Artist Spotlight @ Alberta Craft Council with Connie Cooper

As time goes on, I find that it is important to slow down, to
simplify and keep to what is important to me. As my life is reflected in
what I make, the pieces are simple, with less surface decoration and
more attention to form, texture, colour and material interaction in
firing.

A trip to Iceland, where the landscape is igneous,
textural and pristine, has renewed my interest in geology and landscape.
Mined from the earth and transformed by fire and heat, clay and glaze
minerals were the first materials synthesized by man. Drawn in part by
this interest to work with clay, my intent is to reference and reflect
this inspiration
. – Connie Cooper (Calgary)

Call for artists: generation whY


exploring the voices of craft makers 35 & younger

This exhibition will reveal the distinctive voice of our current handmade culture by featuring craft artists of generation Y (born between 1976 – 2000).

Questions for reflecting on the theme:

• Why did you start making craft?

• What is the inspiration or origin of your work?

• Are you making a statement? (Feminism, environmentalism, anti-capitalism, etc.)

• What are the future goals of your craft?

This call is open to all current and former Alberta artists ages 35 and younger working in fine craft mediums. Fine craft mediums include clay, fibre, metal, glass, wood, stone & found objects.

** All pieces must be original in design – no kits or patterns **

Your submission should include:

• a brief statement answering some of the above questions

• artist bio, contact information & year of birth

• up to 10 good quality images (digital – 4”x6” 300dpi) of work to be in the exhibition

• an image list that includes title, medium, technique, year made, size & photo credit

Entry Deadline: Friday, May 13, 2011

Exhibition Dates: July 16 – Sept 24, 2011

Reception: Saturday, July 16, 2011, 2-4 pm

This submission can be sent via e-mail or mail.

E-mail: acc@albertacraft.ab.ca

Mail: Alberta Craft Council, 10186 – 106 Street

Edmonton, AB T5J 1H4

Questions on this call?

Please contact Annette at (780) 488-6611 ext 221 or acc@albertacraft.ab.ca

Call to Artists:: In the Red: creation from deficit


Submission deadline: February 11, 2011
Exhibition location: Alberta Craft Council’s Feature Gallery
Exhibition dates: TBA

“In the Red” is a budgetary term originating from the traditional practice of showing negative numbers in red ink. In 2010 five million dollars was cut from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts budget and we must now ask ourselves how these cuts will affect the cultural voice of Alberta. In the Red will explore the impact of these cuts on an artist’s ability to create; in essence how do you craft something out of nothing?

Questions for reflection on the theme: -How does the concept of creation from deficit manifest in contemporary craft?
-How do these cuts affect your studio practice? Your exhibitions? Your community?
-How would you interpret Alberta’s new brand “Freedom to create, spirit to achieve”? This call is open to current & former Alberta artists working in all fine craft mediums.
Your submission should include:
– a brief statement on how your piece(s) relates to the theme of the exhibition
– up-to-date cv, artist statement & bio
– good quality digital images of your work (4×6 -300 dpi jpg)
– image list that includes; title, medium and techniques used, date created, dimensions and image credit.

This submission can be sent via email or mail. Email: laura@albertacraft.ab.ca Mail: Alberta Craft Council
10186-106 St. Edmonton, AB
T5J 1H4
For more information on this call please email laura@albertacraft.ab.ca or call (780) 488-6611 ext 231