Have You Heard?

Have You Heard?


Portal by Mark Peiser, recipient of the Glass Art Society's lifetime honor for exceptional achievement in the field.

Friends have rallied in support of the furniture maker Jon Brooks, whose studio in New Hampshire burned down in January. The unique structure was lost along with finished pieces and machinery, though his house nearby was spared and nobody was harmed (link on his website for updates or 
to donate to the reconstruction project)... Five Americans—Regina Benson, Lanny Bergner, Tim Harding, Nancy Koenigsberg and Mary Zicafoose—have work in the prestigious 13th International Triennial of Tapestry, May 10-Oct. 31 at the Central Museum of Textiles 
in Lodz, Poland.

Bill Moggridge, who designed the first laptop computer in 1980 and co-founded the firm IDEO, has become director of the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York...The Arizona State University Art Museum has a new head—Gordon Knox, formerly with the Stanford Humanities Lab at Stanford University... The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, CA, has named its first curator of American decorative arts—Harold B. ("Hal") Nelson, a specialist in decorative art and contemporary craft...The Wharton Esherick Museum in Paoli, PA, bid farewell to longtime executive director Rob Leonard, who retired, and has welcomed Tamara Barnes, who succeeds him...Bonnie Laing-Malcomson, who was president of the Oregon College of Art & Craft for the past nine years, steps down in May with plans to pursue her own art work.

The Tar Heel State is the place to see world-class art this year as two major venues debut. The expanded North Carolina Museum of Art unveils in April, featuring a 127,000-square-foot addition designed by Thomas Phifer and Partners. In October, the Mint Museum unveils its new satellite, the Mint Museum Uptown, to encompass the Mint Museum of Craft + Design. The inaugural show features contemporary British studio ceramics from the collection of Diane and Marc Grainer...The Davis Art Center kicked off its 50th-anniversary in January with "A Seed Planted: A Tribute to Robert Arneson," which presented sculptures by the late, great California Pop artist and longtime ceramics professor at UC Davis (davisartcenter.org)...some things looming is the beguiling name of a new gallery for contemporary and traditional fiber art launched by Rebekah Ritter and her daughter, Melanie Mitchell, in Reading, PA...Nathan Purcell and Ian Kerr have closed their two glass spaces in Philadelphia—Silica Galleries and Philadelphia Glass Works—but continue to operate Easy Street Gallery 
in Brooklyn.

From the Rockefeller Foundation, $600,000 to the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design 
Museum, New York City, 
for an exhibition series exploring design solutions for "underserved and marginalized" communities around the world... From the Coby Foundation, $418,000 for 19 fashion and textile arts projects, among them "Lace in Translation" at the Design Center at Philadelphia University (through Apr. 3) and "Connecticut Needlework: Women and the Emergence 
of American Art, 1740-1840," opening in October at the Connecticut Historical Society.

On Commission
A historic 60s-era high-modernist office tower in downtown Pittsburgh is the site of 
a dramatic new lighting installation—Rivers of Glass, an undulating cascade of some 1,300 handblown blue globes suspended in the lobby of 11 Stanwix Street. The city's three rivers inspired artists Jill Reynolds and Daniel Spitzer, who modeled the work on high-speed images of water droplets to represent a sound wave from the composition "Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue" by local jazz legend Billy Strayhorn. The Pittsburgh Glass Center partnered with the building owner and EDGE Studio architects to sponsor the project...While working on 2 Canoes, a hanging sculpture for the café of the new Sherman Health Hospital in Elgin, IL, Matthew Burke thought back to the wearisome weeks he spent eating in a hospital cafeteria after his first son was born. "I was [then] emotionally and physically exhausted, and I tried to put myself back in that head-space as I was making this work." Made of natural materials for 
a "reassuring, nurturing tone," the piece echoes the splendor of a nearby 15-acre geothermal lake...A tree symbolizing family and community is depicted in North, South and Home, a six-panel stained-glass installation made for the Phillips Manor Metro North train station in Sleepy Hollow, NY, by Manhattan artist Joseph Cavalieri, whose own local roots run deep. The work contains a haiku that can be read 
by commuters inside the overpass: "A gentle Hudson / whistle begins my journey / north and south and home"... The Dublin-based stained-glass artist Peadar Lamb has created 
his largest work to date, Amharchlann Nua Eabhrach, 100 square feet of windows gracing the facade of the Irish Repertory Theatre in New York City. It explores the "primal influences" on Irish and Irish-American theater, with imagery inspired by the plays of Eugene O'Neill, Sean O'Casey, Brian Friel and 
other masters.

The James Renwick Alliance will present Distinguished Educator awards to ceramist Randy Johnston, wood turner Mark Sfirri and fiber artist Yoshiko Wada during its Spring Craft Weekend in Washington, DC, Apr. 23-25...The Glass Art Society will confer lifetime honors on two artists at the June 10 opening ceremony for its 40th annual conference in Louisville, KY—Mark Peiser, for exceptional achievement in the field, and Tom Philabaum, for outstanding service to gas...English Embroideries: 'Twixt Art and Nature 1500-1700 by Andrew Morrall and Melinda Watt won the Textile Society of America's R. L. Shep Ethnic Textiles Book Award for 2009.

The weaver Shirley Edidin, a familiar face on the craft scene for decades, died December 15, age 85, in Jacksonville, FL, where she had lived since the 1950s. She was a longtime exhibitor at ACC Craft Shows (to the end, driving herself to the shows and setting up her own booth), and her work was featured at venues such as the Jacksonville Art Museum. The Florida Craftsmen honored her with a lifetime achievement award 
in 2003.