Three Professional level members of National Basketry Organization have received notice of their acceptance of Finalist status in the Basketry Category of the 2015 NICHE Awards competition. Congratulations and best of luck to all as the judging continues to Dawna Ellis of Poulsbo, WA, Dorothy McGuinness of Everett, WA and Matt Tommey of Fairview, NC. Dorothy has competed and advanced in both the Professional Basketry and Decorative Fiber categories.
The NICHE Awards competition is open to professional craft artists ages 21 and older who reside in America or Canada and are actively involved in the design and production of craft work supplied to galleries and/or craft stores.
Finalists will receive an awards certificate, a listing in NICHE magazine (professionals only) and a listing in the printed Buyers Guide of American Made Show, January 2015.
Finalists will also be invited to display their piece in a special exhibit at American Made Show in Washington, D.C.
Winners will be announced at a ceremony held during the American Made Show in 2015.
Winners will receive an awards certificate, trophy, listing on the NICHE Awards website and a listing in the Spring 2015 edition of NICHE magazine.
November 1, 2014 – December 13, 2014
ELEMENTALS: Women Sculpting Animism
Sculpture by Women Artists
Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, NY
Artists to be included in ELEMENTAL: Women Sculpting Animism are Charissa Brock*, Chizu Sekiguchi, Polly Adams Sutton*, Dawn Walden*, Judith Duff, Simcha Even-Chen, Melanie Ferguson, Karen Hausner, Deirdre Hawthorne, Mami Kato, Touri Maruyama, Sarah Purvey, Jane Wheeler, Monique Rutherford, Phyllis Sullivan, Sandra Sheehy, Lisa Hammond, Mieko Kawase, Sally Anderson.
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Lanny Bergner – Harvest Vessel Stainless steel mesh, wire, silicone, 25″ x 18″ x 18″, 2014
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#NBObasketartist Lanny Bergner to exhibit in Philadelphia.
Design: Four Perspectives
On view from October 3, 2014 to November 29, 2014.
Carol Eckert and Dorothy Gill Barnes are #NBObasketartist exhibitors in Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft ongoing until December 21, 2014 at Fort Wayne Museum of Art. This show’s stop at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art is part of its 6-venue national tour over the course of two years.
Originally assembled by The ASU Art Museum and Ceramics Research Center (CRC) in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, “Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft,” is the first comprehensive museum exhibition to highlight their extensive craft holdings, including new international acquisitions in wood, ceramic and fiber. This exhibition and its accompanying catalog provide an international perspective on modern and contemporary crafts and the current level of innovation and experimentation in material studies. The exhibit and associated events were supported by a generous grant from the Windgate Charitable Foundation.
The Museum’s existing craft collection, which was initiated in the late 1960s, focuses on both established and emerging artists who are the driving force behind the model of rethinking craft. Recent acquisitions of work by national and international artists reflect current trends in the field. The exhibition includes approximately 100 objects in wood, ceramic and fiber.
We’re one of the few fine art museums in the country that started collecting mid-20th-century studio craft. Now it’s becoming a more prevalent trend. Peter Held, curator of ceramics
In 1990, the museum co-sponsored the exhibition, Meeting Ground: Basketry Traditions and Sculptural Forms, which studied the relationship between traditional baskets and sculptural forms and also highlighted artists’ interests in hand processes and natural materials. More recently, the museum showcased Intertwined: Contemporary Baskets from the Sara and David Lieberman Collection in 2006, which charted the blend of ancient and modern basket making and baskets as sculptural forms. The exhibition traveled to five venues nationally.
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Lanny Bergner, John McQueen, Carol Eckert, Polly Sutton and Elizabeth Whyte Schulze are among the #NBObasketartist participants in an exhibit, The New Textiles, October 10 – November 15, 2014 at Mobilia Gallery. Mobilia has featured 20th and 21st century decorative arts in their Cambridge, Massachusetts gallery since 1978. Invited artists were directed to create sculptural forms and extraordinary objects using contemporary technologies, as well as traditional techniques and materials. A reception is scheduled for SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. RSVP.
CONSIDERING THE KYLIX: Contemporary Interpretations of a Classical Form
This multi–disciplinary, invitational exhibition was held at Mahady Gallery, Shields Center for Visual Arts on the campus of Marywood University from September 06, 2014 – October 05, 2014. The exhibition included over 50 contemporary interpretations by 45 artists working in metal, wood, glass, clay, beading, felt, fibers, jewelry and mixed media. Numerous members of National Basketry Organization were among the artist participants.
Participating Artists: Kate Anderson, Bennett Bean, John Beaver, Lanny Bergner*, Doug Beube, Ricky Boscarino, Charissa Brock*, Harlan W. Butt, Steve Cook, Karen Copensky, Cappy Counard, Bruce Dehnert, Sarah Doremus, Liz Alpert Fay, Harvey Fein, Jonathan Garcia, Lindsay Ketterer Gates*, Susan Taylor Glasgow, Jenne Giles, Susan D. Harris, Jan Hopkins*, Jan Huling, Lissa Hunter, Beth Ireland, Kay Khan, Jim Lawton, Jennifer Falck Linssen*, Ana M. Lopez, Susan Madacsi, Thomas Mann, Carol Milne, Kristin Muller/Karli Scott, Graeme Priddle, Joey Richardson, Czashka Ross, Lee Sauder, Elizabeth Whyte Schulze*, Tommy Simpson, Malcolm Mobutu Smith, Missy Stevens, Mara Superior, Shoko Teruyama, James Viste, Raychel Wengenroth and Sasha Zhitneva.
* = #NBObasketartist
Considering the Kylix: Contemporary Interpretations of a Classical Form
Jan Hopkins Blog post about the exhibit
More NBO Member News
Karen Gubitz and Brian Jewett are included on page 142 of the first ever digital bonus issue of American Craft, Material Crush! See the full issue at
Heading Home Late Wins An Award :
Handweavers Guild of America has announced award recipients for Convergence® Providence Exhibits.
Small Expressions 2014 included a number of NBO member participants and Lois Russell has been announced the recipient of the Contemporary Handweavers of Houston Award.
Visit the personal web site of Lois Russell to see more of her work.