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 - 2:30pm | 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, Co-Director, Trusts and Estates, David Rago Arts and Auction Center. Attendees will receive complimentary admission to Smithsonian Craft Show. Doors open at 10:00am

Saturday, April 28 - Symposium
10am - 12pm | Smithsonian American Art Museum McEvoy Auditorium
Free and Open to the Public
The symposium will feature our five Distinguished Educators Sonya Clark, Helen Drutt English, Andrea and John Gill and Albert LeCoff who will share their work and discuss topics in craft education with moderator and Executive Director of the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design.  Do not miss this outstanding, free public program!


Saturday, April 28 - Cocktail Party
5pm - 8pm | Glenview Mansion
Patrons attend for free | $150 members | $200 non-members
Excessive adornment encouraged! Join us for an evening of delights which will include a limited and exclusive auction of craft adventures; an awards ceremony honoring our distinguished educators; and a celebratory send-off to Elmerina and Paul Parkman before they reverse migrate north. Don't have adornments? Fret not as handmade ornamentation will be available for purchase!

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 Thom Norris and Eric Markow 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:

2018 Ad Purchase Form     2018 Ad Specs Sheet

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 Drutt English is widely credited with authoring the first college-level syllabus on the history of modern craft in 1973. She was a founding member of the Philadelphia Council of Professional Craftsmen and served as its Executive Director until 1974. That same year, she founded the Helen Drutt Gallery, one of the first galleries in the United States committed to contemporary craft. In addition, her writing in articles, essays, and books has contributed greatly to the scholarship in American Craft. She is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics, was admitted to the Goldsmith’s Hall of Fame in 2004, was named an Honorary Fellow of the American Craft Council in 1992 and was honored with the Lifetime Achievement in Craft by the National Women’s Museum in 1993.
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.