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Breaking Ground: A Century of Craft Art in Western New York Preview

By Meg Colbert, Visual Resources Assistant/Creative Workshop Registrar

Breaking Ground: A Century of Craft Art in Western New York
Edited by Barbara Lovenheim
Contributors: Suzanne Ramljak, Paul J. Smith

breakinggroundcoverBreaking Ground provides a comprehensive survey of the flourishing craft art movement in Western New York from conception to contemporary examples. Editor Barbara Lovenheim gives an overview of the Arts and Crafts Movement by recalling the history of local craft through the Roycrofters, Gustav Stickley and Corning Glass Works. However, it is the founding and growth of world renowned programs in craft through Alfred’s School of Ceramics and RIT’s School for American Crafts, as Lovenheim states continues to make Western New York “a major center of the craft movement.” The section of “Craft Roots in Rochester” touches upon the city’s specific connection to craft and artist development, and cites the Memorial Art Gallery’s Rochester-Finger Lakes exhibitions (which began in 1938 and continue biannually today) as one of the first open, juried art exhibitions to display regional craft. Many of the artist’s featured in this book have exhibited in the Rochester-Finger Lakes shows. The middle of the book features four regional artists, Wendell Castle, Albert Paley (Albert Paley in the 21st Century exhibition coming to the MAG May 2-June 27, 2010), Michael Taylor and Wayne Higby. By interviewing one artist from each craft medium (wood, metal, glass and clay) Lovenheim offers an overview of the background, inspiration and development which illustrate the artists’ local and national contributions to their craft. The final section of the book discusses the four mediums and Western New York’s contemporary contributors. Breaking Ground provides an engaging look into the past and present of Craft Art in Western New York. Historical photographs and stunning images of the work of the featured artists accompany this 157 page book.

Meet the people behind this book this Sunday!

Panel Discussion: Craft Art
Memorial Art Gallery
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Starts at 2:30 pm

“Craft Art: Looking Back, Looking Forward.” Celebrate the publication of the Memorial Art Gallery’s new book Breaking Ground: A Century of Craft Art in Western New York, edited by Barbara Lovenheim, Suzanne Ramljak and Paul J. Smith. The panelists are Smith, director emeritus of the American Craft Museum; and artists Robin Cass, Wendell Castle, Wayne Higby, Linda Sikora and Leonard Urso; Ramljak, editor of Metalsmith magazine, is the moderator. Followed by a book signing. Included in Gallery admission.


Comment from ZAREMA
Time: March 19, 2010, 11:51 am

Thanks the author for article. The main thing do not forget about users, and continue in the same spirit.

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