Watson Bolhuis Wood
Emily Watson Kristine  Bolhuis Laura Wood

From Minimal to Bling: Contemporary Studio Jewelry

November 6, 2015 - January 10, 2016

Every other winter, The Society of Arts and Crafts brings together talented makers for an exhibition and sale of studio jewelry. From Minimal to Bling, now in its fifth year, presents the various trends, materials, and processes in contemporary jewelry. Each artist brings their own aesthetics and expertise to drafting table, and the result are stunning forms for the body — brooches, necklaces, earrings and beyond.


Bart Niswonger Libby Schrum Vivian Beer

Stay in Touch: Seven Years of the John D. Mineck Furniture Fellowship

August 1 - October 17, 2015

Established in 2009, The John D. Mineck Furniture Fellowship awards $25,000 annually to a young-in-career furniture maker demonstrating a dedication to the craft. This year, the Society of Arts and Crafts brings together the past winners in a special exhibition that shows off each of the Fellows' work and growth since their award. The 2015 Fellow will join Will Tracey (2009), Libby Schrum (2010), Bart Niswonger (2011), Nick Hollibaugh (2012), Vivian Beer (2013), Kimberly Winkle (2014), and Sarah Marriage (2015) in an exhibition that demonstrates continued growth and excellence in furniture.


Alchimia:An Anthology Alchimia:An Anthology Alchimia:An Anthology
          Monica Cecchi         Lucia Massei                     Sungho Cho

Alchimia: An Anthology
May 1 - July 11, 2015

Alchimia: An Anthology featured work of current and former faculty of the world-renowned jewelry program at the Alchimia School in Florence, Italy, complemented by a juried selection of pieces by alumni and final semester students. The exhibition highlighted technical skill and creativity, and showed a breadth materials and processes realized to form masterful pieces.

Works by the following faculty were shown: Orsetta Andreotti, Giampaolo Babetto, Peter Bauhuis, Paolo Bernardoni, Manfred Bischoff, Daniela Boieri, Doris Maninger, Giovanni Martinelli, Lucia Massei, Ruudt Peters (Keynote Speaker at SNAG Conference), Marzia Rossi, and Manuel Vilhena.

Alchimia: An Anthology was chosen as one of the 10 best displays as the 2015 SNAG conference by Art Jewelry Forum. Click here to read the review.

Kathy King Kevin Snipes Brian R. Jones

Collisions & Collaborations:
Kathy King, Kevin Snipes and Brian R. Jones

January 30 - April 11, 2015

For a year Jones, King, and Snipes exchanged sketches, images, and unfinished objects. The collaborative process culminated with a lively installation of new works.

Image: King, Snipes, Jones

Boston Design Week
The reception for Collisions & Collaborations is a part of Boston Design Week
- A 10-day Citywide Design Festival March 19-29, 2015

Our Cups Runneth Over Our Cups Runneth Over Our Cups Runneth Over

          Jessica Brandl        Jeremy Ayers                      Grace Sheese

Our Cups Runneth Over: Sculptural & Functional Cups

November 8, 2014-January 10, 2015

Our Cups Runneth Over is a biannual exhibition and sale of contemporary ceramic cups. The exhibition attracts collectors from across the country and has become an important educational destination to learn about the various formal, conceptual and technical approaches that clay allows.

Exhibiting Artists:
Nicole Aquillano, MA
Chadwick Augustine, NY
Jeremy Ayers, VT
Polly Becker, MA
Jessica Brandl, MA
Rob Cartelli, VT
David Eichelberger, NC
Sanam Emami, CO
Carole Ann Fer, ME
Brett Freund, NY
Kristina Gerig, OR
Ken Goldstrom, MA

Tyler Gulden, ME
Rena Hamilton, AZ
Lissa Hunter, ME
Brian R. Jones, OR
Ahrong Kim, PA
Kathy King, MA
Roberto Lugo, PA
Jenny Mendes, OH
Maureen Mills, NH
Kristen Morgin, CA
Megumi Naitoh, MA
Alex Reed, CA

Tilla Rodemann, MA
Judith Rosenstein, MA
Grace Sheese, IL
Kevin Snipes, OH
Aaron Sober, FL
Tom Spleth, NC
Eric Thornton, PA
Kyla Toomey, MA
Simon van der Ven, ME
Don Williams, NH
Sarah Williams, MA
Joe Wood, MA

William Daley William Daley: 14 for 7
Organized by the Philadelphia Art Alliance
August 2 - October 25, 2014

An exhibition of 14 works from Daley's 7 decades as a maker of pots and vessels, from 1954 to 2014. William Daley's geometric pieces explore the synthesis between interior and exterior structure, volume and surface. The unglazed clay forms echo ancient symbols and architectural spaces.

Michaela Stone Yong Joo Kim Jerilyn Virden

SAC Artists Awards Exhibition
May 2 - July 19, 2014

Held every other year, the SAC Artist Awards recognize the exemplary work of contemporary craft artists living in New England. The winners of this juried award program are included in a three-person exhibition of their artwork and each artist receives a $3,000 cash award.

Michaela Crie Stone, John D. Mineck Award (left image)
Yong Joo Kim, Ellen D. Grossman Award (middle image)
Jerilyn Virden, Stewart W. Thomson Award (right image)

Floral Fictions Floral Fictions Floral Fictions

          Early Bloomer        Seedy                      Entangled

Floral Fictions: Recent Work by Jessica Calderwood
January 31, 2014 - April 19, 2014

For the past decade Calderwood has developed a unique body of work largely through enameling, an ancient process of fusing glass to metal. Floral Fictions, presents recent sculpture and jewelry that combine flower and botanical forms with fragments of the human body to address the narrative of human life cycles: change, growth, aging, and death. Her beautiful and exquisitely crafted objects offer humorous and sometimes ironic insights into what it means to be alive. The exhibition will also include sketches and collages that provide a glimpse into the artist's working process.

From Minimal to Bling From Minimal to Bling From Minimal to Bling

          Donna Veverka        Lauren Markley                      Sarah Abramson

From Minimal to Bling: Contemporary Studio Jewelry
November 1, 2013 - January 11, 2014

From Minimal to Bling (MinBling) presents the current work of a select group of talented American studio jewelers. Various conceptual, material, and technical approaches will be examined in this, the fourth iteration of MinBling.

Exhibiting Artists:
Sarah Abramson
Carolyn Morris Bach
Bonnie Bishoff and J.M. Syron
Jim Bove
Kathleen Browne
Sarah Kate Burgess
Diane Chester-Demicco
Kat Cole

Donald Friedlich
Lisa Juen
Deb Karash
Ruth Koelewyn
Patricia Madeja
Lauren Markley
Jillian Moore

Gene Michael Pijanowski
Cara Romano
Betty Stoukides
Alan Burton Thompson
Marlene True
Donna Veverka
Paulette J. Werger

New Hampshire Furniture Masters New Hampshire Furniture Masters New Hampshire Furniture Masters

              Brian Reid                        Richard Oedel                                  Garrett Hack &                              Carolyn Enz Hack

Creative Minds, Disciplined Hands:
Selections from the New Hampshire Furniture Masters

August 3 - October 19, 2013

The exhibition presents the work of ten members of the New Hampshire Furniture Masters (NHFM), a group of artists and artisans dedicated to making handmade furniture of the highest quality. The group functions as a creative community that offers its members a source of critique, support, and encouragement. The NHFM also develop programs that educate the public about the importance of using one's mind and hands in concert to create objects of beauty, function and merit. Pieces in the exhibition reflect the particular styles and interests of each maker and will range from Early American to Shaker to Contemporary to Art Furniture.

Exhibiting artists:
Ted Blachly, Jon Brooks, John Cameron, Timothy Coleman, Garrett Hack, Sam Norris, Richard Oedel, Brian David Reid, William Thomas, A. Thomas Walsh

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Portraits in Glass Portraits in Glass Portraits in Glass

Joseph Cavalieri
silk screen and kiln fired enamel on glass, solder, steel frame

Rethinking Tradition: Portraits in Glass by Joseph Cavalieri
April 26 - July 20, 2013

New York-based artist Joseph Cavalieri uses traditional stained glass techniques to create striking portraits of iconic figures such as Jackie O, King Henry III and Bart Simpson. Joseph began working full time with glass in 2009 after a career Art Directing at GQ, People and Good Housekeeping magazines. This professional past led him to develop a strong sense of color, composition and unique concepts. He cleverly leverages this background with traditional glass techniques to bring a fresh twist to this Medieval art form.

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Contemporary Folk Contemporary Folk

Wesley Anderegg Head Spinner
earthenware, steel, wood, 33x12x10 inches

Contemporary Folk
February 15 - April 13, 2013

"Folk art is, indeed, the oldest of all the aristocracies of thought, and because it refuses what is passing and trivial, the merely clever and pretty, as certainly as the vulgar and insincere, and because it has gathered itself into the simplest and most unforgettable thoughts of the generations, it is the soil where all great art is rooted."
W. B. Yeats

Folk art draws its power from its directness, honesty and ingenuity. This exhibition brings together six contemporary American makers whose work has variously been described as folk art, outsider art, or visionary art. Half of this talented group includes individuals with no formal art training and half hold graduate degrees in the field of art. What binds them is that they are compelled to use their hands, hearts and minds to make work of great spirit and visceral interest.

Exhibiting artists include:
Wesley Anderegg, Harvey Peterson, Thomas Ridlon, Richard Rockford, Tod Smith, Jessica Straus

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Cup by Emami Cup by Puryear Cup by Gelsanliter

            Sanam Emami                  Adams Puryear     Thomas & Sarah Gelsanliter

Our Cups Runneth Over
November 16, 2012- January 19, 2013

Our Cups Runneth Over is a biannual exhibition and sale of contemporary ceramic cups featuring the work of 33 artists from around the country. The exhibition attracts the attention of regional and national collectors and has become an important educational destination for students to learn about the various formal, conceptual and technical approaches that ceramics allows.

Exhibiting Artists:
Kurt Anderson, Christa Assad, Chadwick Augustine, Klai Brown, Ed Brownlee, Patrick Coughlin, Nuala Creed, Frank Criscione, Paul Donnelly, Zach Duncan-Tessmer, Sanam Emami, Brett Freund, Thomas & Sarah Gelsanliter, Ken Goldstrom, Arthur Halvorsen, Hiroe Hanazono, Brian R. Jones, Kathy King, Beth Lo, Elisabeth Maurland, Jenny Mendes, Kristen Morgin, Boyan Moskov, Seth Nagelberg, Gillian Parke, Adams Puryear, Judith Rosenstein, Julie Schustack, Lynn Smiser Bowers, Shawn Spangler, Shalene Valenzuela, Judit Varga

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Maruyama Tag Project Maruyama Suitcase Project Maruyama Tag Project

Wendy Maruyama
Executive Order 9066
September 8 - November 3, 2012

In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 authorizing the internment of tens of thousands of American citizens and resident aliens of Japanese ancestry. Wendy Maruyama, a third generation Japanese-American and highly regarded artist/furniture maker based in San Diego, has created a compelling body of work examining this period in American history.

The exhibition includes three integrated parts: Executive Order 9066, the Tag Project, and a selection of historical artifacts. Executive Order 9066 involves a series of wall-mounted cabinets and sculptures referencing themes common in the internment camps. Maruyama's pieces integrate photo transfers based on the documentary photographs of Dorothea Lange and Toyo Miyatake in conjunction with materials such as barbed wire, tarpaper and domestic objects. The Tag Project consists of groupings of 120,000 recreated paper identification tags suspended from the ceiling. The suspended tags evoke a powerful sense of the humiliation endured by the internees and the sheer numbers of those displaced.

Maruyama's inclusion of actual objects owned or made by the internees brings an intensely personal awareness to the impact of Executive Order 9066. Included objects range from actual suitcases used by families during their relocation to an array of items made by internees from available materials in the camps. The schedule will feature a gallery reception, dinner with the artist and a Taiko drumming performance, and lecture by Maruyama addressing her experience, inspiration and the process that resulted in this compelling project.

The schedule will feature a gallery reception, dinner with the artist and a Taiko drumming performance, and a lecture by Maruyama addressing her experience, inspiration and the process that resulted in this compelling project.

The traveling exhibition and catalog were made possible with a grant from the Windgate Charitable Foundation. The exhibition will travel to:

Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arkansas, February 1 to April 21, 2013

Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona, September 28, 2013 to January 4, 2014

San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, California, March 1 to May 24, 2014

Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco, California, October 2, 2014 to January 4, 2015