Press Releases

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 »

“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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