Crafting a Continuum

And a Wolf Shall Devour the Sun by Carol Eckert

Carol Eckert – And a Wolf Shall Devour the Sun

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.

Fort Wayne Museum of Art
311 Main Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Gallery Hours Tuesday – Saturday: 10am-6pm
Thursday: 10am-8pm
Sunday: 12-5pm

Five at The New Textiles

Lanny Bergner - StarburstLanny Bergner – Starburst Vessel

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


Considering the Kylix - Multi–disciplinary, invitational exhibition held at Mahady Gallery, Shields Center for Visual Arts on the campus of Marywood University Sep 06, 2014 - Oct 05, 2014

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

The exhibition was originally organized by Peters Valley School of Craft and had been first shown in the Sally D. Francisco Gallery April 12 – May 18, 2014. It is an invitational exhibition curated by Maleyne Syracuse featuring 45 contemporary craft artists’ reinterpretation of this iconic object in their own style and materials. The kylix, the original ceremonial wine cup, first appeared as early as 900 BCE in ancient Greece.
Considering the Kylix: Contemporary Interpretations of a Classical Form
Jan Hopkins Blog post about the exhibit

More NBO Member News

NBO Members featured in American Craft

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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

Contemporary Handweavers of Houston Award

Winner of the Contemporary Handweavers of Houston Award at HGA's Small Expressions, 2014

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.

Winner of the Contemporary Handweavers of Houston Award at HGA's Small Expressions, 2014