisciplinary mode of object and houseware design. Collectives of radical designers and architects formed to develop an alternative visual language to Modernism’s strict minimalism, championing experimentation, ornamentation, conceptualism, irony, and design elements that did not serve structural function. In the 1980s, one of the most influential postmodern collectives was the Memphis Group, an Italian design and architecture group that designed furniture, fabrics, ceramics, glass, and metal objects.

Today, contemporary craft artists have harnessed Postmodernism’s critical design ideologies and are applying them in a new context, with an emphasis on the hand. After Memphis highlights the shift in design objects from those that incorporated industrial materials to those that are nimble, malleable to their materials and processes, and embody elements of improvisation and performance. For example, in her soft sculpture and upholstered furniture, Christin Ripley employs suminagashi, a Japanese water-marbling technique that creates an effect of sinuous stone, pebble, or terrazzo patterning. The organic lines of her soft sculptures defy associations with established furniture forms and bring to mind the anti-design ideologies of early radical design collectives like Archizoom. Erin Lynn Smith, on the other hand, builds sinuous, patterned ceramic bases that culminate in exposed incandescent bulbs and twisted neon forms. Her lighting fixtures, while thoroughly contemporary, embrace the postmodern architectural tenets of communication, sensuality, and ornamentation.

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PRESS RELEASE—ANELE’S GARMENTS PUSH BOUNDARIES, INVITE SENSE OF WONDER

Posted June 28, 2018 in Press Releases

Anele: I Don’t Play That Game
July 27 – October 7, 2018
Artist Hall
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

Fashion Show & Reception
Thursday, August 2, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Fashion show begins at 6:30 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.

Links

(HOUSTON, TX) June 28, 2018 — Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present B. Anele: I Don’t Play That Game, a solo exhibition of the Houston-based transdisciplinary artist’s most recent work, ranging from raw-canvas sculptural garments and portraiture to soft sculpture. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fashion show that takes place within the installation on the evening of Thursday, August 2nd. Continue Reading »

PRESS RELEASE—”CRAFTTEXAS 2018″ OFFERS SURPRISING VARIETY

Posted June 27, 2018 in Press Releases

CRAFTTEXAS 2018
September 29, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Main and Front Galleries
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

Exhibition Reception
Friday, September 28, 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.

Links

(HOUSTON, TX) June 29, 2018 This fall, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) presents CraftTexas 2018, the tenth in a series of biennial juried exhibitions showcasing the best in Texas-made contemporary craft. Juried by Jennifer Scanlan, Curatorial and Exhibitions Director at Oklahoma Contemporary, the show features 50 works by 36 artists and includes a wide range of sculpture, jewelry, and furniture, with a strong emphasis on cutting-edge works. Continue Reading »

MEDIA ALERT—MARTINI MADNESS! BLASTS OFF THIS FALL WITH SPACE-AGE MODERN THEME

Posted June 20, 2018 in Press Releases

 

WHAT:  Martini Madness, the popular cocktail fundraiser benefitting Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC), blasts off this fall with a space-age modern theme that looks to the future as it celebrates the past!

The ticket price includes an artisan-made martini glass for each guest to select and take home, as well as a stellar evening of signature martinis, delectable appetizers, a cosmic lounge, and much more. Guests are encouraged to participate in the party’s out-of-this-world theme by donning their chicest space-race attire (think ‘60s mod fashions, NASA, and all things outer space) to win a prize in the costume contest. Continue Reading »

PRESS RELEASE—HCCC 2018-2019 RESIDENT ARTISTS ANNOUNCED

Posted June 7, 2018 in Press Releases

 

Nine Local and National Artists Selected for Residencies
at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

(HOUSTON, TX) June 7, 2018 — Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is proud to announce its new class of resident artists for the 2018-2019 cycle, which begins September, 2018, and ends August, 2019. 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 five-to-eight 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.  Continue Reading »

PRESS RELEASE—“IN RESIDENCE” HIGHLIGHTS WORK OF HCCC’S RECENT RESIDENT ARTISTS

Posted March 14, 2018 in Press Releases

In Residence: 10th Edition
April 21– July 14, 2018
Artist Hall
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

Exhibition Reception
Friday, April 20, 5:30 – 7:00 PM
The evening will also feature open studios by HCCC’s 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 Monday and Tuesday and major holidays. Admission is free.

(Houston, TX) March 14, 2018 Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is delighted to present the 10th edition of In Residence, an annual exhibition celebrating its Artist Residency Program, which has supported makers in the field of craft for more than 16 years. This exhibition features work by 10 artists working in ceramic, fiber, metal, wood, and mixed media: Jessica Andersen, Rebecca Braziel, Vivian Chiu, Lisa Hardaway, Rebecca Lynn Hewitt, Amber Smith, Anthony Sonnenberg, Eric Stearns, Jenna Wright, and Shiyuan Xu.

The Artist Residency Program at HCCC provides resident artists with a space for creative exploration, exchange, and collaboration with other artists, professionals in the field, and the public. In their open studios, residents are able to engage with visitors as they work and explain the processes behind their craft practices. Though they develop individual bodies of work during their tenures, the collegiality of the program often fosters lines of collective inspiration. HCCC Curatorial Fellow, Sarah Darro, notes, “This iteration of In Residence features meticulously conceived works that are inscribed with tradition and historical reference, yet are thoroughly contemporary in their content.”  Continue Reading »

BASKETRY EXHIBITION FEATURES TRADITION & INNOVATION, EXPLORES CULTURAL HISTORIES

Posted March 8, 2018 in Press Releases

Rooted, Revived, Reinvented:  Basketry in America
June 2 – September 2, 2018
Main and Front Galleries
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

Exhibition Reception
Friday, June 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 through Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM, and Sunday, 12 – 5 PM. Closed on major holidays. Admission is free.

(HOUSTON, TX) March 9, 2018 – This summer, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America, an exhibition chronicling the history of American basketry, from its origins in Native American, immigrant, and slave communities to its presence within the contemporary fine-art world.  Visitors will delight in the variety of colors, patterns, shapes, and textures of the baskets on view, which range from traditional to highly unconventional and explore diverse cultural histories. Continue Reading »

OBJECTS SURPRISE & BEGUILE IN “TREACHERY OF MATERIAL”

Posted January 9, 2018 in Press Releases

Treachery of Material: The Surrealist Impulse in Craft
On view January 26 – April 15, 2018
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

Opening Reception
Friday, February 9, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
The evening will also celebrate the opening of Light Charmer: Neon and Plasma in Action in the Main Galleries and feature 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. Holidays: Closed Easter, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Admission is free.

(Houston, TX) January 9, 2018 Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present Treachery of Material: The Surrealist Impulse in Craft, featuring Michael Crowder and Julia Maria Künnap, two artists who use surrealist strategies and references in their work. The exhibition offers a series of puzzling and beautiful objects made from cast glass, fine metals and gemstones, along with nontraditional materials like ash and soap, to highlight the unexpected relationship between Surrealism and craft. Continue Reading »