Spring Craft Weekend
April 27-29, 2018

Spring Craft Weekend 2018 will be from April 27-29. It will once again coincide with the Smithsonian Craft Show and we are collaborating with the Smithsonian Women’s Committee on a program for Patrons and Caucus members on Friday, April 27. Our symposium will take place on Saturday morning, April 28, featuring the 2018 Distinguished Educators. That evening, we will celebrate the awardees with a cocktail party where handmade adornment is encouraged! To close the weekend, we invite all members to join us on an amazing tour of a blacksmith and glass art studios on Sunday afternoon, April 29. As always, all Spring Craft Weekend events are free to patrons. We hope you’ll consider becoming one! 


Spring Craft Weekend Schedule

Friday, April 27 - Smithsonian Craft Show Caucus Day "Your Collection and You”
12pm - 1:30pm | Commissioner's Suite, National Building Museum
For Patrons and Caucus Members only | $150 for Caucus Members
Join us for lunch followed by a special presentation by guest speaker Sebastian Clarke, Director of Estate Services at Rago Auctions and appraiser on Antiques Roadshow. Attendees will receive complimentary admission to Smithsonian Craft Show. Show doors open at 10:30am.

Saturday, April 28 - Distinguished Educator Symposium
10am - 12pm | Smithsonian American Art Museum McEvoy Auditorium
Free and Open to the Public
The panel will feature our five Distinguished Educators, Sonya Clark, Helen Drutt English, Andrea & John Gill and Albert LeCoff. It will be moderated by special guest Stephanie Moore, Executive Director for the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design. Free and open to the public.


Saturday, April 28 - "Shaken & Stirred" Craft & Cocktail Party
5pm - 8pm | Glenview Mansion
Patrons attend for free | $150 members | $200 non-members
Elaborate adornment encouraged! Join us for an evening of cocktails and light bites honoring this year’s One-Of-A-Kind awardees, Sandy & Norman Mitchell, for their service to the James Renwick Alliance and American Craft. The evening will include an awards ceremony honoring our Distinguished Educators; a limited and exclusive auction of craft adventures; a sale of table top artworks; and a celebratory salute to JRA founders Elmerina & Paul Parkman. We end the evening with a toast to Patrons Chair, Shirley Jacobs. Don't have adornments? Unique work will be available for purchase from the Baltimore Jewelry Center. Ample seating and parking available

Sunday, April 29 - Artists' Tour
10am - 3pm | Various Locations
Patrons attend free | $160 members | $200 non-members
Join us for an adventurous day of flying flames and gorgeous glass featuring the home and studio of woven-glass artists Eric Markow & Thom Norris and the metalsmithing studio of Chris Shea, whose work can be found in the collection of the Renwick Gallery. 


 Distinguished Educators

Congratulate one of the Distinguished Educators and/or market your business by placing an ad in our Spring Craft Weekend Program:

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Sonya Clark has chaired the Craft/Material Studies Department at Virginia Commonwealth University since 2006. Previously, she was Baldwin-Bascom Professor of Creative Arts at the University of Wisconsin. In 2010, Clark was honored by Cranbrook Academy of Art with its first Distinguished Mid-Career Alumni Award and in 2015 she received an honorary doctorate from Amherst College. Clark shared the coveted top award and $200,000 at ArtPrize, 2014, for her Hair Craft Project. She has received a Pollock-Krasner Grant, a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, and a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship. For the 2017-2018 academic year, Clark returned to Amherst College, her alma mater, as a Distinguished Visiting Artist-in-Residence.
Helen W. Drutt English (Helen Drutt) was Founder/Director of her eponymous gallery in Philadelphia (1973-2002), which was among the first galleries in the United States to make a commitment to the modern and contemporary craft movement.  In 1973, she developed the first syllabus for a college-level course in the history of the field. She has received numerous awards and two honorary degrees. Over the past 45 years, her archives have served as an international resource for scholars and institutions. Drutt is a trustee of the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, and Fellow of the American Craft Council. Drutt has built a permanent collection of contemporary crafts for The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg and is currently documenting an important development in the field. She is married to H. Peter Stern, co-founder of Storm King Art Center.
Andrea Gill is Professor Emeritus at Alfred University’s School of Art and Design. She received an MFA in ceramic arts from Alfred University and a BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Tiffany Foundation, Gill’s work is in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute and many other public and private collections. She received The Peter Voulkos Fellowship from the Archie Bray Foundation and is a fellow of the American Craft Council.
John Gill is a Professor of Ceramic Art at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. He received an MFA from The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. A frequent presenter on the international stage, Gill has taught students in China with colleague Wayne Higby, presented the keynote address at the 7th International Ceramic Biennale in Korea. and been named a member of the International Academy of Ceramics. He has won numerous awards for his teaching and his craft. His work is held in many permanent collections including the Brooklyn Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He was elected as a Fellow of the American Crafts Council in 2014.
Albert LeCoff is a co-founder and the Executive Director of The Center for Art in Wood (formerly known as the Wood Turning Center) in Philadelphia. LeCoff has worked to promote the arts of woodturning and woodworking, and the artists involved in these pursuits through developing programs at the Center, organizing conferences and exhibitions across the United States, and lecturing internationally. Today, the Center for Art in Wood in Philadelphia stands as an invaluable resource for the study of finely crafted and conceived wood objects. In May 2018, after 31 years of service, Albert LeCoff will retire from his role as the Executive Director of The Center for Art in Wood.