Freed Formats: the book reconsidered
June 15 – July 27, 2019
Curated by Chris Perry & Alice Walsh
Opening reception: Saturday, June 15, 6 pm
Artists’ Talk: Saturday, June 22, 11 am, featuring Shiela Hale, Miriam Schaer, and Beatrice Coron
What is book art? It can be an existing book that has been altered by the artist; an original hand-made book using unconventional materials; an object that tells a story but does not resemble a conventional book; an object that opens like a book but contains no text inside.
Freed Formats appeals to all ages. Each person has a different feeling about what a book means to them. Book art engages anyone who has ever read, written or, for that matter, held a book in their hands. A book can impart information, entertain, outrage, inspire. With book art, the artist takes this thing we call a book, and turns it on its head, or turns it inside out, or turns it into something that is unrecognizable as ever having been a book.
Freed Formats features 135 works of book art by 53 artists from 17 states and 2 countries. Programming includes book-making workshops for adults and children, artist talks, and a screening of the documentary film Codex.
The Village Project
March 1 – April 4, 2019
The Village Project is a community installation. Created by artist Denise Minnerly (Norwalk, CT), in collaboration with Don Bracken (Cornwall Bridge, CT), the exhibition features handmade, floor-resting clay houses which form a village beneath a sculptural pod created from Connecticut vines and roots.
Visitors are invited to use clay provided in the gallery to create their own visions of home. Their work will then be fired in one of CAW’s kilns before being added to the growing collective community centered in our gallery.
Artwork by Minnerly and Bracken on both levels of the Hilles Gallery complement their sculptural, community centerpiece.
A closing reception and artist talk will take place on Thursday, April 4 at 6 pm.
For information on how to bring a group to build with clay at CAW, contact Robin Green at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Creative Matters: Contemporary Student Work
January 17 – February 23, 2019
Opening reception: Thursday, January 17, 6-8 pm
Group exhibition of new work by current students. Over 115 works — book arts, drawing/painting, fiber arts, photography, pottery, printmaking, and sculpture/jewelry — will be on view. This diverse selection reflects the breadth of artistic activity happening at CAW.
49th Annual Celebration of American Crafts
November 24 – December 23, 2018
In Range: Faculty Biennial
September 7-November 3, 2018
Opening Reception Friday September 7, 5:30-7 pm
Creative Arts Workshop presents new work by its faculty of professional artists. The exhibition features a diverse selection of work and styles, reflecting the breadth of artistic activity happening at CAW.
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Sea Change: Transforming Found Objects & Environments
August 10-31, 2018
Working in collaboration with the young people in CAW’s Adventures in Art programs, Selim CAW Instructor Gul Rukh Selim helped explore the ways in which we are shaped by the sea and we shape it in turn. In this era of rapid climate change, the urgency of reexamining our treatment of the earth is palpable and art remains a powerful vehicle for conveying this urgency. We thank Ashley’s ice cream for its sponsorship of this exhibition and the ice cream social.
May 22 – June 30, 2017
In Out of Order, Gregson explores contradictions where order and disorder share the same place.
March 13 – April 21, 2017
By Members of New England Wax: Art in the Medium of Encaustic
Juror: Jennifer Gross, Former Chief Curator, The deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
September 19 – October 28, 2016
August 6 – September 2, 2016
Group exhibit featuring emerging young artists curated by Young People’s Department and Artist in Residence, Liz Antle-O’Donnell.
Welcomed to Whackville by Eric Epstein
June 24 – July 29, 2016
CONCRETE & SHADOWS curated by Steve DiGiovanni and featuring Riley Brewster, Howard el-Yasin, Jilaine Jones, Christopher Mir
RETROSPECTIVE by Graziella Patrucco de Solodow
May 13 – June 10, 2016
Juried by renowned contemporary American painter, Barkley Hendricks
March 20 – April 30, 2016
A glimpse into CAW’s curriculum, the type of work that comes out of our courses and the quality of instruction CAW students receive.
January 26 – February 26, 2016
A national exhibition with juror George Fifield, director of Boston Cyberarts, featuring Robin Mandel and Joseph Morris
November 18 – December 23, 2015
The exhibition features new work by five of their active members: Barbara Groff, William Meddick, Ralph Schwartz, Peter Seltzer, and Cheryl Weymann.
September 18 – October 30, 2015
Responding to the theme of “New England,” 26 artists from the Guild of Book Worker’s New England chapter presented new bookbinding and artist books.
September 18 – October 30, 2015
This exhibition presented recent work by Shirley Binin — figurative images using hand made paper and gouache, often including elements such as thread or string, built on a fabric base.
August 7 – September 7, 2015
For our 2015 August Installation, Virginia Melnyk combined fabric and lights to create a three-dimensional wall of color and pattern in our Hilles Gallery. While the Gallery was closed to the public during August, the Installation was on view 24 hours a day through its two-story windows.
June 12 – July 17, 2015
Our 2015 Juried Show presented artworks that explore the intersection of analog and digital media. The exhibition was juried by George Fifield, media arts curator, writer, teacher, artist, and founder of Boston CyberArts.