Monday, January 12, 2009

Society for Contemporary Craft 2009 2010 Schedule

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2009/2010 Schedule of Exhibits and Events

Exhibitions at SCC's Main Strip District Galleries (National/International Focus) and
Supported by catalogues, artist presentations, education programs and source cases.

January—August 2009

Cooking with Sticks (June 27, 2008—January 10, 2009) (EAT: An Art Space About Food)
Cooking With Sticks, a multimedia installation, explores Tom Sarver's interest in nature. An outdoor diorama, sketches for new hand-made camping gadgets, and a video cooking demonstration are on view.

The Enamel Experience (October 3, 2008—January 10, 2009) (Main Galleries)
This exhibition—curated by Elizabeth Turell, an internationally known enamel artist and researcher from Centre for Fine Print Research (CPFR) at the University of the West of England—presents selected historical enamel badges from the Museum der Arbeit, Hamburg Germany and new interpretations by 23 highly regarded artists from the UK, Germany and the US.

TAG (October 3, 2008—January 10, 2009) (Main Galleries)
A companion show to The Enamel Experience, this exhibition of small metals by graduate students from East Carolina University, seeks to explore contemporary identity and the social, political and personal symbolism associated with badges.

The United State of America: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Crappiness (January 18—August 29, 2009) (EAT: An Art Space About Food) This mixed media installation features flame worked glass containers, cans, bottles, and food remains on paper plates by Matt Eskuche, and reveals the artist’s thoughts on convenience, consumption, waste, and corporate greed and irresponsibility in America.

Art & the Environment, Gallery Talk —Thursday, March 12, 6:30 pm
Matt Eskuche with Lori Beck, artist and founding member of Ohio Valley Creative Energy Sustainable Arts Center and Christopher L. Weber, environmental engineering professor at CMU, discuss new uses of renewable energy to power art studios and educational centers. Main Galleries, $5.

Bridge 10: Robert Briscoe, Tom Loeser, Christina Y. Smith (January 30—April 11, 2009) (Main Galleries) First presented in 1988, the Bridge Exhibition Series–which showcases three solo shows by mid-career artists–was established to heighten the public’s awareness of the powerful work produced by contemporary artists. The Bridge 10 Series features three solo exhibitions, Robert Briscoe (clay), Tom Loeser (furniture) and Christina Y. Smith (small metals) that focus on contemporary ideas and follow the artists’ creative journeys as expressed through their work.

Visiting Artist Talk—Thursday, January 29, 6:30 pm
Nationally know artist Robert Briscoe will talk about process and his life as a studio potter in Minnesota. Main Galleries, $5

Beyond Shared Language: Contemporary Art and the Latin American Experience (May 1—August 29, 2009) (Main Galleries) Through the spoken and the written word, cultures strive to maintain their ethnic, collective identities in the context of social, cultural, historical, economic, and political dimensions of daily living. Like spoken and written language, the visual language of art is a voice used individually and collectively to communicate
thoughts, ideas, wants, and needs and to express meaning. Highlighting the work of 15 contemporary Latin American artists from diverse cultural backgrounds and experiences Beyond Shared Language: Contemporary Art and the Latin American Experience celebrates the diversity and collective worldview of this important population.

LEAP Exhibition (September 4—12, 2009)(Main Galleries) The LEAP Award was established in the fall of 2007 to recognize emerging talent in the contemporary craft field. This hybrid exhibition will feature the work of the 23 finalists, including the award-winning artist who will receive $3,000 towards the development of a product line/body of work whose prototype will become a part of SCC’s permanent collection

Transformation7: Contemporary Works in Wood, the Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize (September 18, 2009—January 2, 2010) (Main Galleries) The 2007 juried exhibition, honoring Elizabeth R. Raphael, the founder of SCC, will include works in wood by contemporary artists.

Satellite Gallery, One Mellon Center, Downtown Pittsburgh (Regional/National Focus)

December 5, 2008—January 11, 2009: Holiday Store Display

January 16—March 1, 2009: CenterWorks: The Adirondack III: Transformation/Reinvention

March 6—May 16, 2009: Kim Eichler-Messmer: Quilts

May 22—August 29, 2009: Beyond Shared Language: Student Exhibition

September 5—November 30, 2009: Open

December 5—March 1, 2010: Open


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