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Help CERF+ Help Artists Recovering from Recent Disasters

November 12, 2017

CERF+ faces an unprecedented challenge as we respond to the recent devastating disasters from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria and the wildfires in Northern California. To date, we’ve heard from over 100 artists in Texas, Florida, the US Virgin Islands, California, Puerto Rico, Georgia, South Carolina, and Louisiana.

Artist Brenda Barnett’s store, Potters on Cotter, Port Aransas, TX

CERF+ has set a fundraising goal of $1 million for our Disaster Relief Fund. Thanks to some very generous gifts early on from Windgate Charitable Foundation, Etsy, the sponsors of our recent Molten Glass Magic Show in St Louis and many others, we are close to $300,000 toward that goal.

“This work will require the involvement of our whole community to ensure that we can be effective in our response to the significant losses suffered by artists in craft disciplines. I encourage anyone who cares about craft artists to find their own way to raise much-needed funds at this very challenging time,” notes CERF+ Executive Director, Cornelia Carey.

CERF+ Disaster Mobilization Plan

We are committed to helping individual artists and their creative communities through the extended recovery process. In consultation with our friends at the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, we have created an over-arching response plan to guide our work in the coming months.

Key components of our action plan as a national artist responder include:

* Providing ongoing communication to each of the affected geographies about our disaster recovery resources and emergency financial assistance information.

* Networking with local, state, and regional arts organizations, businesses and individuals for their assistance with outreach and assessing the losses and needs of artists working in craft disciplines.

* Traveling to communities as recovery proceeds to organize artists’ gatherings and visit individual artists.

* Providing counseling and referrals to artists who are seeking information and assistance.

* Expediting the processing and review of applications for emergency relief assistance.

* Working with businesses, suppliers, manufacturers, show producers and others to broker donations of materials, tools, equipment, booth waivers and any other needs that will help artists return to their work

* Maintaining active communication with our national network of artist responders to share information and resources and to foster collaborative efforts.

* Partnering with cultural workers and organizations on the ground in affected communities to organize technical assistance programs for artists’ disaster recovery.

* Continuing our advocacy efforts on a regulatory change at FEMA, which would enable self-employed workers (including artists) to access their Other Needs Assistance program so that they can replace their tools and equipment.

Please give now or organize a fundraiser in your area.

CERF+ is located at 535 Stone Cutters Way, Ste. 202, Montpelier, VT, 05602.

For further information call 802/229-2306 or visit (

CERF+ Craft Emergency Relief Fund to Receive Award of Distinction from The American Craft Council

February 27, 2016


This month when The American Craft Council (ACC) announced the recipients of its 2016 awards, CERF+ was among them. The ACC selected CERF+ to receive its 2016 Award of Distinction which recognizes an individual, organization, or institution that has made significant contributions to the field over a minimum of 25 years.

Presented biennially, the ACC Awards honor outstanding artistic and scholarly achievement, leadership, and service in the field of craft. The 2016 ACC Awards gala will take place on October 14 in conjunction with “Present Tense,” the ACC’s 12th national conference in Omaha, NE.

The 2016 recipients will also be featured in the Oct./Nov. issue of “American Craft” magazine and in videos on Read more about all the award winners at this link (

CERF+ is a national artists’ service organization whose mission is to safeguard and sustain the careers of artists working in craft disciplines and provide emergency resources that benefit all artists. CERF+ accomplishes its mission through these programs and initiatives:

* Emergency Relief
* Emergency Preparedness & Recovery Resources
* Emergency Preparedness Educational Programs
* Artist Preparedness Campaign
* National Coalition for Arts Preparedness & Emergency Response
* Research on the Needs & Status of Working Artists

For further information call 802/229-2306, e-mail to ( or visit (

Spring 2015 Behance Portfolio Review Takes Place in Columbia, SC – May 16, 2015

April 29, 2015

Calling all artists!

We want you to come to the first Behance Portfolio Review of Columbia, SC, on Saturday, May 16, 2015, from 10am-1pm, at The Graphics Source, located on 2122 Platt Springs Road in West Columbia, SC.

Behance is a global arts community in the Adobe family (the same Adobe that brought us Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign!) that hosts your art portfolio for free so that you can share your work with other artists worldwide, and gives you a chance to get discovered by companies like Google, Nike, and Apple.

Twice a year, Behance encourages creative individuals to host portfolio reviews within their local community to bring together artists from all walks of life.  There has never been one within 75 miles of the Columbia area, and now is the time to start something great!

The Portfolio Review is free to attend, and is a nonprofit event.  You do not have to be involved in the Behance community to join us.  All we want to do is bring you together with your peers, local professional artists, and local businesses that support what you do!

There is limited space, so you must register for a free ticket on our Eventbrite page in order to attend.

Have any questions?  Check out these pages:
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As a perk for attending, you will get a raffle ticket that gives you a chance to win some cool door prizes, including a one-year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud for free!

For more questions, contact the organizer, Evelyn Wong at (

Baldwin, Markey and Nadler Introduce Legislation to Level the Playing Field for American Visual Artists

April 17, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, US Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Ed Markey (D-MA) and Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) introduced legislation to level the playing field for visual artists in the United States by establishing copyright protections for their intellectual property.

“Our quality of life is improved when artists and arts organizations can make valuable contributions to our communities in Wisconsin and across the country,” said Senator Baldwin, who serves on the National Council on the Arts. “The ART Act is a commonsense measure that helps protect the intellectual property of our artists. Just as our copyright laws extend to musicians and authors to encourage their artistic creativity, they should also apply to our visual artists.”

Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA) said, “The creativity of America’s visual artists is a currency that should be properly valued, and the ART Act ensures they are fairly compensated for their work. More than 70 other countries provide visual artists’ copyright protections for their intellectual property, and the ART Act brings the United States in line with the international community so that American artists can receive reasonable royalties when their works are sold overseas. I thank Senator Baldwin and Rep. Nadler for their partnership on this legislation that ensures we recognize these important contributors to our culture.”

“We have made great progress in the past year in building support for the ART Act, but our work is not yet done,” said Congressman Nadler (D-NY), who first introduced a version of the ART Act in 2011 and serves as the Ranking Democrat on the Courts, Intellectual Property, and Internet Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee. “I have spent the past year speaking directly to artists and at forums with lawyers and others who specialize in art and intellectual property issues to discuss the merits of the proposal.  The idea has been embraced and endorsed by many Members of Congress, and we have discussed the legislation in formal hearings within the House Judiciary Committee.  At a time when more than 70 other countries properly compensate visual artists for their work, it is time for the United States to do the same. I am proud to join Senators Baldwin and Markey in this effort to bring some small measure of fairness to American visual artists.”

Under current copyright law, visual artists – painters, sculptors, and photographers – are denied the ability to fully benefit from the success of their work over time. Unlike recording artists or publishers who, if successful, sell thousands of copies of their work and recoup a royalty from each purchase, artists sell their work only once.  If they are successful, the price of their work increases but they recoup nothing if their original work is resold at a much higher price. The benefits derived from the appreciation in the price of a visual artists’ work typically accrues to collectors, auction houses, and galleries, not to the artist.  In addition, United States artists are at a disadvantage in the global art market where more than 70 other countries have provided resale royalty rights for visual artists.  The American Royalties, Too (ART) Act of 2015 remedies this inequity by providing a modest resale royalty right for visual artists.

The ART Act would:

· Provide a competitive resale royalty of five percent of the sales price (up to $35,000) for any work of visual art sold at auction for $5,000 or more.

· The resale royalty applies to any auction where the entity conducting the auction has sold at least $1 million of visual art during the previous year.

· Royalties are collected by visual artists’ copyright collecting societies who must distribute the royalties to the artists or their heirs at least four times per year.

· Allows US artists to collect resale royalties when their works are sold at auction in the EU and more than 70 other countries.

· The ART Act requires further study by the Copyright Office after five years to determine the effects of the resale royalty on the art market and whether it should be expanded to cover works sold by dealers and other art market professionals.

For further info contact: Meghan Roh (Baldwin) 202/224-6225; Giselle Barry (Markey) 202/224-2742 or John Doty (Nadler) 202/225-5635.

Society 1858 Announces Sonya Clark as the 2014 Winner of the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art in Charleston, SC

September 19, 2014


Society 1858, an auxiliary group of the Gibbes Museum of Art, in Charleston, SC, is pleased to announce Sonya Clark as the 2014 winner of the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art. Awarded annually with a cash prize of $10,000, the 1858 Prize acknowledges an artist whose work demonstrates the highest level of artistic achievement in any media, while contributing to a new understanding of art in the South.

This year, over 250 artists from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia submitted applications. Clark is the first female artist to be awarded the 1858 Prize. Her work examines contemporary issues of gender and race through a variety of mediums.

“Sonya Clark is a phenomenal artist whose intellectual rigor and thoughtful approach to materials stands out from the crowd. Her work truly embodies the spirit of the 1858 Prize and its mission to contribute to a new understanding of contemporary southern art,” says Gibbes Museum Curator of Exhibitions, Pam Wall.

“My Hair Craft Project (Jamilah)” 2013, by Sonya Clark, photograph, 28″ x 28″.

Clark holds an MFA (Cranbrook Academy of Art), a BFA (Art Institute of Chicago), and a BA in psychology (Amherst College) and chairs the Department of Craft/Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Her work has been exhibited in over 250 museums and galleries in Europe, Africa, Asia, South America, Australia, and throughout the United States.  She uses objects such as cloth, hair, and combs to give voice to the complexity of American identity and history. Simple objects become an interface for dialog that ranges from the vernacular to the political to the poetic.  Her work includes a variety of mediums. In “My Hair Craft Project (Jamilah)” she engages Southern hairdressers to use her body as canvas to re-frame Black hairdressing as art.

“Given the caliber of the finalists, I am absolutely humbled to be chosen for the 1858 Award. The complexities and the simplicities that drive the content of my work will be amplified by this generous support. I am both buoyed by this endorsement of my past work and eager to delve into the well of the next possibilities. To the folks in Society 1858 at the Gibbes Museum: thank you, thank you, thank you,” says Sonya Clark.

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905.  Located in Charleston’s historic district, the Gibbes houses a premier collection of over 10,000 works, principally American with a Charleston or Southern connection, and presents special exhibitions throughout the year. In addition, the museum offers an extensive complement of public programming and educational outreach initiatives that serve the community by stimulating creative expression and improving the region’s superb quality of life. Highlights of the Gibbes collection can now be viewed on Google Art Project at (

For further information contact Amy Mercer, Marketing and Communications Manager, Gibbes Museum of Art by calling 843/722-2706 x38 or e-mail to (

Hagood Community Center in Pickens, SC, Opens Fiber Arts Room

June 19, 2014

The Hagood Community Center, home of the Pickens Senior Center, plans to dedicate a room in their Community Center for fiber arts activities. This room will be available to individuals, small groups, and fiber arts organizations for both casual “get-togethers” and instructional programs.

The new Fiber Arts Room at Pickens Hagood Community Center, 129 School House Street, Pickens, SC, has scheduled 3 open house sessions next week: June 25, Wednesday at 10am and 2pm and June 25, Thursday at 5:30pm.

For additional information contact Lucy Harward by e-mail at ( or call 864/419-1794.

NC Governor McCrory Announces Sid Luck, Susan Morgan Leveille, and Arnold Richardson, as 2014 North Carolina Heritage Award Recipient

September 30, 2013

NC Governor Pat McCrory has announced that five North Carolinians from diverse artistic traditions will be awarded the state’s Heritage Awards, May 20, 2014, at the A.J. Fletcher Opera House in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh, NC.

The 2014 North Carolina Heritage Award recipients are: Bobby Hicks, a 10-time Grammy award-winning bluegrass fiddler; Susan Morgan Leveille, a weaver and grand-niece of Penland founder Lucy Morgan; Sid Luck, a fifth-generation potter from Seagrove; Bill Myers, whose band The Monitors has played rhythm and blues and jazz music for more than 50 years; and Arnold Richardson, a Haliwa-Saponi artist who has influenced the revitalization of North Carolina Indian arts.

“I want to congratulate this year’s winners and thank them for helping preserve our cultural heritage. Our artistic history is the foundation of the quality of life that attracts so many people to North Carolina,” Governor McCrory said. “I’m grateful to the North Carolina Arts Council, not only for their work in this program, but for ensuring the arts will continue to be a vibrant part of North Carolina’s future.”

Since 1989, the North Carolina Heritage Award has honored the folk artists of the state, deepening awareness of the stories, music, and artistry that comprise our rich and diverse cultural traditions.

“As North Carolinians, we celebrate the creative and passionate artists working within the communities of our state to keep our cultural traditions alive,” said Susan Kluttz, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. “Their mastery preserves our heritage and makes North Carolina a better state, and we are so proud of their outstanding skill, unparalleled diligence and eager willingness to share their artistry with the citizens of North Carolina and beyond.”

The Arts Council’s announcement comes on the heels of the national recognition of Sheila Kay Adams, a seventh-generation ballad singer, musicians and storyteller from Madison County, who was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts in June.

“The Arts Council is proud that our agency’s mission includes the documentation of cultural traditions that have been shaped and passed down over generations here in North Carolina, said Wayne Martin, Executive Director of the NC Arts Council. “The artists who receive this lifetime achievement award keep our citizens connected to our state’s heritage and to the extraordinary arts that flourish in every community, large in small, in the state.”

This year Pinecone, the Piedmont Council on the Traditional Arts, will partner with the Department of Cultural Resources and produce the ceremony in May 2014.

Susan Morgan Leveille, Weaver (Dillsboro, Jackson County) – Susan Morgan Leveille immersed herself in the culture of weaving from a young age. She first sat at a loom to weave at age seven and quickly grew to be a skilled craftsperson. Her family lineage made her destined for equal skill as a teacher, scholar, and advocate of the fiber arts tradition in Western North Carolina.

Leveille’s great-aunt, Lucy Morgan, founded the Penland School of Craft and devoted herself to reviving weaving traditions in North Carolina’s mountains. Through association with Penland, the Mountain Heritage Center, and numerous schools and colleges, Leveille has continued to strengthen and disseminate the art of weaving. In the process, she has instructed dozens of both professional and aspiring weavers over the last four decades. Her own work has been widely displayed, and Leveille has owned a gallery in Dillsboro for many years. She has devoted a lifetime to the development of the arts and crafts industry in Western North Carolina.

“Weaver Susan Leveille’s legacy extends way beyond her exquisite weaving,” said NC Folklife Director Sally Peterson. “She has taught countless others to develop artistically and her advocacy efforts for the traditional arts have helped many to supplement their income through craft production.”

Sid Luck

Sid Luck, Potter (Seagrove, Moore County) – A fifth-generation potter from the historic pottery region of Seagrove, Sid Luck learned at the wheels of his father, grandfather, and numerous other potters who populated the area during his youth. Starting at the age of 12, Luck worked at Cole’s pottery where he developed the speed and precision of a production potter. Knowing that a career in pottery was unlikely, Luck served in the Marines before going to college and then taught chemistry and science for 18 years. Throughout his career as a teacher, Luck continued making pottery in his spare time, eventually building a shop onto his property.

In 1990, Sid Luck retired from teaching to make pottery full time. In the years since, he has become one of the most prolific and beloved potters in North Carolina. In addition to operating Luck’s Wares six days a week, Luck also finds time to mentor aspiring potters of all ages. He regularly takes apprentices from across the state and country, and directs the Traditional Arts Programs for Students (TAPS) held at the North Carolina Pottery Center. Closer to home, he is cultivating additional generations of Seagrove potters – his sons Jason and Matt are excellent artists and his young grandchildren have recently become the seventh generation of Luck potters to work in North Carolina.

“Fifth-generation potter Sid Luck shares his time, knowledge and expertise freely with all who come his way, and his local teaching insures that pottery traditions will thrive in Seagrove for generations to come,” Peterson said.

Arnold Richardson, Haliwa-Saponi artist (Hollister, Halifax County) – Haliwa-Saponi artist Arnold Richardson’s efforts to revitalize the cultural heritage of eastern North Carolina’s American Indians have long been credited for the resurgence of artistic vitality among the eastern tribes. Richardson is musician and an artist working in many different indigenous artistic traditions. Throughout a career spanning more than four decades, Arnold Richardson has taught tribal arts traditions to the Haliwa-Saponi as well as educating other state recognized tribes about revitalizing their own heritage.

A list of Richardson’s accomplishments is staggering both for its depth and breadth. Every few years finds him researching and mastering a new tradition that he then teaches to a growing number of interested students at his home and in various communities in NC. Most recently, in addition to his prize-winning stone sculpture, pottery and beadwork, he has been recognized for the excellence of his gourd carving, an art form that he continues to perfect even while engaging in activities as varied as touring with the North Carolina Symphony and welcoming students of all ages, abilities, and ethnicities into his home in the Haliwa-Saponi community of Hollister.

“Arnold Richardson has studied, mastered and taught many of the artistic and performance traditions that mark contemporary eastern North Carolina Indian cultural expression,” said Peterson. “Many Eastern Indian artists today cite Richardson’s influence, instruction and inspiration as fundamental to their own artistic development.”

The program honoring recipients of the North Carolina Heritage Award is open to the public and is scheduled for Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at the A.J. Fletcher Opera House in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh. Tickets are $22 available from PineCone, Piedmont Council of Traditional Arts, at (

Crooked Creek Art League in Chapin, SC, Presents Diane Gilbert of Next Meeting – Nov. 19, 2012

October 22, 2012

The Crooked Creek Art League in Chapin, SC, is pleased to announce that Diane Gilbert of Columbia, SC, will be the program presenter for its membership meeting Monday, Nov. 19, 2012.  The meeting will be held at the Crooked Creek Park at 6:30pm and is located at 1098 Old Lexington Hwy., Chapin, SC.

Gilbert was born and grew up in Canada’s French speaking province of Quebec. She has an extensive art education and worked for several years as a designer creating costumes, mascots, movie props, and items for museums and other organizations. She now works almost exclusively in clay creating wonderful animals, natures large and small creatures.

Gilbert uses several types of clay, from earthenware to porcelain. She uses a full range of finishes from glazes, underglazes, stains, oxides, lusters and paints. Individual pieces may be fired as many a six times.

Gilbert will display some of her recent works and provide us with a live demonstration supported by some DVD slide materials. Please take time to look up  her website at ( for a preview of her wonderful work.

For further information contact Pam Steude by calling 803/345-1767 or e-mail to (

ArtTrail Gallery in Florence, SC, Calls for Entries for “Visualicious” Exhibit – Deadline June 3, 2011

April 9, 2011

Visualicious is a show inviting the participation of the entire family. Focusing on paintings, sketches, drawings, or mixed-media, Visualicious will be open to a wide range of mediums  and styles. From fantasy, Manga, Anime, floral, wild life, landscape, abstract, portraits, cartoons, still-life, etc. , the door is wide open to your creative offerings! Due to the fact that we are currently hosting an exceptionally large photography show, no photography will be accepted.

There will be separate judging categories for children’s art, novices, and our remaining participants. Awards will be announced during the opening reception.

The exhibition will be on view from June 17 – July 29, 2011, at the Art Trail Gallery, located at 135 S, Dargan Street in Florence.

Exhibit Details:

Deadline for participation: June 3rd.

Exhibit hangs: June 6, 7, 8, 2011, from 4 -7pm

Opening Reception: Friday, June 17, 2011, 5:30-8pm

Reception is FREE!! Everyone is welcome to attend!

Exhibit exists: Saturday, July 30, 2011, from 10am-4pm

Fill-in participation form ONLINE at (

For full details go to (

City of Charleston (SC) Calls for Poster Images to Commemorate Civil War

January 17, 2011

The City of Charleston is looking for entries for a poster image of Official Lowcountry Commemoration of the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

2010 to 2015 marks the Sesquicentennial of a historic series of events in our nation’s history which altogether encompasses what we know as The Civil War. There is no joy to be found in a war that caused the deaths of over 620,000 American soldiers, sailors and marines from the North and the South – who lived, fought and died for that which they believed. However, there is much we can learn from them and from that extraordinary conflict, as the lessons of history are meant to be examined, understood, and applied.  It is important to know that the Sesquicentennial is not a celebration but an observance.

All artists born in South Carolina or currently residing in the state are invited to submit artwork for consideration as the poster image for  the Official Lowcountry Commemoration of the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

Only original artwork submitted by the artist or the artist’s representative will be accepted – limited to two (2) entries per artist. Artwork must not have been previously exhibited in any City of Charleston program. Two-dimensional artwork only – size must not exceed 36″ x 36″. Submit actual artwork, no slides accepted. Completed entry form (on bottom of page) must be attached to the backof the artwork.

A panel of arts professionals and historians will choose the official poster image for the 2011 Official Lowcountry Commemoration of the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War. Only submissions which meet the stated guidelines will be considered. Selection Panel includes: Harriet Green, South Carolina Arts Commission; Angela Mack, Gibbes Museum of Art; Robert Rosen, Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee; Dale Rosengarten, Historian;  Mark Sloan, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art; Dr. Michael S. Kogan, The Brand Foundation; and others. Ex-Officio Members – Ellen Dressler Moryl, Director, City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs; Vanessa Turner-Maybank, City of Charleston Tourism Department Director & Clerk of Council.

Recognition as the poster artist for the 2011 Official Lowcountry Observance of the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War Winning image will be re-produced on the cover of the Sesquicentennial commemorative program;  5,000 to 10,000 souvenir posters; other merchandise such as t-shirts, etc. Winning artist receives 100 posters, 10 commemorative programs. Purchase Award: $1,000 will be presented to the selected artist. The City of Charleston and the Fort Sumter/Fort Moultrie Historical Trust will retain possession and all legal rights to the artwork selected, including all reproduction and photographic rights, with credit for the artwork being given to the artist in all accompanying materials.

Drop-off: Friday morning, February 18, 2011. Entries must be hand-delivered to the City Gallery at Waterfront Park, 34 Prioleau Street between 11am-12pm. Pick-up: Friday afternoon, February 18, 2011. Submitted artwork must be picked-up between 4pm-5pm. The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs will not be held responsible for works not picked-up at this time. Notification: Selected artist will be notified by telephone no later than Monday, February 21, 2011. Questions? Call the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs at 843/724-7305 and download this prospectus from (