Celebrate ARTSVILLE Event


• Roundup for the month: CELEBRATE Artsville event, exhibit, podcasts, and news
• Stephanie Moore from the Center for Craft speaks up on grant opportunities

Sunday, Feb, 27 from 2-5 pm. CELEBRATE ARTSVILLE at Artsville Collective, gallery and gathering space, at Marquee. Meet guest artists Rhona Polonsky, grafitto ceramics and Micah Mackenzie, abstracts with co-founding artists Daryl Slaton, pop art with animation and Louise Glickman, mixed media.  Also on hand will be creative community leadership including Artsville NC podcast interviewees and Scott Power of Crewest Studio/LA.  36 Foundy St. in the RAD.

Stephanie Moore, Executive Director of the Center for Craft. Headshot by Darrell Cassell.

Story by Stephanie Moore, Executive Director of the Center for Craft

I remember sitting in art history class in the early 90s watching the professor laboriously click through slides of marble torsos, cathedrals with stained glass windows, and an abundance of paintings from decades past. Yet something was missing – the entire history of contemporary craft and its importance as an art object. In addition to this academic training on the history of art, I was taking classes in jewelry. Who were the jewelers before me and what inspired them? If I had continued my passion as a jeweler, I would have had to press on without an understanding of how jewelry fits into a larger historical context. That absence led the Center for Craft to publish “Makers: A History of American Studio Craft,” in 2010. “Makers,”  the first comprehensive survey of modern craft, follows the development of studio craft from its roots in nineteenth-century reform movements to the rich diversity of expression at the end of the twentieth century. How important is the research that tells these histories and archives the perspectives and ideas of our past and our future? 

“To date, the Craft Research Fund has provided over $1,700,000 to support 223 projects in 39 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, DC.”

While the textbook was the first survey of studio craft, the heavy read is no longer the only or the last. For the past 17 years, the Center for Craft has annually funded academic researchers, independent scholars, curators, and graduate students through the Craft Research Fund grant program. These funds are distributed to organizations, museums, and scholars in support of exhibitions, catalogs, and research projects throughout the United States. This source of support is the only source of its kind and has amounted to over $1.5MM in support of writing and reclaiming the history of craft since it began. The histories that are captured expand our understanding of craft and claim importance to artists whose stories are at risk of being forgotten. Funds also support artists who are practicing research as a way to inform their practice. We have heard from our recipients that these awards have helped to legitimize the study of craft and document histories that acknowledge a fuller and truer story of American craft, reminding us that there is more to discover and learn.They allow us to reflect on craft’s significance – not just as a beautiful object, but also one that embraces a wide range of cultures, ambitions, and experiences. To apply: https://www.centerforcraft.org/grants-and-fellowships/craft-research-fund-project-grant

2022 Craft Research Fund Project Grant Recipient Mariah Gruner examining needlework at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Courtesy of the recipient.

Art a la Carte: Artsville Collective at Marquee presents its first lunch time salon for artists, creatives, collectors and friends. Friday, March 18. Meet + Greet at 11:30; presentation from noon-1 pm. “The Women of Grovewood: Textiles Come to Asheville”  Historian Tom Anders and arts consultant/tour guide Sherry Masters takes you from fleece to fabric through the vision of Edith Vanderbilt and the women of Biltmore’s textile industries, then and now. Limited seating. 26 Foundy St. in the RAD.

Ongoing: Artsville NC podcast series at ArtsvilleUSA.com and major podcast channels

“How Asheville Became ARTSVILLE.” The first Artsville podcast releases six energetic and informative interviews with Mia Hall and Robin Dreyer on The Penland School, Kate Averett Anderson on Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center, Tom Anders on Grovewood Village and the Vanderbilts, Michael Manes on Blue Spiral 1 and John Cram, Jordan Ahlers (Momentum Gallery) and Stephanie Moore (Center for Craft) about the Broadway arts corridor in downtown Asheville, and Sarah Wells Rolland, owner of The Village Potters Clay Center and the River Arts District. Preview podcast at https://notrealart.com/louise-glickman/   Co-produced by Sand Hill Artists Collective (SHAC) in partnership with Crewest/LA studio.

Sand Hill Artists Collective (SHAC) and Artsville Collective and Podcast are in the news a lot lately. We give special thanks to the Asheville media for their support of our gallery, podcast, programs and events.

Biltmore Beacon- Front Page, Art News. www.biltmorebeacon.com

Mountainx- www.mountainx.com/arts/

Asheville Made- www.ashevillemade.com

Rhona Polonsky’s pottery invites you to read between the lines.

ON EXHIBIT at Artsville Collective at Marquee through April 24: “Between the Lines” View Rhona Polonsky’s ceramics and Micah Mackenzie’s abstracts along with the works of founding artists Daryl Slaton, pop animation and Louise Glickman, mixed media. The styles of each artist differs greatly but connect through thoughtful storytelling, coming alive in a mix of mediums, paint, clay, textiles and animation. The viewer is encouraged to consider how they come together, to read “between the lines.” Artsville Collective is inside Marquee at 36 Foundy St.