The time has finally come-this Saturday, September 26th, the Museum of Arts and Design will be opening its doors to its brand new light-filled, ceramic-encased building on Columbus Circle in New York City, offering the public the chance to see and experience more than they were ever able to before in the museum's three different locations on West 53rd Street, where it had been located since its inception as the Museum of Contemporary Crafts (and later renamed the American Craft Museum) 52 years ago.
At the recent American Craft Show in San Francisco the American Craft Council presented its Awards of Excellence to a select few artists. Chosen from among 250 exhibitors by guest jurors Ted Cohen, an exhibition designer, Mike Holmes, co-owner of Velvet da Vinci Gallery in San Francisco and Julie M. Muniz, the Imogene Gieling Curator of Decorative Arts at the Oakland Museum of California, the recipients are representative of the vibrant American craft scene.
Over the weekend of June 13th I spent about 8 hours at the 4th Annual Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn, braving lashing rain, beating sun, an onslaught of hipsters and the impulse to buy many (sometimes too) cute things. I went on Saturday with a friend studying fashion design at FIT grad school, who walked away with vibrant screenprints and silkscreened t-shirts.
After four days of frenzied crowds at the Eleventh Annual Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Fair (SOFA) at the Park Avenue Armory in New York-opening night alone drew over 2,600 people-visiting the exhibition on Sunday, June 1, the final day, was an unexpectedly calming experience. No longer were there throngs pushing past each other rushing to stake claims on one must-have piece or another.