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2024 Artists in Residence Spotlight

The Center for Craft is excited to present a solo exhibition of patchwork textiles and inflatable sculptures by the Ohio-based fiber artist. Adrian’s volumetric, pneumatic work transports viewers into artifice, desire, and worldbuilding. Drawing from rich legacies of queer fiber art & theory, the exhibition features monumentally scaled works that physically respond to viewers presence by filling with air.

You can still sponsor RIPSTOP by contributing before July 12, 2024. Donate today for your opportunity to be recognized during the opening reception on August 15, 2024, and on the exhibition's Title Wall. To underwrite this exhibition, please donate now.

2024 Artists in Residence Spotlight

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On view

Jun

7

Jul

26

Through

Jun

7

Jul

26

When

Jun 7, 2024

Jul 26, 2024

Photo credit:

Amuleto no. 2 (soul retrieval), 2024 Gorilla Glue, Charcoal, Paper, Beads, Beeswax, Feathers, Glitter, and Found Objects

Current Exhibition

UPcoming Exhibition

past Exhibition

On View 

2024 Artists in Residence Spotlight

On view

Jun

7

Jul

26

Through

Jun

7

Jul

26

When

Jun 7, 2024

Jul 26, 2024

Photo credit:

Amuleto no. 2 (soul retrieval), 2024 Gorilla Glue, Charcoal, Paper, Beads, Beeswax, Feathers, Glitter, and Found Objects

Current Exhibition

UPcoming Exhibition

past Exhibition

On View 

2024 Artists in Residence Spotlight

On view

Jun

7

Jul

26

Through

Jun

7

Jul

26

When

Jun 7, 2024

Jul 26, 2024

Photo credit:

Amuleto no. 2 (soul retrieval), 2024 Gorilla Glue, Charcoal, Paper, Beads, Beeswax, Feathers, Glitter, and Found Objects

FRONT & CENTER

Front & center

The Center for Craft welcomes four Artists in Residence this summer who have transformed our basement Ideation Lab into a place for creating, researching, and exploring craft. This spotlight exhibition features representative work from each of the four artists. 

Artists in Residence receive studio space, access to the Center’s coworking space, and a $10,000 honorarium. In addition to solo studio time, the cohort will have opportunities to explore the resources and organizations that make Western North Carolina a vibrant region for craft.

The artists represent two simultaneous residency programs, the Virginia A. Groot Material Exploration Residency and the WNC Artist in Residency.

2024 Virginia A. Groot Material Exploration Residency 

  • Justin Archer (Atlanta, GA)
  • c marquez (Taos, NM)

2024 Western North Carolina Artists in Residence

  • Nava Lubelski (Asheville, NC)
  • Luis A. Sahagun (Asheville, NC)

Artwork Details

Justin Archer

What is Lost (study)

2023

Hydrostone

Justin Archer uses 3D-printed models to hand-sculpt incomplete yet realistic human forms. The final forms, created from hundreds of wood blocks, mimic a pixelated image. During the residency, Archer will learn new digital and hand-building techniques to explore the questions that arise from the interplay between the two.

c marquez

125

2024

Tall Tumble Mustard

Living barely on the grid in northern New Mexico, c. marquez creates installations that are inherently impermanent, attached with only tension and gravity (no glue or hardware).  Working almost exclusively with tall tumble mustard, marquez will use this residency opportunity to push the limits of this material and learn new techniques in papermaking and metalsmithing to expand their installation vocabulary.

Nava Lubelski

Tequila Sunrise

2009

Thread on Stained Canvas

Nava Lubelski combines painting, embroidery, and lacework in ways that acknowledge the potential chaos, frustration, and rebellion often repressed in needlework traditions. Rather than treating stained or ripped textiles as damaged, she instead celebrates these imperfections by using lacework to plug the gaps or embroidery to outline the marks of stains.  During the residency, Lubelski will work on combining stitching techniques and paper collage in a new, large-scale format.

Luis A. Sahagun

Amuleto no. 2 (soul retrieval)

2024

Gorilla Glue, Charcoal, Paper, Beads, Beeswax, Feathers, Glitter, and Found Objects

Luis A. Sahagun is an artist and ritualist who creates paintings, sculptures, and community gatherings that center healing. During the residency, he will explore the symbolic and ritualistic use of feather mosaics and skin markings among indigenous Mexican cultures, create experimental healing sounds, and continue his long-running project of creating limpia (cleansing) portraits.

SUPPORT

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OPENING RECEPTION

,

,

Where

Engagement Studio

67 Broadway St

ARTISTS

Justin Archer

Nava Lubelski

Luis A. Sahagun

c marquez

CURATed By

Anna Helgeson

ORGANIZED BY

Center for Craft

Exhibition management BY

Installation by

Lauren Roquemore

Exhibition design

Edited by

Graphic Design by

Photography by

exhibition events

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Meet the artists

ᏚᏍᏓᏯᎫᎾᏱ Gabriel Crow

Cherokee, NC

Faye Junaluska

Cherokee, NC

Lucille Lossiah

Ramon Lose

Cullowhee, NC

ᏯᏗ ᎺᏂ Betty Maney

Cherokee, NC

ᏗᎳᏂ Dylan Morgan

Cherokee, NC

ᎺᎵ ᏔᎻᏏᏂ Mary W. Thompson

ᏎᎳᏂ ᏔᎻᏏᏂ Sarah Thompson

Patricia Welch

Field Building

CRAFT RESEARCH TALK

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About RIPSTOP

The Center for Craft is excited to present a solo exhibition of patchwork textiles and inflatable sculptures by the Ohio-based fiber artist. Adrian’s volumetric, pneumatic work transports viewers into artifice, desire, and worldbuilding. Drawing from rich legacies of queer fiber art & theory, the exhibition features monumentally scaled works that physically respond to viewers presence by filling with air.

You can still sponsor RIPSTOP by contributing before July 12, 2024. Donate today for your opportunity to be recognized during the opening reception on July 26, 2024, and on the exhibition's Title Wall. To underwrite this exhibition, please donate now.

about the artists

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

Luis A. Sahagun

WNC Artist in Resident

about the curator

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Curatorial

The 2023 Curatorial Fellowship is supported, in part, by the Stoney Lamar Craft Endowment Fund.

Thank you to Phillips, the leading auction house in art and design, for sponsoring the Curatorial Fellowship show.

Thank

you to the

Virginia A. Groot Foundation

and

Maxwell/Hanrahan Foundation

for

makng these residencies possible.

The 2023 Curatorial Fellowship is supported, in part, by the Stoney Lamar Craft Endowment Fund.

Thank you to Phillips, the leading auction house in art and design, for sponsoring the Curatorial Fellowship show.

RIPSTOP is supported, in part, by Arrowmont School of Arts and Craft.

The

Center

for

Craft

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supported

in

part

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the

,

a

division

of

the

Department

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Natural

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Cultural

Resources.

2023

Curatorial

Fellow

This exhibition was supported, in part, by the John W. and Anna H. Hanes Foundation,

and Buncombe County Government.

The 2023 Curatorial Fellowship is supported, in part, by the Stoney Lamar Craft Endowment Fund.

Thank you to Phillips, the leading auction house in art and design, for sponsoring the Curatorial Fellowship show.

The

Center

for

Craft

is

supported

in

part

by

the

,

a

division

of

the

Department

of

Natural

and

Cultural

Resources.

2023

Curatorial

Fellow

A special thanks to

and the

for sponsoring Hammer and Hope.

The 2023 Curatorial Fellowship is supported, in part, by the Stoney Lamar Craft Endowment Fund.

Thank you to Phillips, the leading auction house in art and design, for sponsoring the Curatorial Fellowship show.

The

Center

for

Craft

is

supported

in

part

by

the

,

a

division

of

the

Department

of

Natural

and

Cultural

Resources.

The 2023 Curatorial Fellowship is supported, in part, by the Stoney Lamar Craft Endowment Fund.

Thank you to Phillips, the leading auction house in art and design, for sponsoring the Curatorial Fellowship show.

Preservers, Innovators, and Rescuers of Culture in Chiapas is supported, in part by,

The Center for Craft is supported, in part, by the

Aram Han Sifuentes is a recipient of the Center for Craft’s 2022 Craft Research Fund Artist Fellowship. This substantial mid-career grant is awarded to two artists to support research projects that advance, expand, and support the creation of new research and knowledge through craft practice.

This

exhibition

is

supported

in

part

by

the

the

and

For a full listing of the generous funders supporting the Center for Craft and our programming visit centerforcraft.org/support

This

exhibition

is

supported

in

part

by

the

the

and

the

a

division

of

the

Department

of

Natural

and

Cultural

Resources.

For a full listing of the generous funders supporting the Center for Craft and our programming visit centerforcraft.org/support

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Center

for

Craft’s

John

Cram

Partner

Gallery

presented

in

collaboration

with

UNC Asheville transforms lives through leadership and education. The designated liberal arts and sciences institution for the UNC System and one of the nation’s top 10 public liberal arts universities, UNC Asheville enrolls 3,600 students and offers more than 30 undergraduate majors and a Master of Liberal Arts and Sciences degree. UNC Asheville also encourages students to take part in a nationally acclaimed undergraduate research program and participate in interdisciplinary learning. From internships and hands-on projects, to study abroad and community engagement, students experience an education that extends beyond campus into the vibrant City of Asheville, the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains and the world.

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A liberal arts college grounded in social responsibility, where hard work and community are more than just words.

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This

exhibition

is

supported

in

part

by

the

the

and

For a full listing of the generous funders supporting the Center for Craft and our programming visit centerforcraft.org/support

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Max Adrian, “A Fallible Complex,” 2021. Nylon, ripstop, blower, motion sensor. 92 x 136 x 76 inches.

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