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Currents 2020
Upcoming Exhibit

Currents 2020

March 5 – April 11

NWDC Exhibit and Symposium

Northwest Designer Craftsmen (NWDC) presents Currents 2020, a national invitational juried exhibition, symposium and weekend of masterclasses from March 5 - April 11, 2020. Currents 2020, in partnership with the Schack Art Center, commemorates the 65th anniversary of NWDC's mission to promote excellence in design and craftsmanship, and stimulate interest and appreciation for craft in and beyond the Northwest region.

This groundbreaking effort offers a nationally curated craft exhibition in tandem with a dynamic panel session of leading figures in the 21st century craft movement, as well as master classes taught by nationally renowned artists in a variety media.

A juried regional membership organization, NWDC serves makers in Washington, Montana, Alaska, Oregon and Idaho. Currents 2020, a National Craft Exhibition is an innovative effort, because it features 40 established and rising stars in the American Craft movement from beyond the northwest region, all invited by a panel of esteemed jurors. Their creations, juxtaposed with the NWDC artists, will inspire and provoke exciting conversations regarding regional differences and the current state of American craft in the 21st century.

"Most importantly, the Northwest region has not experienced a National Exhibition and Symposium of this caliber and scale in recent memory.  The opportunity to dialog, learn from and influence craft artists of the future will have a lasting effect on the health and future of the American craft movement." - Michael Monroe, Currents 2020 Chief Juror and Curator

Exhibition jurors and panel sessions will be led by:

Michael W. Monroe, Director Emeritus, Bellevue Art Museum (BAM), Bellevue, Washington, Curator-in-Charge, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC., 1995 Honorary Fellow of the American Craft Council.

Nora Atkinson, Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC., Curator, Bellevue Arts Museum (BAM), Bellevue, Washington.

Bruce Pepich, Executive Director and Curator of Collections, Racine Art Museum (RAM), Racine, Wisconsin, 2012 Honorary Fellow of the American Craft Council.

The three jurors, as well as Stefano Catalani, Executive Director, Gage Academy of Art, Seattle, Washington, will attend the opening reception and join in a panel discussion, Inspiration for a New Decade, on Thursday, March 5th moderated by Michael Monroe, Currents 2020 Chief Juror and Curator.

Eight renowned and nationally celebrated artists will offer masterclasses in ceramics, basketry, glass, jewelry, mixed-media, paper and paper cutting, textiles, and wood from March 6 - 9, 2020 at several locations in downtown Everett, WA.

The following master artists will be included in the exhibition, be present at the panel discussion and join in the exhibition preview reception.

  • Pat Hickman - Basketry
  • John Garrett - Mixed Media
  • Dean Pulver - Wood
  • Gerhardt Knodel - Textiles
  • Kensuke Yamada - Ceramics
  • Beatrice Coron - Paper
  • Susan Taylor Glasgow - Glass
  • Robert Ebendorf - Jewelry

Masterclasses will be available to NWDC artists and students across the region and beyond. Registration information coming soon!

A day-long bus tour is planned for Saturday, March 7th, to Skagit and Snohomish artists' studios, galleries and museums. Tour guests will be able to enjoy the beautiful northwest countryside with the conviviality of fellow artists, art patrons and collectors. Stops in Snohomish, La Conner, Bow Edison and Mt Vernon regions are under consideration.

Following the symposium weekend NWDC artists will offer workshops, gallery tours, talks and demonstrations at the Schack Art Center throughout the remainder of the exhibition, which ends on April 11, 2020.

(images in header-left to right: "Diver", 2014, Kensuke Yamada, Stoneware; "Babble Basket 3", 2019, John Garret, Various metals, fabric, Photo Credit: Margot Geist; "Concentration", 2015, Pat Hickman, Wire)