Posts Tagged ‘Creativity and Design’

Center for Craft, Creativity & Design in Asheville, NC, Calls for Applications for 2014 Windgate Museum Internship Program – Deadline Feb. 16, 2014

February 6, 2014


The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design in Asheville, NC, is delighted to announce the 2014 Windgate Museum Internship program which provides $5,000 stipends to four undergraduate or graduate students who work under the direction of curators or directors in decorative arts or contemporary crafts collections, exhibitions and programs in museums or organizations nationally.

In 2013 the Center solicited applications for Windgate Museum Internship host institutions for the first time since the award was created in 2006. We received applications from a strong national pool of institutions, and are excited to open the call once again for 2014.

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Center for Craft, Creativity and Design in Hendersonville, NC, Announce 2012 Windgate Fellows

May 19, 2012

UNC Asheville’s Center for Craft, Creativity and Design (CCCD), in Hendersonville, NC, has awarded ten graduating seniors each with $15,000 in the form of a Windgate Fellowship. More than 120 universities from across the United States were each invited to each nominate two graduating seniors with exemplary skill in craft for one of the largest awards offered nationally to art students. Applicants completed an online application with images of their work and a proposal outlining how the $15,000 would enhance their careers.

“The Windgate Fellowship program gives us a glimpse of the best emerging talent in the field of craft,” says CCCD Executive Director Stephanie Moore. “The funds generously provided by the Windgate Charitable Foundation are essential as these artists consider the practice of their work outside of the university environment, and provide tremendous validation.”

A panel of four recognized professionals reviewed the applications on the basis of artistic merit, the future promise of the applicants work, and the potential for the applicant to make significant contributions to the field of craft. The 2012 panel included: Helen W. Drutt English, educator/gallerist; Nate Moren, 2008 Windgate Fellow, co-owner and designer for Tandem Made, wood artist and furniture designer; Ann (Annie) Morhauser, founder of Annieglass; and Kevin Snipes, ceramic artist.

Ten students were selected from the national pool of 114 applicants:

Rachel Columb, University of Georgia, BFA in Jewelry/Metals
Patrick Aaron Decker, Maine College of Art, BFA in Jewelry/Metals
Brian Fleetwood, Institute of American Indian Arts, BFA in Jewelry/Metals
Eric Heying, Arizona State University, BFA in Ceramics
Adam Hill, University of Alabama, BFA in Sculpture
Joseph Kraft, Alfred University, BFA in Ceramics
Tanner Price, Maine College of Art, BFA in Woodworking and Furniture Design
John Souter, University of the Arts, BFA in Ceramics
Kaii Tu, California College of the Arts, BFA in Design/Craft
Christopher White, Indiana University, BFA in Ceramics

Since 2006, CCCD has awarded the Windgate Fellowship to 70 graduating seniors working in craft representing more than 66 colleges and universities. Each recipient receives $15,000 to complete a proposal supported by the Windgate Charitable Foundation.

The mission of the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design is to advance the understanding of craft by encouraging and supporting research, scholarship and professional development.

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The Center For Craft, Creativity and Design in Hendersonville, NC, Announces Research Grants

November 7, 2011

The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD), a center of UNC Asheville, in Hendersonville, NC, is pleased to announce the 2011 Craft Research Fund grant awards.  This is the center’s 7th year of awarding $95,000 annually to advance, expand and support research about craft in the United States for both graduate and professional level scholars.  This national grant program is funded a private charitable foundation.

The goals of this peer-reviewed grant are to support innovative research on critical issues in craft theory and history; to explore the interrelationships among craft, art, design and contemporary culture; to foster new cross-disciplinary approaches to scholarship in the craft field in the United States; and to advance investigation of neglected questions on craft history and criticism in the United States.

The grant program strives to support research of both emerging and professional scholars with two grant categories – Project Grants, for curators, academics, and independent scholars, with grants up to $15,000; and Graduate Research Grants, for master’s and doctoral students, with grants to $10,000.

Assistant Director Katie Lee, who administers this grant program, states, “The Craft Research Fund provides scholars both encouragement and financial support to research and contribute to the burgeoning field of scholarly discourse focused on studio craft in the United States. This program has yielded some of the best research currently available in this area of study, to date supporting 68 research projects, many resulting in scholarly publications.”

This year’s review panel included:  Sarah Archer, chief curator, Philadelphia Art Alliance; Karen Derksen, director, Winthrop University Galleries, and instructor, Fine Arts, Winthrop University; Ethan Lasser, curator, Chipstone Foundation; and Mark Shapiro, potter, writer, curator and former Craft Research Fund grant recipient.

The 2011 Craft Research Fund Project Grants are:

$13,000 – Diana Baird N’Diaye, Smithsonian Institution, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, curator and cultural heritage specialist. Community-based, multi-sited research including oral history interviews and visual documentation of African American artisans of style: dress, hair, and other arts of the body in preparation for a publication, exhibition, website and public programs for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

$10,750 – Janet Berlo, University of Rochester, professor of Art History. A study of 100 years of imitation and replication of Mimbres pottery by native and non-native potters, craftspeople and manufacturers, that seeks to understand the continuing power of this ancient tradition.

$15,000 – Faythe Levine, independent scholar. Documentary film and book about the trade of sign painting in America. Oral history will include dialog about the past, present and future of the sign painting community, the impact signage has on the landscape and explore the community’s future potential.

$13,000 – Janet Koplos, independent scholar. Research for a book on the philosophy and aesthetics of functional pottery today, including interviews with and profiles of a variety of potters across the US and analysis of their work.

$10,000 – Lorelei Stewart, Gallery 400, University of Illinois, Chicago, curator. A major publication on Karen Reimer’s work, with innovative scholarly essays that address neglected craft history, theorize a new relationship of craft to labor, and explore how Reimer entwines craft, art, and contemporary issues.

The 2011 Craft Research Fund Graduate Research Grants are:

$9,750 – Monica Steinberg, Queens College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. This dissertation researches how Los Angeles Finish Fetish artists of the 1960s used their work and constructed alter-egos to engage in a craft-based, humorous critique of east coast minimalism.

$10,000 – Sequoia Miller, Bard Graduate Center. This master’s research project will explore the context in which young studio potters of the 1970s sought to construct what they deemed authentic and meaningful identities through a life in craft relative to contemporary cultural practice.

$5,000 – Paul James Morgan, University of California, Irvine. This project aims to understand how craftspeople price their crafts, examining the relationship between their labor, the use and aesthetic value of their crafts, and the craft’s consumer value.

$8,500 – Monica Obniski, University of Illinois, Chicago. This grant will support research for a dissertation that will explore Alexander Girard’s design projects, his folk art collection, and the complex relationship of craft, the vernacular, and modernism in postwar American design.

Previous year recipients can be found at (

New Grant to Fund Improvements at the Rudnick Trail at the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design in Hendersonville, NC

July 6, 2011

The Perry N. Rudnick Endowment Fund of the Community Foundation of Henderson County has awarded a $19,000 grant to UNC Asheville’s Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCC&D) to improve the center’s popular Perry N. Rudnick Nature and Public Art Trail.  Funds will be used to update and print trail maps, repair and add signage, clear debris, and add new plants.

The Rudnick Fund has been the trail’s key supporter since awarding its first grant to CCC&D in 2002. The funds were used for trail construction and maintenance, artist-designed interpretive signage and commissioning of outdoor sculpture. Financially supporting this trail continues the kind of work Rudnick carried out during his lifetime. He volunteered each week with the Carolina Mountain Club to create trails in the region’s parks and forests, and also collected sculpture.

The Perry N. Rudnick Nature and Public Art Trail, which opened in May 2002, meanders through three distinct ecosystems – trillium and fern wetland, hardwood forest with rhododendron and mountain laurel, and wildflower meadow. Immensely popular with local residents, the trail boasts a wide variety of flora and birdlife and also features 14 commissioned outdoor sculptures. Among the most popular are “Fiddleheads,” six forms standing more than ten feet high that appear as ferns opening in the spring, and “Rhododendron Bell,” an earthen work of stones with a bell in a cavern underneath that can be rung from above.

“These new funds are critical to the upkeep of the trail, which has provided enjoyment for visitors for almost a decade,” says Stephanie Moore, CCC&D executive director. “The legacy of Mr. Rudnick and ongoing volunteer help from the Carolina Mountain Club have preserved this unique asset in Henderson County.”

The Perry N. Rudnick Nature and Public Art Trail is accessible through the center’s main parking lot on Broyles Road near Hendersonville from noon to 5pm, weekdays and from the parking lot off of South Rugby Road on mornings, evenings, and weekends.

The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, located on the fifty-acre UNC Asheville Kellogg Center, convenes national meetings, supports research in the area of craft and design, cultivates emerging craft artists, and curates exhibitions for a gallery space and sculpture on the property’s one mile trail. The Center also manages the Kellogg Conference Center that provides space for community, educational, and corporate meetings and retreats.

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