Dispatches from Spring Street

Dispatches from Spring Street

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Kelly Marshall's Pinwheel, photo/Peter Lee Photography.

American Craft Council Conference:
Creating a New Craft Culture
October 15–17, 2009
Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Council will host an interactive conference, bringing together voices from within the field and beyond, to discuss craft’s role in a changing world. The event, which will take place at the Radisson Plaza Hotel, will feature distinguished speakers such as Dr. Richard Sennett, professor of sociology at New York University and the London School of Economics and author of The Craftsman; Rob Walker, columnist for the New York Times Magazine and author of Buying In: The Secret Dialogue Between What We Buy and Who We Are; Garth Clark, curator, historian and gallerist; Sandra Alfoldy, associate professor of craft history at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design; and Sonya Clark, chair of craft and material studies at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Richmond. For complete information on the conference agenda, speakers and registration, visit http://www.craftcouncil.org/conference09.

Honoring the Best at St. Paul
At the Council’s American Craft Show in St. Paul, Minnesota, held April 17–19, Awards of Excellence were presented to jeweler Devta Doolan of Portland, Maine; fiber artist Kelly Marshall of Minneapolis, Minnesota, who made Pinwheel; and ceramists Ikuzi Teraki and Jeanne Bisson from Washington, Vermont. The top award for booth design went to Daniel Dunbar of Superior, Wisconsin, for his furniture display. Claire Selkurt, a design historian and an instructor in art history at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, was the guest juror. View work by all of the show winners at http://www.americancraftmag.org.