Wayne Art Center is very proud to announce the 21st celebration of Craft Forms.
Craft Forms 2015, the International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Crafts, will be on display at the Wayne Art Center from December 4, 2015 − January 30, 2016. This eagerly anticipated exhibition, celebrating its 21st year, is dedicated to enhancing the public's awareness of fine contemporary craft while providing a venue for established and emerging artists to share their creative endeavors. Craft Forms is internationally recognized as one of the premiere contemporary craft exhibitions. The finest works of ceramics, wood, fiber, metal, glass, mixed medium and 3D printing are featured, supporting the Center's mission of expanding the public's awareness of fine contemporary crafts, and significantly benefiting all educational and outreach programs for children and adults.
One of the highest museum quality craft exhibitions in the United States, Craft Forms consistently draws upward of 5,000 visitors during its two month exhibition. More than 250 guests, including art collectors, supporters of the Wayne Art Center, and the Craft Forms 2015 juror and artists, will celebrate the opening of this annual exhibition and companion show at the Craft Forms Preview Party, on Friday, December 4th from 6:00 to 10:00 pm. The exhibitions and special events continue to attract local, regional, nation and international visitors throughout the duration of the show.
Craft Forms' status as a fine craft exhibition grows each year in large part due to the expertise of the acclaimed jurors. This year we are honored to welcome Ronald T. Labaco, Marcia Docter Curator, Museum of Arts and Design, NYC. A seasoned design curator, published writer and respected lecturer, Mr. Labaco selected a collection of approximately 100 cutting edge and noteworthy pieces of craft from a record breaking of 775 artwork submissions by 429 artists from around the world. Wayne Art Center is pleased to announce a significant increase of artist award monies in the amount of $8,000 which will be presented by juror, Labaco, at the Preview Party on Friday, December 4.
The Wayne Art Center is equally excited to present this year's companion show, Emergence: Craft + Technology, which will run concurrently with Craft Forms and will feature over 100 works by over 30 invitational artists that exemplify the ever-increasing intertwining of advanced digital processes with traditional hand-made craft. This monumental venue, whether through the use of computer design programs, CNC and automated tools, or 3D printing will exemplify the use of new technologies in the production of state-of-the-art craft. This show also provides great inspiration for a series of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) related programming that the Wayne Art Center plans to offer throughout the duration of the exhibition.
The Wayne Art Center is tremendously grateful to the sponsors and patrons for their generosity and support. The positive impact of art on people's lives and could not do all that center does without the continual support of the community. A special thank you is recognized to Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies, First Priority Bank, Charles Schwab, and West Laurel Hill.
After the opening night, the Juror's Lecture by Labaco will discuss how he selected the 100 works and how he defines where craft has been and how technology is playing a significant part in the creation of emerging and established craft artists' works.
Followed by, Meet the Artists Talk on Saturday, Dec.5, 1– 4pm, the Craft Forms and Emergence: Craft + Technology artists will speak about their work in the shows and their artistic backgrounds. The Juror's Talk and Meet the Artists are free and open to the public. The schedule of events is as follows:
Craft Forms 2015 and Emergence: Craft + Technology
December 4, 2015 − January 30, 2016
Davenport Gallery, Craft Forms 2015
Ethel Sergeant Clark Smith Gallery, Emergence: Craft + Technology
Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
NYC Private Craft Tour at MOMA & MAD:
Enjoy a day in NYC to view the "Picasso Sculpture Review A Master's Genius in 3-D", lunch at the Café 2 Restaurant at MOMA and then a private tour of the "Wendell Castell Remastered" with Ron Labaco, Curator of MAD & Craft Forms 2015 Juror. Please call 610-688-3553 for reservations.
Thursday, October 29, 2015, 7am – 7pm
Enjoy an evening with the Craft Forms Juror, International Artists, Patrons, Business Sponsors, Board and Committee Members and the Guests to celebrate the much anticipated Craft Forms 2015 and the technology cutting edge exhibition of Emergence. Catered cuisine, wines by Little Black Dress, specially mixed martinis, live jazz, will create a lively atmosphere with over 250 attendees. Please call 610-688-3553 for tickets.
Friday, December 4, 6:00-10:00 pm
Juror's Talk and Meet the Craft Artists
Hear Labaco and the selected craft artists from around the United States discuss the Craft Forms and Emergence works.
Saturday, December 5, 2015, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Enamel Workshop with Nicolette Absil
Create contemporary enameled earrings with Emergence Artist, Nicolette Absil.
Please register at www.wayneart.org
Friday, December 11, 10:00am – 3:00 pm
Holiday Shopping Weekend
Come shop and dine at the annual Holiday Shopping Weekend with over 25 high-end one-of-kind craft and cuisine vendors.
Saturday, December 12 and Sunday, December 13, 2015, 10:00 am– 4:00 pm
Patron Dinner and Emergence Artist Panel Discussion will take place in January 2016.
Please visit www.craftforms.org for further details.
About the Wayne Art Center:
The Wayne Art Center has been enriching the cultural needs of the community since 1930. From its modest beginnings as the first art center on the Main Line, the Center has grown into a dynamic nonprofit organization, providing instruction in all phases of the visual and performing arts. Nearly 500 classes and workshops are offered annually to more than 4,000 students of all ages and abilities. The Center's high caliber and committed faculty support the fine reputation the Center has achieved through the years. The new Davenport Gallery and the Ethel Sergeant Clark Smith Gallery attract over 35,000 visitors a year for exhibitions, lectures, and special events.
To accommodate and better serve our community, the Wayne Art Center completed an extensive state-of-the-art $5.5 million renovation in 2008 and 30,000 square foot expansion project that includes magnificently renovated art studios, expanded exhibition areas, increased space for Center staff and faculty, manicured picturesque walking gardens and provided additional handicapped access. The Wayne Art Center is located at 413 Maplewood Avenue in Wayne. For further information, call 610-688-3553 or visit the website at wayneart.org.