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Announcements and Events 35.3

THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART’s Costume Institute will be reopening after renovations this spring. As one of its first exhibitions, the institute will host Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada: On Fashion, from May 10 through August 19. The exhibition explores the striking affinities between these two Italian designers from different eras. Inspired by Miguel Covarrubias’s “Impossible Interviews” for Vanity Fair in the 1930s, fictive conversations between these iconic women will suggest new readings of their most innovative work. Approximately eighty designs—by Elsa Schiaparelli (1890–1973) from the late 1920s to the early 1950s, and by Miuccia Prada from the late 1980s to the present—will be displayed. Signature objects by both designers will be compared and contrasted to explore the impact of their aesthetics and sensibilities on contemporary notions of fashionability. 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10028; 212.535.7710;



THE SOCIETY OF NORTH AMERICAN GOLDSMITHS holds its 2012 conference, themed The Heat Is On, in Phoenix/Scottsdale from May 23 – 26. Garth Clark will give the keynote speech, entitled Who’s Your Daddy?, exploring whether craft-based making is still an autonomous movement, or just a small but wholly owned subsidiary of the design industry. Several exhibits will also be on display at the conference, such as Hot Under the Collar: A Survey of Contemporary Necklaces, running from May 25 – 27. There will also be a panel of metal artists and jewelers discussing how and why they started independent cooperative, private/nonprofit instructional studios and schools. The panel includes Michael Sturtz, The Crucible, Oakland; Khobe Delucca, Studio Delucca, Long Beach; Johanna Ingram, Harold Studio, Phoenix; and Jay Whaley, Whaley Studios, San Diego.


HALSTEAD BEAD issues a call for entries for the Seventh Annual Halstead Grant for Silver Jewelry Designers, due between April 15 and June 9. The winner of the 2012 business development grant will receive a prize package including $6,000 in cash and merchandise. The focus on silver is new to the grant in 2012. Previously the competition was open to all materials in the bridge jewelry segment. However, because of the increase in the costs of precious metals, it was decided to keep the material to silver. Complete application details can be found on The Halstead Grant website.


THE AMERICAN CRAFT COUNCIL hosts its San Francisco retail show at the Fort Mason Center from August 3 – 5. Featuring jewelry, clothing, furniture, and home décor, the ACC show also includes several special categories. Handmade under $100, Greencraft, which presents work that incorporates recycled materials and use eco-friendly processes, Local, which highlights work by a maker living and working near you, the Men’s Department, and Bride-To-Be are several examples of the eclectic sections included in the ACC San Francisco show.


THE CRAFT AND FOLK ART MUSEUM’s archives from 1965 to 1997, a collection of papers and memorabilia documenting thirty-two years of exhibitions and the programming of contemporary craft, design, vernacular architecture, and international folk art, was donated to UCLA Library Special Collections when the Museum closed temporarily at the end of 1997. After fourteen years, the processing of this large institutional record has been completed and a searchable finding aid is available. Access to the finding aid is on the Online Archives of California website and is free to everyone. The link can be found at


THE HANDWEAVER’S GUILD OF AMERICA hosts Convergence 2012, a biennial, international conference that features special lectures, workshops, one-day studio classes, super seminars, seminars, exhibits, tours, special events, and a commercial vendor hall with fibers, fiber-related equipment, and an artist market. The classes include novice to advanced instruction in a variety of fiber techniques, including weaving, spinning, dyeing, basketry, feltmaking, knitting, garment construction, and sewing with handwovens. The conference takes place July 15 – 21.


MARIANNE HUNTER, studio art jeweler/enamelist, will be a guest lecturer at the Gemological Institute of America’s Carlsbad, California campus on May 2. Her presentation for students and faculty, INTERSECTIONS of CREATIVITY: Gems and the Imagination, will illustrate through her work, the creative inspiration that can be found in and beyond traditional material uses. She will address creating pathways to artistic inventiveness. The lecture will be an updated and expanded reprise of her 2007 presentation on the subject at GIA.


THE SAN DIEGO VISUAL ARTS NETWORK presents Hats Off to Life, a photographic exhibition of artist-made hats that honors the elderly community at Fairwinds Ivey Ranch by celebrating their past and displaying their current beauty. Nine of the residents told their stories to eight local artists who have created fun and charming head toppers for them. Now all photographs by three professional photographers will be showing at Hera Hub Workspace for Women in Sorrento Valley through May 18.


CRAFTS AMERICA, LLC hosts the Palm Beach Fine Craft Show from March 2 – 4, 2012. The show features one hundred fifteen of the nation’s top contemporary craft artists offering work in ceramics, silver, bronze, copper, mixed media, decorative and wearable textiles, jewelry, paper, wood, and glass.


THE BUYERS MARKET OF AMERICAN CRAFT presents NICHE: The Show, taking place in Las Vegas from June 11 – 13 at the Planet Hollywood Celebrity Ballroom during jewelry week. Curated to meet the needs of jewelry and luxury retailers, NICHE: The Show offers a wide range of handcrafted jewelry, as well as a selection of gift items from glass vases and jewelry boxes to picture frames and lighting. All products are handmade in the United States and Canada.


THE SCULPTURE OBJECTS & FUNCTIONAL ART FAIR holds its fourth annual Santa Fe show from August 2 – 5 at the Santa Fe Convention Center. The SOFA expo features international galleries presenting a variety of craft objects, from jewelry to sculpture and furniture. Of special note is the new participation this year of European contemporary silversmiths, Thalen & Thalen. Plans are underway for the SOFA WEST 2012 Lecture Series, free with paid admission to the fair, featuring renowned artists, collectors, dealers, and critics. Of special note is collaboration with the New Mexico Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.


THE AMERICAN CONCERN FOR ART AND CRAFTSMANSHIP hosts the thirty-sixth Annual American Crafts Festival from June 9 – 10 and June 16 – 17 in Manhattan. Roughly four hundred craft artists will be present, showing jewelry, glass, ceramics, leather, furniture, clothing, and more. The outdoor show takes place at the Lincoln Center.


dcTRUNK is a trunk show taking place from April 19 – 21 at the Harman Center for the Arts in Washington, D.C. Eleven accomplished craft artists will exhibit their latest jewelry and garments in an intimate trunk show. dcTrunk is run by artists for the benefit of artists and collectors. This event is free and open to the public. Showing will be Steve Ford and David Forlano, Mary Hughes and Caro-Gray Bosca, Holly Lee, Rebecca Myers, Biba Schutz, Kiwon Wang, Jane Herzenberg, Selma Karaca, K. Riley, and Michael Kane and Steve Sells. 610 F St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20004.


ART WORKSHOPS IN GUATEMALA presents a textile trip by Karen Searle, July 21 – 30. Searle will give a lecture on traditional Mayan weaving, its history and status today, and then take the attendees through to Antigua, Quetzaltenango (Xela), as well as visiting ikat weavers and dyers in nearby Salcaja. Also on the itinerary are Totonicapan and Nahuala, Momostenango, possibly even Zunil, traveling through the beautiful Almolonga Valley.


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