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"2002: A Selection of Works from Craft Houston 2002, Texas"
2002-11-29 until 2003-01-02
Buddy Holly Center Fine Art Gallery
Lubbock, TX, USA United States of America

The Buddy Holly Center announces the opening of Crafts, Etc. 2002: A selection of works from Craft Houston 2002, Texas Juried Exhibition. The exhibition will be on display from Friday, Nov 29th, 2002 through Friday, Jan 3, 2003 in the Fine Arts Gallery. Crafts, Etc. is a semi-annual exhibition at the Buddy Holly Center that celebrates the history and evolution of the American artisan. Selected works from Craft Houston 2002, Texas Juried Exhibition will be on loan from The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft for the exhibition.

In conjunction with Crafts, Etc. 2002, Supporters of the Fine Arts (S.O.F.A) will host Dinner & Conversation, a catered holiday meal in the Fine Arts Gallery of the Buddy Holly Center on Thursday, December 12, 2002. The dinner will begin at 7 p.m. and participants are asked to bring or wear something that could be used as table conversation starters regarding art, craft, and/or personal interpretation. Tickets for the dinner are $50 per person and should be reserved before December 9th by calling 767.2686. Cultural Conversation: Artist and Jurorís Dialogue will be held on December 13th at 6:30 p.m. and will feature Craft Houston 2002 juror Kenneth R. Trapp with Robly Glover and Nancy Slagle, both Professors of Art at Texas Tech University and featured artists in Crafts, Etc. 2002.

Craft Houston 2002, an exhibition hosted by The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, showcases the work of the best craft artists in Texas. The exhibition features media traditionally associated with craft Ė including wood, fiber, metal, glass and clay. The exhibition provides a number of important opportunities to Texas artists, the foremost benefit being the chance to have work reviewed by national curator Kenneth R. Trapp, Curator of the Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. Craft Houston 2002 allows the general public to fully appreciate the depth and breadth of art being made across the state of Texas.

Prior to his present position as Curator-In-Charge of the Renwick Gallery, juror Kenneth R. Trapp was curator of decorative arts at the Oakland Museum from 1984 to 1995. During his tenure at the Oakland Museum, Trapp strengthened and refined the permanent collection of historical decorative arts and contemporary craft by acquiring over 600 pieces and curating four original exhibitions -- three of which traveled to other institutions. Trapp has also served as curator of education and associate curator of decorative arts at the Cincinnati Art Museum. His interest in the American decorative arts studio craft movements began through a combination of studies in art history and industrial design. Several local artists are represented in exhibition, including Robly Glover and Nancy Slagle of Texas Tech University. Gloverís jewelry and metal work (pictured above) can be seen in public collections in the Art Institute of Chicago, The Arkansas Arts Center Decorative Arts Museum and at Texas Tech University. Slagleís work, also in jewelry and metals (including beautiful and functional silver tea servers, creamer and sugar sets), is on display in the permanent collection of The Art Institute of Chicago. Both Slagle and Glover have received numerous awards for their fine craftsmanship.

Whatever the visual goal, form has stayed in the forefront of my thoughts, Slagle explains about her work. The influences behind her jewelry range from personal memories to historical references. Form is the statement. My interest is in achieving a balance through synergistic combinations of significant form and subtle content.

Crafts, Etc., a semi-annual exhibition at the Buddy Holly Center Fine Arts Gallery, pays homage to the time honored tradition of craft making. As history denotes, the increase in demand for factory-produced commodities illustrates the need to integrate beauty with the accessories of daily life. Current craft expression combines aesthetic distinction with utilitarian objects. The intimate and physical qualities of the handmade object are the focus of Crafts, Etc.

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