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IN RESIDENCE CELEBRATES WORK BY RECENT RESIDENT ARTISTS

Posted November 26, 2019 in Press Releases

(HOUSTON, TX) November 27, 2019 – Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present the 12th edition of In Residence, an annual exhibition in celebration of the Artist Residency Program, which has supported artists working in the field of craft for almost 20 years. In Residence: 12th Edition features work in clay, metal, wood, fiber, and mixed media by 2018 – 2019 resident artists:  Antonius-Tín Bui, Zoe Gross, Heather L. Johnson, Eunsil Leem, Joyce Lin, Robert Raphael, Jared Theis, and Meg Wachs. Continue Reading »

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

(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.

Audrey LeGalley on Modern Insecurity, Domesticity & the Anxieties of Girlhood

Posted October 2, 2019 in Blog

 HCCC curatorial intern Grace Winburne interviewed Texas ceramist and recent HCCC resident artist Audrey LeGalley about her creation of household objects in porcelain to address issues related to anxiety, fueled by domesticity. Audrey returns to HCCC to be part of Resident Artist Talks on Saturday, October 19, 2019.

Former HCCC resident artist Audrey LeGalley in her installation, “Girlhood Scary” (2019), featured in “Ghostly Demarcations” at Blue Star Contemporary. Photo courtesy of Barbara Miñarro.

Grace Winburne: Though your pieces deal with heavy subject matter, the porcelain that you use to create your installations is delicate and fragile. Why do you choose to work with porcelain, and how do you see the material relating to your subject matter as you address the theme of domesticity?

Audrey LeGalley: The visual weight of the material isn’t directly indicative of emotional weight in this work. The emotional aspects are explored through implied fragility and anxiety that is emphasized through delicate forms. I use porcelain in my work because most viewers understand an immediate reference to its break-ability, encouraging a sense of anxiety in the viewer. I also think it’s important that the material I use is found in domestic spaces—normally, porcelain has a place in the average American home. It’s used for tile and dinnerware. I’m taking the material out of its intended purpose in the home and using it in dangerous and impractical ways, to address themes of insecurity within the home.

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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.

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.

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(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 »

Aram Han Sifuentes on the Protest Banner Lending Library

Posted December 20, 2018 in Blog, Case Study

Aram Han Sifuentes with a banner from her “Protest Banner Lending Library.” Photo by Virginia Harold.

On view in the Case Study Space through January, 2019, HCCC presents a banner from Chicago-based artist and activist Aram Han Sifuentes’ “Protest Banner Lending Library.” Developed in response to the 2016 presidential election, the “Protest Banner Lending Library (PBLL)” provides a safe outlet for individuals to address their concerns about current socio-political issues by organizing protest banner workshops and allowing individuals to check out the banners made from the workshops. HCCC Curator Kathryn Hall interviewed Aram about this project and how she would like to see it move forward.

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