Craft / Material Studies

Visiting Artist: Sara Clugage

Sara Clugage lives and works in Brooklyn, where she is the editor-in-chief of Dilettante Army, an online journal for art and critical theory. In addition to weaving and writing about weaving, she is part of the Leadership Collective for the Wikipedia campaign Art+Feminism and a member of the interdisciplinary collective Sprechgesang Institute. She also creates salon dinners themed around the economic models and culinary styles of different periods in art history. She has written for The Journal of Modern Craft, Surface Design Journal, Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture, and Pelican Bomb. Sara holds an MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Workshop description:

Art+Feminism is a campaign to improve coverage of gender, feminism, and the arts on Wikipedia. Wikipedia is the largest general reference work online, but less than 10% of Wikipedia editors are women. What stories don’t get told, and what art is undervalued, because it is not visible on the internet?

In this workshop, we will focus on the theory, structure, and practice of Wikipedia. How do we craft information, and what are the materials we need to create it? How do we sustain practices that are granular, iterative, and slow, whether in the art world or in the digital commons? Participants will discuss editing as a socially-engaged craft practice and learn the guidelines and basic tools for editing Wikipedia. Please bring your laptops!

Artist Lecture:
Thursday, September 19th, 12:30pm
Institute for Contemporary Art
601 West Broad Street

Friday, September 20th, 9:00am-1:00pm
Fine Arts Building, 1000 West Broad Street
2nd Floor Fibers Studio, room 211

Visiting Artist/Curator: Shannon R. Stratton

Curator, Shannon R. Stratton will talk about the trajectory of her practice from studio to curatorial work and the impact of her background in craft on her perspective on arts administration. Based in Queens, NY, Stratton earned her MA in Art, History, Theory, and Criticism and her MFA in Studio Art from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. She is currently the Interim Senior Curator at The John Michael Kohler Arts Center and core faculty in the Critical Craft Studies Graduate program at Warren Wilson College.

Stratton’s multi-disciplinary practice approaches organizing cultural platforms and events as collaborative, context-responsive acts of care. From 2015 to 2019 she was Chief Curator at The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York where she launched the Burke Prize, an annual award that reinforces the Museum’s commitment to celebrating the next generation of artists working in and advancing the disciplines that shaped the American studio craft movement. While at MAD, Shannon programmed 35 exhibitions, including the works of Tanya Aguiñiga, Harry Bertoia, and Roger Brown. In 2010 she co-curated the exhibition Gestures of Resistance with artist Judith Leemann at the former Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, OR. 


Tuesday, September 10th at 12:30pm
VCU Institute for Contemporary Art
601 W. Broad St.

Craft/Material Studies BFA Exhibition at Studio Two Three

The senior class of the VCU Department of Craft/Material Studies is proud to present their BFA Exhibition:

Material Pursuits

Join us at the Opening Reception:
Friday, April 26th

Studio Two Three
3300 W. Clay Street
Richmond, VA 23230

Featuring: Court Berthiaume, Carter Bruffy, Haylee Childress, Carissa Coy, Katie Curtin, Emily Donahue, Sukayna El Hani, Lauren Farber, Joe Gindhart, Melitta Gitchel, Jesse Gritzinger, Hannah Grose, Kyra Heron, Sarah Hudson, Dawoon Jeong, Madelanne League, Peter Manville, Angela McLean, Madelyn Melchert, Joanna Patzig, Rachel Pike, Sadie Rapp, Ines Rosa Sang, Christina Sadovnikov, Matthew Stern, Jacqui Stewart, Kaylyn Wiggan, Qinyue Bonnie Xue, Beiya Yang, Xinyi Lindsay Zhang


MFA Candidacy Exhibition: Opening Reception, Friday, April 26th at ArtSpace

Because Of is the culmination of the first year of Graduate MFA Candidates in the Department of Craft/Material Studies at VCUarts. Because Of highlights the work of Eric Anthony Berdis, Laura Boban, Samuel Brown, Min Haeng Kang, Andy Lowrie, and Paige Lizbeth Morris.

Join us for an opening reception on Friday, April 26th from 6-9pm. The exhibition runs through May 19th.

Zero East 4th St.
Richmond, VA 23224

804.232.6464 / / open noon to 4pm
tuesday through sunday & by appointment /

Visiting Artist: Adam Manley

Join us for a Visiting Artist lecture with Adam Manley. Manley, the son of a carpenter/boat builder and weaver makes work that explores the relationship between people, places, and objects. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Hunterdon Art Museum, the Indianapolis Art Center, and The Oceanside Museum. Manley is an Assistant Professor of Furniture Design and Woodworking at San Diego State University.

Monday, March 25th at 12:30pm
Art Foundation Building/Bowe St. Parking Deck
609 Bowe St., Room 535

Tiny Shiny 2019

Join us at Quirk Gallery for this year‘s Tiny Shiny jewelry sale and exhibition! Tiny Shiny is an annual event showcasing VCUarts Craft/Material Studies students from the metals area. Everything from bracelets to brooches to rings and much, much, more will be available for purchase! The opening reception will be held on March 21st from 5-8pm. A portion of the proceeds will directly benefit students attending the Society of North American Goldsmiths Conference in Chicago. So bring your wallets to help out!

Visiting Artist: Julia Haft-Candell

Join us for a Visiting Artist lecture with Los Angeles-based artist Julia Haft-Candell. Haft-Candell’s sculptures are inspired by physical form, both functional and decorative, creating “permanent monuments for the casual and insignificant.” Her work has been included in numerous exhibition venues including the Craft and Folk Art Museum, Grand Central Art Center at California State University – Fullerton, Iko Iko in West Hollywood, Franklin Parrasch Gallery in New York, NY, and the Vincent Price Art Museum in Monterey Park, CA. She received an MFA from California State University – Long Beach, a BA in Art and International Relations from the University of California – Davis, and was a summer resident at Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture.

Wednesday, March 13th at 12:30pm
Art Foundation Building/Bowe St. Parking Deck
609 Bowe St., Room 535

VCUarts Graduate Open Studios

The Graduate students of the VCUarts Departments of Craft/Material Studies, Kinetic Imaging, Interior Design, Painting + Printmaking, Photography + Film, Sculpture + Extended Media, and Visual Communications will be opening their studios for the annual VCUarts Graduate Open Studios:
Friday, February 22  5-8pm
VCUarts Fine Arts Building
1000 W Broad St
Richmond, VA
VCUarts Pollak Building
325 N Harrison St
Richmond, VA

Visiting Artist: Diedrick Brackens

Los Angeles-based artist Diedrick Brackens explores the intersections of identities, cultural histories, and sociopolitical issues in the United States. Brackens’ weavings incorporate techniques drawn from European tapestries, West African weavings, and Southern quilts. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions including the biennial “Made in LA: 2018” at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and solo exhibitions at Ulrich Museum of Art, Steve Turner Gallery, and Johansson Projects.

Diedrick Brackens’ work is included in collections at Oakland Museum of California and Ulrich Museum of Art. He is the most recent recipient of The Studio Museum in Harlem’s Joyce Alexandar Wein Artist Prize, awarded annually to an African-American artist who “demonstrates great innovation, promise, and creativity.”

Please join us on Wednesday, February 27th at 12:30 for a Visiting Artist Lecture with Diedrick Brackens.

Community Quilting Bee

Please join us this Saturday Feb 2nd, from 10:00am – 6:00pm for a Fiber Area community event! We will be quilting and binding 5 quilts that have been pieced by and for LGBTQ+ youth and staff at Side By Side, a Richmond-area queer youth support center. Building on events from last semester, and an urging by students to do more community activities in the Fiber area, this is your chance to meet other Fiber students and give back to another community in need!
  • Any and all skill levels are welcome!
  • Pizza and drinks provided!