The 33rd National Arts & Crafts Conference at the Omni Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC February 21 - 23, 2020
"The most important weekend of the year for Arts & Crafts collectors." - The New York Times
Asheville Art Museum Presentation & Reception
Photo courtesy of Romantic Asheville
"Women & American Art Pottery"
St. Mary's Episcopal Church (337 Charlotte Street, Asheville, NC 28801)
Cost: $25 for Museum and SMEC Members, $35 for non-members
includes light reception and shuttle services for Conference Attendees from the Grove Park Inn
See information below on ordering tickets
"The manifestation of the Arts & Crafts style in the United States is due in large part to the impressive productivity of several art potteries at the time. An art pottery was a business in which decorative ceramics were mass produced but finished - and often painted in detail - by hand. Even more significantly, at a time before women had the right to vote, they led the way in these potteries, thereby dictating the taste of fashionable decorative arts to collect and display in one's home. After the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia and its Women's Pavilion, American women were presented with the possibility of creating artworks in a way that was considered acceptable for middle class women of the day. These inspired women were not only incredibly talented but also proved to be innovative entrepreneurs in the early 20th-century revival of the craft."
Join the Asheville Art Museum at St. Mary's Episcopal Church - a perfect example of an Arts & Crafts style building done by the resident architect of the Biltmore Estate, Richard Sharp Smith - for a special presentation by Asheville Art Museum's assistant curator Whitney Richardson. Richardson specializes in craft, decorative arts, and architecture of the 20th and 21st centuries. A curator of the recent Symbols of Asheville an exhibit of an Art Deco masterpiece - Asheville's City Hall - and contributor to over a dozen exhibits at her previous position at the Wolfsonian, Richardson holds an undergraduate degree in architectural history from Columbia University and a graduate degree in the history of design & decorative arts from Glasgow University.
An optional architecture tour of St. Mary's Episcopal Church will be offered at 4:30pm.
Presented in partnership with the 32nd National Arts & Crafts Conference at the Omni Grove Park Inn and St. Mary's Episcopal Church.
Space is limited: register by February 10th. Please visit www.ashevilleart.org for tickets and information or you can call 828-2553-3227 ext.122
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