“Commonly Uncommon: Selections from the Museum of Contemporary Craft Collection”

We are pleased to announce “Commonly Uncommon: Selections from the Museum of Contemporary Craft Collection”, a three-part exhibition of objects and archives on view November 3 – December 10, 2022.
Co-curated by Hannah Bakken Morris, Sara Huston and Abby McGehee.
Please join us for a public reception on Thursday, November 3 from 5-8-pm and return in the following weeks of November for a panel discussion and film viewing.
The Museum of Contemporary Craft served as a vital nexus for the consideration of art, craft and design in Portland from its founding in 1937 to its dissolution in 2016. The permanent collection and the institutional archives, under the stewardship of PNCA and Willamette University, remain important resources for these continued and ever-shifting conversations. This exhibition presents objects that illuminate issues of function, use, the nature of labor, and methods of production. Viewers can engage with both objects and archives to understand the way in which they inform one another as well as the multiple ways makers, curators and audiences appreciate and define an institution and its place in a regional artistic ecology.
A complimentary panel discussion about the collection, craft, and community-building will take place on Thursday, November 17, 2022 from 6:30-8pm at the Lemelson Design and Innovation Studio on the 1st Floor of PNCA. This discussion will be moderated by Namita Gupta Wiggers (past Curator for the Museum of Contemporary Craft) and will include exhibiting artists Hilary Pfiefer, Joe Feddersen, Charissa Brock and other exhibiting artists. This event is open to the public, free of charge.
Additionally, please join us a week earlier to attend a screening of “Handmade Nation: The Rise of D.I.Y. Craft, Art and Design”, a film made by exhibiting artist Faythe Levine, in the PNCA Mediateque on Thursday, November 10th at 5pm. This film is the culmination of nationwide research and interviews for which its archive will be displayed in the Dane Nelson and Ed Cauduro Collection Studies Lab at PNCA, as part of the Commonly Uncommon exhibition. This event is open to the public, free of charge.

call for submissions: NCECA Fellowship Opportunities

NCECA’s purpose is to promote and improve the ceramic arts through education, research and creative practice. The following Fellowships are one of the means by which we accomplish this goal.
2023 Fellowship opportunities:

job posting: Executive Director of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts

The ideal candidate for the Executive Director of Haystack
Mountain School of Crafts will demonstrate a passionate
commitment to the organization’s mission, vision, and
values, and to advancing the field of craft, art, and design.
This person will be a forward-looking leader who will sustain and cultivate Haystack’s
position at the vanguard of contemporary craft. Building on the strength of the
Strategic Plan, the Executive Director will engage and inspire a broad and diverse
network to build philanthropic support so that Haystack can meet the changing needs
of the 21st century, some of which include:
increasing accessibility physically to the campus, economically through
scholarships and other support, and virtually through digital programming and
other offerings;
advancing a more comprehensive and inclusive conception of contemporary
craft and making that holds true to Haystack’s commitment to excellence; and
continuing to pursue goals of equity in relation to staff, board, and participants
throughout the organization.
The Executive Director builds and stewards relationships with broadly diverse
constituencies, partners, and communities, locally, nationally, and globally; the
successful candidate will have genuine compassion for and curiosity about people
and will enthusiastically embrace the role of bridge-builder and “the face of
Haystack,” whether locally in the Deer Isle community or among international leaders
in the field of contemporary craft. This individual will bring experience and skill in
working collaboratively with an active and engaged board, particularly around
supporting the board in educating new members in best practices and expectations.
The next Executive Director will be transparent, collaborative, and inclusive, and
will use empathy and high emotional intelligence to partner with, support, and
motivate a committed staff. A strong systems thinker, the Executive Director will further
the professionalization of processes and procedures in place while maintaining
Haystack’s hands-on and experimental character. Given the significance and
uniqueness of the physical campus and its needs, the next Executive Director should
be comfortable with capital projects and have an understanding of facility needs, in
order to establish strong, trust-based reporting relationships with facilities staff and the
building and grounds committee.
The successful candidate will have a positive, “can-do” mindset, good humor, and
confident self-possession. Resilience and the ability to “grow and thrive where one
is planted” will be essential in sustaining balance through the program-intensive activities of the summer as well as the quieter but no less productive planning stages,
including the development of annual collateral materials during the winter months.
This individual will live in close proximity to Haystack year-round while also traveling
frequently to promote the work of the organization.

More info here: https://koyapartners.com/search/ed-haystack-crafts/

Call for Submissions: Reproductive Justice is for Everyone! International Art Exhibition

JAM Humanities invites visual, literary, and performing arts submissions for our virtual exhibition, Reproductive Justice is for Everyone!, an international exhibition in the JAM Museum that will open in August, 2022.

Reproductive Justice is for Everyone! asks artists to explore the myriad manifestations, experiences, emotions, and meanings of reproductive justice from present day struggles and organizing to the aspirational and everything in between.

The term “Reproductive Justice” was coined by Loretta Ross of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective and it applies a human rights framework to reproductive health advocacy. As defined by SisterSong, reproductive justice is “the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities.”

Reproductive justice centers intersectionality and the experiences of people who are often marginalized in society, including people of color, people who are poor, and people who are queer and and trans. It calls attention to many aspects of reproductive health that are often overlooked, such as maternal death rate disparities for Black women in the US, discrimination in pregnancy healthcare for men who are transgender, economic barriers to abortion and prenatal care for people who are poor, stigmas surrounding menstruation, and effects of poverty and institutional violence on children.

Information about how to apply and what kinds of submissions are eligible can be found on their website!