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Beginning August 4th our galleries will be open to the public. Learn how to pre-register for your visit today!

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Crafted Roots Exhibition to Open in John Cram Partner Gallery

A new exhibit is set to open at the Center for Craft. “Crafted Roots: Stories and Objects from the Appalachian Mountains,” is curated by Michael Hatch, MA in Critical Craft Studies, Warren Wilson College, Class of 2020.

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Apply for Craft Research Fund Opportunities

Now accepting applications for four opportunities through October 1.

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Recent PhD in Art History?

Apply by July 31

Join us and the ACLS as a Leading Edge Fellow!

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The

Center

for

Craft

believes

in

the

dreams

and

hard

work

of

makers,

museums,

academics,

and

the

local

community

who

keep

the

field

of

craft

alive

we

serve

you.

We

are

building

a

future

for

craft

through

At the Center we believe whole-heartedly in the field of craft and it’s ability grow, change, surprise and inspire humanity through it’s inate ability to build communities. Craft elevates the quality of life and goods in our lives and connects us to an authentic connection and process. The grants and fellowships we offer for makers, for curators, and for scholars, and all our research initiatives support our mission to Build a Future for Craft through Field Building.

In order to increase the value and relevance of craft to society, the Center works to advance the understanding of craft in higher education, museums and cultural institutions, and across disciplines. Field building strategies include convening thought leaders, creating, documenting and disseminating research, and launching innovative leadership initiatives. We provide grants and fellowships to emerging and established craft artists, curators, and scholars in order to build a future for the field of craft.

At the Center we're obsessivly dedicated to keeping space and place for craft—we call it Creative Placekeeping. Every event or community initiative we create such as Craft City, the Broadway Cultural Gateway project, our gallery Exhibitions and more, are meant to make a place for the development of the craft field. It’s all a part of our mission to Build a Future for Craft through Creative Placekeeping.

Recognizing that Asheville and the surrounding area has been a bastion for craft in the United States dating back to the Cherokee, the Center is actively working to preserve and advance the craft legacy of Western North Carolina through the development of our property in downtown Asheville, North Carolina and through a series of exhibitions and community-focused initiatives.

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Coming Soon

Exhibition

The Computer Pays Its Debt: Women, Textiles, and Technology, 1965-1985

The Computer Pays Its Debt: Women, Textiles, and Technology, 1965-1985 reevaluates the historic connection between information technology and textiles through the pioneering work of female artists and innovators.

Mar

13

Through

Oct

9

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Creative Placekeeping