HCCC Curator, Kathryn Hall. Photo by Kim Coffman. HCCC Curatorial Fellow, Sarah Darro. Photo courtesy Sarah Darro



Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is pleased to announce that former curatorial fellow Kathryn Hall was promoted to curator last fall. After receiving a Masters in art history at the University of Georgia, Hall moved to Houston in 2012 to serve as HCCC’s curatorial fellow for nearly three years. During that time, she assisted former curators, Anna Walker and Elizabeth Kozlowski, and served as interim curator for six months. Since October, 2012, she has curated nine exhibitions at the center, including Dining and Discourse: A Discussion in Three Courses, Artifice of Nature, and The Maker's Archive, among others. In 2013, she spearheaded the SPRAWL Speaker Series, the first of its kind at HCCC, which brought together local professionals working in government, architecture, and urban planning to discuss topics related to a large-scale exhibition on the same subject. In the past year, she has written articles for Metalsmith and Studio Potter magazines, as well as essays on two solo exhibitions by Houston artist Edward Lane McCartney. About her new position, Hall commented, “As curator at HCCC, I plan to continue bringing cutting-edge exhibitions to Houston, working with the community-at large to demonstrate the relevance of craft in our everyday lives.”

Posted 11 February 2016

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Sarah Darro became HCCC’s new curatorial fellow after completing a Master’s degree in visual, material and museum anthropology at Oxford University. Her research interests include the materiality of counterculture and domestic spaces; artist communities and collectives; the life histories and agency of objects; and how the built, bodily and social worlds intersect. She has conducted fieldwork, worked with artists, and held positions in museums internationally. Most recently, she worked in Philadelphia as an intern for the Mütter Museum’s fine art collection and as the curatorial research assistant at the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford. At Barnard College of Columbia University, Darro received a dual undergraduate degree in art history and anthropology, which sparked her passion for exhibition design and curating. She is thrilled to have joined the curatorial department at HCCC and looks forward to bringing forth innovative and thought-provoking exhibitions.
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is a nonprofit visual arts center dedicated to advancing education about the process, product and history of craft. HCCC provides exhibition, retail and studio spaces to support the work of local and national artists and serves as a resource for artists, educators and the community at large.
This year, HCCC is celebrating its quinceañera—15 years of educating people of all ages about the beauty and value of contemporary craft. The years since 2001 have seen the organization grow exponentially, with its Artist Residency Program now nationally regarded and its presentation of original exhibitions outstanding. HANDS-ON HOUSTON, a free, monthly, family craft activity has exploded from averaging 50 visitors to over 350 in the past four years. The Asher Gallery has some of the most unique gifts and home décor in Houston, and the Craft Garden offers visitors a chance to learn about plants used in craft making. HCCC has fully grown into its mission and offers visitors many great opportunities to enjoy and learn about craft.
Located in the Museum District at 4848 Main Street, HCCC is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM, and Sunday, 12 – 5 PM. Summer Hours: Closed Sundays, July 5th – Labor Day. Holidays: Closed Easter, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Also closed January 12 – 15, 2016, for repairs. Admission is free. Free parking is available directly behind the facility, off Rosedale and Travis Street. HCCC is three blocks south of Wheeler Ave. MetroRail station on Main Street.
HCCC is funded in part by grants from The Brown Foundation; Houston Endowment, Inc.; the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance; Texas Commission on the Arts; the National Endowment for the Arts; the Kinder Foundation; the Morgan Foundation; Windgate Charitable Foundation; and the Wortham Foundation. HCCC is a member of the Houston Museum District and the Midtown Arts District. For more information, call 713-529-4848 or visit Find HCCC on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @CraftHouston.
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