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Q&A with Resident Artist Carl Johnson

Posted November 3, 2021 in Blog

HCCC recently interviewed current resident Carl Johnson, who works in the medium of fiber arts and specializes in weaving with thin-gauge metal. Make sure to visit his studio before his residency ends at the end of this month! (November, 2021).

Carl Johnson sitting at loom

Carl Johnson in his studio at HCCC. Photo by: Katy Anderson.

HCCC: Why were you interested in this residency program?

Carl Johnson: I would say that, in large part, it was the interaction with the public and the ability to have an open-door studio. I could have dialogue with the public, who may have never met an artist before, or who maybe were an artist themselves and were interested in what other people are doing. By having my own studio, I could also work and explore my work with no restrictions. The location also appealed to me. I hadn’t spent much time in Houston, and it’s exciting to learn a new city.

I also like that it’s not a museum where things are just on the wall, but where the public can see who is behind the art. I like giving insights into my work, and sharing what I do with other people.

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Posted August 27, 2021 in Press Releases

(HOUSTON, TX) August 27, 2021 — In conjunction with its 20th anniversary, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to announce its newest class of residents for 2021 – 2022, a group of outstanding artists working in a variety of craft disciplines.

For 20 years, the Center’s artist residency program has offered 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.  This year, more than 100 artists applied from all over the U.S. and beyond, and 10 artists were selected for a three-to-twelve-month residency. The juried selection was 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 the artists with a materials-and-living stipend, a variety of professional development opportunities, and a group exhibition at the conclusion of the residency cycle. Continue reading.


Posted August 27, 2021 in Press Releases

WHAT:  20th Anniversary Panel Discussion
In celebration of its 20th Anniversary this fall, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) will present a free, virtual panel discussion featuring a group of locally and nationally distinguished artists and thinkers. Panelists Antonius-Tin Bui, Annie Evelyn, Justin Favela, Piero Fenci, and Susie J. Silbert will reflect on their experiences with HCCC, how the organization has grown over the last 20 years, and what the future of craft as a field looks like. HCCC Executive Director Perry Price will serve as moderator.

The 20th Anniversary Panel Discussion is generously underwritten by Scott and Judy Nyquist.

WHO:  Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

FEATURED PANELISTS:  Antonius-Tin Bui, Annie Evelyn, Justin Favela, Piero Fenci, and Susie J. Silbert

WHEN:  Thursday, September 23, 2021, 6:00 – 7:00 PM CDT

WHERE:  Free Zoom Webinar (Registration Required)

The public can read more about the panelists and register for this free event here.

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“Copy Culture: Zines Made and Shared”

Posted July 15, 2021 in Press Releases

(HOUSTON, TX) July 14, 2021 – Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is pleased to present Copy Culture: Zines Made and Shared, a celebration of the history, practice, and community of self-described “zinesters.” Zines, which are small circulation booklets created and distributed by individuals or small groups, are set apart from mainstream publishing by a lack of formal barriers to participation. For decades, zines have brought together and created space for marginalized, underrepresented, and dissident voices to share knowledge and find community. Copy Culture features zines and ephemera from Texas and beyond, inviting visitors to learn more by doing it themselves.

Born in the age of “snail mail,” zines now enjoy wide popularity and distribution online. Nevertheless, many zinesters still cite zine festivals as the best outlet for community, commerce, and connection. The co-founders of San Anto Zine Fest, Natasha I. Hernandez and Isabel Ann Castro, also produced the long-running submission-based zine, St. Sucia, which captured the complicated, beautiful reality of what 21st-century Latinx identity looks like through the eyes of its community of devoted fans, known as sucias. They write, “We are a space for gente who identify as mujer, in any way they choose to.” Continue reading. 


Posted July 6, 2021 in Press Releases

(HOUSTON, TX) July 2, 2021 — Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is thrilled to present In Residence: 14th Edition, an annual exhibition of work by its 2020 – 2021 resident artists. This exhibition features work in paper, metal, clay, fiber, and stone by Chloe Darke, Abbie Preston Edmonson, Hong Hong, Hillerbrand + Magsamen, Stephanie Robison, Michael Velliquette, and Kirstin Willders. HCCC Curatorial Fellow María-Elisa Heg notes, “The innovation, skill, and spirit of these artists embody what makes HCCC’s artist residency program so unique. This edition opens just before HCCC’s 20th anniversary, a milestone that marks the resiliency and vibrancy of this program.”

The contemplative works of Hong Hong and Michael Velliquette harness the versatility of paper in each artist’s distinctive approach to this ancient medium. Hong embraces the ephemerality of paper and the physical act of pouring pulp, creating large-scale pieces that change as they dry in the open air. Velliquette carefully researches and chooses paper stock that will hold up to his meticulous process of building mandala-like, architectural sculptures that draw the viewer into a meditative state. Continue reading.


Posted July 2, 2021 in Press Releases

(HOUSTON, TX) July 2, 2021 – This fall, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) presents Later, Longer, Fewer: The Work of Jennifer Ling Datchuk, an exhibition of blue-and-white porcelain sculptures, large-scale multimedia installations, and performance video that critiques the realities and contemporary perceptions of women’s access and liberation. Using Asian motifs that are common in blue-and-white porcelain, coupled with the design and material language of domestic objects and feminine beauty products, Jennifer Ling Datchuk elevates stories of silent sisterhood and feminist perspectives while exposing systematic inequities that continue to stifle women’s progress.

As a Chinese American woman, Datchuk delves into the complicated and sometimes overwhelming aspects of growing up in a blended family. She states, “My work has always been an exploration of my layered identity–as a woman, a woman of color, an ‘American,’ and as a third-culture kid.” Continue reading


Posted March 27, 2021 in Press Releases

(HOUSTON, TX) March 30, 2021 – This summer, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) proudly presents Suited Up: Contemporary Armor Making in Texas. The exhibition, featuring suits of armor inspired by historical re-enactments and iconic pop-culture warriors, explores the extraordinary craftsmanship behind armor making in the Lone Star State. Showcasing everything from traditional metalwork and leatherwork to 3D-printed and innovative do-it-yourself suits, the works on view exemplify the vibrant and diverse spectrum of fantastical armorers in Texas. Their handmade attire, often fashioned from favorite media figures or historical designs, represents an integral component of their practice.

Various communities of fantasy and re-enactment have kept age-old armor-making techniques alive, adding many unique chapters in recent years to the histories of these techniques. Self-taught William Brunson, of Dragon Heart Armory, produces historically inspired metal armor pieces, many of which have been used in real-life jousting tournaments at Renaissance festivals around the country. Based in Pottsboro, Brunson hand crafts every part of Dragon Heart Armory’s chainmail and metal armaments, producing pieces that are winsome, yet durable enough to take a beating while used in action on horseback. Continue reading.


Posted March 25, 2021 in Press Releases

(HOUSTON, TX) March 24, 2021 — Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present 9ja Vision: The Fiber and Mixed-Media Work of Joy O. Ude, a solo exhibition by the Texas-based artist. For millions of Nigerians worldwide, the mobile-friendly shorthand, 9ja (or naija), evokes a shared identity and culture in constant dialogue with itself–a dialogue which, like Joy Ude’s work, crosses borders and generations. Ude says, “The works included in 9ja Vision represent the interweaving of Western and Nigerian cultures, as experienced from the perspective of an American-born child of Nigerian immigrants. In each series, I combine intergenerational anecdotes, cultural commentary, and altered traditional fiber techniques to construct experimental visual narratives. Through my work, I endeavor to expand understanding of the American immigrant experience beyond a singular characterization.”

Ude’s practice is grounded in the rich traditions of West African textiles and references their material history as a backdrop for the personal, familial, and historical narratives that she weaves into her work. Combining printed wax cloth with photo transfers of family members, Ude contextualizes her personal history within a complicated material legacy of colonialism, creating embellished pieces that are both joyful and haunting. She explores this legacy further in the form of skin-lightening soaps and products, reproducing them in resin and coconut oil and draping them in hand-tatted lace, a nod to oppressive Western beauty standards as well as the presence and burden of female servile labor in historical and familial settings. Her work is also an exciting part of the enormously energetic and internationally influential fashion scene coming out of the Nigerian homeland and diaspora communities. Continue reading.


Posted January 15, 2021 in Press Releases

Free Online Application Open through March 1, 2021

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) announces its application for the 2021 – 2022 Cycle (September 2021 – August 2022) of its Artist Residency Program is now open through March 1, 2021. This year, due to generous funding, there is no online application fee, and all artists working in craft media, including wood, glass, metal, fiber, clay, and mixed media, are encouraged to apply.

About the Artist Residency Program

For nearly 20 years, the Center’s artist residency program has offered 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.  Each year, artists apply from throughout the U.S. and beyond, and eight-to-ten artists are selected for a three-to-twelve-month residency. The juried selection is based on quality of creative work, ability to interact with the public, career direction, and program diversity. Accepted artists will be notified via e-mail in April.

Residents are required to have their studios open for at least two days each week, giving visitors the unique opportunity to walk in, 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. Applicants should consider the public facing nature of the residencies and the fact that a major goal of the program is to provide visitors with an opportunity to explore contemporary craft through engagement with working artists. Continue Reading >


Posted December 8, 2020 in Press Releases

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present Weave Houston: Celebrating 71 Years of the Contemporary Handweavers of Houston. Weave Houston showcases the history and diversity of Contemporary Handweavers of Houston’s membership, featuring works from emerging practitioners and longtime fiber artists. Noted fiber artist Dr. Mary Ruth Smith juried several awards for works that highlight exceptional craftsmanship and innovative use of materials.

The Contemporary Handweavers of Houston (CHH) was founded in 1949 as a chapter of the Contemporary Handweavers of Texas to provide a common meeting ground for weavers throughout the state. In its 70 years as a guild, the non-profit organization has promoted the education of and interest in handweaving and fiber-related crafts. This is accomplished through regular gatherings and demonstrations at schools, museums, and festivals throughout the Houston community, including the Livestock Show and Rodeo. CHH has an ongoing relationship with the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and sponsors a scholarship for its resident artists who are weavers and demonstrate or lead activities at HCCC events.  Continue reading.