Craft News


JRA Study Tours:

One of the benefits of membership in the James Renwick Alliance is the opportunity to participate in craft study tours, which include visits to collectors’ homes, artist studios, art galleries, and museums.  In 2013, the JRA has two upcoming tours:


Upcoming Trips:          

Nebraska (open to all JRA Members)

October 16-20, 2013 - TRIP FULL

Amsterdam (for Caucus Members of the Alliance only)

May 2013 - Details forthcoming   

All tours are open to current, new, or renewing members.


Nicholas Bell, The Fleur and Charles Bresler Curator of American Craft and Decorative Art


Fleur Bresler donated the funds to establish an endowment for the position of curator of American craft and decorative art at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Nicholas Bell, current curator, has been named the first holder of that title. Fleur and her late husband, Charles, have been members of long standing and who contributed generously to the James Renwick Alliance. Fleur has served for years as a docent at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The Breslers also donated 66 works of turned wood to the museum, which served as the basis for an exhibition in 2010. The Alliance is pleased and honored to extend its thanks and gratitude for this gift as well as for the many other contributions they have made over the years.


Nicholas Bell has served as a curatorial associate at the Renwick Gallery since 2008.  He received his B.A. from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia and his master’s degree from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture at the University of Delaware.  His assignments have included serving as curator for the exhibitions: A Revolution in Wood: The Bresler Collection and Renwick Craft Invitational 2011.  He is currently working on 40 Under 40: Craft Futures, an exhibition opening in October 2012 to coincide with the 40th Anniversary of the Renwick Gallery. 

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