Public Grand Reopening Event!

Sat, Nov 16
2—6 PM

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Join us for an immersive future-themed event, to celebrate the Building a Future for Craft campaign and successful renovation of our building, at 67 Broadway Street in downtown Asheville. Free and open to the public. All are welcome.

The full event will include:

Two Exhibitions

Experience the Center for Craft expanded gallery space, now featuring not one, but two exhibitions.

Open House Party

We have a full afternoon of installations, performances, hands-on activities, local food, beverages, and more!

Cocktail Reception

Join us for a cocktail gallery reception and remarks featuring future-inspired cocktails, appetizers, and sweets.

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Event Schedule

Come participate in the epic celebration of our reopening. We have a whole building full of events planned.

2–5PM
Open House Party & Exhibitions

There will be events and activities happening all over our building, including: exhibitions, installations, performances, hands-on activities, food by Celine & Co, Ultimate Ice Cream and a variety of local beverages! Don’t miss:

  • 2pm UNC Asheville’s AfroMusic and Dance Ensemble

  • 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm Lane & Dale’s Binge-worthy (Futuristic) Trivia

  • 3pm, 4pm Future Forum: Artist Discussions

  • 4:30 I have faith in nights performance by Jessica Green

  • 2pm UNC Asheville’s AfroMusic and Dance Ensemble

5–6PM
Cocktail Reception

To close the day’s events we’ll be hosting a special cocktail hour in our new galleries.

Limited parking will be available in the Hometrust Bank parking lot at 10 Woodfin Street from 2-6 p.m. on 11/16.

Join us for an immersive future-themed event, to celebrate the Building a Future for Craft campaign and successful renovation of our building, at 67 Broadway Street in downtown Asheville.

Free and open to the public.
All are welcome.

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Walking Tours

Encourage

To foster new craft-based approaches to STEM research

Support

To support craft practice, experimentation, and applications outside the field of art

Innovate

To advance innovative research in craft materials (e.g. wood, metal, fiber, clay, glass)

Advance

To explore the inter-relationship among the fields of craft, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics

Two galleries.
Two exhibitions.

Experience the Center for Craft’s two new gallery spaces. The Bresler Family Gallery will feature nationally-recognized craft artists exploring contemporary practices of making. And the new John Cram Partner Gallery puts craft in the context of our local community through shared gallery space with UNC Asheville and Warren Wilson College.

Craft Futures 2099

On view through Feb 29, 2020
Bresler Family Gallery
Organized by Center for Craft

To celebrate the Building a Future for Craft campaign and the successful renovation of our building, the Center for Craft invited ten local and national artists to predict what craft will represent in eighty years time. These new artworks address both long standing craft concerns, such as aesthetics, community, and tradition as well as relevant social issues, like climate change, social justice, decolonization, and creating meaning in a digital age. Set in 2099, this exhibition seeks to imagine the many possible futures for craft, looking both forwards and backwards, to understand where we’ve been, where are, and where we want to go.

To celebrate the Building a Future for Craft campaign and the successful renovation of our building, the Center for Craft invited ten local and national artists to predict what craft will represent in eighty years time. These new artworks address both long standing craft concerns, such as aesthetics, community, and tradition as well as relevant social issues, like climate change, social justice, decolonization, and creating meaning in a digital age. Set in 2099, this exhibition seeks to imagine the many possible futures for craft, looking both forwards and backwards, to understand where we’ve been, where are, and where we want to go.

Photo: Molly Hart Milroy

Photo credit: Work by Carley Brandau, courtesy of Jim Prinz

Making Meaning

On view: Through Jan 7, 2020
John Cram Partner Gallery
Organized by UNC Asheville

The inaugural exhibition of the John Cram Partner Gallery at the Center for Craft, Making Meaning, brings together fourteen UNC Asheville alumni whose work shifts perceptions of material, method and meaning, creating new vocabularies in clay, digital media, photography, printmaking, assemblage, and textiles. Through interdisciplinary practice, rooted in their experiences within a liberal arts model, these artists present expanded possibilities for innovation. 

Making Meaning looks towards the spaces where these artworks collide and converge, where the viewer is called to change their own perspective and embrace new material languages that create meaning and imagine futures.

The inaugural exhibition of the John Cram Partner Gallery at the Center for Craft, Making Meaning, brings together fourteen UNC Asheville alumni whose work shifts perceptions of material, method and meaning, creating new vocabularies in clay, digital media, photography, printmaking, assemblage, and textiles. Through interdisciplinary practice, rooted in their experiences within a liberal arts model, these artists present expanded possibilities for innovation. 

Making Meaning looks towards the spaces where these artworks collide and converge, where the viewer is called to change their own perspective and embrace new material languages that create meaning and imagine futures.

Walking Tours

An event you will want to talk about for years to come.

Come participate in a night of fun and celebration with Asheville artists and e’ve invited the community to celebrate with us. Creative performers, artists, inspirations, friends,

Register Free

Open House Party

It’s a big day. Find all the performances and activities happening.

Photo credit: Work by Carley Brandau, courtesy of Jim Prinz

UNC Asheville’s AfroMusic and Dance Ensemble

Bresler Family Gallery

Directed by Adama Dembele, Mustapha Braimah, and Toby King, and including these UNC Asheville students: Cole Anson, Robert Creech, Tara Delprete, Nic Fernandez, Joseph Flais, Dustin Handley, Linn Odhiambo, Pelumi David Olawuni, Dhruvi Parmar, Jordan Scheffer.
Learn more UNC Asheville Music here

DJ Marley Carroll

Explore Asheville Assembly Hall

Local DJ hero Marley Carroll is well-known for his astonishing turntable skills and epic dance parties. For the Center for Craft’s Grand Reopening Marley is composing a set inspired by the theme of the future! From classic soul and hip-hop to contemporary indie dance hits and obscure Afrobeat, funk and disco, no genre or era is out-of-bounds.
Learn more about DJ Marley Carroll here

Massive Booth Photo Booth

Warren Wilson College Conference Room

Live Screen Printing with Madalyn Wofford

Live screen-printing by Madalyn Wofford, prints designed by Futures Bright
Explore Asheville Assembly Hall

Get a customized, screen-printed souvenir to let future generations know you were there when the Center for Craft reopened on November 16, 2019. We’re talking an old-school, hand-crafted kind-of keepsake.

Madalyn Wofford works as Art Department Coordinator at Warren Wilson College while working in the studio Glowspace Arts, which she started with Bryon Browne in 2018. She screen prints apparel and makes stained glass that can be found at the Horse and Hero. Recently, Glowspace Arts has created several Paint-By-Number murals for Sierra Nevada and the Asheville Chamber of Commerce, and have been recurring artists at Black Mountain College’s {Re}Happening.
To find out more click here or follow on Instagram @glowspacearts.

Hands–on Activities

Warren Wilson College Conference Room

Remember when people made things? We do! Join us for hands-on activities for all ages, stationed throughout the building. Contribute to a time capsule, weave with futuristic fibers, make a keychain, or add to a growing paper-folding installation!

Photo credit: Courtesy of the Artist

I have faith in nights

Performance by Jessica Green (Leicester, NC)
Bresler Family Gallery

A performance combining weaving, modular synths, and guitar. 

Jessica Green is a weaver who lives close to the land, seeking to integrate her life and work and unafraid of failure. Raising sheep and foraging for natural dyes, Jessica grows much of her cloth from the living world around her. She is the director of a rural, skills based fool school nestled deep in a mountain holler, the Cabbage School. Jessica’s work is quiet and asks for a quiet mind to fully appreciate the life and experience that has joyfully gone into its creation. Jessica weaves to slow the world down.
Learn more about Jessica here

Photo credit: Work by Carley Brandau, courtesy of Jim Prinz

Future Forums

Sara and Bill Morgan Board Room

Join exhibition and maker installation artists David H. Clemons (Penland, NC), Jennifer Crescuillo (Silver Point, TN), Jamil D. Harrison (Greenville, SC), and Ian Henderson (Penland, NC) for a riveting discussion about the future of craft!

Ian Henderson (Penland, NC)

Ian Henderson is a studio artist, teacher, and arts administrator currently the Director of Operations at Penland School of Craft. Ian earned a degree in Contemporary U.S. History from Brown University, where he also studied sustainable building and design as well as art. In 2010 he moved to North Carolina where, as a recipient of a Core Fellowship at Penland School of Craft, he undertook an intensive, two-year study of materials and craft processes.
Learn more about Ian here

David H. Clemons (Penland, NC)

David Clemons’s work embraces the craft of metalsmithing and it’s collected history of techniques and objects. The resulting work is rendered in metal, mixed media, and handmade artist books, and are vehicles to communicate ideas surrounding identity. He has work included in the collections of the Arkansas Art Center, National Ornamental Metal Museum, and the Yale Contemporary Crafty Collection. Clemons lives and creates work in Penland, North Carolina.
Learn more about David here

Jennifer Crescuillo (Silver Point, TN)

Jennifer Crescuillo is an internationally exhibited artist currently living and working in Silver Point, Tennessee with her family. She has taught and worked at various glass studios, such as The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass, Urban Glass, and Pilchuck Glass School. Her work has been included in New Glass Review 34, 36, and 38, and she has been a Wheaton Arts Fellow in 2014 and 2017 and an Emerging Artist in Residence at Pilchuck Glass School in 2016 Together with her partner, Andrew Najarian, Jennifer operates High Polish Studio specializing in custom glass fabrication and cold working services.
Learn more about Jennifer here

Jamil D. Harrison (Greenville, SC)

Jamil D Harrison is the owner and operator of CR8 Design Studios, a commercial and residential design company and one-of-a kind artisin furniture and specialty installation business. With 25 years of design experience and a lifetime of living without boundaries, JD has worked with award-winning architects, designers, and builders across North and South Carolina. Harrison is the designer of the central desk featured in the Center for Craft Coworking Hall.
Learn more about Jamil here

I Feel Disillusioned With This World

Digital Media work by Jeff Fulcher and Miles Neyen
UNC Asheville Conference Room

Digital media work by UNC Asheville students exploring the abstract delineation of different components of existence (labor, balance, love, anxiety, etc.).

Q-Bot

Performance by Lucy Ackerman, Sam Farrar, Claire Tucker
UNC Asheville Conference Room

Q-bot is a mixed media sculpture, video, and performance created by UNC Asheville students. The work reflects on marketing tactics used by corporations in the digital age, when companies use social media to create relatable personas in order to gain consumer trust, while the company learns how to market their product more effectively. The robot is given an inviting, humanoid appearance, contrasting the obscured faces of the silent artists as the audience observes the sculpture and video.

Photo credit: Courtesy of the Artist

Lane & Dale’s Binge-worthy (Futuristic) Trivia

Sara and Bill Morgan Board Room

This special-edition trivia will focus on futuristic films and the craft of making them.

Brought to you by Lane and Dale, who host popular trivia nights with a focus on pop culture, beloved movies, and binge-worthy TV shows at Craft Centric Taproom & Bottleshop. Each themed trivia session will consist of two rounds of 10 questions. Our winners will receive unique prizes from East Fork!

Open House Party

So many great things happening.

performances & activities

Photo credit: Work by Carley Brandau, courtesy of Jim Prinz

UNC Asheville’s AfroMusic and Dance Ensemble — 2pm

Performance—Bresler Family Gallery

Directed by Adama Dembele, Mustapha Braimah, and Toby King, and including these UNC Asheville students: Cole Anson, Robert Creech, Tara Delprete, Nic Fernandez, Joseph Flais, Dustin Handley, Linn Odhiambo, Pelumi David Olawuni, Dhruvi Parmar, Jordan Scheffer.
Learn more UNC Asheville Music here

Massive Booth Photo Booth

Play—Warren Wilson College Conference Room

Local DJ hero Marley Carroll is well-known for his astonishing turntable skills and epic dance parties. For the Center for Craft’s Grand Reopening Marley is composing a set inspired by the theme of the future! From classic soul and hip-hop to contemporary indie dance hits and obscure Afrobeat, funk and disco, no genre or era is out-of-bounds.
Learn more about DJ Marley Carroll here

DJ Marley Carroll

Performance—Explore Asheville Assembly Hall

Directed by Adama Dembele, Mustapha Braimah, and Toby King, and including these UNC Asheville students: Cole Anson, Robert Creech, Tara Delprete, Nic Fernandez, Joseph Flais, Dustin Handley, Linn Odhiambo, Pelumi David Olawuni, Dhruvi Parmar, Jordan Scheffer.
Learn more UNC Asheville Music here

Local DJ hero Marley Carroll is well-known for his astonishing turntable skills and epic dance parties. For the Center for Craft’s Grand Reopening Marley is composing a set inspired by the theme of the future! From classic soul and hip-hop to contemporary indie dance hits and obscure Afrobeat, funk and disco, no genre or era is out-of-bounds.
Learn more about DJ Marley Carroll here

I have faith in nights — 4:30pm

Performance by Jessica Green, Tashi Dorji, Bana Jaffar, and Eric Meeker
Bresler Family Gallery

A performance combining weaving, modular synths, and guitar. 

Jessica Green is a weaver who lives close to the land, seeking to integrate her life and work and unafraid of failure. Raising sheep and foraging for natural dyes, Jessica grows much of her cloth from the living world around her. She is the director of a rural, skills based fool school nestled deep in a mountain holler, the Cabbage School. Jessica’s work is quiet and asks for a quiet mind to fully appreciate the life and experience that has joyfully gone into its creation. Jessica weaves to slow the world down.
Learn more about Jessica here

Photo credit: Courtesy of the Artist

A performance combining weaving, modular synths, and guitar. 

Jessica Green is a weaver who lives close to the land, seeking to integrate her life and work and unafraid of failure. Raising sheep and foraging for natural dyes, Jessica grows much of her cloth from the living world around her. She is the director of a rural, skills based fool school nestled deep in a mountain holler, the Cabbage School. Jessica’s work is quiet and asks for a quiet mind to fully appreciate the life and experience that has joyfully gone into its creation. Jessica weaves to slow the world down.
Learn more about Jessica here

Photo credit: Courtesy of the Artist

Live Screen Printing with Madalyn Wofford

Interactive—Explore Asheville Assembly Hall

Live screen-printing by Madalyn Wofford
Prints designed by Futures Bright

Get a customized, screen-printed souvenir to let future generations know you were there when the Center for Craft reopened on November 16, 2019. We’re talking an old-school, hand-crafted kind-of keepsake.

Madalyn Wofford works as Art Department Coordinator at Warren Wilson College while working in the studio Glowspace Arts, which she started with Bryon Browne in 2018. She screen prints apparel and makes stained glass that can be found at the Horse and Hero. Recently, Glowspace Arts has created several Paint-By-Number murals for Sierra Nevada and the Asheville Chamber of Commerce, and have been recurring artists at Black Mountain College’s {Re}Happening.
To find out more click here or follow on Instagram @glowspacearts.

Lane & Dale's Bingeable
(Futuristic) Trivia — 2:30, 3:30, 4:30pm

Sara and Bill Morgan Board Room

This special-edition trivia will focus on futuristic films and the craft of making them. Brought to you by Lane and Dale, who host popular trivia nights with a focus on pop culture, beloved movies, and binge-worthy TV shows at Craft Centric Taproom & Bottleshop. Each themed trivia session will consist of two rounds of 10 questions. Our winners will receive unique prizes from East Fork!

Photo credit: Courtesy of the Artist

Future Forums — 3 & 4pm

Sara and Bill Morgan Board Room

Join exhibition and maker installation artists David H. Clemons (Penland, NC), Jennifer Crescuillo (Silver Point, TN), Jamil D. Harrison (Greenville, SC), and Ian Henderson (Penland, NC) for a riveting discussion about the future of craft!

Ian Henderson (Penland, NC)

Ian Henderson is a studio artist, teacher, and arts administrator currently the Director of Operations at Penland School of Craft. Ian earned a degree in Contemporary U.S. History from Brown University, where he also studied sustainable building and design as well as art. In 2010 he moved to North Carolina where, as a recipient of a Core Fellowship at Penland School of Craft, he undertook an intensive, two-year study of materials and craft processes.
Learn more about Ian here

Ian Henderson is a studio artist, teacher, and arts administrator currently the Director of Operations at Penland School of Craft. Ian earned a degree in Contemporary U.S. History from Brown University, where he also studied sustainable building and design as well as art. In 2010 he moved to North Carolina where, as a recipient of a Core Fellowship at Penland School of Craft, he undertook an intensive, two-year study of materials and craft processes.
Learn more about Ian here

David H. Clemons (Penland, NC)

David Clemons’s work embraces the craft of metalsmithing and it’s collected history of techniques and objects. The resulting work is rendered in metal, mixed media, and handmade artist books, and are vehicles to communicate ideas surrounding identity. He has work included in the collections of the Arkansas Art Center, National Ornamental Metal Museum, and the Yale Contemporary Crafty Collection. Clemons lives and creates work in Penland, North Carolina.
Learn more about David here

David Clemons’s work embraces the craft of metalsmithing and it’s collected history of techniques and objects. The resulting work is rendered in metal, mixed media, and handmade artist books, and are vehicles to communicate ideas surrounding identity. He has work included in the collections of the Arkansas Art Center, National Ornamental Metal Museum, and the Yale Contemporary Crafty Collection. Clemons lives and creates work in Penland, North Carolina.
Learn more about David here

Jennifer Crescuillo (Silver Point, TN)

Jennifer Crescuillo is an internationally exhibited artist currently living and working in Silver Point, Tennessee with her family. She has taught and worked at various glass studios, such as The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass, Urban Glass, and Pilchuck Glass School. Her work has been included in New Glass Review 34, 36, and 38, and she has been a Wheaton Arts Fellow in 2014 and 2017 and an Emerging Artist in Residence at Pilchuck Glass School in 2016 Together with her partner, Andrew Najarian, Jennifer operates High Polish Studio specializing in custom glass fabrication and cold working services.
Learn more about Jennifer here

Jennifer Crescuillo is an internationally exhibited artist currently living and working in Silver Point, Tennessee with her family. She has taught and worked at various glass studios, such as The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass, Urban Glass, and Pilchuck Glass School. Her work has been included in New Glass Review 34, 36, and 38, and she has been a Wheaton Arts Fellow in 2014 and 2017 and an Emerging Artist in Residence at Pilchuck Glass School in 2016 Together with her partner, Andrew Najarian, Jennifer operates High Polish Studio specializing in custom glass fabrication and cold working services.
Learn more about Jennifer here

Jamil D. Harrison (Greenville, SC)

Jamil D Harrison is the owner and operator of CR8 Design Studios, a commercial and residential design company and one-of-a kind artisin furniture and specialty installation business. With 25 years of design experience and a lifetime of living without boundaries, JD has worked with award-winning architects, designers, and builders across North and South Carolina. Harrison is the designer of the central desk featured in the Center for Craft Coworking Hall.
Learn more about Jamil here

Jamil D Harrison is the owner and operator of CR8 Design Studios, a commercial and residential design company and one-of-a kind artisin furniture and specialty installation business. With 25 years of design experience and a lifetime of living without boundaries, JD has worked with award-winning architects, designers, and builders across North and South Carolina. Harrison is the designer of the central desk featured in the Center for Craft Coworking Hall.
Learn more about Jamil here

I Feel Disillusioned With This World

Installation—UNC Asheville Conference Room

Digital media work by UNC Asheville students exploring the abstract delineation of different components of existence (labor, balance, love, anxiety, etc.).

Digital Media work by Jeff Fulcher and Miles Neyen

Digital media work by UNC Asheville students exploring the abstract delineation of different components of existence (labor, balance, love, anxiety, etc.).

Hands-On Activities

Play—Throughout Building

Remember when people made things? We do! Join us for hands-on activities for all ages, stationed throughout the building. Contribute to a time capsule, weave with futuristic fibers, make a keychain, or add to a growing paper-folding installation!

Q–Bot

Installation—UNC Asheville Conference Room

Digital media work by UNC Asheville students exploring the abstract delineation of different components of existence (labor, balance, love, anxiety, etc.).

Digital media work by UNC Asheville students exploring the abstract delineation of different components of existence (labor, balance, love, anxiety, etc.).

Performance by Lucy Ackerman, Sam Farrar, Claire Tucker

& more!

Cocktail Reception

We are building a future for craft. We serve makers, museums, academics, and the local community by investing in creative placekeeping and field building.

All our thanks!

Host Committee

Joel and Marla Adams, John and Judy Alexander, Barbara Benisch and Jacque Allen, Ed Bresler, Fleur Bresler, John Cram and Matt Chambers, Anne and John Campbell, Louise Glickman and Daryl Slaton, John and Robyn Horn, Letitia and John McKibbon, Karen and Robert Milnes, Marlin Miller, Sara and Bill Morgan, Pete, Lisa and Cindy Perez, Rob Pulleyn, Don and Susan Sherrill, Senator Terry and Ted Van Duyn, David and Dianne Worley

Planning Committee—Thanks for helping us envision our Grand Reopening!

Joanna Baker, Erin Battle, Jessica Coffield, Shannie Cohen, Kevan Frazier, Susannah Gebhart, Lei Han, Anna Helgeson, Michael Horgan, Hope Husky, Jonathan "Toby" King, Connie Matisse, Mike Marcus, Stephanie Mercer, Reggie Tidwell, Luis Carlos Serapio, Brent Skidmore, Sheneika Smith, Dodi Stevens, Mary Willson

Event Sponsors

Creative Intervention Sponsor

Mezzanine Sponsor

Program Sponsor

FOOD & BEVERAGE SPONSORS

Business SPONSORS

Aceto Law Office, P.A.

Anonymous

Arbitrary Forms Studio / Robert and Karen Milnes

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts

Asheville Stay

Louise Glickman and Daryl Slaton

Mountain Marble / Hank & Marita Strauss

Dottie F. West

Warren Wilson College MA in Critical and Historical Craft Studies

Vannoy Construction

Business SPONSORS

Aceto Law Office

Alchemy Design Studio, Inc.

Epsilon, Inc.

MB Haynes Corporation

NEMA Management

Osgood Landscape Architecture

The Old Wood Co.

Western Specialty Contractors

Business SPONSORS

East Fork Pottery

Emerge AVL

Futures Bright

Magellan Strategy Group

Mountain Bizworks

Penland School of Craft

The Big Crafty

Community SPONSORS

Schedule of events

WHEn

Sat, Nov. 16

2:00pm–6:00pm

Where

67 Broadway Street, Asheville, NC 28801

COST

Free

FAMILY FRIENDLY?

Yes

Register Free

Join us for a future-themed event, to celebrate the Building a Future for Craft campaign and successful renovation of our building, at 67 Broadway Street in downtown Asheville.

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WHEn

Sat, Nov. 16

2:00pm–6:00pm

WHERE

67 Broadway Street, Asheville, NC 28801

COST

Free

FAMILY FRIENDLY?

Yes

Nov 16, 2019

2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Where

Center for Craft

67 Broadway Street, Asheville, NC 28801

Cost

Free

FAMILY FRIENDLY?

Yes

The Center for Craft will host a Public Grand Reopening in their newly renovated space in downtown Asheville to welcome the community and introduce them to the new National Craft Innovation Hub.

Please join us for the reopening of our space in a building-wide celebration of the future of craft, which includes:

  • Craft Futures 2099 exhibition: To celebrate the Grand Reopening, the Center for Craft has invited ten local and national artists to imagine and create a craft object of the future! Influenced by the 1939 New York World's Fair, the first fair of its kind to use to the "future" as an organizing theme, the reopening exhibition is an exploration of what’s been and what’s to come in the world of craft, and it sets the tone for the Center’s ambitious programming ahead. 
  • First look at the new coworking, event and meeting spaces tailored to meet the needs of Asheville’s creative sector.
  • Premier of five new artists commissions and installations by Jamil D. Harrison, Harvey Littleton, Old Wood Company, Tanya Aguiñiga, Andrew Hayes, and Shelter Collective.
  • UNC Asheville’s inaugural exhibition: Making Meaning looks towards the spaces where artworks collide and converge, where the viewer is called to change their own perspective and embrace new material languages that create meaning and imagine futures.
  • Plus additional future-themed immersive installations, hands-on activities, music, food and more details to come!

Admission to the Center for Craft galleries is always free to the public!

Want to double the fun? Center for Craft is also hosting a Preview Celebration the night before, November 15 to thank donors who contribute $350 or more. There is still time to join the Preview Party. Donate here >>

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All our thanks!

Host Committee

Joel and Marla Adams, John and Judy Alexander, Barbara Benisch and Jacque Allen, Ed Bresler, Fleur Bresler, John Cram and Matt Chambers, Ann and John Campbell, Louise Glickman and Daryl Slaton, John and Robyn Horn, Letitia and John McKibbon, Karen and Robert Milnes, Marlin Miller, Sara and Bill Morgan, Pete, Lisa and Cindy Perez, Rob Pulleyn, Don and Susan Sherrill, Senator Terry and Ted Van Duyn, David and Dianne Worley

Planning Committee—Thanks for helping us envision our Grand Reopening!

Joanna Baker, Erin Battle, Jessica Coffield, Shannie Cohen, Kevan Frazier, Susannah Gebhart, Lei Han, Anna Helgeson, Michael Horgan, Hope Husky, Jonathan "Toby" King, Connie Matisse, Mike Marcus, Stephanie Mercer, Reggie Tidwell, Luis Carlos Serapio, Brent Skidmore, Sheneika Smith, Dodi Stevens, Mary Willson

Stephanie Moore
Executive Director

Marilyn Zapf
Assistant Director

Katie Cornell
Development Manager

Erika Kofler
Operations Manager

Lauren Gray Roquemore
Gallery Coordinator

Mellanee Goodman
Gallery Associate

Event Sponsorship

Creative Intervention Sponsor

Mezzanine Sponsor

Program Sponsor

FOOD & BEVERAGE SPONSORS

Business SPONSORS

Aceto Law Office, P.A.

Anonymous

Arbitrary Forms Studio / Robert and Karen Milnes

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts

Asheville Stay

Louise Glickman and Daryl Slaton

Mountain Marble / Hank & Marita Strauss

Dottie F. West

Warren Wilson College MA in Critical and Historical Craft Studies

Vannoy Construction

Business SPONSORS

Community SPONSORS

Overview

2019 Materials-Based Research Grant

The Materials-Based Research Grant encourages mutually-beneficial collaboration between craft and the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This grant was added in 2016 to support a tendency among contemporary craftspeople to explore how their material-specific knowledge, skill, and creativity can apply outside the field of fine art.

Details

  • Award Amount:
  • Up to $15,000
  • Grant Period:
  • 18 months
Apply Now

Timeline

  • Applications Open:
  • Nov 1, 2018
  • Deadline:
  • Feb 8, 2019
  • Notification:
  • May 2019
  • Grant Period Begins:
  • Jun 2019
  • Grant Period Ends:
  • Nov 2020

2019 Materials-Based Research Grant - Eligibility

Proposals are welcome from teams of researchers (Lead Collaborators) comprised of one maker and one professional from a STEM discipline. Lead Collaborators must be a professional in their given field. This may include academics, researchers, scientists, full-time makers, or other skilled specialists. Applicants should hold the education, training and skills needed to complete their proposal and contribute to their field of research.

The collaboration should share one common goal and result in a mutually beneficial outcome. Although curriculum development, implementation, outreach, and/or informal learning may be a component of the research process, the primary goal of this grant is to foster new, mutually beneficial, materials-based research.  Applications with the primary goal or outcome of curriculum development, implementation (teaching), outreach, and/or informal learning will be disqualified.

- General overhead (indirect administrative expenses) is not eligible.

- Applicants must be able to receive taxable income for the duration of the Fellowship and report this grant as income.

- Applicants must be must 18 years of age or older.

- Previous recipients of the Materials-Based Research grant are ineligible to apply.

Grant funds may be used to support a realistic project budget that is consistent with the proposed grant activities. This might include stipends and honoraria for additional support (such as graduate research assistants), research-related travel, and/or contracted services. Capital equipment, tools and materials directly related to the research are eligible for support but should only represent up to 75% of your budget. The grant awards are not for the dissemination of already completed research.

Proposals must identify intended audiences and include a plan for dissemination. This may take the form of an article, film, website/blog, photographic documentation, models and prototypes, or a combination thereof.

Examples of materials-based research may include:

- Using craft-based research and process to solve a problem (industrial, social, environmental, or other)

- Presenting a new understanding of the relationship between hand-made production and technology

- Inventing or testing new materials

- Developing applications for new materials

- Or other collaborative efforts between craft and STEM that offer fresh perspectives within the fields

2019 Materials-Based Research Grant - Requirements

- Seventy percent of the grant will be awarded upon return of a signed agreement.

 - Recipients will provide a status report on the project at an agreed date, mid-way through the project period.

 - Recipients will provide content for at least one Center for Craft blog post, including images.

 - Recipients will make their research available for an exhibition at the Center for Craft. Recipients will work with the Center for Craft’s Curator to determine what to display – for example: a film, images, prototypes, product, etc.

 - The final thirty percent will be awarded upon receipt of a final report of the research to include a budget report, project narrative and two copies of any publication produced relating to the project research. Project and final report must be completed in 18 months.

 - Recipients will acknowledge support of the “Center for Craft Materials-Based Research Grant” in any publications, relevant exhibit signage or other online or print materials resulting from the grant.

 - Recipients will provide two copies of any publication produced relating to the exhibition research for the archives at the Center for Craft, preferably as part of the final report.

 - The Center for Craft will hold an exhibition in their downtown Asheville, NC  gallery to include awarded projects (date TBD).

2019 Materials-Based Research Grant - Review Process

A group of peer readers, who are recognized craft and STEM scholars, free of any conflict of interest, will evaluate applications based on the following criteria:

- The proposed project encourages mutually beneficial innovation in craft and STEM.

- The project is feasible based on the timeline, expertise, and budget reflected in the application.

- The project addresses the goals of the Materials-Based Research Grant.

2019 Materials-Based Research Grant - How to Apply

DEADLINE: The application for 2019 Materials-Based Research Grants must be submitted via SlideRoom no later than 11:59pm on Friday, February 8, 2019. Notification of Materials-Based Research Grant Awards will be announced in May for projects beginning June 1, 2019.  Work outlined in the grant request must be completed with a final report within 18 months of the award, with a status report due midway through the research.

APPLICATION FEE: A non-refundable application fee of $10 (US) is required with each application. Payment must be submitted via SlideRoom. DO NOT mail checks, cash or send money via Western Union, Money Gram, Postal MoneyGram to the Center for Craft’s office.

NOTIFICATION: Notifications of the results will be sent via e-mail no later than end of May 2019. The e-mail address listed on the application form will be used to send out notifications. Please be sure that it is a valid account that you check regularly.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must apply using the online application program SlideRoom. Please review the application requirements listed below before beginning your application.

All applicants should create a login to be able to partially complete the form and return to finish it at a later date. Before submitting your application, you will be directed to a confirmation page where you will be able to review your form and return to edit or delete your uploaded files as needed. Once you submit your application, you will not be able to access your form again. Applicants will receive a confirmation email once the application form has been successfully submitted.

1. NAME OF APPLICANT & CONTACT INFORMATION: Each Lead Collaborator must provide a current address, a valid e-mail address, and select their field of practice [craft, science, technology, engineering, mathematics]. One Lead Collaborator must be working in craft and one must be working in STEM. Providing a website is optional but encouraged. The e-mail address provided will be used to send out the final notification letter.

Collaboration: Applicants who wish to apply as collaborators need only submit one application form and application fee. Two Lead Collaborators must be selected as the main applicant; their contact information will be used for all correspondence and notification.

2. TITLE: Please list the title of your research proposal (15 words)

3. RESEARCH PROPOSAL SYNOPSIS (Short): Please briefly describe the problem, intended outcome, and objectives addressed by the proposed interdisciplinary research. (100 words)

4. RESEARCH PROPOSAL (Extended):  Applicants should address each of the following questions in 250 words or less:

   1. Provide a brief outline of the research question/questions that you are seeking to answer through this research

   2. How do you plan to accomplish your objectives?

   3. What relevant research has already been done in the area of your project? What similar work is being conducted in the field and how is your proposed research different? Please include relevant bibliographic references where applicable.

   4. What is the history of the collaboration? If the Collaborators have worked together before, when and why did your collaboration start and what has made it successful in the past? If this is a new collaboration, how did you connect and why do you believe this will be a successful project?

   5. Who is the intended audience and how do you plan to disseminate your findings? Please note: If this involves the creation of a website please explain how the website will be maintained and updated beyond the timeline of this project.

   6. How the results will be evaluated?

   7. What makes your proposed research interdisciplinary? How will this collaboration benefit both fields of practice?

   8. Why is the proposed research relevant today? What difference will this project make to one or more of the following: your community, your university, your students, your discipline, or any other concerned parties?

5. TIMELINE

6. BUDGET

   1. Completed Budget Form uploaded as a PDF. A match is not required, but encouraged.

   2. One-page budget narrative including justifications and conflicts of interest including a description of the available facilities and priorities for its use, if applicable. For projects requiting additional equipment please justify the need for these resources in the context of the research proposed. Please note any real or potential conflicts of interest.

7. IMAGES: Applicants may upload up to 10 supporting images. This might include examples of previous projects by the Maker or STEM Researcher or images related to the proposed research, including sketches, prototypes, photographs, etc. We suggest uploading half representative of past projects and half supporting your proposed project. You have the option of uploading any combination of images or video links (from hosting sites such as Vimeo, Flickr or YouTube.) During the review process only the first 2 minutes of each video sample so please edit your materials accordingly. Images should be in JPEG format no larger than 1000 pixels on any side @ 72 dpi. Name each jpeg file with “Collaborator’s LastNameImageTitleNumber.jpg,” i.e. “SmithUntitled1.jpg”, “SmithUnititled2.jpg” etc. Each uploaded image or video link must be accompanied by a corresponding image description (up to 50 words). This list should correspond to the order in which the images were uploaded.

8. CV: A copy of each Lead Collaborator’s most up to date CV should be uploaded in either Word or PDF format. Name your CV file “Collaborator’s Last NameFirst NameCV.doc/docx/pdf”, i.e. “SmithRobertCV” All additional team member’s information and CVs must also be submitted. No more than 4 pages for Lead Collaborators and 2 pages per additional collaborators.

9. LETTER OF SUPPORT: Please include one letter of support that addressed the feasibility and relevance of your project. PLEASE NOTE: Your letter of support is due at the same time as your completed SlideRoom application. Letters received after 11:59pm EST on February 8, 2019 will not be considered as part of your application. You can send a request to your recommender via SlideRoom as soon as you set up an account. We recommend that you make this request at least two weeks before the due date.

10. ADDITIONAL SUPPORT MATERIAL (optional): Support materials such as relevant articles, reviews, images. Each application may upload up to three supporting documents.

PLEASE NOTE: Applications containing images and documents that are not labeled or uploaded according to the guidelines above will NOT be reviewed. Images will not be accepted by email. Submitting an application does not constitute a promise or guarantee of acceptance.

NON-DISCRIMINATION: The program encourages and welcomes the participation of curators from all backgrounds and does not discriminate with regards to any individual or group of individuals on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status. The Center for Craft encourages applications from traditionally under-represented minority populations.

2019 Materials-Based Research Grant - FAQ

What is the final deadline for submitting my online application form?

The application for 2019 Materials-Based Research Grants must be submitted via SlideRoom no later than 11:59pm on Friday, February 8, 2019.

May I mail a hard copy of my application materials to the Center for Craft’s office?

No, hard copy submissions will not be accepted. The application must be completed and submitted through SlideRoom.

Can I work on my application and return to complete it at a later date?

Yes, creating a login account will enable you to complete the form in several online sessions.

I just submitted my application but I want to return to it and make an edit. Is this possible?

No, once your application is submitted, you will not be able to return to the form or change any submitted information. The application fee must also be paid at the time of submitting your application as you will not be able to log-in again to access the payment page again.

How do I pay the application fee?

Payment must be submitted via credit card through the online application form system. After you complete and submit your application, you will be directed to a confirmation page and a link to pay your application fee. The application fee must be paid at the time of submitting your application as you will not be able to log-in to access the payment page once you have submitted your application.

Can two people from the same field apply as Lead Collaborators (e.g. two craftspeople or two STEM researchers)?

No. This grant requires a team of two collaborators – one Craft practitioner and one researcher from the field of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.

Can I apply without a collaborator or choose a collaborator after the application is accepted?

No. This grant requires a team of at least two collaborators for the application to be considered – one from a Craft background and one from STEM.

Can more than two people collaborate on the project?

Yes, more than two people can be considered collaborators. However, for the sake of the application two Lead Collaborators should be identified, one from Craft and one from STEM. The Lead Collaborators will be held responsible for completing the requirements of this grant, including the disbursement of funds, completion of grant reports, etc.

Can a collaborator be a non-US citizen or internationally-based?

Both Lead Collaborators must be U.S. Citizens and/or hold a U.S. Social Security Number at the time of application and for the duration of the Project Period and report this grant as income. The same stipulations do not apply to other collaborators, however grant funds cannot be used for obtaining visas, transfer fees, or any other cost (monetary or otherwise) associated with working with an international collaborator.

What do you mean by a professional maker?

For this grant we define a professional maker as a mid-career or established craftsperson with a high degree of skill working in one or more craft-based media (e.g. wood, metal, fiber, clay, glass) and an interest in combining craft-based practice with science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics (STEM).

What do you mean by interdisciplinary?

For this grant the Center for Craft acknowledges the Wikipedia definition: “Interdisciplinarity involves the combining of two or more academic disciplines into one activity (e.g., a research project). It is about creating something new by crossing boundaries, and thinking across them… Interdisciplinarity involves researchers, students, and teachers in the goals of connecting and integrating several academic schools of thought, professions, or technologies—along with their specific perspectives—in the pursuit of a common task.”

Can I submit more than one proposal?

No.

Can I include more than one letter of support?

Yes. If you wish to include more than one letter of support, you can upload it in the additional support material section.

I have a question that wasn’t answered. How can I reach the Center for Craft?

If you have any further questions, please contact grants@craftcreativitydesign.org.

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