Distinguished Artist Series 2018-19

Four times a year, the James Renwick Alliance brings notable American craft artists from around the country for the Distinguished Artist Series. 

Oct. 6-7, 2018            Tim Tate, Glass
Dec. 8-9, 2018            Bennet Bean, Ceramic & Craft Media
Mar. 9-10, 2019         Tim Harding, Fiber
May 4-5, 2019            Elizabeth Brim, Metal

The Distinguished Artist Series (DAS) offers a Saturday workshop from 9:30am-12:00pm (fee, registration required.) The artists will demonstrate some of their unique techniques and discuss their work and the overall medium. Workshops may be hands-on or demonstration only. Please see our website for more information closer to each event. Workshop participants may attend a Saturday potluck dinner with the artists on a space available basis.

On the Sunday of DAS the JRA provides a free public lecture from 2:00 to 3:00 PM at the American University Katzen Arts Center. The artists will show examples of their work and discuss their influences and careers.      

Members can register for the entire season at a discounted rate!

 

 

 


Tim Tate

Tim Tate likes to avoid strict definitions, preferring to bring together multiple genres and eras to create a unique body of work. Using glass and video as his primary media, Tim examines issues of politics, science, rituals, and dreams, seeking to find "the relics of the future while honoring the past."

Tim's current work involves a series of mirrors, causing viewers to lose themselves in infinitely receding images as they stare into it. Or, the work itself might stare back at viewers from an embedded video eye which seems to follow their movements.

With his interesting combinations of techniques and thoughtful examination of important issues, it's no wonder Tim was named by the Museum of American Glass as one of the "Rising Stars of the 21st Century."

Artist Workshop: 
Saturday, October 6  |  9:30am - 12:30pm
Washington Glass School  |  3700 Otis St, Mt Rainier, MD 20712
$50 members  |  $60 non members
$175 for all 4 workshops, members only

Free Lecture:
Sunday, October 7  | 2pm - 3:30pm (After the Chrysalis Award)
American University Katzen Arts Center  |  4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC

Please note:  There will be a short presentation to JRA's Chrysalis award winner before Tim's lecture.  This special award will be given this year to an emerging artist in glass.

 


Bennet Bean

Bennett Bean refers to himself as a "quintessential polymath", a talented maker in many media.
Best known as a ceramic artist, Bennett's colorful, gilded pieces are widely admired.
Much of the work in these pieces is done post-firing, when Bennett applies paint and metal leaf to the earthenware forms.

Much like the layering on these pots, Bennett uses his accumulated experience in art and life to add depth, texture, and light to all his projects. Whether he is creating a pot, a garden, a house, or a line of furnishings, these are all endeavors to examine, enrich, and beautify the world around him.

Artist Workshop:
Saturday, December 8  |  9:30am - 12:00pm
District Clay  |  2414 Douglas St NE, Washington, DC 20018
$50 members  |  $60 non members
$175 for all 4 workshops, members only

Free Lecture:
Sunday, December 9  | 2pm - 3pm
American University Katzen Arts Center  |  4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC


Tim Harding

In describing his work, fiber artist Tim Harding uses words more applicable to painting and photography. He speaks about pixels and light/shadow, figure/ground, and references the Pointillists or Hockney and Rothko. However, working with fabric freed Harding from the constraints of the stretched canvas, allowing him to experiment with a "pliable plane" where he could create layers and textures and explore ways of "violating" long-held traditions of cloth-making.

Harding brings together elements of fine art and applied art to create textile pieces that defy categorization and allow them to be considered for their intrinsic beauty.

Artist Workshop: 
Saturday, March 9  |  9:30am - 12:00pm
Location TBD
$50 members  |  $60 non members

$175 for all 4 workshops, members only

Free Lecture:
Sunday, March 10  | 2pm - 3pm
American University Katzen Arts Center  |  4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC

 


Elizabeth Brim 

As a blacksmith, Elizabeth Brim has forged a place for herself in a male-dominated field.
She plays on that contrast in her work with her "unique juxtaposition of the feminine and the ferrous."

Elizabeth has been called a "rebel", spending her time hammering hot steel while wearing her signature pearls. The resulting forms -- a fancy shoe, a lacey camisole, a bench layered in frilly cloth --- are decidedly "girly" objects all rendered expertly in hard metal.

In this way, she not only makes wonderful and sought-after artistic objects, but also salient social commentary.

Artist Workshop:
Saturday, May 4  |  9:30am - 12:00pm
Chris Shea Studio  |  Brandywine, MD
$50 members  |  $60 non members
$175 for all 4 workshops, members only

Free Lecture:
Sunday, May 5 | 2pm - 3pm
American University Katzen Arts Center  |  4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC