Tuesday, September 29, 2009

interns wanted for ACC Baltimore show

Short Term Interns Wanted!

The American Craft Council needs interns for one week to assist with the 33rd annual American

Craft Council Wholesale and Retail Show in Baltimore, MD, February 24- March 1, 2009.

Baltimore is the American Craft Council’s largest show featuring more than 700 exhibitors and

25,000 attendees. If you are a student of craft, design, or the arts, don’t miss this fantastic

opportunity to gain first-hand experience setting up and conducting show operations, working with

makers and artists, exhibitors, wholesale and retail audiences.

Background: The American Craft Council is a national, nonprofit educational organization

dedicated to promoting understanding and appreciation of contemporary American craft. Through

our 6 juried craft shows across the country, our specialized library, and a roster of programs,

symposia, seminars, and conferences, The Council is the leading voice for crafts in America,

celebrating the remarkable achievements of the many gifted artists working in the media of clay,

fiber, glass, metal, wood and other materials.

Internship: The internship is a one-week internship, totaling approximately 85 hours that will run

from Sunday, February 22- Sunday, March 1, 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland. All work will be

performed at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD during the Council Show.

Responsibilities will be related to all facets of the necessary operations of the show.

The ideal candidate will have a background in art, art history, craft or media studies, design or

exhibition related field(s) and an enthusiasm and ability for working in a fast-paced, hands-on


Interns will work closely with Council Show Staff, playing an integral role with the following:

Assisting Council show staff with Exhibitor Check In

Assisting with Council office setup and maintenance

Interacting with artists, makers, and exhibitors

Disseminating exhibitor correspondence through out the week as needed

Assisting show manger and show director with show operations as needed

Stipend: This is a non-paying internship. Interns selected who will be coming from outside the

Baltimore area will receive meal stipends and discounted rates on hotels in the area.

Eligibility: College student (junior year or above) or graduate level and above.

Application: Internship applicants should send or email –

A brief statement describing your qualifications and interests

Letter of recommendation from a professor

A resume detailing prior academic and work experience

There are additional opportunities to apply for similar show internships at upcoming Council

Shows. For additional information, please contact Monica Hampton directly.

Applications and all other inquiries should be sent to

Mhampton@craftcouncil.org or to

Monica Hampton, Director of Education

American Craft Council

72 Spring Street, 6th Floor, NY, NY 10012

Fax: 212.274.0650

Deadline: All applications must be received by January 30, 2009. A decision will be made by

the first week in February.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Look at this! Velvet da Vinci exhibition--"also known as jewelry"

The current exhibition at Velvet da Vinci, titled also known as jewelry, features contemporary French jewelry. The following show description comes from www.velvetdavinci.com

Contemporary jewelry, in France and abroad, is undergoing a spectacular evolution: in recent years, it has both staked out new territories of experimentation, and claimed a pivotal position between art, design and traditional craft. The title of this exhibition underlines the specificity of contemporary jewelry, and the ambiguity inherent to a craft-based, boundary-pushing practice: the work selected is thus both alien to its tradition, and well versed in its history. The selection for this touring show focused on the work of 17 artists - French, or working in France - who together make a convincing case for the vitality of this rather under-exposed part of the European contemporary jewelry community.
This project is part of the ongoing program by La Garantie, Association for Jewelry, founded in 2007 in Paimpont (France). The purpose of this association is to promote jewelry outside its primary audience of makers, collectors, and gallery owners. The aim is to increase its visibility, and encourage confrontations with amateurs and specialists alike, through various approaches: historical conceptualization, the confrontation of current practices, the promotion and critical analysis of contemporary trends. The diverse backgrounds of the association's founding members - two makers, two PhDs, one curator - reflects our ambition to establish a self-sufficient cultural `task force´ able to collaborate with both institutional and private partners.

NYC Trip

The NYC trip was a good time! First we went to the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum, which was exhibiting a show called Design for a Living World. This show featured ten leading designers commissioned to develop new uses for sustainably grown and harvested materials in order to tell a unique story about the life-cycle of materials and the power of conservation and design. The featured designers and places include Yves Behar/Costa Rica; Stephen Burks/Austrailia; Hella Jongerius/Mexico; Maya Lin/Maine; Christien Meindertsma/Idaho; Isaac Mizrahi/Alaska; Abbott Miller/Bolivia; Ted Muehling/Micronesia; Kate Spade/Bolivia; and Ezri Tarazi/China.
The show featured drawings, prototypes, and video explaining the designers' experiences with the location and material they utilized as well as finished work.



We also went to Pioneers of Change, a festival of Dutch design, fashion and architecture on Governor's Island. Pioneers of Change encourages a more responsible and sustainable approach to living. The event celebrates the blurring of low- and high-brow, establishing new collaborations, encouraging involvement and valuing handcraft and the local context. (www.pioneersofchange.com) Spread out over eleven officers' house on the island, the event featured different designers and design missions and collaborations relating to various socially responsible solutions for existing environmental and social problems.




Check out this link


Robert J. Lang creates small and large scale objects using origami. He has exhibited his work nationally, and has created commissioned pieces for print, television, and animation projects. Lang developed several different computer codes to virtually create various objects, and also developed programs to create complex objects out of a single sheet of material.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Enironmental Initiative/ Social Change Scholarships

Students: please see the attached documents for more information. The Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education is offering exceptional opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students in the arts with scholarships in two categories: Environmental Initiatives and Social Change.

Scholarship Application Workshop: Tuesday, October 6, 2009 5-6:30 pm CA 2032

A scholarship application workshop will be held on Tuesday, October 6 beginning at 5:00 pm to assist you with the application process. Attendance is not mandatory. This informal session is designed to review your materials, discuss your abstract/project statement, and answer any general questions.

Application Deadline: Friday, October 23, 2009 by 4:00 pm.

Submit one copy of all application materials to Ms. Ginger Ross, Administrative Assistant for the Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education. Office: Center for the Arts, Room 3103F. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Notification of Awards will be announced in early November, 2009

Forms will be available on the boards in 2015/2006 or ask Jenn.