The West Virginia Division of Culture and History has unveiled a new show, Spotlight 2004, the American Craft Council Southeast Region Annual Juried Exhibition in the Art and Lobby Galleries of the Cultural Center, State Capitol Complex, Charleston. The exhibit and sale of crafts will remain on display through August 15.
The exhibition consists of 68 pieces representing the work of 60 craftspeople from the 11-state region including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Fifteen West Virginians have 18 works included in the exhibition. (A list of participating West Virginia craftspeople is attached.)
The American Craft Council is a 60-year-old nonprofit educational organization dedicated to promoting understanding and appreciation of contemporary American craft. The Council was the parent of the American Craft Museum, which was founded in 1956 and recently renamed the Museum of Arts and Design.
Kate Lydon, assistant director for the Society of Contemporary Crafts in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Reed J. McMillan, director of planning for the American Craft Council in New York, N.Y., served as jurors for the exhibition, which originally opened at Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia on May 20.
They awarded John Wesley Williams of Lewisburg the Charles Counts Memorial Award for his cherry desk and chair, and Gertrude Smith of Bakersville, N.C., the Charlie M. Brown Memorial Award for her ceramic ruffled jar. In addition, awards of merit went to Carol Hetzel of West Palm Beach, Fla. for her basket Brendan #123; Kate Rotha of Charleston, S.C., for her caterpillar necklace; and Bruce Raper of Atlanta, Ga., for his ascension brooch.
A complementary exhibition is installed in the Cultural Center’s Balcony Gallery featuring a selection of crafts from the West Virginia Permanent Collection.
Visitors may see the exhibition and purchase the artwork on Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. For more information about Spotlight 2004: American Craft Council Southeast Region Annual Juried Exhibition, contact Stephanie Lilly, exhibits coordinator for the Division at (304) 558-0220, ext. 128.
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. The Cultural Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. Visit the Division’s website at www.wvculture.org for more information about programs of the Division. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
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West Virginia Craftspeople included in Spotlight 2004 exhibition
Michael R. Bowen
Tea Cup Truck
Water Tower Teapot
An Old Fellow
Teapot with Saucer
Suger and Creamer Set
Deep Blue Sea
Women as Art
What the Pill Does to Husbands
The Ripple Effect
Spoon from a Forgotten Ceremony
John Wesley Williams
Cherry Desk and Chair