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BIPOC AWARD RECIPIENTS SHOWCASED IN EXHIBITION HONORING REMARKABLE TEXAS CERAMICISTS

Posted April 15, 2022 in Press Releases

(HOUSTON, TX) December 3, 2021 – This winter, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) presents Limitless: The 2021 Recipients of ClayHouston’s Award for Texas BIPOC Ceramic Artists, an exhibition of work by Jihye Han, Tammie Rubin, and Earnest Snell. As members of the Texas clay community, these artists represent the versatility of clay, exemplifying the limitless potential of processes, forms, and styles, through narratives related to identity, acculturation, and belonging. The works on view demonstrate how clay as a material eloquently captures the ever-changing nature of identity, while embodying the gritty narratives of the human condition.

As a member-based organization dedicated to cultivating, promoting, and advancing the ceramic arts in Houston and beyond, ClayHouston created this inaugural awards program to bring attention and funding to outstanding Texas-based ceramicists who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color (BIPOC). ClayHouston President Jessica Phillips commented, “Since 2020, the ClayHouston board has spent time reflecting upon the field of ceramics, both locally in Houston, as well as more broadly in the US. Our goal is to support artists who are affected by systemic racism as well as the economic uncertainty that COVID has created. By creating the Award for Texas BIPOC Ceramic Artists, we hope to cultivate greater equity, inclusivity, and access in ceramic arts.”

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“CRAFTTEXAS 2022” CALL FOR ARTISTS!

Posted April 15, 2022 in Press Releases

(HOUSTON, TX) November 29, 2021 – Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) announces its call for artists for the upcoming exhibition, CraftTexas 2022, the eleventh show in a long-running series of juried exhibitions showcasing the finest in Texas-made contemporary craft. This year, to expand accessibility, HCCC has eliminated the application fee, so all artists working in clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and found/recycled materials are encouraged to apply!

On view October 1, 2022 – January 7, 2023, the exhibition provides an introduction for the general public to develop an appreciation for the depth and breadth of craft being made in their local communities and across the state. This unique show also provides Texas artists with the opportunity to be considered for inclusion in major national museum and private collections.

CraftTexas 2022 will be juried by Andres Payan Estrada. Raised between Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico and El Paso, Texas, Payan Estrada currently works in Los Angeles, California. As an artist and curator, his practice focuses on issues revolving around contemporary craft and ceramics, including material and object explorations on queer and identity-based politics. Payan Estrada is currently the curator of public engagement at Craft Contemporary and recently served as a special visiting art faculty member at the California Institute of the Arts and as a mentor at Warren Wilson College’s Master of Arts in Craft Studies program. Payan Estrada is also the co-curator and co-founder of Craft Contemporary’s National Clay Biennial, as well as the founding organizer of the annual fundraiser and sale, CLAY LA. He recently curated the exhibition, Total Collapse: Clay in the Contemporary Past (2020), for the Arizona State University Museum and the Rubin Center at the University of Texas at El Paso, along with establishing POTLUCK, a biennial clay and ceramics fundraiser, auction, and free public program series that benefits Craft Contemporary.

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HCCC AWARDED WINDGATE FOUNDATION LEGACY ENDOWMENT

Posted April 15, 2022 in Press Releases

(HOUSTON, TX) November 22, 2021Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to announce the establishment of a $3.5 million legacy endowment fund by the Windgate Foundation in support of the Center’s Artist Residency and Curatorial Fellowship Programs. This gift marks the first operational endowment fund for HCCC and directly supports two highly visible programs in support of practicing artists and emerging curators. The gift was made by the Windgate Foundation through Arkansas Community Foundation to establish the advised fund on behalf of HCCC and its programs.

The Artist Residency and Curatorial Fellowship Programs are two of Houston Center for Contemporary Craft’s most unique initiatives. The residency program supports the careers of practicing artists, while simultaneously educating the public about the artistic practices of a rotating selection of talented makers. The program affords visitors the chance to meet artists from all disciplines, welcomes them into a studio environment, and allows them to see what goes into the creation of remarkable pieces of art. Likewise, the curatorial fellowship develops and champions the next generation of curatorial talent in craft. The three-year appointment provides each fellow with the invaluable experience of working with artists, institutional partners, and the public in learning the professional skills of a curator, while developing their own, unique curatorial voice and perspective.

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“RINGS” CELEBRATES LIMITLESS CREATIVE POTENTIAL & DYNAMIC HISTORY OF CONTEMPORARY JEWELRY

Posted April 15, 2022 in Press Releases

(HOUSTON, TX) November 18, 2021 – This winter, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) presents Rings! 1968 – 2021, featuring an incredible selection of wearable pieces that capture the avant-garde notions of contemporary jewelry and represent the limitless creative potential of the ring. Throughout time, rings have signified personal and cultural connections around the world, communicating marital status, membership, and belonging, as well as marking the end of an important transition or the beginning of a new reality. Showcasing experimental materials and approaches, in addition to traditional metalsmithing techniques, the rings on view in this exhibition offer an examination of the cultural, political, and personal meanings of this timeless and ubiquitous form.

Having first opened last summer at Philadelphia’s The Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design, this growing traveling exhibition features an international selection of over 100 rings. Organized by Helen Drutt, collector, educator, author, and renowned advocate of modern and contemporary craft, and researched by independent curator Elizabeth Essner with assistance from Colleen Terrell, the show highlights many works from Drutt’s expansive collection. Her collection not only serves as a historic archive of contemporary jewelry but also promotes the relevance of jewelry in today’s culture.

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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)

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

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