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Current Exhibition

UPcoming Exhibition

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On View 

Suite Américaine

Suite Américaine

On view

Jun

24

Nov

26

Through

Jun

24

Nov

26

When

Jun 24, 2021

Nov 26, 2021

Photo credit:

Graphics by Roque Strew

Current Exhibition

UPcoming Exhibition

past Exhibition

On View 

Suite Américaine

On view

Jun

24

Nov

26

Through

Jun

24

Nov

26

When

Jun 24, 2021

Nov 26, 2021

Photo credit:

Graphics by Roque Strew

Current Exhibition

UPcoming Exhibition

past Exhibition

On View 

Suite Américaine

On view

Jun

24

Nov

26

Through

Jun

24

Nov

26

When

Jun 24, 2021

Nov 26, 2021

Photo credit:

Graphics by Roque Strew

FRONT & CENTER

Front & center

The daughter, granddaughter, and sister of carpenters, artist and material culture scholar BA Harrington carries craft lineage into contemporary practice. Part of a growing, intersectional cohort of women-identifying woodworkers, Harrington learned her trade, like many before her, by reproducing furniture forms of the past. Her solo exhibition, Suite Américaine, holds a reverence for the history of American furnituremaking, but is inflected with a contemporary feminist imagination. 

This body of work references late-seventeenth through early-nineteenth century dower chests, writing desks, and sewing tables, which were designed specifically for women but made by men. However, where these objects once stored and concealed the labor and craft skill of women, Harrington opens them. The six objects expose, activate, and celebrate their rich interiors, with linens and quilts spilling out of their wooden casings.

The use of French in the exhibition’s title, Suite Américaine, is a nod to the eighteenth century term for a furniture set and also allows the artist to feminize the word “American.” Similarly, the work on display acts as a feminist intervention on historic furniture. Harrington not only remakes the original forms with her own hands, asserting her technical skill, but also highlights the revolutionary potential of furniture to self-actualize the creative endeavors of women.

BA Harrington is the recipient of the Center for Craft’s inaugural Craft Research Fund Artist Fellowship. Each year this substantial mid-career grant is awarded to two artists who are revising, reclaiming, and advancing the history of craft through their work.

How To View

Virtual Tour & Discussion

Thursday, Oct 14, 2021, 6-8 pm ET

Join us for a virtual tour of Suite Américaine, the inaugural Craft Research Fund Artist Fellowship exhibition by artist and material culture scholar, BA Harrington, followed by a discussion between Harrington and curators Laura Mays and Deirdre Visser. Deirdre Visser is the Curator of the Arts at the California Institute of Integral Studies and Laura Mays is the Program Director of the Fine Woodworking Program. Mays and Visser are themselves former Craft Research Fund recipients and co-curated the seminal exhibition Making a Seat at the Table: Women Transform Woodworking.

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In-Person

The Center is offering free, unguided visits and affordable tours of its exhibitions to the public. Guests can reserve a 30-minute visit to explore the current exhibitions, learn more about the Center’s national impact in their Craft Research Fund Study Collection, and enjoy interactive activities. The Center is open to the public Monday-Friday, 10 am - 6 pm. Hours of operation may be subject to change.

Center for Craft is monitoring the effects of COVID-19 on the community and following the instruction of federal, state, and local health departments. Our top priority is always the health and safety of our staff, coworkers, and visitors. At this time, the Center can only allow a maximum of five guests in its public space at once and will require the use of masks or face coverings by all visitors, including children. The Center reserves the right to refuse entry to any visitor that will not comply.

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OPENING RECEPTION

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Where

Center for Craft, Bresler Family Gallery

67 Broadway St

ARTISTS

BA Harrington

ARTISTS

EasterN Band Cherokee Exhibiting Artists

CURATed By

Marilyn Zapf and Sarah Darro

Exhibition management

Installation by

BA Harrington, Sarah Darro, and Natalie Hood

Exhibition design

Edited by

Graphic Design by

William Strew and Kristi Pfeffer

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

about the artists

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

BA Harrington

The daughter, granddaughter, and sister of carpenters, BA Harrington took the family woodworking legacy to another level in 1992 when she enrolled in the traditional Cabinet and Furnituremaking Program at the esteemed North Bennet Street School in Boston. After working for a decade as an independent, custom furniture maker, Harrington returned to academia and her studio art background. She graduated with an MFA in wood from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007. Continuing as a graduate student in the Department of Art History, she earned a Master’s Degree and a Material Culture Certificate from UW-Madison in 2010. In 2012, after accepting an Assistant Professorship at Indiana University of Pennsylvannia, Harrington teaches advanced and beginning woodworking in the College of Fine Arts, and offers support to graduate student advisory committees. Harrington continues to write essays, speak at conferences, and build sculptural work in reference to early American furniture forms. Her new research interests include ways in which cognitive science can inform craft practices and curriculum.

exhibition Images

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Suite Américaine

is

curated

by

Marilyn Zapf and Sarah Darro

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Organized

by

the

Center

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Craft.

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division

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the

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The Craft Research Fund Artist Fellowship is generously supported by the Windgate Foundation.

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

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exhibition

is

supported

in

part

by

the

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and

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a

division

of

the

Department

of

Natural

and

Cultural

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

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

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