A Look at Craft in the Context of Contemporary Academia, Theory and Practice April 15

April 15th, 2009 by Adam
Nick Sevigney, ceramic vessel.

Plymouth.N.H.—In some creative and artistic circles, “craft” is a bad word; in others it’s absolutely essential.

Plymouth State University’s Karl Drerup Art Gallery and the Fuller Craft Museum will present a panel discussion that looks at craft in the context of contemporary academia, theory and practice, as part of a regional discussion. Fuller Museum staff will moderate the panel.

The program will be held at Heritage Commons in Hall Residence Hall at PSU at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 15. Panelists are Catherine Amidon, director of exhibitions and Karl Drerup Art Gallery, PSU; Andrew Spahr, curator, Currier Museum of Art; Ted Blachly, woodworker and furniture maker and Nick Sevigney, coordinator of ceramics, PSU.

Other schools across New England are hosting similar discussions and ongoing conversations on the state of craft in America today including UMass Dartmouth, Rhode Island School of Design, Massachusetts College of Art, University of Maine and Wellesley College.

All the panels will be filmed to create a montage that addresses views on craft throughout the region. The film will be the focal point of an event hosted at the Fuller Craft Museum.

The program is hosted by Plymouth State University and Fuller Craft Museum in conjunction with the comprehensive survey exhibition Craft In America: Expanding Traditions at Fuller Craft Museum through May 25.

For information about the Plymouth symposium contact Catherine Amidon at (603) 535-2614 or via e-mail to camidon@plymouth.edu.

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