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Saturday, April 27, 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT

Spring Craft Weekend

Saturday, April 27, 2019 | 10am - 12:00pm | Free & open to the public
Hirshhorn Museum | Independence Ave and 7th St, Washington, DC 20560

Join us Saturday as the 2019 Masters of the Medium - Nancy Crow (fiber), Michael Hurwtiz (wood), Myra Mimlitch-Gray (metal), Therman Statom (glass), and Michael Sherrill (ceramic) - reflect on what sparked, influenced and guided their careers, illustrated by accompanying images of their work.


Masters of the Medium

Michael Sherrill considers himself a materials-based artist experimenting primarily in the media of clay, metal, and glass.  At the heart of his interest is the intersection of where humans and materials meet in both handmade objects and the natural world.  Michael's work is in several public collections, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery; the Mint Museum of Art and Design, Corning Museum of Glass; and the Takoma Glass Museum; among others.  In the summer of 2004, Michael was one of 10 artists invited to participate in a residency focused on creating outdoor sculptures to be permanently placed at the International Ceramic Museum in Inchon, South Korea.  His other residences include the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts (2005), the John Michael Kohler Arts Center (2006), the Museum of Glass (2010), and the LH Project (2015).  His first retrospective opened at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC and will be on display until April 7, 2019.  It will arrive at the Renwick Gallery in June 2019 and will then travel to the Arizona State University Art Museum in early 2020.


Nancy Crow has been making quilts for over 40 years and is one of the leading figures in the development of the art quilting movement of the 1970s and 1980s.  Crow studied ceramics and weaving at Ohio State University, where she earned a BFA in 1965 and an MFA in 1969. In 1979, Crow began to concentrate on quilt making and co-founded the Quilt National exhibitions, a juried biennial exhibition of contemporary quilt art.  In 1996, she received the National Living Treasure Award from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and was inducted into the Quilters Hall of Fame in 1997. She was named a fellow of the American Crafts Council in 1999 and received an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council in 2002.  She has authored six publications and work in collections at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery; the Indianapolis Museum of Art; and the Museum of Art and Design, New York; among others. Most recently, she has curated a traveling exhibition "Color Improvisations 2", a large-scale invitational exhibition by 43 contemporary quilters from Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, and Scotland, and the United States.  She maintains a teaching facility and large studios on her 100-acre farm east of Columbus, Ohio. 



Therman Statom is a sculptor, glass artist, and painter. He is most notably known as a pioneer of the contemporary glass movement for his life-size glass ladders, chairs, tables, constructed box-like paintings, and small-scale houses; all created through the technique of gluing glass plate together. Over the span of his career, he has completed over thirty large, site-specific installations, including permanent installations at the Los Angeles Public Library, Corning, Inc. Headquarters, the, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, the Toledo Museum of Art, the New York State Arts Commission and several hospitals across the United States.  Statom includes among his honors an Outstanding Achievement Award presented in 2008 by UrbanGlass in Brooklyn, NY. He was awarded fellowship grants by the National Endowment for the Arts in 1982 and 1988; he was the recipient of a Ford Foundation Artists Grant in 1997; and Statom was named a Fellow of the American Craft Council in 1999.


Myra Mimlitsch-Gray earned her BFA degree from Philadelphia College of Art in 1984 and her MFA degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1986.  As a professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz, Mimlitsch-Gray received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1998 and the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Work in 2018.  She was the recipient of the 2016 American Craft Council Award and inducted into its College of Fellows. Other awards include Individual Artist Fellowships in Craft/Sculpture from the New York Foundation for the Arts (1997, 2005, 2014), the United States Artists Glasgow Fellowship in Craft and Traditional Arts (2012), Individual Artist Fellowships from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation (1995), the National Endowment for the Arts (1994), and the New York Foundation for the Arts (1997, 2005).  In 2014, the Metal Museum in Memphis, Tennessee named Mimlitsch-Gray a "Master Metalsmith" and presented her first museum retrospective. Her work is in the collections of the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum; Cranbrook Art Museum; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Mint Museum of Craft and Design; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Racine Art Museum; the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK; among others.


Michael Hurwitz has been making studio furniture for forty years, striving to create work that is timeless, elegant, and respectful of the nature of the material. After earning a BFA from Boston University's Program in Artisanry in 1979 he established a studio in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He later moved to Philadelphia to serve as Head of the Wood Department at University of the Arts from 1985 to 1989. Hurwitz is the recipient of many honors including three National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellowships, Japan Foundation Fellowship, Tiffany and PEW Foundation in the Arts Fellowships, and in 2014 he was made a Fellow of the American Craft Council. He has exhibited extensively, including several solo exhibitions at the Peter Joseph Gallery and Pritam and Eames Gallery, both in NY. His work is included in several public collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.


Thank you to the Spring Craft Weekend Committee for making this weekend possible and Symposium Chair Andrea Uravitch.