SummerStudio: Craft in America - Themes and Practices of Contemporary Art

This four and a half day series of workshops will provide unique opportunities for participants to deepen their involvement with craft mediums and processes while working with artists featured in the award-winning PBS series, Craft In America.

June 25-29 | Kutztown, PA

Craft and Art Education:

Kutztown University—in partnership with the National Art Education Association and Craft In America, a Los Angeles-based non-profit organization with a mission to promote and advance original handcrafted work—is pleased to offer “SummerStudio | Craft In America: Themes and Practices of Contemporary Craft.” This four and a half day series of workshops will provide unique opportunities for participants to deepen their involvement with craft mediums and processes while working with artists featured in the award-winning PBS series, Craft In America. Each day will consist of presentations and demonstrations, focused studio work, and mini-sessions devoted to taking ideas and craft sensibilities back to the classroom. An overarching theme will be the role of craft in contemporary society, as seen through the range of perspectives provided by our special guest artists.

Carol Sauvion, Executive Producer and Director of Craft in America, will provide an overview of the Craft in America project and will introduce participants to each of the craft artist workshop presenters. A special highlight will be the introduction of the Craft In America Educator Guides that accompany the television series’ seventeen themed episodes—Memory, Landscape, Community, Origins, Process, Messages, Family, Threads, Crossroads, Forge, Holiday, Industry, Service, Music, Celebration, Teachers, and Nature. Event partners include Kutztown University and Craft in America.

Studio Workshop Program: Workshop introduction begins Sunday, June 25, at 3:00 p.m., followed by dinner. Daily studio workshop sessions begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 5:00 p.m. A light breakfast will be provided with lunch and dinner on your own. Don’t miss the Wednesday evening dinner for all participants, artists, and instructors.

Workshop Sessions: Two sessions, each with a different guest artist, run concurrently for two days, followed by two more days of concurrent sessions, again with different artists. Participants will be given the opportunity to identify preferred sessions, and every effort will be made to align participants with their workshop session preferences.

Graduate Credit: For students taking the workshop for credit, coursework will extend through online instruction beyond the dates of the workshop. Students will use workshop content to engage in the development of crafts oriented curriculum plans. To enroll for graduate credit, students must register for both the workshop and the graduate online course.

Workshop Faculty

Program Director: Marilyn Stewart, PhD is Professor of Art Education at Kutztown University, co-author of the textbook program Explorations in Art, co-author of Rethinking Curriculum in Art, author of Thinking Through Aesthetics, and editor of the Art Education in Practice series. A frequent keynote speaker and consultant in national curriculum projects, she has conducted over 200 extended institutes, seminars, or in-service days in over 30 states; is the recipient of several honors in her field; and was named by the National Art Education Association as the 2011 National Art Educator of the Year. She is Director of the Craft In America Educator Guides Project.

Julia. L. Hovanec, PhD is Assistant Professor of Art Education at Kutztown University and chair of the art education undergraduate program committee. She presents at regional, state, and national education and art education conferences; she also facilitates many professional development workshops, institutes, conferences, and seminars in Pennsylvania. Her current research involves preservice art teachers, professional identity construction, reflective practice, and arts integration.

Art Education Consultant: Amy Bloom earned her MEd. in Art Education from Kutztown University, and her PhD in Art Education and Women’s Studies from Penn State. She has been a member of the three-person Craft In America Educator Guides Writing Team for several years and, in that capacity, has authored and implemented many of the Educator Guides lessons and resource materials.

Art Education Consultant: Dolores E. Eaton is a teacher of ceramics, chair of the Arts Department and Director of the Silva Gallery at The Pennington School in Pennington, New Jersey. She has presented nationally about her curriculum work for The Dinner Party Curriculum Project and as member of the three-person Craft in America Educator Guides Writing Team.

Workshop Presenters

Carol Sauvion is the creator, Executive Producer, and Director of Craft in America, the documentary series celebrating American craft and the artists who bring it to life. Craft is Sauvion’s lifelong passion. She is the director of Freehand, her Los Angeles gallery specializing in functional craft.

Jeff Oestreich was trained in the austere simplicity of traditional Asian pottery while serving as apprentice to Bernard Leach in England in the 1960s. A highly regarded studio potter, Oestreich has exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide, including the outstanding collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Incheon World Ceramic Center, the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Dave and Roberta Williamson are jewelers who live in Berea, Ohio. The Williamsons create jewelry that combines ephemera and found objects, some of which has been passed down in their families, and others found at the many flea markets and antique shows they frequent. Working as true partners in the process, Dave brings the technical skills that complement Roberta’s creative combination of art and design.

Julie Chen is an internationally known book artist who has been publishing limited edition artists’ books under the Flying Fish Press imprint for 30 years. Her work can be found in numerous collections worldwide including the Library of Congress, Washington, DC, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. She is a professor of book art at Mills College.

Terese Agnew was a sculptor before she began to create densely embroidered quilts by a process she calls “drawing with thread”. Her themes are environmental and social. One of her most notable quilts is the Portrait of a Textile Worker, constructed of thousands of clothing labels stitched together and about the exploitation and abuse of laborers, the by-products of globalization and the insatiable American appetite for goods.


Registration begins March 1, 2017
$500 NAEA members | $550 non-members

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Dr. Marilyn Stewart
Director SummerStudio: Craft In America
Department of Art Education & Crafts Kutztown University
Kutztown, PA 19530
Phone: 610-683-4517
Fax: 610-683-4502