We hosted over 80 guests at our JRA Annual Meeting, which including information about our 2020 Chrysalis Award, our recently announced Distinguished Artist Series and special guests from CERF+.
"That was an excellent membership meeting. I learned more than the normal live meeting. That was quite a lot of information about CERF. I’ve known of it for year but was good to see artists and craftspeople who were really helped. Thank you for bringing us an informative and concise meeting." - B.J. Adams, JRA member and fiber artist
jra day 2020 is NOW online NOVEMBER 28 - DECEMBER 5
Support handmade for the holidays by joining our annual artist showcase and sale online. Purchase work from both local and national artists, and support the James Renwick Alliance.
JRA Day features 55 artists and over 1,500 handmade objects!
"We're excited to bring JRA Day online to a new and broader audience, with more artists than ever and some of the best work that's ever been in the show." - Jere Gibber, JRA Co-Chair
Shopping with JRA Day online is easy! Visit www.jra.org/jra-day-online and search by artist or medium to find all of your holidays needs. To select an item for purchase, click "add to cart." On the top right hand corner of the the website, you will find your cart, where you can select your payment method and your delivery/pick-up method. Some items are available for pick up at the JRA Office 5335 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20015 on December 12, from 10am - 3pm.
In honor of Veteran's Day, Google has engaged Air Force veteran and artist Jenn Hassin for today's "Google Doodle". Some may remember the last craft-related Google Doodle featuring Ruth Asawa in May 2019 in honor of Asian-American Pacific Islander month, but today, the doodle takes a different tone.
Hassin constructed the Doodle from actual military uniforms with at least one from each of the 10 branches, from the Vietnam War to today. "All were entrusted to me with the promise that I would do my best to honor our nation's military and veterans with their transformed uniforms," she told Google. "The final Doodle holds hundreds of rolled up pieces of paper that are made from these once worn, but now deconstructed, military uniforms."
In order to turn the scraps of military uniforms into paper, Hassin cuts her samples into tiny pieces and uses a Hollander beater to turn the uniforms into pulp, where she then screens the pulp into paper, allows it to dry and arranges the hand-made paper into her final art piece.
The Ceramic Arts 2021 Yearbook, a supplement to Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated, highlighted three past James Renwick Alliance awardees: Syd Carpenter, Michael Sherrill, and Richard W. James.
NOVEMBER 2020 CRAFT NEWSLETTER CRAFT CONFERENCES & EXHIBITIONS COMPILED BY JRA MEMBER, BRENDA ERICKSON
Learn about craft exhibitions happening around the world through the monthly James Renwick Alliance Newsletter.
Due to the shutdowns and various restrictions on gathering, the exhibitions listed below are tentative and may be changed without notice. If planning to visit, please call ahead to verify the events are still open. A small benefit is that many venues have put their shows online and added other objects to their websites which are rarely seen online or in person.
JRA craft weekend raises $30,000 for renwick gallery acquisitions
At our annual JRA Craft Weekend, the James Renwick Alliance launched its 50th Anniversary Acquisitions Fund, dedicated to new acquisitions in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in 2022. During Craft Weekend, dozens of generous donors pledged more than $30,000 to support the fund, and the addition of new works to the Renwick Gallery's collection.
Discussing the new fund, J.G. Harrington, President of the Renwick Alliance, said "Supporting the growth and development of the Renwick Gallery's permanent collection has been a key goal of the Renwick Alliance since our founding. We're looking forward to continuing that tradition through this new fund. We're excited by this opportunity to celebrate the Renwick Gallery's 50th anniversary and help it build its collection, expanding its range and scope, adding artists who are new to the collection, artists whose work is great but has not been in the spotlight, and artists who are an important part of the future of craft."
The Renwick Gallery has a goal of acquiring more than 100 new objects for its collection before its 50th anniversary exhibition opens in 2022. This would mark one of the largest groups of acquisitions since the Gallery opened in 1972.
2020 distinguished educators
awarded at JRA CRAFT WEEKEND
On Saturday, October 24 at 1pm ET the James Renwick Alliance hosted a symposium and award ceremony for the four 2020 JRA Distinguished Educators Syd Carpenter, Warren Seelig, Sondra Sherman and Craft in America. Leila Cartier, Executive Director of CraftNOW Philadelphia, a nonprofit that unites the leading institutions and artists of Philadelphia’s craft community, will serve as the symposium’s moderator.
The Distinguished Educator award recognizes the career impact of educators who have achieved excellence and innovation in education, have impacted and guided future artists, and whose body of work has made a significant contribution to education in the American Craft field. The JRA bestows the award biannually, and the artist/educators are at the center of an awards weekend known this year as JRA Craft Weekend. To learn more about the JRA Craft Weekend visit: www.jra.org/craft-weekend
ROBERT MINKOFF COLLECTION IS DONATED TO THE MUSEUM OF GLASS IN TACOMA, WA
The Museum of Glass (MOG) has received a seminal collection of artwork showcasing the development of glass as a studio and contemporary art medium from the Robert M. Minkoff Foundation. Minkoff was a long-time JRA board member and donor and the MOG's first Trustee Emeritus prior to his passing in September 2020. With the addition of Robert Minkoff’s personal collection of more than 400 works of art, the Museum’s glass holdings are now the largest in the Western United States.
an accompanying exhibition will take place spring 2022.
William Morris (American, born 1957). Petroglyph Vessel, Turquoise Lip Wrap, 1987. Hand blown glass with glass powders; 11 × 25 × 25 in. Collection of Museum of Glass, gift of Robert M. Minkoff Foundation.
In response to the economic hardship in the arts caused by COVID, we have increased support for emerging artists through the 2020 annual Chrysalis Award. The James Renwick Alliance has granted $5,000 to the winner of the Chrysalis Awardee, three Awards of Excellence of $1000 each, five honorable mentions, and over 100 gift memberships to the Alliance for applicants. The 2020 Chrysalis Awardee: Kate Roberts
James renwick Alliance supports Forces of Nature: Renwick Invitational 2020 On display OCTOBER 16, 2020 — JUNE 27, 2021
The James Renwick Alliance supports the Renwick Gallery's latest exhibition Forces of Nature: Renwick Invitational 2020 organized by Emily Zilber and featuring artists Lauren Fensterstock, Timothy Horn, Debora Moore, and Rowland Ricketts.
The four featured artists were selected by a panel of distinguished arts professionals, each with a wide knowledge of contemporary American Craft. The panel included Emily Zilber, independent curator and former curator of contemporary decorative arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Nora Atkinson, the Fleur and Charles Bresler Curator-in-Charge for the Renwick Gallery; and Stefano Catalani, executive director of the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle.