8      Philadelphia/Wilmington Tour  


28   Caucus and Patrons Day

29   Ball and Auctions                                    7pm, Willard Hotel, DC

30   Distinguished Educators Brunch              10am, St. Regis Hotel, DC


11-13  Smithsonian Craft Show

19   Craft Study Tour, Hyattsville, MD

26    Fiber Day

29    JRA Board Meeting*


3  Michael Janis workshop

4  Michael Janis lecture             Smithsonian American Art             McEvoy Auditorium, 2pm                 

10 National Gallery Study Tour              

31 Akio Takamori workshop


1   Akio Takamori lecture                              2pm, Smithsonian American Art             McEvoy Auditorium  

12 American Visionary Art                              Museum Tour, Baltimore

14 JRA Board Meeting*

19  Annmarie Sculpture Garden Tour,  Solomon's Island, MD                       

                                                                              *Times and locations are subject to change

to the James Renwick Alliance

Watch this newly updated video that introduces you to the JRA and some of the people who lead it:          

Making a Difference: The James Renwick Alliance

View all gifts to date from the James Renwick Alliance to the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery here (PDF)




For more information, please contact the JRA Office at or call (301) 907-3888

A brief overview of the weekend:

Thursday evening , March 27, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

The James Renwick Alliance Evening.  Deena and Jerry Kaplan, the 2014 One-of-a-Kind Award recipients, will host a reception at their home, celebrating all patrons, the 2014 Distinguished Educators, past One-of-a-Kind Award recipients and 2014 Spring Craft Weekend volunteers and committee members. Invitation only.

Friday afternoon, March 28, 1:30 p.m.

Caucus and Patrons Day - for SCW Patrons and JRA Caucus Members

Tours  to two collections and Jewelswerk Galerie.

Friday evening, March 28, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m

Reception at the residence of H.E. Rudolf Bekink, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United States of America and 2014 Spring Craft Weekend Honorary Chair.  Mr. Jan Kennis, Cultural Attaché of the Embassy of Kingdom of the Netherlands, will address the subject Dutch Art, Craft and Architecture, in reference to the Craft Leaders Caucus study tour to the Netherlands in May.

Saturday morning, March 29, 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon

Panel discussion Materialism: The Medium or the Message at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium.  Moderated by: Elisabeth Agro, The Nancy M. McNeil Associate Curator of American Modern and Contemporary Crafts and Decorative Arts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Panelists: the  2014 JRA Distinguished Educators Dan Dailey, Peter Held, Glen Kaufman and Patti Warashina.

Saturday evening, March 29, 6:30 - 10:30 p.m.

Black and White Ball at the Historic Willard InterContinental Hotel. Evening will include a preview reception for Patrons, cocktails, dinner, the live and silent auctions and the One-of-a-Kind Award presentation to Deena and Jerry Kaplan.

Sunday, March 30, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

An Awards brunch will honor the four Distinguished Educators: Dan Dailey, Peter Held, Glen Kaufman and Patti Warashina at the St. Regis Hotel.

Distinguished Artist Series (DAS)             2013-2014

We are very excited to announce the slate of artists and dates of workshops for the 2013-2014 Distinguished Artist Series.  Click on the artist's name for specific information on each workshop.  The registration form is available here. 

Michael Janis - May 3-4, 2014*

* Please note the Michael Janis workshop is currently full.  To be placed on the waitlist, please contact the JRA Office at          (301) 907-3888 or email

Akio Takamori - May 31 - June 1, 2014


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