It’s hard to believe that September 22nd marked the beginning of our 15th anniversary year at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Was it really so long ago that we were just people with a dream? And, now, here we are, ready to celebrate our Quinceañera. To kick off this important year, we are debuting an annual fund drive to continue the support for the work we do and give us the tools to grow even further. We’ve set an appropriate goal of $150,000—what better way to ring in our 15th year? With your help, we can easily reach this, thanks to an anonymous donor who will match up to $75,000 for this fund!

The years since 2001 have seen us grow exponentially. Our Artist Residency Program is now nationally regarded, bringing in over 80 high-caliber applicants each year. Where we once turned to traveling shows to fill the galleries, now we present original exhibitions curated in house. HANDS-ON HOUSTON, a monthly, free, family craft activity, has exploded from averaging 50 visitors to over 350. HCCC has fully grown into its mission to advance education about the process, product and history of craft. We’re now asking you for support so we may continue educating our city and the world about contemporary craft.

It’s also a time for celebration, and we’ll be having plenty of fun this year, too! On January 21st, 2016, we’ll host Margarita Madness!, a new twist on our trademark Martini Madness! cocktail fundraiser. We’ll continue our festivities in the spring, as we honor pivotal figures in the Houston community at the Crafting a Legacy Spring Luncheon. So, if you like to get down, or prefer to sit down, you can be part of the celebration.

Without you, we would not be who we are today, nor will we become who we can be. Please accept a gift certificate to Asher Gallery, worth 10% of your donation, as our thanks for your support. (And, remember, your donation will go even further, thanks to our matching donor!) You’ll find exclusive benefits offered on the enclosed reply form—please donate by December 31st, 2015. Thank you for your support of HCCC, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Best Regards,

Edward Lane McCartney
HCCC Board President
Phyllis Childress
Development Chair
Sara Morgan
Founding President

Generous donors receive the following benefits:

  • Quinceañera $15,000
    Custom artwork by Connie Roberts, Jeff Forster, Delaney Smith, or Ronnie Rae (Fair market value maximum of $2,000)
  • Década $10,000
    HCCC will host a private reception for up to 50 guests
  • Cinco Estrellas $5,000
    Invitation for two to private dinners with featured artists, plus a one-year subscription to American Craft magazine
  • Artesanía $2,500
    Private craft workshop (in clay, fiber or metal) for up to 10 people
  • Mil Noches $1,000
    Curator-led tour and reception for up to 10 people
  • Contemporánea $500
    Name listed on Annual Fund sponsor wall

Above levels will be listed on the Annual Fund sponsor wall and web page and will receive a Master level membership to HCCC (valued at $250). All donors will receive a gift certificate to Asher Gallery worth 10% of their donation amount!

Every donation made by December 31st will be matched up to $75,000!

To donate via postal mail, please download donation form.

To make an online donation, you have two choices below.


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Please contact Suzanne Sippel at or 713.529.4848 x. 202 for more information.


Victoria & Marshal Lightman
Duane Kelley
Edward Lane McCartney & David Gooding
Paula Arnold & Ted Pinson
Leslie & Brad Bucher
Susan Klaveness
Mary Beth & Harvey Cody
Judy & Henry Sauer
David Pesikoff
The Greentree Fund
Ellie & Jon Totz
Carolyn Dahl & Thomas Perry
Frank & Michelle Hevrdejs
Anne Lamkin Kinder
Kathryn & Richard Rabinow
Bobbie & John Nau
Barbara & Mark Paull
Elizabeth David, MD
Louisa Stude Sarofim
Tom Edens