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Press Release

Wayne Art Center Celebrates 25th Anniversary of CraftForms

November 23, 2019


WAYNE, PA – August 1, 2019 – Wayne Art Center is pleased to announce the 25th Anniversary of CraftForms, one of the premier contemporary craft exhibitions in the United States. This year’s companion shows, Westward Ho! A Look at Contemporary Craft from the Southwest and Attraction to Abstraction, a collection of abstract paintings from Wayne Art Center artists, round out the Center’s exciting exhibition season, with all works on display from December 6, 2019 – February 1, 2020.

CraftForms is dedicated to enhancing the public’s awareness of fine contemporary craft and has evolved from a modest exhibition of local craft artists to a broadly recognized exhibition that draws talent from all over the globe.  Acclaimed for its ability to attract both emerging and established artists as well as highly esteemed jurors, CraftForms showcases the best of contemporary craft in a region richly known for its “craft capital”.

This year, Wayne Art Center welcomes Juror Jane Milosch, Executive Director, Smithsonian Provenance Research Initiative in the Office of the Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture, Smithsonian Institution. Ms. Milosch selected 88 works from an international pool of 700 entries in ceramics, wood, fiber, metals, glass, mixed media, works on paper, and 3D print technology. CraftForms’ status as a fine craft exhibition continues to grow, in large part, under the expertise of the acclaimed jurors aligned with the show.

Westward Ho! A Look at Contemporary Craft from the Southwest, features work from artists residing in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wyoming. Curator, Gail M. Brown has assembled a diverse collection of works that both echo and interpret craft history and celebrate current issues and technology.

Attraction to Abstraction features abstract paintings by current Wayne Art Center members.

Schedule of Events

CraftForms 2019 Preview Party – December 6, 6-9pm
CraftForms Meet the Artists & Juror’s Talk – December 7, 1pm

WestwardHo! Meet the Artists & Curator’s Talk – December 7, 2:30pm

CraftForms2019, WestwardHo! & Attraction to Abstraction Exhibitions – December 7, 2019-February 1, 2020

Holiday Shopping Weekend – December 14 & 15, 10am-5pm

Collectors Panel – January 11, 1-3pm

Designer Open House – January 17, 5-7pm

Patron Wine Pairing Dinner – January 23, 6-8 pm

Wayne Art Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching our community through the arts. Since its founding in 1931, Wayne Art Center has established itself as a vital cultural resource, welcoming artists from all over the world who share their passion and commitment to the visual arts. With a wide range of youth and adult classes and workshops, artist demonstrations and lectures, local, national and international exhibitions, and special events, Wayne Art Center remains steadfast in its mission: to afford artists and the broader community an interdisciplinary venue to explore, share and learn, while fostering a sense of community for arts education and appreciation.

Wayne Art Center is located at 413 Maplewood Avenue in Wayne, Pennsylvania. For more information, call 610-688-3553 or visit the website at www.wayneart.org or www.craftforms.org.