2011 Ceramic Showcase

Stop by the Museum’s booth at the Ceramic Showcase & Gathering of the Guilds April 29–May 1 to make Laurie Herrick-inspired artwork on your own Pocket Loom, designed by Travis Meinolf. The annual Ceramic Showcase, organized by Oregon Potter’s Association, is the nation’s largest show and sale of pottery, sculpture, garden art, home accessories and other works in clay exhibited in over 150 booths. In conjunction with the showcase, six other Portland-area guilds gather at the Oregon Convention Center to showcase their work.

Ceramic Showcase & Gathering of the Guilds

April 29–May 1
Oregon Convention Center
777 NE MLK Jr. Boulevard
Free and open to the public.

Posted on 04/29 at 04:32 PM

Harold Schnitzer

Museum of Contemporary Craft is greatly saddened at the passing of civic leader, philanthropist and friend of both the Museum and Pacific Northwest College of Art Harold Schnitzer. Just last week, PNCA’s faculty voted unanimously to award Doctor of Arts Causa degrees to Harold and Arlene Schnitzer at this year’s Commencement ceremony on May 22. The honorary degrees, the highest PNCA or any art institution may offer, are in recognition of the extraordinary vision, leadership and support they have given the College and, more fundamentally, the broader artists’ community.

“PNCA has lost a great friend,” said PNCA President and MoCC CEO Tom Manley. “Harold consistently offered keen advice and generous support and no one has been more direct, sincere and on point than his counsel. I realized early on in my tenure that for Harold the success of PNCA was personal.”

“Personal because so many of our students, as they moved on in their careers, became part of the larger Northwest arts community that Harold and Arlene cared for deeply.”

Posted on 04/28 at 01:56 PM

Plant Dyes Workshop

Join instructor Mackenzie Frère for this introduction to eco-friendly, sustainable, and safe approaches to collecting and dyeing with natural dyes. Discover a palette of beautiful colors drawn from local plant materials and assemble a collection of samples in wool yarns and silk fabric. Dye materials and some yarns and fabric will be provided. Students are encouraged to bring additional fibers, yarns, and fabric for their own experimentation.

Learn more about the workshop and register on the CE website.

Posted on 04/25 at 12:14 PM

Touch with Your Eyes

Art critic Lisa Radon writes an in-depth review of Laurie Herrick: Weaving Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, featured on the Oregon Arts Commission website.

Posted on 04/25 at 11:02 AM

Ai Weiwei Petition

On Sunday, April 3, Ai Weiwei was detained by Chinese authorities prior to boarding a flight to Hong Kong. He has not been heard from since that date. The international arts community has launched a petition to gain his freedom. PNCA and Museum of Contemporary Craft invite you to add your signature. Ai Weiwei’s work was the subject of Dropping the Urn at Museum of Contemporary Craft in 2010 and PNCA students visited his studio in Beijing last year with faculty member Hseuh Wei.

In response to Ai Weiwei’s arrest, PNCA faculty member Ryan Pearce and students designed posters to call attention to this assault on independent thought and artistic freedom. They invite the general public to show solidarity and support by downloading and printing the images for display.

Posted on 04/22 at 04:09 PM

Herrick Walkthrough

Jon and Ann Sinclair, weavers and family members of Laurie Herrick, are joined by curator Namita Wiggers for a guided tour of Laurie Herrick, Weaving Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow on April 23.

Posted on 04/22 at 12:39 PM

Jim Koudelka

Oregon College of Art and Craft ceramic professor Jim Koudelka gives a lecture on his past and present sculptural ceramic work at the Maryhill Museum on April 23 at 3 pm. The event is in conjunction with Process and Presence: Selections from the Museum of Contemporary Craft at the Maryhill Museum.

Jim Koudelka works sculpturally with clay and mixed media as well as making contemporary functional pottery. He has a broad background in the operation and maintenance of ceramic facilities. His work has been shown in numerous national and regional shows. He has done residencies at The Archie Bray Foundation, Bullseye Glass Co. and OCAC Senior Resident, and received his MFA at Indiana University.

Three works by Jim Koudelka are part of the Museum’s permanent collection, and one of those is on view in the exhibition.

Jim Koudelka

Saturday, April 23, 3 pm
Maryhill Museum of Art
35 Maryhill Museum Drive
Goldendale, WA 98620

Posted on 04/21 at 01:08 PM

Speed Branding

Designer and brand guru Alicia Nagel teaches an I Heart Art: Portland workshop on Speed Branding, a hands-on look at applying brand and identity principles to creative businesses.

Posted on 04/13 at 05:36 PM

40 Under 40

The Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C. will feature forty artists born since 1972 in an exhibition titled 40 Under 40: Craft Futures opening July 2012. 1972 marks the year the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s contemporary craft and decorative arts program was established at its branch museum, the Renwick Gallery. The exhibition investigates evolving notions of craft within traditional media such as ceramics and metalwork, as well as in fields as varied as sculpture, industrial design, installation art, fashion design, sustainable manufacturing, and mathematics. The range of disciplines represented illustrates new avenues for the handmade in contemporary culture.

Several artists chosen for the Renwick exhibition have visited, exhibited at or will be featured at Museum of Contemporary Craft or Pacific Northwest College of Art, including:

Melanie Bilenker
Framing•The Art of Jewelry, 2008

Gabriel Craig
Visiting Artist, MFA in Applied Craft and Design

Jennifer Crupi
Touching Warms the Art, 2008

Theaster Gates
Artist-in-Residence, Gestures of Resistence, 2010

Jenny Hart
New Embroidery: Not Your Grandma’s Doily, 2006

Lauren Kalman
Elusive Matter, 2009

Christy Matson
Artist-in-Residence, Laurie Herrick: Weaving Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, 2011

Cat Mazza
Artist-in-Residence, Gestures of Resistence

Andy Paiko
Transference, 2009; Gallery artist

Posted on 04/12 at 12:37 PM

From the Director

Museum Director Jeffrey Thomas speaks about the budding Spring and the Museum’s history and 75th Anniversary.

What a wonderful time of the year. As Portland blossoms and the days grow longer and warmer, it’s a perfect time to consider how the world grows, changes, and moves through cycles over and over again. Much like the seasons shifting all around us, the Museum has exciting opportunities this year that look into the future, turn attention to the past, and help us think about how we live right now.

Nearly 75 years ago a group of forward-thinking women hatched a plan to keep artisans working on WPA projects in the area. Out of the Great Depression came Oregon Ceramic Studio in 1937. Today, Museum of Contemporary Craft is one of the oldest institutions focused on modern and contemporary craft in this country. For those of you in the Northwest, we are right here in your backyard! For those of you from afar, our website and enews keeps you connected and in the loop!

One of Portland’s oldest institutions is also one of its youngest, having moved from modest beginnings at 3934 SW Corbett Ave to our current home at 724 NW Davis Street in Portland’s Pearl District. To celebrate this prestigious milestone, we have a menu of experiences to connect you to the people making work in your “neighborhood,” to new ways of thinking about age-old traditions, to see how design shapes the world in which we live, and to think about how the verb “to make” is a part of this amazing world in which we live in so many, many ways.

This year, in honor of our 75 years, we celebrate “making history now” by presenting exhibitions and viewer experiences that look both back into history as well as forward into the future.

If you haven’t visited in the past few weeks, you might not be aware that our 75th year has kicked off with a beautiful, immersive retrospective of fabric artist and weaver Laurie Herrick—this is an exhibition where you can see her work, talk with contemporary weavers at the Museum and even make work from drafts on our website. Then, as a bookend to our 75th season we will present a retrospective for clay artist Betty Feves, whose ceramics were inspired by the Pendleton landscape. In between these two exhibitions, works drawn from the collection can inspire conversations about whether craft is timeless, how annual ceramic exhibitions shaped style and design in the Pacific Northwest, and see new gifts that offer new stories and ways of thinking about collecting. This year we also celebrate the here and now with contemporary graphic artist Nikki McClure, who will share fifteen years of her papercuts, prints and books, and will show how our region taps into the handmade ethos of the independent music scene that has thrived in the Northwest the past 20 years. And looking forward, we are bringing in social practice designer and innovator Emily Pilloton, who will share with our community how she “dropped out” and “tuned in” by spending a year teaching shop class in North Carolina, where everything she learned about design thinking has been applied to improve the community she works in, inspiring us to think in new ways about sustainable design for our future.

We love our DIY roots here in the Pacific Northwest, but we think now is the time to push into a new way of doing things.

For the next 75 years, we want to “DIT“—“Do-It-Together” with you.

Please join us at the Museum in “making history now.”

Posted on 04/06 at 05:56 PM