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Currents 2020
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Currents 2020

March 5 – May 29

NWDC Exhibit and Symposium

(image in header-Energy XI - Rise, Let Me Sun Rise by Naoko Morisawa)



Important Dates:

March 5, 3:30-5pm,  PANEL DISCUSSION (CANCELLED)****

March 5, 5-8pm,  OPENING RECEPTION 


March 7, BUS TOUR

Exhibit runs March 5-May 29, 2020 at Schack Art Center

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





Opening reception will still take place March 5, 5-8pm 

Inspirations for a New Decade
Panel Discussion Moderated by Michael Monroe
With Panelists Nora Atkinson, Bruce Pepich and Stefano Catalani
Thursday, March 5, 2020 from 3:30 – 5 pm
Schack Art Center
Everett, WA

Please RSVP  to
(Opening reception for the Currents 2020 National Craft Exhibition immediately follows)

Inspirations for a New Decade is free to the public.  Inspirations for a New Decade is generously funded by the Russell and Marjorie Day Invited Lecture Series, an annual lecture series sponsored by NWDC through generous donations to the program.

The Currents 2020 National Craft Exhibition and Symposium presents a survey of contemporary and traditional craft in America today.  It is an opportunity to celebrate excellence in craft and design, and to compare and contrast current and continuing trends in craft making.  It promises to be a seminal exhibition marking today’s trends and tomorrow’s expectations.

Inspirations for a New Decade will offer an opportunity for our curator, jurors and an esteemed member of the Seattle craft scene to explore what they see in the Currents 2020 exhibition and how that work reflects and informs what will happen in the next decade.  The moderator also will call upon some of the master class instructors for their comments on the exhibition.  It is sure to be a lively discussion about the state of craft in America.

Moderator Michael W. Monroe, Chief Curator, Juror and Panel Moderator for Currents 2020. Director Emeritus, Bellevue Art Museum (BAM), Bellevue, Washington, Curator-in-Charge, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC., Honorary Fellow of the American Craft Council.

Panelist Nora Atkinson, Currents 2020 Juror and Panelist. The Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC., Curator, Bellevue Arts Museum (BAM), Bellevue, Washington.

Panelist Bruce PepichCurrents 2020 Juror and Panelist. Executive Director and Curator of Collections, Racine Art Museum (RAM), Racine, Wisconsin, 2012 Honorary Fellow of the American Craft Council.

Panelist Stefano Catalani,Currents 2020 Invited Panelist, Executive Director, Gage Academy of Art, Seattle, Washington, Director of Art, Craft and Design, Bellevue Arts Museum (BAM), Bellevue, Washington, Director, Atelier 31 Gallery, Seattle, Washington.



Class Registration now open HERE.

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
  • Robert Ebendorf - Jewelry

Masterclasses will be available to NWDC artists and students across the region and beyond. Registration now open here.



Sign up for the BUS TOUR here.

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.

(image in header-Energy XI - Rise, Let Me Sun Rise by Naoko Morisawa)


Out of caution for our senior panelist, in light of this terrible Novel Corona Virus outbreak in our region, the panel 'Inspiration for a New Decade' event is cancelled.
The gala opening of the beautiful Currents 2020 National Craft Exhibition WILL OCCUR from
5 to 8 PM on March 5th at Schack Art Center with Currents 2020 Juror Nora Atkinson in attendance in the early part of the evening as will our invitational national master artists-instructors.
Schack Art Center is taking extreme precautions to ensure a sanitized environment.
Please join us for the opening.
We are already in talks with our jurors to join us at a future date when the fear of the Novel Corona Virus is behind us for an invited talk. Please look for information about that opportunity in the coming year.
Many thanks for your support and interest in our Currents 2020 panel program.
My best,
Nancy Loorem Adams
Chair Currents 2020
President Northwest Designer Craftsmen

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