The Bush Artist Program announced its 2010 fellowships for upper Midwestern artists, awarding $50,000 to each of 15 winners, including three in the traditional and functional crafts category: Dan Jerome of Belcourt, ND, an educator and advocate of Native American arts; Debra Lyn Korluka of Stillwater, MN, a maker and scholar of Byzantine iconography; and Delina White of Deer River, MN, a textile and mixed-media artist in the traditional woodland style. To honor mature artists, Enduring Vision Awards of $100,000 apiece went to Lakota collagist Arthur Amiotte, Lao weaver Bounxou Daoheuang Chanthraphone and photographer Paul Shambroom (bushfoundation.org)... The nonprofit Studio Art Quilt Associates got a $25,000 NEA grant to support its exhibition "Creative Force 2010," which opens November 4 at the International Quilt Festival in Houston...With a grant from the Trust for Mutual Understanding, the Textile Society of America hosts two visiting textile scholars--Marinika Babanazarova of the I.V. Savitsky State Art Museum in Uzbekistan and Dinara Chochunbaeva of Kyrgyzstan, a specialist in craft development--at its symposium "Textiles and Settlement: From Plains Space to Cyber Space," Oct. 6-9 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln... The Society of North American Goldsmiths announces its new Hoover & Strong Scholarship, to be given annually to a graduate student designing highquality production jewelry (snagmetalsmith.org).
Art's healing powers are at play in the colorful, whimsical environment designed for young patients and their families at the new Kosair Children's Medical Center in Brownsboro, KY. Through a partnership with the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville artists made original works for the facility's public spaces, including a sculpture in metal and glass by Brook White and Bryan Holden, a mixed-media wall installation by Tom Pfannerstill, and a fanciful steel playground fence by Holden and Shaun Ludwick. Kids with a connection to the center took part as well, working with ceramist John McCathy and painter Shayne Hull to create two wall pieces... As principal of the General George G. Meade School in Philadelphia, Frank Murphy partnered with local arts and cultural groups to bring arts instruction to kids who lacked such opportunities. When he retired this year, the school honored him by unveiling The Faces of Meade, a student art project done with the Clay Studio's Claymobile Outreach Program. Guided by artist Leroy Johnson, first, sixth and seventh graders teamed up to create ceramic masks for a mosaic mural commemorating the school's 134-year history.
Highlights at this year's sofa Chicago expo (Nov. 5-7) include Cavalieri and Crumb, a new series of stained-glass panels by Joseph Cavalieri, including Lap O' Luxury, at the UrbanGlass booth. Made during the New York artist's summer residency at the Museum of Arts and Design, the works pay homage to the legendary cartoonist Robert Crumb, who allowed Cavalieri to re-create some of his iconic illustrations in a gothic setting-such as D&G, a portrait of Crumb's wife and muse, Aline... George Little Management is reorganizing its New York International Gift Fair into four comprehensive market categories, including one for handcrafted merchandise. Handmade premiered in two new sections--Designer Maker and Global Resources--during the show's August run at the Javits Center. Categories for Home, Lifestyle, and New! will be added over the next three years.
The Pilchuck Glass School welcomed a new director in July--James Baker, previously president of the Maine College of Art and, before that, head of Anderson Ranch Arts Center... The Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC, has a new director--Kathleen Jameson--formerly with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston--and a new 145,000-square-foot building that houses, among other things, the holdings of the Mint Museum of Craft + Design. . . Financial struggles have left the Minnesota Museum of American Art without a home for almost two years now, but it does have strong collections in storage--including ceramics and metalwork from the 1950s to the '70s-and a new director, Kristin Makholm, who is determined to show off its treasures while it reconstitutes. Through October 22, the Drake Gallery at St. Paul Academy is hosting a show of important ceramics from the holdings, such as a 1959 stoneware vase by Peter Voulkos. Makhom is reportedly thinking about developing craft as a niche for the museum (mmaa.org). . . Maryclaire Ramsey got promoted from CEO to director of the Textile Museum in Washington, DC... New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art has acquired two Curtis Benzle signature sculptures in translucent porcelain, including Swidler. Two other institutions--the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, CA, and the Tucson Museum of Art, AZ--have also added the Huntsville, AL, artist's pieces to their collections... The Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, NH, has named a gallery after the late Ed and Mary Scheier, the celebrated husband-and-wife potters who gave the Currier their personal collection and library along with funding for endowments... John P. Bishop, vice president of Pendleton Woolen Mills, has been elected board president of the Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR... The Los Angeles County Museum of Art unveils its Renzo Pianodesigned Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion in October with a trio of inaugural shows: "Eye for the Sensual: Selections from the Resnick Collection," "Olmec: Masterworks of Ancient Mexico" and "Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700-1915."
Thomas S. Buechner, an early proponent of the studio glass movement, died at his home in Corning, NY, on June 13. Born in 1926, Buechner was the first director of the Corning Museum of Glass (1950-60) before becoming director of the Brooklyn Museum (1960-71). He later served as the Corning Museum's president... Anna Tefft Siok, a teacher at New York's Greenwich House Pottery for over five decades, died on June 3. Born in 1925, she joined the GHP faculty in 1958 and continued to teach there until early this year.