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Something earned, Something left behind

Something earned, Something left behind

On view

Feb

17

Oct

28

Through

Feb

17

Oct

28

When

Feb 17, 2023

Oct 28, 2023

Photo credit:

J Diamond, “Pony II,” 2022. Courtesy of the Artist

Current Exhibition

UPcoming Exhibition

past Exhibition

On View 

Something earned, Something left behind

On view

Feb

17

Oct

28

Through

Feb

17

Oct

28

When

Feb 17, 2023

Oct 28, 2023

Photo credit:

J Diamond, “Pony II,” 2022. Courtesy of the Artist

Current Exhibition

UPcoming Exhibition

past Exhibition

On View 

Something earned, Something left behind

On view

Feb

17

Oct

28

Through

Feb

17

Oct

28

When

Feb 17, 2023

Oct 28, 2023

Photo credit:

J Diamond, “Pony II,” 2022. Courtesy of the Artist

FRONT & CENTER

Front & center

Something earned, Something left behind is an exhibition of objecthood; a critical analysis of the transactional and political languages of everyday and culturally significant objects. This exhibition challenges a history of exclusion and inclusion of People of Color (POC) and their narratives from the canon of craft based on subject matter. It dissects this history’s origins and precedent as an economic transaction to gain access to white spaces. 

Racial and ethnic identity influences the way individuals perceive themselves, the way others perceive them, and the way they choose to behave. For this reason, People of Color are expected to perform certain roles in order to fit into hegemonic institutions. These roles can be an active shrinking of themselves and the racialized part of them, or a personal exploitation of their racialized selves. This exhibition addresses and redresses the ways narrowed populations have been included, and the ways in which they have been asked to participate. 

Together, this work creates space for and legitimizes POC narratives with depth and care. The exhibiting artists’ practices work against institutionalized expectations of POC work, expanding discourse and inserting new subjectivity into the canon of craft art. It engages with a community hungry for the revitalization and resuscitation of non-Western voices within art spaces. This exhibition challenges the expectations of art from artists of marginalized backgrounds and embraces a new subjectivity of interrogating one's inherited experiences.

This exhibition was developed as part of the 2023 Center for Craft Curatorial Fellowship. This program was created in 2017 to provide emerging curators with a platform to explore and test new ideas about craft. Each curator receives an honorarium, access to professional development tools, mentoring, and the opportunity to work closely with the other Curatorial Fellows and Center for Craft staff to produce their exhibition, develop educational materials, design an exhibition catalog, and deliver a curatorial talk.

SUPPORT

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OPENING RECEPTION

Fri

,

Feb

17

,

6:00 pm

7:30 pm

Where

Bresler Family Gallery

67 Broadway St., Asheville, NC, 28801

ARTISTS

Pedram Baldari

J Taran Diamond

Nooshin Hakim

Linda Sok

Thương Hoài Trần

Milan Warner

CURATed By

Kehayr Brown-Ransaw

Exhibition management BY

Sarah Darro, Lisette Gallaher, and Marilyn Zapf 

Installation by

Ian Brownlee, Carrie Helmkamp, Lauren Roquemore, and Devyn Vasquez

Exhibition design

Edited by

Liz Carleton

Mentorship by

Shawnya Harris

Special thanks to

Nico Sardina

Graphic Design by

Photography by

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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

about the artists

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

about the curator

Photo Credit: Rik Sferra

Kehayr Brown-Ransaw

he/him they/them

Kehayr Brown-Ransaw is an interdisciplinary artist, curator, and educator based in Bde Óta Othúŋwe/Mnísota (Minneapolis/Minnesota). Brown-Ransaw’s practice engages in conversations of familial histories, concepts of gendered work, tradition, and Blackness/Black identity through quilting, weaving and printmaking. His curatorial and teaching practices are concerned with access, representation, and the presentation of marginalized communities.

Brown-Ransaw received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Furniture Design from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He has exhibited work at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, FilmNorth, Vine Arts Center, Soo Visual Arts Center,  with public works at Franconia Sculpture Park. He is the recipient of a 2020/21 Emerging Curators Institute (ECI) Emerging Curator Fellowship, 2020/21 Jerome Early Career Fellowship, 2021 Franconia Sculpture Park Mid-Career Artist Fellowship, and 2021 Artist-in-Residence at the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum & Gallery. He is the recipient of a FY2021 State Arts Board Creative Support for Individuals grant, 2020 Visual Arts Fund Community Relief Grant from Midway Contemporary Art on behalf of The People’s Library, and FY2020 Next Step Fund Award from the Metro Regional Arts Council.

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Something earned, Something left behind

is

curated

by

2023

Curatorial

Fellow

Kehayr Brown-Ransaw

and

organized

by

the

Center

for

Craft.

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.

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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Craft’s

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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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