The exhibition gallery, named after our Founding Director Sally D. Francisco, is located on the 2nd floor of our Retail Gallery and hosts rotating, curated exhibits of fine craft. There is no charge for admission.




DOMESTIC MATTERS: The Uncommon Apron, curated by Gail M. Brown

August 31 - November 3, 2019


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This invitational exhibition focuses on works in craft media made specifically for the show, and which offer, comment and challenge changing social roles and mores, topics about work, familial life and identity, and may also reference historic connections to functionality, occupation, community and new household roles. The apron, identifiably a domestic icon, often socially and politically charged, is thematic, but not limiting for the 47 female well-known to early-career participating artists.

Participating artists are: Harriete Estel Berman, Jen Blazina, Elizabeth Brim, Jessica Calderwood, Rebecca Chappell, Pattie Chalmers, Kate Clements, Cynthia Consentino, Jennifer Datchuk, Liz Alpert Fay, Susan Taylor Glasgow, Jill Baker Gower, Rachel Grobstein, Susan Hagen, Karen Hampton, Reineke Hollander, Wendy Huhn, Lissa Hunter, Nicole Jacquard, Kate Kretz, Tracy Krumm, Margaux Lange, Lee Malerich, Donna Rhae Marder, Kristen Martincic, Carol Milne, Sana Musasama, Lindsay Obermeyer, Mary Hallam Pearse, Laura Petrovich-Cheney, Luanne Rimel, Gwen Samuels, Marian Schoettle/MAU, Karyl Sisson, Damia Smith, Jo Stealey, Melissa Stern, Missy Stevens, Claudia Tarantino, Billie Theide, Shalene Valenzuela, Mallory Weston, Blake Williams, Kimberly Winkle, Leah Woods, Janis Mars Wunderlich and Renee Zettle-Sterling.

Gail M. Brown is a renowned curator of contemporary craft. Among the 80+ exhibitions she has curated, most recently are: An Exuberance of Color In Studio Jewelry, Tansey Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM, 2016; The Evocative Garden, the NCECA Annual, Portland, OR, 2017; and Current Reflections On The Natural and Manmade, Landmark Arts Gallery, Texas Tech University, 2017. In 2019, in addition to this exhibition, Gail curated Mastery in Jewelry and Metals: Irresistible Offerings! Celebrating SNAG’s 50th Anniversary, Chicago, IL; and Westward Ho! A Look At Contemporary Craft in the SW, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA.




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