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Makers: Past + Present

Exhibition Details

Located at the Meeting Place Gallery in Lambert St. Louis International Airport, Makers: Past + Present highlights selected works by dedicated makers from around the country who have participated in Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design residency program. Our resident artists are fully committed to their artistic exploration of craft techniques and materials. They bring to our community a renewed energy and passion for craft and continue to challenge us to expand our understanding of contemporary art.

The Artists-in-Residence program gives the general public and students in Craft Alliance’s outreach and education programs the rare opportunity to learn about the processes involved in creating studio craft. Each year, Craft Alliance hosts three resident artists, with each residency lasting 6 to 12 months. Artist work in one of four media: clay, fiber, metal, or wood. With private studios adjacent to our classrooms, each resident teaches in our programs, and becomes a part of the Craft Alliance community.

Established in 2008, the Artists-in-Residence program encourages emerging and mid-career artists by providing them with work space free of charge, access to Craft Alliance’s audiences, a modest stipend, and opportunities to exhibit and sell their work. Artists-in-Residence gain teaching experience in our education program, working with Craft Alliance’s Director of Education to design classes in their media, and collaborating with the Community Outreach Manager to craft studio experiences for school groups that visit Craft Alliance throughout the year. Artists-in-Residence also work closely with Craft Alliance’s exhibitions director to present an annual exhibition of work created during their residencies.

Artists featured in this exhibition are:
Jessica Andersen, Metals Resident, 2015 –2016
Ryan Bredlau, Clay Resident, 2016 - 2017
Leah deMatta, Metals Resident, 2017
Virginia Eckinger, Clay Resident, 2015 - 2016
Melody Evans, Clay Resident, 2008 - 2009
Reed Fagan, Metals Resident, 2016 - 2017
Tamryn McDermott, Fibers Resident, 2015
Laura Elizabeth Mullen, Metals Resident, 2012 - 2013
Robert Thomas Mullen, Metals Resident, 2015
Norleen Norsi, Clay Resident, 2014 - 2015
Michael Parrett, Metals Resident, 2009 - 2010
Audrey Peck Metals Resident, 2014 –2015
Ruth Reese, Clay Resident, 2013
William Archer Rimel, Clay Resident, 2012 - 2013
Megan Singleton, Fibers Resident, 2015 - 2016
Damia Smith, Metals Resident, 2008 - 2009
Evan Wagman, Clay Resident, 2013 –2014
Kelsey Wiskirchen, Fibers Resident, 2012 - 2013
Rena Wood, Fibers Resident, 2010 - 2011
Anna Youngyuen, Fibers Resident, 2016 - 2017