American Craft Forum: Craft Writing Now


Minneapolis, Minnesota – The American Craft Council, a national nonprofit organization based in Minneapolis, will host a conversation about craft writing on zoom at 1 p.m. Central on January 13. This program, part of the American Craft Forums series presented in conjunction with American Craft magazine, will feature the winners of the Lois Moran Award for Craft Writing.

The award is named after the late Lois Moran, longtime editor of American Craft magazine, published by the Craft Council. Winners and invited jurors will explore what it means to write about craftsmanship in the contemporary moment, who writes and has access to platforms, how craftsmanship intersects with the human experience, and how this kind of dialogue can really help us to move the dial.
The winners of the first Lois Moran Prize are:
Velina Robinson Glass, a longtime healthcare executive who left the industry in 2004 to focus on a career in the arts.
Kelly Pendergrast, writer, researcher and media artist living in San Francisco. She writes about the social impacts of technology, material culture and digital images.
Aram Han Sifuentes, a fiber and social practice artist, writer and educator who works to reclaim spaces for immigrant and disenfranchised communities.
And the jurors who selected the winners include:
Glen Adamson, New York-based curator, writer and historian.
Indira Allegra, who explores memorial as a genre and a vital part of the human experience. Indira also won the Burke Prize from the Museum of Art and Design in New York for artists under 45 who work in the broad fields of glass, fiber, clay, metal or wood.
Mr. Rachael Arauz, independent curator of modern and contemporary art, holder of a doctorate. in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania.
“We are proud to host this forum with so many outstanding writers and artists,” said Judy Hawkinson, Acting Executive Director of the Craft Council. “It provides a tremendous opportunity for artisans and writers, as well as the public, to exchange ideas.”

About the American Craft Council: Founded in 1943, the American Craft Council is a national nonprofit organization, based in Minneapolis, that connects and galvanizes diverse craft communities to advance the impact of craftsmanship in the contemporary American life. The Council strives to keep artisans and the community connected, inspired and thriving. The Council supports crafts and artists through a variety of programs, including a national magazine (American Craft), craft forums, an emerging artist program, ACC awards, a national conference, and annual markets. in St. Paul, Baltimore and Atlanta.

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