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Thursday, May 6, 2010

State of Craft

A three year research project by the Vermont Crafts Council has culminated in the State of Craft, the first major retrospective of Vermont craft objects will be presented by the Bennington Museum in an exhibit that opens May 22 and runs through October 31st.

When you visit, be sure to look for fellow SDA member, JoAnne Russo, of Saxton's River, VT!
Her piece here that is part of the exhibit is "She's Come Unraveled".

The exhibit will feature more than 125 objects by 86 Vermont craftspeople, including master artists, emerging artists, and key individuals throughout the more than fifty year time frame of the studio craft movement, c. 1960-2010.

This history of craft will be told in a series of vignettes spread throughout the museum’s temporary exhibition galleries based on the themes that have emerged from curatorial research and oral history interviews conducted by the Vermont Folklife Center. In addition, the exhibition will include audio tours, historical photographs and documents, and text describing each artist’s role in the larger cultural and social history of the studio craft movement.

Vermont Crafts Council's State of Craft Showcase Events

As part of the celebration of its 20th anniversary, the Vermont Crafts Council selected 24 Vermont craft galleries, schools, organizations and businesses, museums and historical societies as satellite sites for State of Craft Events Showcase. A diverse roster of activities provides a rich view of the historic traditions of craft production in the state, the story of the modern studio craft movement, and their interconnections.

The State of Craft Events showcase has begun May 2, and will run through the end of the year.

Click on the link for a listing of all the Events.
There's also a really cool Timeline showing the history of Craft in Vermont!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for posting about the State of Craft, which I have heard about, but now understand more fully. This piece is lovely and I really do plan on getting down to Bennington for this show. It has a long showing.