Here at NBO we realize this is not only a personal issue, it is one that is shared on a global level. The entire world is sharing in some version of the same experience. We are all human and that makes each of us vulnerable while reinforcing our shared humanness. This can be a time of unity and creativity, and who better than artists to help lift everyone’s spirits. To that end NBO has come up with several ideas for you to share. We’ll be updating this page as events and resources unfold. We invite you to share your selections and ideas: Email NBO
- If you’re working in isolation because of the pandemic, post an image of your work-in-progress to instagram, including #basketryjoinhands — then follow the link to connect with other artists in the same situation.
A plethora of resources shared by Fractured Atlas (full list here)
- A group of small to mid-sized national arts grant makers have come together for Artist Relief
- National Endowment for the Arts Artist Resources
- COVID-19 Resources for Teaching Artists
- NATIONAL COALITION FOR ARTS’ PREPAREDNESS & EMERGENCY RESPONS
- By-state listing of State Art Agencies
An article from KQED: Emergency Funds for Freelancers, Creatives Losing Income During Coronavirus
CERF+ was started by artists for artists in the craft community as a grassroots mutual aid effort in 1985 and has since emerged as the leading nonprofit organization that uniquely focuses on safeguarding artists’ livelihoods nationwide. CERF+ serves artists who work in craft disciplines by providing a safety net to support strong and sustainable careers. Our core services are education programs, advocacy, network building and emergency relief. Visit cerf+
Also – fill out the cerf+ survey to help them assess needs and direct action.
Take a Moment to be Inspired:
Need some “away” time? Museums all over the world are sharing virtual tours!
The Smithsonian American Art Museum has a plethora of online exhibits, videos, and webcasts.
Don’ forget about “America’s Best Idea” – the US National Parks Service. Start here and find your park! National Park Service
Craft in America has a wonderful series of Art with Fiber
Shown above: the hands of legendary basketmaker Leona Waddell, holding one of her white oak baskets.
Above: Detail from “Petals” by Barbara De Pirro
The National Basketry Organization announces its second biennial Members In Print exhibition. Works selected will be published in the Summer 2020 edition of Basketry +, NBO’s full color magazine.
This year’s theme is Patterns and Textures, a work of basketry that in some way celebrates pattern and texture.
ENTRIES ARE CLOSED.
Juror: Jo Stealey – Jo Stealey, Ph.D., newly retired as the head of the fiber program at the University of Missouri where was awarded the endowed Middlebush Chair for Arts & Humanities (2010-15) for creative research. She teaches workshops, lectures on contemporary fiber and exhibits her work nationally and internationally. She co-authored the book, Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America, and is currently in the process of curating the multi-year national exhibition of the same name.
The Members in Print exhibit is open to all members of the National Basketry Organization, including International and Friend members, current at the time of the entry due date. (Join NBO or renew your membership here.)
Friend level members that have a piece selected may purchase a copy of the in-print Summer 2020 Basketry +, or upgrade their membership (see above link).
- Only one piece per artist may be selected.
- As this is an in-print exhibition, photographs of the selected works must be high resolution, best quality.
- The published image size will be at the discretion of the editor.
- All sales inquiries will be directed to the artist.
- Printed with each selected image will be the artist’s name, title, media and the artist’s website address.
- Please apply here using the CaFE system: NBO MEMBERS IN PRINT
- Up to two works may be submitted, with two views of each piece for a total of no more than four images.
- Image sizing: high resolution JPG 1200-1900 pixels on the longest side, up to 5 MB.
- Please check the box indicating if your work is traditional or contemporary.
- The relative number of works selected for each category will be proportional to the number of works submitted. (For example, if more works are submitted for the traditional category, more works from that category will be juried into the exhibit.)
- Please submit work made within the past three years, since 2017.
- Works previously exhibited in Basketry Now or Members in Print are ineligible for entry.
- An entry fee of $35 is required for submission of either one or two works.
- Full prospectus available here soon!
Entry due date: EXTENDED TO MARCH 29, 2020
High resolution images due: TBD
Publication: Summer 2020 Basketry +: Late June, 2020
Work by Shan Goshorn, photo by Rose McCracken.
Enjoy a wonderful article written by Rebecca Head Trautmann in “American Indian”, the magazine of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.
“Some of the last creative efforts of Eastern Band of Cherokee artist Shan Goshorn now rest in the National Museum of the American Indian. This past spring, NMAI acquired “Resisting the Mission; Filling the Silence,” a set of baskets commemorating a tragic era in American history. Beginning in the 19th century, American Indian children were removed from their homes and forced to attend boarding schools.”
NBO members Nancy Loorem Adams, Lanny Bergner, Danielle Bodine, Jill Nordfors Clark, Barbara DePirro, Sharon Kita, Dorothy McGuinness, Bill Roeder, Peeta Tinay, and Judy Zugish are all represented in “Currents 2020”, at the Schack Art Center in Langley, Washington.
Museo has invited 48 Northwest Designer Craftsmen artists to present a survey of what is current and amazing in the world of craft. The exhibition runs from March 7 to March 30, 2020.
Shown above: Fossil Traces #1 by Lanny Bergner. Stainless steel mesh mounted on board.
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NBO member Bob Gleason-Moore received an honorable mention for his work at the recently held World Wicker and Weaving Festival in Poland.
The event comprises a two-day competition for the title of Grand Prix of the Festival. For weavers from around the world it is an opportunity not only to allow an international jury to assess your work, but also to see design trends, techniques, and weaving materials used in different places. An exchange of experience allows you to explore new realms of the craft.
The Competition consists of two parts: works created live on-site, and sent in works. The contestants take part in the competition either individually or in pairs and is held once every four years.
Our congratulations to Bob!
NBO Lifetime Achievement Awardee Leona Waddell is currently featured in an exhibit at the Kentucky Craft History and Education Association exhibit called “Kentucky Craft Luminaries: Sharing the Stories.” Leona Waddell, a 2012 recipient of the Kentucky Governor’s Folk Heritage Award, will have some of her baskets in the display.
We are excited to share with you the photos chosen for our new rack card! Thanks to everyone who entered the contest; we received almost 90 great images and had a tough time choosing only 8. Here are the winners:
And below is the new rack card – available at no cost to share with guilds, groups and gatherings. (Contact Us) Our most appreciative thanks to Tony Stubblefield for the layout and design of the new card. We think it is wonderful!
The National Museum of Scotland, in Edinburgh, has recently acquired a piece by NBO member Jackie Abrams for their World Cultures Gallery.
Shelter (2016) shown above, shows how Abrams “explores the container as a symbol of home. The mud cloth produced and used by Bamana women in Mali is a powerful reference to their role in society. The structure of the vessel – with the inside of the cloth exposed and open spaces in the framework – reflects the precariousness of some homes and of things that are not easily contained such as hopes, thoughts and dreams.”
Congratulations to Jackie – shown here, left, visiting her work on display at the National Museum of Scotland this past September.
NBO member and white oak basket maker Sue Williams is the recipient of a 2019 Governor’s Arts Award.
“The Folklife Heritage Award is presented to folk artists or organizations that have made outstanding contributions to Tennessee’s traditional arts. The award honors significant achievements within art forms that are rooted in the traditional or ethnic cultures of Tennessee.
Sue’s devotion to teaching this art, and advocacy on the statewide and regional level, has secured the tradition’s survival beyond the passing of the original basket making families.”Sue Williams has been awarded the 2019 Governor’s Arts Award by the Tennessee Arts Commission.
We send our heartiest congratulations to Sue – well done!
More at Tennessee Arts Commission