Hearts for Art Project

Posted March 3, 2016 in Blog


On Valentine’s Day week HCCC participated in Hearts for Art 2016, an event that invited museum visitors to show their love for a favorite piece of contemporary craft by placing a paper heart on the floor in front of their artwork crush.

Image above: Beccy Ridsdel, “Art or Craft? Series,” 2014. Porcelain. Photo by HCCC.

Visitors of all ages fell in love with works on view in our current exhibitions: At Your Service, Found Subjects: Works by Sondra Sherman, and Mixed and Mastered: Turntable Kitsch. Among the top favorites were ceramic pieces by artists Debra Broz, Beccy Ridsdel, and Garth Johnson; steel and silver jewelry pieces by metalsmith Sondra Sherman, and After Rigaud:Versailles Orangerie, an installation of 78 hand-painted plates by ceramic artist Molly Hatch.

At Asher Gallery, visitors left paper hearts inside drawers, and even in the resident artists studios! Here are some pictures visitors shared online using the hashtag #HeartsforArt during their visit to Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.



Sondra Sherman, “Julia Newberry’s Diary Brooch,” 2010. Steel, sterling silver, nail polish. Photo by HCCC.



Garth Johnson, “Proverbs,” 2010. Sand-blasted found porcelain plates with silver PVD coating. Photo by HCCC.


Molly Hatch, “After Rigaud:Versailles Orangerie,” 2013. 78 hand-painted earthenware plates with underglaze and glaze. Photo by HCCC.


Paper hearts found inside drawers at Asher Gallery during #HeartsforArt week. Photo by HCCC.

Did you know? The #HeartsforArt project was initiated three years ago by the Oakland Museum of California and Columbus Museum of Art. Participating museums this year included Baltimore Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Columbus Museum of Art, Crystal Bridges, Dallas Museum of Art, Denver Art Museum, Detroit Institute of Arts, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Johnson Museum of Art Cornell University, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Oakland Museum of California, Parrish Art Museum, Philbook Museum of Art, Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, St. Louis Art Museum.