Hosts: Arkansas Arts Center and Arkansas Arts Council
Sponsors: American Craft Council, The Rosen Group, Morris Foundation, The CraftsReport, & Ozark Folk Center State Park
Lynette Jennings is the Founding Director of Eagleheart Center for Art and Inquiry, the program development facility for The Lynette Jennings Foundation, Art for Life. Jennings’ career spans 38 years as writer and editor-in-chief of two international magazines, the principal of an international design and architectural firm of 23 professionals, and a trend, marketing and product development consultant to a long list of Fortune 500 manufacturers and retailers. Jennings is best known in the public arena for her television series of 18 years, broadcast twice daily in 37 countries, featuring the works and philosophies of architects, designers and artists. Two of Jennings books have sold over 120,000 copies each. And she has been recognized, receiving numerous awards, in the architecture, design and art industries for her work in “elevating the standards and awareness of the arts within the public domain”. Her current mission through her Foundation: To close the gap between art, artists and society.
Arlette Klaric is curator of art exhibitions for ExhibitsUSA, a division of Mid-America Arts Alliance. Previously Klaric served as Executive Director of The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms in Morris Plains, New Jersey. She specializes in modern and contemporary American art and design and holds a doctoral degree in the history of American art from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Other previous positions include a faculty position in design history at Buffalo State College, SUNY, and joint faculty-museum appointments at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and Boston University.. Her publications and exhibitions include an international traveling exhibition and catalogue on contemporary quilts and an article on the wave motif in contemporary design. Most recently she published a book chapter titled “Gustav Stickley’s Designs for the Home: An Activist Aesthetic for the Middle Class,” which appears in the anthology Seeing High and Low: Representing Social Conflict in American Visual Culture (Patricia Johnston, ed., University of California Press, 2006.)
Jenny Moore, Associate Director of HandMade in America, spearheads one of HandMade’s largest programs of work, the Craft, Architecture, and Design Program. Jenny also assists with fundraising, including grants management, special events, endowment and individual giving, as well as working with staff and board on long-range plans to increase HandMade’s earned income.
Jenny’s past experience prepared her well for working with North Carolina artists and for taking a role in HandMade’s financial security. Prior to joining the staff at HandMade in March of 2006, Jenny was the Executive Director of Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art in Greensboro for 13 years, where she managed a budget of $750,000, a full-time staff of six and a part-time staff of nine. Jenny was responsible for fundraising, grants management, cultivation of corporate and individual donors and strategic direction of the organization. Jenny holds an MA Art History and a BA in Art Education, both from UNC Chapel Hill.
Doug Stowe, has been a self-employed craftsman in Eureka Springs since 1975.
Starting as a studio potter, he quickly transitioned to woodworking where he became widely known for his intricately inlaid wooden boxes and his hand crafted furniture. He is the author of 5 woodworking books, Creating Beautiful Boxes With Inlay Techniques, Simply Beautiful Boxes, Making Elegant Custom Tables, Taunton¹s Complete Illustrated Guide to Box Making, and Basic Box Making. His DVD, Basic Box Making came out in 2007. He is also contributing editor of Woodwork-A Magazine for all Woodworkers and also writes for Woodcraft Magazine and Fine Woodworking. He is a two-time Golden Hammer Award winner for best how-to writing from the National Association of Home Workshop Writers and currently serves as president of that organization. He continues to produce small boxes and custom furniture for customers while teaching in a program called ³The Wisdom of the Hands² at The Clear Spring School. The innovative program is designed to integrate woodworking activities with other areas of curriculum to increase interest, and excitement in learning.
Website http://dougstowe.com Blog http://wisdomofhands.blogspot.com