FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Stefanie Kirkland
Director of Exhibitions & Artists-In-Residence Program
stefanie.kirkland at craftalliance.org
Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design announces
2016 Artist-In-Residence Exhibition
An exhibition featuring Jessica Andersen, Virginia Eckinger, Tamryn McDermott , Emilie Mulcahey and Megan Singleton at Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design.
May 20 – July 3, 2016 | Opening Reception: May 20, 6:00 – 8:00pm
WHERE: Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design — Delmar Loop Gallery, 6640 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63130 / 314.725.1177
GALLERY HOURS: Tuesday – Thursday 10am – 5pm / Friday – Saturday 10am – 6pm/ Sunday 11am – 5pm
ST LOUIS (May 2, 2016) We are proud to present the work of our 2016 class of Artists-In-Residence: Jessica Andersen (Metals Resident), Virginia Eckinger (Clay Resident), Tamryn McDermott (Fiber Resident), Emilie Mulcahey (Metals Resident) and Megan Singleton (Fiber Resident).
Each year, Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design welcomes, from all across the country, emerging and mid-career artists working with craft materials. Unique for its emphasis on teaching and social engagement, the Craft Alliance Artist-in-Residence program attracts artists interested in working with the St. Louis community. The result is this exhibition, a presentation of work all at once about place-making and about how we, as a culture, relate objects to the body.
Both Anderson and McDermott are interested in the lives of objects. In their work, they explore how objects can incorporate or trace histories, and become vessels for ritual. Singleton is interested in how local ecology can become an embedded part of object making. Meanwhile, Mulcahey sees objects as vessels for emotion, and as the means for literally displaying our hearts on our sleeves. Eckinger uses clay to create sculptures, seeing her process as the embodiment or transposition of sensation. For her the clay is like skin—slumping, stretching, and compressing under her hands.
Each of these artists makes wholly unique work, but their practices are unified by their shared interest in artmaking as an act of response- to a specific feeling or to a place or to a community. Through this type of conversation making, both artist and viewer forge their collective culture, together.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Our Artist-in-Residence Program, located in the Kranzberg Education Center in our Grand Center location, supports emerging and mid-career artists who want to develop their artistic investigations in a collaborative, community based arts center. We encourage artists to explore and expand on ideas and materials within their studio practice, igniting our studios with infectious energy. They teach classes, work in our community programs and offer the public a window into the creative and professional lives of artists. In this way, these artists grow with the community and their artworks reflect a significant emphasis on the relationship between person, place and object.
We view craft as a source of skill and inspiration integral to human expression. For 50 years, Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design has been engaging and educating the community with studio classes and ground-breaking exhibitions of contemporary craft. We hope you will visit the studios and galleries in the Delmar Loop and Grand Center to experience the craft of our time.
Available for Interviews: Stefanie Kirkland, Director of Exhibition; Participating Artists
Gallery Talk: Speed Craft
Wednesday, June 15, 6:30pm
Local artists, fast talk, one night. Based on the popular Pecha Kucha, this event will feature local artists, including past and present Artists-In-Residence, who will speak about their current work and studio practice.
#ThisIsABrooch: Pop Up Exhibition
July 7 – 10, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 7, 6:00 – 9:00pm
In 2014, Maggie Smith & Emilie Mulcahey created the project, #ThisIsABrooch. Smith & Mulcahey draw from their varying skillsets to create exhibitions that explore craftivism. The ultimate goal of the project is to bring art jewelry and crafts to as broad an audience as possible.
#ThisIsABrooch was created to get the brooch back on the radar of people from all walks of life. In their research, Smith & Mulcahey were faced with the overwhelming realization that brooches, a noble accessory designed to facilitate self-expression, were only being worn/ enjoyed by the most marginal of demographics. Brooches should be worn every day in every way. The theory was if people made the conscious decision to include a brooch in their everyday attire they would most likely inspire others to do the same.
For #ThisIsABrooch, Mulcahey will take to the streets of St. Louis selecting individuals to model brooches and drawing from a large demographic. Participants will be asked to select a handmade and factory made brooch, wear them, and have their photo taken. The exhibition will include photographic and video documentation of these excursions, and the opening reception will encourage a broad range of individuals to try on a brooch and tale a selfie and engage with craft.
ABOUT CRAFT ALLIANCE CENTER OF ART + DESIGN
Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design is a non-profit art center dedicated to empowering and enriching communities through craft. Located in the Delmar Loop and the Grand Center districts of St. Louis, Missouri, Craft Alliance offers exhibitions, education classes for all skill levels, free community programs, artist residencies and a gallery shop. Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design is funded in part by the Arts and Education Council; the Regional Arts Commission; the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency; and the generous support of its members. For more information, please call 314.725.1177 or visit www.craftalliance.org.
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