Press Releases

TEXAS MASTER JAMES C. WATKINS’ LUSTROUS CERAMIC VESSELS – FEATURED IN SOLO EXHIBITION AT HCCC

Posted December 1, 2020 in Press Releases

(HOUSTON, TX) December 9, 2020 – In 2021, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present a solo exhibition by outstanding Lubbock ceramicist and educator, James C. Watkins, who was recently named a Texas Master by HCCC. Watkins joins an impressive roster of other Texas Master awardees—including 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 their roles as career artists, professionals, or educators who have made a significant impact on the field of craft in Texas.

James C. Watkins has built an extraordinary career as a ceramicist and an educator. He received his MFA from Indiana University and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. His work has been featured in 40 solo exhibitions and 164 group exhibitions around the world, and he has pieces in 23 permanent collections, including the White House Collection of American Crafts at the Clinton Library (Little Rock, AR), the Shigaraki Institute of Ceramic Studies (Shigaraki, Japan), the Everson Museum (Syracuse, NY), and, most recently, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, D.C.) and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Houston, TX). Continue reading.

“META-FORMATION” EMBRACES NON-TRADITIONAL BLACKSMITHING

Posted October 13, 2020 in Press Releases

(HOUSTON, TX) October 13, 2020 – Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is pleased to present Meta-Formation: New Connections in Contemporary Blacksmithing. The exhibition showcases some of the best metalworkers in the field today, illustrating the magic of forged metal. The featured work, from sculpture to functional ware, exemplifies a diversity of artistic expression, while embracing approaches that go beyond traditional blacksmithing techniques.

Spearheaded by New Orleans-based metalworker and designer Rachel David of Red Metal, Meta-Formation first debuted at the Appalachian Center for Craft (Smithville, TN) in 2019. Jurors Andy Cooperman, Hoss Haley, and former HCCC Curatorial Fellow Sarah Darro selected works from an open call, giving preference to those that exhibited outstanding sculptural and design qualities. Continue reading.

“IN RESIDENCE” CELEBRATES WORK BY RECENT RESIDENT ARTISTS

Posted October 13, 2020 in Press Releases

(HOUSTON, TX) October 13, 2020 – Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present In Residence: 13th Edition, an exhibition celebrating the Artist Residency Program, which has supported artists working in the field of craft for almost two decades. The show features work in clay, metal, and fiber by 2019-2020 resident artists Lauren Eckert, Tim Gonchoroff, Nicolle LaMere, Audrey LeGalley, Maxwell Mustardo, Abi Ogle, Masako Onodera, and Brian Vu.

The Artist Residency Program at HCCC gives resident artists a space for creative exploration, exchange, and collaboration with other artists, arts professionals, and the public. HCCC Curatorial Fellow María-Elisa Heg notes, “This edition of In Residence finds HCCC’s resident-artist cohort adapting to unprecedented times. The works on view represent a determined continuation of craft practice, affirming its vital importance to the world at this time.” Continue reading.

“BREAKING TRADITION” FEATURES GENRE-DEFYING DECORATIVE ARTS

Posted October 13, 2020 in Press Releases

(HOUSTON, TX) October 13, 2020 – This spring, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) presents Breaking Tradition: Contemporary Approaches to the Decorative Arts. The exhibition features three artists—Sophie Glenn, Steven Young Lee, and Beth Lipman—who challenge the dominant cultural narratives of the decorative arts through unconventional furniture, porcelain, photography, and cast-metal pieces.

Historically, the decorative arts prize a strict hierarchy of material and technique set forth by a select group of arts professionals and collectors. HCCC Curator Kathryn Hall says the artists in this exhibition disrupt assumptions about the genre’s history, by making it relatable to a broader audience: “By recontextualizing traditional archetypes, patterns, and decorative motifs in a modern world, these three artists look critically at how they identify with these cultural artifacts.” Continue Reading.

HILLERBRAND+MAGSAMEN SELECTED FOR INAUGURAL INTERDISCIPLINARY CRAFT + PHOTOGRAPHY RESIDENCY

Posted July 14, 2020 in Press Releases

(HOUSTON, TX) July 14, 2020 — Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to announce the selection of Houston-based artists Hillerbrand+Magsamen as the recipients of the inaugural Interdisciplinary Craft + Photography Artist Residency. Offered by Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and Houston Center for Photography (HCP), the three-month residency was created in response to the growing number of artists who are working at the intersection of contemporary craft and photography and supports those with an experimental, multidisciplinary edge, who are testing the boundaries within both fields. Continue Reading.

HCCC ANNOUNCES 2020 – 2021 RESIDENT ARTISTS

Posted July 14, 2020 in Press Releases

(HOUSTON, TX) July 14, 2020 — Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to announce its newest class of residents for 2020 – 2021, a group of 10 outstanding artists working in a variety of craft disciplines.

This year, the artist residency program is generously supported by new grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the John & Robyn Horn Foundation. Grant support by both the NEA Art Works program and the Horn Foundation will provide an increase in monthly stipends for the residents, as well as contribute to the operations, exhibitions, and administrative needs of the innovative program.  Continue Reading

 

“WEAVE HOUSTON” SHOWCASES DIVERSITY IN FIBER ARTS AND HANDWEAVING

Posted March 10, 2020 in Press Releases

(HOUSTON, TX) March 10, 2020 – Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present Weave Houston: Celebrating 70 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. Continue Reading.

“BREAKING TRADITION” FEATURES GENRE-DEFYING DECORATIVE ARTS

Posted February 13, 2020 in Press Releases

(HOUSTON, TX) February 13, 2020 – This spring, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) presents Breaking Tradition: Contemporary Approaches to the Decorative Arts. The exhibition features three artists—Sophie Glenn, Steven Young Lee, and Beth Lipman—who challenge the dominant cultural narratives of the decorative arts through unconventional furniture, porcelain, photography, and cast-metal pieces. Read more here.

FORMS OF INHERITANCE: THE WORK OF ANNA MAYER

Posted February 11, 2020 in Press Releases

(HOUSTON, TX) February 12, 2020 – This spring, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) presents Forms of Inheritance: The Work of Anna Mayer, an exhibition of ceramic and bronze sculptures that explores humanity’s reckoning with mortality and demonstrates the fragility and fierceness of the natural world .Read more here.

FREE CRAFT ACTIVITIES AT HCCC DURING SPRING BREAK

Posted February 10, 2020 in Press Releases

During Spring Break, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) will offer hands-on making and other activities that encourage visitors, ages three and up, to explore craft and art making. HCCC, which is normally closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, will be open all week for this special event. Admission is free. Read more here.