Schedule

Schedule

Unless noted, events take place at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel.

Find additional opportunities to explore, including concurrent exhibitions happening throughout the city, on our Philadelphia webpage.

Thursday, October 10
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Sky-High Facility for Creative Work, including the Bureau of Craft Information
9 a.m. — 12:50 p.m. Craft Ecology: Philadelphia Bus Tour
Co-presented with CraftNOW Philadelphia
10 a.m. — 12:50 p.m. Craft Ecology: Philadelphia Walking Tour
Co-presented with The Clay Studio
10 — 11:50 a.m. Craft [Ceramics] in Action Workshop: LBowls and the Social Practice
Facilitated by Michael J. Strand
Location: The Clay Studio
10 — 11:50 a.m. Craft [Textiles] in Action Workshop with Mural Arts Philadelphia
Facilitated by Melissa Fog and Shira Walinsky
Location: Southeast by Southeast
10 — 11:50 a.m. Craft [Writing] In Action: Improve Your Artist Statement
Facilitated by Megan Guerber, Kate Kramer, and Schiffer Publishing
Location: University of Pennsylvania
10 — 11:50 a.m. Craft [Digital] in Action: Technology & Craft
Facilitated by Rod McCormick
Location: University of the Arts Makerspace
1 – 1:50 p.m. Equity Awards Welcome Reception (for award recipients)
2 – 2:45 p.m. Present Tense Icebreaker
2:45 – 3 p.m. BREAK
3 – 3:25 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks
Michael Strand, professor of art and head of visual arts, North Dakota State University, trustee and engagement committee chair, ACC
ACC executive director Sarah Schultz
3:25 – 3:35 p.m. Philadelphia as Craft Capital
Clara Hollander, founder, CraftNOW
3:35 – 3:45 p.m. A Philadelphia Story: The Birth of the Philadelphia Council of Professional Craftsmen (PCPC) and the Helen Drutt Gallery
Helen W. Drutt English, director emeritus, PCPC, founder and director, Hellen Drutt Gallery, trustee, Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Art, ACC fellow
3:45 – 4:45 p.m. Main Stage Moment 1: Toward a Healthy Craft Ecosystem
#craftecology
Six panelists representing Philadelphia’s robust, interwoven craft movement will share how they serve and are supported by the greater craft community. Can this case study inspire similar conversations in other cities?

Moderator:
Jennifer Zwilling, curator of artistic programs, The Clay Studio

Panelists:
Elisabeth Agro, Nancy M. McNeil associate curator of American modern and contemporary crafts and decorative arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Ryan Berley, founder, owner, Franklin Fountain and Shane Confectionery
Seth Bruggeman, associate professor of American Studies/History, Temple University
Syd Carpenter, professor of studio art, Swarthmore College
Alex Gilliam, co-founder, Tiny WPA, founder, Public Workshop
Michael Hurwitz, furniture maker, ACC Fellow
Roberto Lugo, ceramist, assistant professor of ceramics, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University
4:45 – 5 p.m. BREAK
5 – 6 p.m. Main Stage Moment 2: Crafting Stories, Storytellers, and Storytelling Machines in the Tense Present
#craftnarratives
What do we talk about when we talk about craft? Where do we write about when we write about craft? How do we publish on when we publish on craft? Hrag Vartanian sets the stage for three days of conversation about craft as a catalyst for contemporary American life.

Hrag Vartanian, editor-in-chief and co-founder, Hyperallergic
7 – 9 p.m. Opening reception
Location: Tyler School of Art, Temple University
Friday, October 11
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Sky-High Facility for Creative Work, including the Bureau of Craft Information
9 – 9:15 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks
Michael Strand, professor of art and head of visual arts, North Dakota State University, trustee and engagement committee chair, ACC
ACC executive director Sarah Schultz
9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Main Stage Moment 3: Gear Shift
#craftcontext
How can craft participate in our current paradigm-shattering age of technology and political dispute? This conversation will draw on craft history for an answer from the emergence of American industry in the 19th century to the proliferation of avant-garde ideas from the Bauhaus in the 20th.

Glenn Adamson, curator and writer working at the intersection of craft, design history, and contemporary art, senior scholar, Yale Center for British Art
Susan S. Szenasy, director of design innovation and former publisher and editor-in-chief, Metropolis Magazine
10:15 – 10:25 a.m. Object Story
Lucille Tenazas, graphic designer and associate dean, School of Art, Media and Technology, Parsons School of Design, board of trustees, ACC
10:30 – 11:20 a.m. Main Stage Moment 4: Making a Seat at the Table: Women Transform Woodworking
#craftequity
Organized in conjunction with a concurrent exhibition at The Center for Art in Wood, this interactive discussion will tackle the ways that women makers are deploying their work to build a more sustainable, equitable, inclusive future.

Moderator:
Jennifer-Navva Milliken, artistic director, The Center for Art in Wood

Panelists:
Meg Bye, woodworker and sculptor, founder and principal artist, Knot and Burl Studios
Emily Bunker, woodworker
Sarah Marriage, furniture maker and founder, A Workshop of Our Own (WOO)
Laura Mays, program director, Fine Woodworking program at the College of the Redwoods in Northern California, founding president, Krenov Foundation
Janice Smith, furniture maker
Folayemi (Fo) Wilson, artist, designer, educator, independent curator, and writer, board of trustees, ACC
11:30 – 11:45 p.m. BREAK
11:45 – 11:55 a.m. Object Story
Vashti DuBois, founder and executive director, The Colored Girls Museum
12 – 12:50 p.m. Main Stage Moment 5: Where We Learn / How We Learn: De-Coding Craft Education
#craftknowledge
How can we generate a more expansive and inclusive way of making and teaching craft? This panel will interrogate the contemporary systems through which craft is taught, passed down, or picked up and investigate alternative ways craft may come to be valued and understood.

Moderator:
Anna Metcalfe, artist and ceramics professor, Minneapolis Community and Technical College

Panelists:
PJ Gubatina Policarpio, educator, curator, and community organizer
Paul Sacaridiz, executive director, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts
Carol Zou, artist, writer, educator, and cultural organizer
1 – 2 p.m. BREAK
2:30 — 4:30 p.m. Craft [Wood] in Action Workshop
Facilitated by A Workshop of Our Own
Location: The Center for Art in Wood
2:30 — 4:30 p.m. Craft [Printmaking] in Action Workshop
Facilitated by FWM Master Printers
Location: The Fabric Workshop
2:30 — 6:15 p.m. Craft Ecology: Philadelphia Bus Tour
Co-presented with CraftNOW Philadelphia
2:30 — 5:30 p.m. Craft Ecology: Philadelphia Walking Tour
Co-presented with The Clay Studio
2 – 3 p.m. Panel: "OBJECTS: Redux - The Generational Legacy of OBJECTS: USA" with Perry A. Price
Panelists: Sarah Darro, Bruce W. Pepich, Paul J. Smith, Lena Vigna
3 – 5 p.m. Panel: Object Stories: Open Mic
6 – 9 p.m. Doors Open Reception

The Clay Studio
On View: From Storage to Studio
Remarks at 7 p.m.

The Center for Art in Wood
On View: Making a Seat at the Table: Women Transform Woodworking
Remarks at 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 12
8 a.m. – 11 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Sky-High Facility for Creative Work, including the Bureau of Craft Information
9 – 9:10 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks
Michael Strand, professor of art and head of visual arts, North Dakota State University, trustee and engagement committee chair, ACC
ACC executive director Sarah Schultz
9:15 – 10:05 a.m. Main Stage Moment 6: Archives Live
#craftlegacy
This conversation will illuminate the one-on-one interactions that curators share with the craft world’s notable artists and figures in their homes and studios before a collection is acquired and made public. The memory recall that occurs in real time, triggered by decades old documents, often becomes a powerful narrative delivered in the moment.

Mary Savig, curator of manuscripts, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institute
Judith Schaechter, glass artist and ACC fellow
10:15 – 10:25 a.m. Object Story
Jennifer Ling Datchuk, ceramist and 2017 ACC Emerging Voices artist
10:30 – 10:45 a.m. BREAK
10:45 – 10:55 a.m. Object Story
Raven Halfmoon, 2019 ACC Emerging Voices artist
11 – 11:50 p.m. Main Stage Moment 7: What Craft Offers
#craftinclusion
Join this crucial conversation on how we define craft today. Asserting that craft is not less than art but is art, this panel will explore the role of indigenous practices in craft as a contemporary art form, the role women artists have in our community, and more.

Moderator:
Sharon M. Louden, artist, educator, and advocate for artists, editor, Living and Sustaining a Creative Life series, artistic director of visual arts, Chautauqua Institution

Panelists:
Raheleh T. Filsoofi, multi-disciplinary artist, assistant professor of ceramics, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Sonya Kelliher-Combs, mixed media artist, arts advocate, educator, and curator
Beth Lipman, artist, ACC fellow
12 – 12:15 p.m. BREAK
12:15 – 1:15 p.m. Community meal (lunch provided)
1:15 – 1:30 p.m. BREAK
1:30 – 2:20 p.m. Main Stage Moment 8: Craft is Long
#craftculture
This open conversation aims to help the studio craft community understand the duration, breadth, and depth of craft in other fields. If craft is long and art is the newest iteration, then connecting to folklife and public folklore is essential as we shape a field of craft studies.

Namita Gupta Wiggers, director of M.A. in critical and historical craft studies, Warren Wilson College
Troyd Geist, folklorist, North Dakota Council on the Arts
2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Connect, Reflect, and Commit: How can Craft be a Catalyst for Contemporary American Life?
After three days of exploration, what are you ready to commit to? Collectively, can we create strong connections to create enduring change? Are you ready to put craft into action? In what may be the most important 120 minutes of “Present Tense: 2019,” seize the chance to reflect with one another on how craft can, and should, be essential in our lives. Don’t miss this facilitated group experience that will impact the direction of the American Craft Council and the craft ecologies we envision building together.

Facilitated with support from the Socially Engaged Craft Collective
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. A Toast!
Raise a glass, make a toast and celebrate the achievements we made during the past three days