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Sunday, April 28, 2019, 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM EDT

Spring Craft Weekend

Brunch & Awards
Sunday, April 28, 2019 | 11am - 1:30pm | $150, $200 for non-members
2121 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
Enjoy a sumptuous brunch and a celebration of American craft as we honor the Masters of the Medium at the historic and elegant Cosmos Club. 

Street parking is limited, though free on Sunday; valet parking is available at the back entrance off Hillyer Court. The closest Metro station is Dupont Circle | Professional attire. Jackets recommended for gentlemen. No jeans. 


Special Guests

Myra Mimlitsch-Gray introduced by Nora Atkinson
Nora Atkinson is the Lloyd Herman Acting Curator-in-Charge at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery. Since her arrival in 2014, she has curated four original exhibitions at the Renwick, including No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man. She has led a process of reimagining of the museum’s permanent collection galleries and selected the 80 objects currently installed, a combination of iconic favorites and new acquisitions. Atkinson has authored two publications for the museum including Craft for a Modern World: The Renwick Gallery Collection (2015), and Visions and Revisions: The 2016 Renwick Biennial.

Michael Hurwitz introduced by Marc Grainer
Marc Grainer, along with his wife, Diane, are well known in the United States as collectors of British Ceramics, Studio Furniture, and American craft. They have long been leaders in the craft community through their work with the American Crafts Council, the Furniture Society, the James Renwick Alliance, and the Founders’ Circle. Their extensive and virtuoso collection of contemporary British ceramics is perhaps their greatest contribution to the field, resulting in an exhibition and publication at the Mint Museum titled Contemporary British Studio Ceramics: The Grainer Collection.

Michael Sherrill introduced by Stephanie Moore
Stephanie Moore is the Executive Director for the Center for Craft, a national nonprofit in Asheville, NC, dedicated to advancing the understanding of craft by encouraging and supporting research, critical dialogue, and professional development. Prior to joining the Center in 2010, Moore was the Director of Visual Arts for VSA (formally known as the Very Special Arts) in Washington DC, an affiliate of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Sge was responsible for providing overall direction and production of visual arts initiatives and curating over 40 exhibitions including “Revealing Culture”, a groundbreaking exhibition held at the Smithsonian Institution.

Therman Statom introduced by Michael Janis
Michael Janis first began working with glass as an architect in Australia. After retiring from his 20 year career in architecture and returning to the U.S. to focus entirely on his art, Janis became co-director of the Washington Glass School in D.C. in 2005.  He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 2012, was chosen as a James Renwick Alliance Distinguished Artist in 2014 and received a DC Mayor's Arts Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2016.

Nancy Crow introduced by Judy Kirpich
Judy Kirpich is a textile artist whose work has won widespread recognition and numerous prizes, most recently the Quilt National Japan Award.  Ms. Kirpich was also the founder and longtime CEO of Grafik, a branding and graphic design firm which has received over 600 awards for marketing and communication excellence, and has been featured in over 60 design books.


Thank you to the Spring Craft Weekend Committee and Awards Brunch Co-Chairs Marilyn Falik and Michele A. Manatt for making this weekend possible.