featured in distinguished artist series
Locally based artist, Kate Kretz, was recently featured in the James Renwick Alliance for Craft's Distinguished Artist Series hosted in partnership with the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. One audience member noted, "Kate Kretz is an extremely skilled and articulate artist. Her reference to her upbring and the moral imperative that influences her highly refined art demonstrates such a powerful conviction."
About kate kretz
Kate Kretz intends her mixed media work to be "beautiful, exquisitely-crafted gut punch." She takes an unblinking look at difficult topics, and renders her response with stitchery, painting, or woodburning. Whichever medium will have the most potency. With each stitch or mark, she increases the power of her "incantation" to counteract the negative and to create a thoughtful, healing object. Kretz has used human hair to embroider unsettling pieces which examine motherhood, sexuality, and aging. Her recent pieces using deconstructed Make America Great Again (MAGA) hats caused her work to be banned from Facebook and Instagram, an ironic outcome to her artistic fight against hate speech. Kretz's unsparing examination of important subjects is a deeply aesthetic and intellectual experience.
She studied at the Sorbonne in Paris and earned her MFA from the University of Georgia. She has participated in numerous group and solo shows, and has received wide media attention for her unusual and powerful body of work.
Recently, the James Renwick Alliance for Craft featured DC based artist Rania Hassan for Coffee & Craft Conversation with Cicie Satterlasskorn, Director of STABLE Arts. "With my materials, I am stretching the limits of what they can do [and] how those materials translate to different settings."
about rania hassan
Rania Hassan creates site-specific installations that weave sculptural stories about our connections to time, place, and circumstance. The five main themes she works with embody ideas of community, synchronicity, identity, time, and memory. Her work is about levels of interconnectedness. From a single strand of thread, we are all connected.
Rania’s artwork is included in the permanent collections of the National Institutes of Health (NIH, Bethesda, MD), Amazon Web Services (Herndon, VA), and the District of Columbia’s Art Bank Collection (Washington, DC). Previous solo exhibitions include The Front (New Orleans, LA), Gormley Gallery (Baltimore, MD), and Artisphere (Rosslyn, VA). She has given presentations about her artwork at area Universities (George Mason University, 2014) and Museums (Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building, 2019; Textile Museum, Washington, DC, 2012, 2015), and her work has been featured in publications including the Washington Post, Washington City Paper, and Vogue Knitting. In 2009 she received a Craft Award of Excellence from the James Renwick Alliance and has been awarded multiple Artist Fellowship Program Grant Awards from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
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.
$1,000 and above – James Renwick Circle BENEFITS
$1,000 – Bronze Benefits at the Partner level plus participation in the process for selecting acquisitions the JRA will support $2,500 - Silver Benefits at the James Renwick Circle – Bronze plus copy of the 50th anniversary show catalog $5,000 – Gold Same benefits as the James Renwick Circle – Silver $7,500 – Platinum Same benefits as the James Renwick Circle – Silver $10,000 – Diamond Same benefits as the James Renwick Circle – Silver
$100 - Friend Listing on the JRA website
$250 - Supporter Benefits at the Friend level plus private online event with a selected artist
$500 - Partner Benefits at the Supporter level plus listing in the catalog for the Renwick Gallery 50th anniversary show
DIAMOND Fleur Bresler Michele A. Manatt & Wolfram Anders
SILVER Janice & Harvey Berger Miriam & Leon Ellsworth Brenda Erickson Anne Mehringer & Terry Beaty Gwen & Jerry Paulson Mikki Van Wyk Bonnie & Gil Schwartz
BRONZE Nedra & Peter Agnew Char Beales Susan & Steven Bralove Sharon & Bob Buchanan Elizabeth Doyle Jere Gibber & J.G. Harrington Marsha Gold Sharon Karmazin Mickey & Stephen Kurzbard Sandy & Norman Mitchell Michael Monroe Karen & Michael Rotenberg Susan & Fred Sanders Bobbie Van Haeften Pati Young Jackie Urow
PARTNER Rebecca Cross Randi Jacobs* Rebecca Ravenal Carol Terris Barbara Wolanin
SUPPORTER Diane Charnov Leslie Lane Nikki O'Neill Lynda Slayen
FRIEND Stan Asrael Rody Baron Paddy Benson Lynn Chadwick Christie Davis Tina Heller Michael Janis Aletta Schaap Anne Swanson Tim Tate Andrea & Joe Uravitch
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.