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ARTISTS TACKLE SUSTAINABILITY, SHOW INGENUITY BY REPURPOSING MATERIALS & CASTOFFS IN “NOTHING GOES TO WASTE”

Posted April 15, 2022 in Press Releases

(HOUSTON, TX) November 11, 2021 – This winter, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) showcases a survey of artists who find exciting ways to reuse and repurpose materials, scraps, and castoffs through ingenuity in Nothing Goes to Waste. Highlighting works created from discarded materials like ceramic shards, cut paper, and marble remnants, the exhibition explores how salvaged material can inspire creativity and provoke curiosity about the impact various industrial and artistic processes have on the ecology of the planet.

In the face of stifling realities such as the pandemic, many artists have shifted their studio practices and enlisted community support, using reclaimed materials from their networks in meaningful ways. Prompted by recent attacks on the reliability of the U.S. Postal Service, paper artist Leigh Suggs developed her Postal Quilt series, made from thousands of security envelopes that she collected from individuals across the country. In conversation with the communal history of the medium of quilting, these folded and stitched paper compositions pay tribute to postal workers and the critical role they fill in American life.

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CYDNEY PICKENS NAMED HCCC CURATORIAL FELLOW 2021-2024

Posted April 15, 2022 in Press Releases

(HOUSTON, TX) October 28, 2021Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Cydney Pickens as the next HCCC Curatorial Fellow.  Pickens is a graduate of the Art History program at the University of Houston and has previously worked at HCCC as a curatorial intern, assisting with research and exhibition installations, and as a visitor services associate, leading tours and educating the public about the artworks on view. She also served as a gallery assistant at Foelber Pottery and most recently worked in the fast-paced world of Gallery One Auctions.

Generously supported by the Windgate Foundation, the Center’s Curatorial Fellowship Program trains and supports the next generation of curators in the field of contemporary craft. Fellows join HCCC for a three-year term, working alongside the curator in the development, organization, and implementation of the organization’s exhibitions program, as well as partnering with staff across departments, in support of education and artist residency initiatives. Former fellows have taken leading curatorial positions in the field, including those at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Corning Museum of Glass; the Center for Craft (formerly the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design); and Lawndale Art Center, as well as HCCC.

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ASHER GALLERY RETURNS TO HCCC FOR HOLIDAY POP-UP

Posted April 15, 2022 in Press Releases

WHAT:  Asher Gallery Holiday Pop-up

For a limited time, the Asher Gallery gift shop returns to Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) for a holiday pop-up sale. Shoppers will find a unique selection of craft-centric and handmade gifts, featuring everything from ceramics, DIY kits, and jewelry to original artwork, art books, and decorations—plus fun things for crafty kids, big and small!

HCCC Members receive 10% off their purchase and free gift wrapping on Saturdays in December.

Asher Pop-up Events:
**Gift wrapping available on December 4th, 11th and 18th, 11 AM – 3 PM
**Silk-Screening Demo on December 4th, 11 AM – 3 PM
**Trunk Show with Dirigible Designs on December 18th, 11 AM – 3 PM

WHO:  Asher Gallery at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

WHEN:  November 18 – December 24, 2021; shop is open during HCCC’s public hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM. (Closed Sunday and Monday.)

WHERE:  4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

EVENT WEB PAGE: https://crafthouston.org/events/asher-gallery-holiday-pop-up/

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HCCC CELEBRATES 20 YEARS WITH ONLINE ARTIST RESIDENCY SALE

Posted April 15, 2022 in Press Releases

WHAT:  20th Anniversary Artist Residency Sale

This fall, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) celebrates 20 years of its artist residency program by hosting the 20th Anniversary Artist Residency Sale, an online shopping event featuring works from past and present resident artists.

Since 2001, 160 artists have passed through the residency studios at HCCC, and more than 20 of them will be featured in this sale, which offers shoppers a terrific opportunity to support working artists while building their collections. Art and craft lovers can shop from a variety of unique pieces, including sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, and more. This online sale marks the soft return of HCCC’s Asher Gallery, which will host a few online and pop-up sales events over the coming year.

HCCC members get first dibs, with exclusive shopping dates October 4 – 10 and a 10% discount. The public can access the sale, starting October 11th. Shoppers are encouraged to follow the new Asher Gallery Instagram account, @crafthoustonstore, to get sneak peaks of some of the fabulous pieces for sale.

WHO:  Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

WHEN:  October 4 – 17, 2021

**Open Exclusively to HCCC Members:  October 4 – 10**
**Open to Public: October 11 – 17**

WHERE:  https://crafthouston.org/events/artist-residency-online-sale/

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HCCC ANNOUNCES 2021 – 2022 RESIDENT ARTISTS

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.

HCCC CELEBRATES 20 YEARS WITH VIRTUAL PANEL DISCUSSION

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)

EVENT WEB PAGE: 
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. 

“IN RESIDENCE” HIGHLIGHTS INNOVATION, SKILL & SPIRIT OF HCCC’S RESIDENT ARTISTS

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.

MULTIMEDIA EXHIBITION EXPLORES LAYERED IDENTITY, EMPOWERS WOMEN & MARGINALIZED GROUPS

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

HISTORICAL RE-ENACTMENTS, FANTASY, AND COSPLAY INSPIRE EXTRAORDINARY ARMOR MAKING BY TEXAS ARTISTS

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.