JRACRAFT HOSTS THE DISTINGUISHED ARTIST SERIES WITH BISA BUTLER AND TWO ARTISTS FROM CLAIRE OLIVER GALLERY
GIOVANNA SWABY AND ADEBUNMI GBADEBO
Distinguished Artist Series Saturday "Studio Tour" features fiber artists Giovanna Swaby AND Adebunmi Gbadebo
Distinguished Artist Series Sunday Lecture
On Saturday, March 20, the James Renwick Alliance for Craft hosted a virtual "studio tour" with textile artists Giovanna Swaby and Adebunmi Gbadebo from Claire Oliver Gallery. The artists discussed the evolution of their art and shared current works.
Sunday, March 21, the JRACraft was joined by textile artist Bisa Butler for a virtual lecture. Butler shared an in-depth look at several pieces from her current exhibit at Claire Oliver Gallery, as well as a discussion of her inspiration while studying as an art student at Washington, DC's Howard University and how she incorporated elements of AfriCOBRA into her early work.
march 2021 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 or join our mailing list to get regular updates about upcoming events.
*** 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.
Gee’s Bend Quilts and Civil Rights, February – August 2021 Katharina Grosse: Is It You? Thru September 21, Stripes and Stars: Reclaimed Lakota Independence, thru March 28 Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD, www.artbma.org
JRACraft hosts the distinguished artist series and chrysalis award presentation
JRACraft Chrysalis Award
Distinguished Artist Series
Ceramic artists Kate Roberts and Ani Kasten give thoughtful presentations about their work, inspiration, and lives as artists. With vulnerability and bravery, each creates unique work using untraditional techniques. Their differing backgrounds and a shared interest in materiality make for a dynamic juxtaposition that should not be missed.
"They spoke honestly, eloquently, and revealed the humanity that informs their life and work." - guest of the lecture
SUPPORT THE JAMES RENWICK ALLIANCE ACQUISITION FUND
As the Renwick Gallery approaches its 50th anniversary, the James Renwick Alliance for Craft is renewing its commitment to expanding the Gallery’s collection with the 50th Anniversary Acquisitions Fund. The fund is part of the JRA’s long history of supporting acquisitions, including iconic pieces like Karen LaMonte’s Reclining Dress Impression with Drapery, Judy McKie’s Monkey Settee, and the Nick Cave Soundsuit.
The Gallery has an ambitious plan to build its collection, not just by filling gaps, but by 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 Gallery’s goal is to add more than 100 new objects to the collection.
The 50th Anniversary Acquisitions Fund will support that effort. All of the money raised for this fund will support acquisitions for the Renwick Gallery’s permanent collection, chosen from the list of works that the curators have developed.
Donors to the fund will receive recognition and other benefits described below. Donate now to be a part of this historic and unprecedented moment in craft history.
February 2021 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 or join our mailing list to get weekly updated about upcoming events.
** 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.