State of Craft celebrates the artistic, social and economic history
of the Vermont studio crafts movement over the last 50 years.
Over the last five decades, Vermont emerged as one of the epicenters of the crafts revival in America. The artistic, social, and economic history of the contemporary crafts movement in the Green Mountain State was researched and presented in a major museum exhibition at the Bennington Museum in 2010.
The exhibition featured more than 125 pivotal craft objects by 86 Vermont craftspeople, including master artists, emerging artists, and key individuals throughout the more than fifty year time frame of the Vermont studio craft movement, c. 1960-2010. It was based on themes that emerged from curatorial research by Anne Majusiak and Jamie Franklin and on oral history interviews conducted by the Vermont Folklife Center. The exhibition also included historical photographs, documents, artifacts and text describing each artist's role in the larger cultural and social history of the studio craft movement.
Three overarching themes, Living by Making, Inspirations, and Communities and Connections, together told the stories of Vermont's diverse craftspeople and illustrated the multifaceted nature of craft production in the state. To learn more about this story, click here.
The Vermont Crafts Council selected 24 Vermont craft galleries, schools, organizations and businesses, museums and historical societies as satellite sites State of Craft showcase events. A diverse roster of activities provided a rich view of the historic traditions of craft production in the state, the story of the modern studio craft movement, and their interconnections.
The complete list of Showcase Events is here.