Museum of Contemporary Craft Receives NEA Grant for 2016 Exhibition

Release date: 06/05/15


June 5, 2015

Becca Biggs
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Museum of Contemporary Craft Receives NEA Grant for 2016 Exhibition

Portland, OR — June 5, 2015 –Museum of Contemporary Craft has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in the amount of $40,000 to support its summer 2016 exhibition, The Design and Craft of Prosthetics. This is one of thousands of grants that the NEA makes to nonprofits each year to promote opportunities for people in communities across America to experience the arts and exercise their creativity. In this funding round, the second of the fiscal year, the NEA will make 1,023 awards totaling $74.3 million nationwide. This grant to the Museum was one of only 55 grants in the Design Discipline awarded by the NEA in Spring 2015 and was the 5th largest grant awarded.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, “The NEA is committed to advancing learning, fueling creativity, and celebrating the arts in cities and towns across the United States. Funding these new projects like the one from Museum of Contemporary Craft represents an investment in both local communities and our nation’s creative vitality.”

“It’s important that a national organization like the NEA is putting a priority on this kind of innovative examination of craft and design,” says Nicole Nathan, Deputy Director and Curator of Collections.

The Design and Craft of Prosthetics, which will run from July through December 2016, is an exhibition exploring the relationship between design, material, and the human body. The exhibition will include approximately 50 objects, sketches, and videos drawn from independent and corporate designers around the world. Works will be organized thematically around: the history of prosthetic design, prosthetics for elite athletics and human enhancement, DIY prosthetic solutions, and aesthetized devices for everyday activities. The exhibition will also explore the tension between visibility and invisibility, ability and disability, and human and machine. Timed to coincide with the 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, The Design and Craft of Prosthetics will connect international attention on design, performance, and innovation to prosthetics.

“We are thrilled to have the support of the National Endowment for the Arts on this exhibition, which we feel will be germane and significant in our understanding of prosthetics today,” says Curator and Director of Exhibitions, Mack McFarland. “The Design and Craft of Prosthetics will include the voices of users, designers, and innovators in the field of prosthetics. This grant will enable us to expand the programming and reach of this exhibition.”

Committed to the advancement of craft since 1937, Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art is one of Oregon’s oldest cultural institutions. Centrally located in Portland’s Pearl District, the Museum is nationally acclaimed for its curatorial program and is a vibrant center for investigation and dialogue, expanding the definition of craft and the way audiences experience it.

As Oregon’s flagship college of art and design since 1909, PNCA has helped shape the region’s visual arts landscape for more than a century. Today PNCA is a dynamic platform for 21st century art and design education at its new campus in the heart of downtown Portland. PNCA offers four BFA programs with ten concentrations, six graduate programs within the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies, and a Post-Baccalaureate program.