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Meet Robert Thomas Mullen! Robert will be our second Metals Artist-in-Residence this year, taking over for Audrey Peck from March - August 2015. Robert received his BFA in metalsmithing and photography from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and his MFA in metalsmithing from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Most recently, he completed an artist residency at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. 

Robert’s work incorporates natural elements into the framework of metalsmithing. His wearable art reflects his own history and ties to the natural world. He looks forward to continuing this artistic investigation while also exploring new materials and pushing the boundaries of contemporary metalsmithing during his time at Craft Alliance. 

DEMO WITH CHRISTINE NOFCHISSEY McHORSE
TIMESaturday, February 8, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
LOCATIONGlassell School of Art, Ceramic Studio5101 Montrose Boulevard, Houston, TX 77005 (Map)
Please join Dark Light artist, Christine Nofchissey McHorse, for a free workshop sponsored by ClayHouston, Glassell School of Art, and Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in the ceramic studio at the Glassell School of Art. Christine will demonstrate how she utilizes micaceous clay, hand-building techniques and tools to create her beautiful curvilinear forms. The public is invited to attend.

Above: Christine Nofchissey McHorse in her studio. Photo courtesy of Addison Doty Photography, 2013.

DEMO WITH CHRISTINE NOFCHISSEY McHORSE

TIME
Saturday, February 8, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

LOCATION
Glassell School of Art, Ceramic Studio
5101 Montrose Boulevard, Houston, TX 77005 (Map)

Please join Dark Light artist, Christine Nofchissey McHorse, for a free workshop sponsored by ClayHouston, Glassell School of Art, and Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in the ceramic studio at the Glassell School of Art. Christine will demonstrate how she utilizes micaceous clay, hand-building techniques and tools to create her beautiful curvilinear forms. The public is invited to attend.

Above: Christine Nofchissey McHorse in her studio. Photo courtesy of Addison Doty Photography, 2013.

MEET OUR NEW CURATOR: ELIZABETH KOZLOWSKI
The HCCC team is pleased to welcome Elizabeth Kozlowski as our new curator! Kozlowski, who comes to HCCC with a background in contemporary craft and museum studies, plans to continue in her role as a facilitator of the arts and welcomes the opportunities that Houston presents: “I am especially interested in supporting the role of the makers and creators of objects that become such an integral part of our lives, and I’m excited to be in the middle of Houston’s vibrant arts community, where so much is happening within the field of contemporary craft.” As Curator at HCCC, she will oversee all aspects of exhibitions, including curating original exhibitions, coordinating traveling shows, creating related programming and events, and managing curatorial staff.
Click here to learn more.
Above: Elizabeth Kozlowski. Photo courtesy Elizabeth Kozlowski.

MEET OUR NEW CURATOR: ELIZABETH KOZLOWSKI

The HCCC team is pleased to welcome Elizabeth Kozlowski as our new curator! Kozlowski, who comes to HCCC with a background in contemporary craft and museum studies, plans to continue in her role as a facilitator of the arts and welcomes the opportunities that Houston presents: “I am especially interested in supporting the role of the makers and creators of objects that become such an integral part of our lives, and I’m excited to be in the middle of Houston’s vibrant arts community, where so much is happening within the field of contemporary craft.” As Curator at HCCC, she will oversee all aspects of exhibitions, including curating original exhibitions, coordinating traveling shows, creating related programming and events, and managing curatorial staff.

Click here to learn more.

Above: Elizabeth Kozlowski. Photo courtesy Elizabeth Kozlowski.

COMING SOON
CYAN SILHOUETTES: WORKS BY ANNA MAVROMATIS & THEA CLARK
On view January 31 – March 30, 2014 In the Artist Hall
Opening ReceptionFriday, January 31, 5:30 – 7:00 PM
As a participating space of the FotoFest 2014 Biennial, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft presents Cyan Silhouettes: Works by Anna Mavromatis & Thea Clark. Captured by rays of ultraviolet light onto silk, paper, and linen, fragments bearing an uncanny familiarity and a collection of photographs and mementos take the form of Prussian-blue and dark-brown silhouettes. Through handmade books, jewelry, quilts, and clothing, Anna Mavromatis and Thea Clark employ the cyanotype process to expose the memories and associations assigned to personal possessions. Used to shape identity and strengthen ties with the past, the significance of these objects is as transitory as the photographic process used to render their likeness. While each cyanotype marks an impression, these imprints, and the viewer’s relationship to them, evolve over time like the silhouettes created by exposure to the sun. Read more.
Above: Anna Mavromatis, “Night Rhythms” (detail), 2013. Cyanotype on paper. Photo by Anna Mavromatis.

COMING SOON

CYAN SILHOUETTES: WORKS BY ANNA MAVROMATIS & THEA CLARK

On view January 31 – March 30, 2014 
In the Artist Hall

Opening Reception
Friday, January 31, 5:30 – 7:00 PM

As a participating space of the FotoFest 2014 Biennial, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft presents Cyan Silhouettes: Works by Anna Mavromatis & Thea Clark. Captured by rays of ultraviolet light onto silk, paper, and linen, fragments bearing an uncanny familiarity and a collection of photographs and mementos take the form of Prussian-blue and dark-brown silhouettes. Through handmade books, jewelry, quilts, and clothing, Anna Mavromatis and Thea Clark employ the cyanotype process to expose the memories and associations assigned to personal possessions. Used to shape identity and strengthen ties with the past, the significance of these objects is as transitory as the photographic process used to render their likeness. While each cyanotype marks an impression, these imprints, and the viewer’s relationship to them, evolve over time like the silhouettes created by exposure to the sun. Read more.

Above: Anna Mavromatis, “Night Rhythms” (detail), 2013. Cyanotype on paper. Photo by Anna Mavromatis.

Happy New Year from HCCC!

Let’s ring in the new year with true cheer! I hope you’ll join us on January 30th for what is consistently named one of the best parties in Houston—Martini Madness! If we’ve still got cold weather to shake off, what better way to do it than with the tastes and sounds of mid-century Havana, a new artisan glass to add to your collection, and a “Tropicana” martini? Make sure to wear your best vintage or cocktail attire! Click here to learn more and purchase tickets.

Julie Farr
Executive Director

Located within Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Asher Gallery is a remarkable destination to find the perfect gift, collect the newest artist, and learn more about artists and craft making. The shop features an exceptional variety of one-of-a-kind jewelry, ceramics, glass, home décor, handbags and other gifts—all made by local and national craft artists. Gallery sales help support artists’ careers and free programming at HCCC.

We hope you’ll stop by Asher to find special holiday gifts for all of your family and friends. Click here to see our Holiday Gift Guide, featuring our top picks for unique holiday shopping! Members of Houston Center for Contemporary Craft receive a 10% discount!

Holiday Hours & Contact Info

Tuesday–Saturday: 10AM – 5PM
Sunday: 12PM – 5PM

HCCC is closed on December 25 (Christmas Day), December 26, December 31 (New Year’s Eve), and January 1 (New Year’s Day).

For more information, visit Asher Gallery at www.crafthouston.org/shop or call 713.529.4848 x 201.

The Sprawl Speaker Series is designed to provide a forum for Houston’s rich dialogue on urban development. Held in conjunction with the “SPRAWL” exhibition this fall, the series features a variety of notable individuals from city, county, academic, architecture, and urban planning backgrounds.

Like the exhibition, the speaker series addresses three main topics, “Infrastructure of Expansion,” “Survey, Plan, Build,” and “Aftereffects,” which loosely define the phases of urban growth. To supplement the art works in the show, the series aims to create a cross-disciplinary dialogue to address the complex issues raised by the exhibition and generate public discussion.

Survey, Plan, Build
November 7, 2013, 6 – 7 PM
Houston Urban Development & Improvement Panel

Peter H. Brown
Director of Better Houston

Peter H. Brown, a native Houstonian, continues a distinguished career in urban planning, design and development, and as a leader in the livable cities movement. With a belief in the transformative power and magic of cities, Brown has devoted his career to public service, especially to improving the quality and character of the urban environment in his hometown of Houston, Texas. He holds a B.A. from the University of Houston and B.Arch, M.Arch, and Master of City Planning degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. He is Co-Founder and Director of BetterHouston, a non-profit civic involvement organization, dedicated to the betterment of neighborhoods and the urban environment. He also serves as Chairman of the Mayor’s International Trade and Development Council, Mayor Annise Parker’s expanded initiative to bring global talent, jobs, business, and cultural exchanges to the city.

A member of Houston City Council (2006-2010) and candidate for Mayor (2009), Brown previously directed a nationally recognized design firm, known for innovative public and private projects in Houston and 22 other American cities. A founding member of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) and a fellow of the American Institute for Architects, he followed the design principles of The New Urbanism for over 25 years. A recent effort is THE GREAT CITY COALITION in Houston, modeled after Seattle’s Great City Initiative, which focuses on great neighborhoods, great schools, great streets, great transit, great urban development, great economy, and great governance.

BetterHouston is committed to better neighborhoods, better transit, and better urban development and is currently working on developing urban districts in Houston neighborhoods, including the Downtown Core, the Washington Avenue Corridor, the Greater East End, and the Fifth Ward. BetterHouston collaborates with a number of community partners, including the Kinder Center for Urban Research at Rice University, Project Row Houses, and several “super” neighborhoods.

David Crossley
President of Houston Tomorrow

David Crossley is President and Founder of Houston Tomorrow, an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for all the people of the Houston region through research, education, and discussion. Crossley has led the initiative for sustainability, quality of life, and smart growth in the Houston Gulf Coast region since 1998. His focus is on long-range, regional considerations of sustainability and quality of life. Crossley is Co-Founder and Former Chair of Blueprint Houston, an initiative toward a comprehensive plan for the City of Houston that began as a Houston Tomorrow program in 2001. He also served as President of the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition from 1993 – 1996. On a national level, he is a board member of Smart Growth America and a member of the steering committee of America 2050.Houston Tomorrow’s mission for 15 years has been to improve the quality of life for all the people of the Houston region through research, education, and discussion. Houston Tomorrow’s vision is that, on its 200th birthday in 2036, the Houston region will be home to the healthiest, happiest, most prosperous people in the United States.

Houston Tomorrow promotes sustainable development of the region’s built environment and keeps citizens, policymakers, and business leaders informed about best practices and emerging research for urban development through its website, newsletter, ongoing public events, incisive presentations, input to the policy making process, and other publications.

Diane Schenke
President of Greater East End District

Diane Schenke is President of the Greater East End Management District and has served in that role since June 1, 2009. She is a longtime East End advocate, having served as President and Executive Director of The Park People, Gulf Coast Program Manager for The Nature Conservancy, and Executive Director of The Grand Parkway Association. Schenke brings a variety of experiences to the Greater East End Management District, having worked as an environmental lawyer for law firms and corporations prior to her time spent at governmental and nonprofit entities.

Since Schenke came to the Greater East End Management District, the District has received grant funds of over $17M and commitments of $4.5M in capital funds in the Second Ward and Harrisburg Corridor for pedestrian-friendly improvements. These improvements, which complement the East End Rail Line and real-estate improvements, are grounded in strong community input through the Livable Centers process.

The Greater East End Management District was formed by the Texas Legislature in 1999 to function as a tool for economic development and revitalization of the area. The District receives assessments from commercial property owners and uses funds for infrastructure improvements, beautification, security and public safety, workforce development, and other programs as designated by its board of directors.

More info at www.crafthouston.org/exhibition/sprawl/.

Recorded on November 7, 2013, at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. The SPRAWL Speaker Series was made possible in part through the City’s Initiative Grant Program of the Houston Arts Alliance.

SPRAWL SPEAKER SERIES
Infrastructure of Expansion
Judge Edward M. Emmett
Harris County Judge

Judge Ed Emmett has served as Harris County Judge since 2007. He was a member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1979 to 1987, where he was Chairman of the Committee on Energy, a member of the Transportation Committee, and represented the state on numerous national committees relating to energy and transportation policy. In 1989, President George H. W. Bush nominated Emmett as a commissioner at the Interstate Commerce Commission, where he served on the commission by a unanimous vote from the United States Senate for three years. Among many other activities, Judge Emmett is Director of Harris County’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Chairman of the Houston-Galveston Area Council, and Chairman of the HGAC Transportation Policy Council. In 1971, he received a B.A. in economics from Rice University, followed by a Masters in public affairs from the University of Texas-Austin in 1974.

Recorded on October 18, 2013, at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. The SPRAWL Speaker Series was made possible in part through the City’s Initiative Grant Program of the Houston Arts Alliance.

SPRAWL SPEAKER SERIES
Survey, Plan, Build
Brian Crimmins
City of Houston Planning & Development Chief of Staff

Brian Crimmins has worked for Houston’s Planning and Development department for over seven years. As Chief of Staff, Crimmins has been involved in technology upgrades that interface with the public, such as making the city’s general plan available online as a source of guidance for Houston’s development. He has also assisted in amending ordinances to increase flexibility for developers, establish incentives for high-density and pedestrian-friendly development, and add requirements for parks and open space.

Recorded live on November 6, 2013 at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. The SPRAWL Speaker Series was made possible in part through the City’s Initiative Grant Program of the Houston Arts Alliance.

More info at http://www.crafthouston.org/exhibition/sprawl/.

Dark Light: the Micaceous Ceramics of Christine Nofchissey McHorse is organized by The CFile Foundation, Santa Fe, NM, and curated by Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio. On view in the Main Gallery at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, February 7 - May 11, 2014.

Above: Christine Nofchissey McHorse, “Spine” (detail), 2010. Micaceous Clay, 27.25”H x 13.” Collection of Barbara & Bill Weldon. Photo by Addison Doty.

Looking forward to returning to the windy city, Nov. 1 – 3, for SOFA Chicago 2013. Look for Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in the Partner Pavilion!

Now in its 20th year, Chicago’s longest continuously running and the world’s foremost art fair devoted to Sculpture Objects and Functional Art + Design, SOFA CHICAGO attracts an extraordinary range of national and international dealers showcasing more than 800 artists and their work in studio glass, ceramics, jewelry, wood, fiber, metal and design, alongside lectures, special exhibits and live demonstrations. The Partner Pavilion is an informational networking area designed to showcase an exclusive number of publications, arts organizations, collector groups, educational facilities and museums. For more information on SOFA CHICAGO, visit www.sofaexpo.com.

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SOFA CHICAGO 2012