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2010 CODA Leadership Conference, Savannah Georgia
Peer Session Notes
April 7, 2010
Moderator: Jan Katz; Participants: Cindy Bowden, Carissa Hussong, Susan Charles, Harriette Green, Dean Tatam Reeves
Partnerships are all the buzz, but they are more complex than presented. Be selective in developing partnerships. Galleries are more flexible than museum because their policies as less rigid. 
Suggested partnerships included partnering with cruise ships (in the case of the Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design) to bring in tourists. Other partnerships for non-traditional venues include malls, airports, schools, libraries and hospitals. Reach out to where the people are. Consider taking activities to the venue, to the people. For example, have someone on the cruise ship do art activities. Dean Tatam Reeves was an artist in resident on a British Columbian cruise line.
Other non-traditional partnerships may include theater groups, ballet companies and music promoters, to name a few. The Ogden has a music series paired with a special drink to target 45 and under participation in the arts. Dean Tatam Reeves noted how important libraries and schools are in rural communities. They are the cultural centers. His program has been bringing the arts to rural communities for over 24 years. The venues and volunteers have learned how to install exhibitions and are passing that information on to others. This has helped maintain the program.
Thresholds, an exhibition series supported by the South Carolina Arts Commission is an example of a successful partnership. Harriette Green noted that in this case the Arts Commission put more money and time into the project than their partners did, but they went into the partnership knowing this.
Revenue Generation
Visitors spend more time in the gift store than in any single gallery in a museum. Use the purchase point to engage them in collecting and supporting art. Consider creating an identity separate from the museum to remove the conflict of interest from selling artwork. The Center for Southern Craft & Design at Ogden Museum of Southern Art is an excellent example of how this can work. The program includes Collecting 101 that highlights work in the Center and encourages collecting by younger audiences (the under 45 group).
The American Museum of Papermaking has a successful traveling exhibition program. They charge $10,000 – 25,000 per exhibition. Children’s Museums and general museums are great venues because they usually have more money and do not generate their own exhibitions. Cindy Bowden suggested getting a grant to cover the cost of developing the first exhibition and establish a reputation for developing and traveling exhibitions. Once you have established your credibility, you can pre-sell shows before you build them. For international exhibitions, work with the State Department to sponsor the exhibition and ship directly to the embassy. It is difficult to make money on international exhibitions, but working with the State Department and the embassy makes it much more affordable and feasible.
Role of the Museum in Supporting Emerging Artist
The museum is a builder of connoisseurship. On the other hand, they should support artists who don’t necessarily have big resumes. The American Museum of Papermaking reaches out to emerging and mid-career artists by highlighting one artist each year who is featured on their website and in newsletters. They also invite younger artists to assist in educational programs. Many of these artists remain active.
The Metal Museum has an exhibition series called Tributaries that features emerging to mid-career artists who are selected by a panel of professional artists, collectors and writers. The Alberta Craft has a Discovery Gallery, which also features less-established artists in a gallery and in their magazine.
Other Questions and Ideas
·        Are museums a place to showcase art or an entertainment center?
·        Think of alternatives to paid memberships for supporters experiencing difficulty times.
·        Videos and visiting artists add to the visitor experience and are an important part of the AFA Traveling Exhibition Program. They help sell the exhibitions.
·        Find a way to connect the local press with the local artist community. Exhibitions are a great way to do this, especially in rural communities. It creates a sense of ownership with in the community and gives the press a great story.
·        Brand is key to attracting and maintaining audience.
·        Dean Tatam Reeves offered to email a cost-price template to help other institutions budget for multiple exhibitions and venues.

2009 CODA Conference, St. Paul Minnesota April 23-26
Peer Session Notes
Craft Exhibition Presenters/Museums/Galleries

In Attendance:
Jan Katz, Lisa Bayne, Gwen Heffner, Lynn Thompson, Gwynne Rukenbrod, Cindy Bowden, Nicholas Poleschuk, Ann Pifer, Dean Tatam Reeves, Tiffany DeEtte Shafto
Topic: Challenges and Creative Solutions for the Current Economic Climate
Goal: Define 4-5 problems plus possible solutions
Discussion was very lively throughout, with a very positive outlook towards new opportunities. Participants expressed that this is a time for mind-shifts and new approaches to connecting artists and audiences. We should try to adapt our ways of presenting art so that it goes where people are. We can reach more people by means of online social networking, blogs, online commerce. Will a new political conscience help?
Some of our common goals:
  • Sustainable organizations and programming
  • Enable continued growth – evolution
  • Innovate – what can be done that hasn’t been done before, with potential for positive growth
The first problem mentioned was the process of putting people (audiences) together with the art/exhibitions.
·         The human story is always a good way to connect the audience with art.
·         Social networking is another solution - go where the audience is.
·         Online exhibitions
·         Blogs have received great responses and increased traffic.
·         Art needs to be where people are going – cafes, airports, libraries, park centers, sports events, music events (develop new audiences/markets and new venues)
A second problem was the lack of exhibition locations in the US and curators having to re-invent the wheel (each in their own bubble doing the same thing).
·         Swap exhibitions between museums/galleries and share curators instead of having to fund every exhibition.
·         Divide staffing needs and resources amongst museums participating (curators, educators, promotions, crates)
·         Digitally bring in exhibitions
·         Lulu.com for exhibition catalogs for two locations – ie: front pages for one museum, back pages the other - and the two split the expense
For traveling exhibitions, the problem often is where to travel the exhibition to.
·         Share the art in rural communities where it has an impact
·         Provide exhibitions with an educational component in the schools, libraries, etc.
Galleries also see a need to draw more traffic.
·         4 to 6 galleries under one umbrella ad- increasing awareness
·         Development of a generic ad that gives an area the same feel and detail without each gallery having to spend for the marketing development- they contribute to brand the area and add their own images and info
For exhibition organizations/show promoters, a problem is how to increase applications and attendance.
·         Be more of a resource for artists
·         Develop a mentoring program
·         Get design students involved in booth designs
·         Assist artists with a business plan
·         Offer photography
·         Provide a catalog
·         Act as a promotional collaborator

Provide postcards & e-mail blasts for artists to use 


Friday, November 10, 2006, from 10am-12noon
Chicago, Illinois – SOFA Expo, Navy Pier, Room 307
Meeting Notes:

- Carolyn Patterson (Illinois Artisans Program & CODA Board of Dir) welcomed everyone and started the meeting.
- Mary Lacer (American Association of Woodturners & CODA Board of Directors) spoke about the upcoming
June 14-17, 2007
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

- Each participant then updated the group by explaining recent projects/exhibitions/accomplishments and those that are currently under construction and/or consideration. See individual listings below for contact information to obtain specific materials.
- Brief open discussion about CODA and its website:
* Would like the website to be easier to use and more intuitive.
* Would like the website to include a discussion forum.
* Would like CODA to be a more interactive and collaborative resource, not just a reporting venue.
- Carolyn Patterson closed meeting and thanked all participants.
Post Meeting:
- Holly Hotchner (Museum of Arts & Design) is looking to build curatorial staff and is searching for team-minded, smart, engaged, thinking, globally savvy, educated individuals. Please contact her for further information. 

Art Jewelry Forum - they fund
1. Exhibits
2. Catalogs
3. Materials toward an exhibit,
details are on the CODA website under the “Opportunities” tab then click on “Grants:

Paul Smith - he has 3 exhibits
1. Studio Glass - Bellevue
2. Wind Art
3. Garments

Nicole Forest was with the International Arts and Artists Organizations.
1. Home & Health, antique Tools from the Nessi collection
2. Sculpture Transformed, The work of Marjorie Schick
3. From the Fire, Contemporary Korean Ceramics
Descriptions, Images and other details of traveling exhibitions available for booking are available on their website:

Suzanne France - independent curator

Holly Hotchner - Museum of Arts & Design

Mary Lacer - American Association of Woodturners
www.woodturner.org - scheduled exhibits - Through 2006 -
1. Turning 20 - Still Evolving - our 20th anniversary exhibit - ending December 15, 2006
2. Step Up to the Plate - symposium exhibit - ending December 15, 2006

Exhibits for 2007 -
1. Open and Closed - a collaborative exhibit with wood and ceramics - January 12 - April 15, 2007
2. Youth Exhibit - May 4 - August 3, 2007
3. ConneXtions - a collaborative exhibit with wood and handmade glass bead artists - June 25 - Dec. 21, 2007
4. Turning Green - symposium exhibit - September 14 - December 21, 2007
5. POP (Professional Outreach Program) Exhibit – Sept. 14 - December 21, 2007

Albert LeCoff, Executive Director of the Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia:
The Wood Turning Center has an exchange publication policy with other museums and organizations. Contact Suzanne Kopko at
suzanne@woodturningcenter.org for more details.

Touring exhibits available:
1. Connections: International Turning Exchange 1995 – 2005 has open dates June 2007 – December 2008. For more information see our website
2. Challenge VII available dates in 2008 – 2010
3. The Center’s annual International Turning Exchange allTurnatives: Form & Spirit exhibition is available on an on going base. See our website,
http://www.woodturningcenter.org/itemenu.html, for past exhibits.
4. Shape your own exhibit from the Center’s permanent collection of over 900 functional, decorative and sculptural objects made by international artists dating from 1940 to the present.

Collaborating opportunities with the Wood Turning Center:
5. The Center has a successful history of collaborating with other organizations in staging exhibitions and conferences in Philadelphia. This includes the Furniture Society,
http://www.woodturningcenter.org/CofC/cofcindx.html, Cabinets of Curiosities exhibition and annual conference in 2003 and the Collectors of Wood Art Forum in 2005. Plans are in the works for SNAG’s annual conference in 2009.

Over 40 regional galleries and museums have staged exhibitions and educational programs in conjunction with these events. Funding is available from the city and state for marketing, PR, conference scholarships and general operations.

For more information on collaborating with the Center in staging your conference in Philadelphia contact Albert LeCoff at

Contact Suzanne Kopko at
suzanne@woodturningcenter.org for more details about hosting or collaborating in shaping an exhibition.

Namita Wiggers, Contemporary Craft Museum and Gallery will be moving to downtown Portland’s Pearl District.

John Michael Kohler Arts Center:


Craft Exhibition Presenters Meeting Notes
Friday, 9am-11am, October 28, 2005
SOFA Expo, Navy Pier, CHICAGO

Lloyd Herman welcomed the group and explained that he began assembling the list of Craft Exhibition Presenters, over a year ago, to share exhibition information, and that maintaining the list in the future was in line with the services that the Craft Organization Development Association (CODA) is already providing.  He introduced Linda Van Trump, CODA Managing Director, to facilitate the agenda for the meeting.   

The meeting began with a short presentation from grant making organizations. 

Susan Cummins, Rotoasa Foundation, Rotasa Art Jewelry Grant, The Exhibition and Catalog award for Contemporary Art Jewelry, $50,000 annual award to one or more recipients.  Deadline August 18, 2006, Specific criteria to apply include: 501-C-3 organization, exhibit and artist must be from the United States. For application and information: http://www.rotasa.org, info@rotasa.org, 415-435-4649 

Dian Magie, Center for Craft, Creativity and Design.  There are two grant programs now offered by the Center.  The mission of the Craft Research Fund is to advance, expand and support scholarship of studio craft in the United States.  Project Grants up to $15,000 are available for academic faculty, museum curators and scholars.  Graduate Student Grants up to $10,000 are available for research related to thesis or dissertations.  November 28, 2005 is the deadline for the second round of this three year pilot program.  See www.craftcreativitydesign.org for guidelines, applications and 2005 awards.  The Windgate Fellowship Awards also has two components.  The first involves a partnership with 50 universities across the country, each will nominate two graduating college seniors or fifth year students in the arts, forming a pool of 100 from which ten (10) $15,000 fellowships will be awarded.  The Museum Internship Awards are a partnership between CCCD and four (4) museums to provide a $5,000 internship.  Students will apply directly to the museums.  The San Francisco Museum of Craft Design, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Fuller Craft Museum, are three of the museum partners for 2006.  For information on this program, contact Dian Magie, 828-890-2050 dmagie@craftcreativitydesign.org 

Camille Cook, Friends of Fiber Art International, collectors of Fiber Art mission: to increase appreciation and understanding of contemporary art, made of flexible, manmade or natural fibers.  Grants of up to $5,000 each are given each year to projects which address the mission, such as exhibitions of contemporary (one-of-a-kind) fiber art, (chosen by professional curators, documented by catalogs and traveled to at least two cities).  Deadline July 1, every year.  Seven grants were awarded this year:

  1. “Fiberart International 2007” – Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh
  2. “Quilt Visions 2006” – Quilt San Diego
  3. “Twist and Shout: The New Needle Arts” – Florida Craftsmen
  4. “Intertwined: Contemporary Baskets from the Sara and David Lieberman Collection”- Arizona State University Art Museum
  5. “American Tapestry Biennial 6” - American Tapestry Biennial
  6. “20th Century American Studio Craft” – a history textbook by Bruce Metcalf and Janet Koplos, sponsored by the Center for Craft Creativity and Design
  7. “The Millennium Fund” – A project awaiting the appropriate publishing partner – Documenting public and private collections of fiber art.

For more information and specifics, contact:
Friends of Fiber Art International, Box 468, Western Springs, IL 60558, 708-246-9466

Robyn Horn, artist and collector, Windgate Artist's Exhibition Series- developed to encourage curators to look at the field of contemporary craft and determine which mid-career artists are producing the most innovative, interesting and expressive work. It is hoped that through these exhibitions and catalogues, curators will explore why the artist's work is important and provide much needed critical writing about the art being made. Applications will be accepted at any time, and may be sent to John Brown, director of the Windgate Foundation, P.O. Box 826, Siloam Springs, AR 72761.

For questions, email John Brown at windgate@cox-internet.com

Paula Owen– noted that exhibiting entities are quite diverse and that a listing with size of space, kind of work exhibited, would be helpful to match galleries with exhibitions.  Linda Van Trump, stated it would be easy to add a running page to the CODA website with Gallery logistics.  David Cohen volunteered to work with Linda to produce a simple form that can be emailed to exhibition presenters. powen@swschool.org 

Discussion on collector groups setting up funds to give grants.  Need to interest collectors, through their groups, in establishing their own funds like Robyn Horn (Windgate) and Susan Cummins, (Rotasa Foundation) have done. We might work on the medium-specific collector groups to encourage such grants from their members, and address the opportunity at their annual meetings through those who are already doing it. 

Lloyd Herman, Founding Director, Renwick Gallery, LEHerman@comcast.net leading craft tours with Travel Concepts International (www.tci-travel.com/CraftsEcuador.html) which will give your non-profit organization a $100 donation per traveler referred by you.  Crafts of Ecuador, September 12-28-2006.  For more information contact: gwen@tci-travel.com, 1-800-762-4216 

Discussion of exhibitions in preparation or available to travel ensued.

Organizations with exhibitions for loan/travel gave brief presentations as we went around the table and everyone introduced themselves and presented handouts, which were much appreciated and very helpful for future reference. 

Tina LeCoff, Wood Turning Center, wood art - carved, and turned wood and other materials.  “Cabinets of Curiosities”, exhibit co-organized by the Furniture Society and the Wood Turning Center.   “2005 International Turning Exchange; Ten Year Retrospective” celebrates 10 years of a highly successful, international artist residency program, focused on wood and other lathe-turned art, furniture, scholarship, and documentation of this art. It has become a highly competitive development experience for professional lathe turners, furniture makers, scholars and photojournalist from around the world. Every summer, a new group of resident fellows spend eight weeks living, working, collaborating and exploring creativity together in Philadelphia.  For more information see the website: www.woodturningcenter.org.

 JO Lauria, Craft In America, Free Hand – PBS series on craft.  Five major elements of the project are: “Expanding Traditions” a national exhibition, “Craft in America” a three-part PBS television series, a companion book, an enhanced DVD and website.  PBS provided funding for 1/3 of the project; they had to raise $2.1 million.  Most advantageous for craft scholars is the website.  There will be 6 artists for each of the three, one hour specials. 85 artists will be featured in the exhibition.  You can coordinate your local PBS station to run specials while exhibition is in your museum.  More information: www.CraftInAmerica.org. Email: info@craftinamerica.org.

Namita Wiggers, Contemporary Craft Museum and Gallery, “Soul of a Bowl” a modest exhibition featured in Ceramics monthly.  August of 2006 will be a new embroidery exhibition, “Not your Grandmother’s Doily”.  Needle arts are a whole new ballgame with the 20something’s generation, with the “stitch and bitch” attitude.  TrashFormations West is still in the talking stages to be curated by Lloyd Herman.  For more information: www.contemporarycrafts.org

Andrew Glasgow, The Furniture Society, “Show Us Your Drawers” Exhibition available October 2007.  Will have 30-35 objects, rental is $5,000 plus shipping, with up to $2,000 funding available for shipping.  “Curv-iture”, past exhibition available for rental.  See website for more information: www.furnituresociety.com, or Email: info@furnituresociety.org.

Julie Farr, International Society of Glass Beadmakers, “TRAJECTORIES: An exploration of contemporary glass beadmaking”.  Exhibition will be available for travel beginning April 2007; rental fee $3,000 for 8-week run.  For more information visit: www.isgb.org.

Lloyd Herman, noted that Thomas Mann had an exhibit in the SOFA show of collages made of materials found in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina.  Not to be missed, and is available to museums.  Also spoke of a future project, involving an exhibition, book and video of the Arrowmont School of Art and Craft centennial celebration in 2012

Hal Nelson, Long Beach Museum, Long Beach is the 5th largest city in California.  “Advancing Crafts - Small Exhibition of Baskets”, available for rental April 2007.  20th Century Enameling, Exhibition 2008-2009, “Masters in Enameling in America”, fully illustrated catalog.  For more information contact: haln@lbma.org  

Mary Lacer, American Association of Woodturners, current exhibit, "reTURN to the Land of Oz," at the AAW Gallery in St. Paul, MN is available as a traveling exhibit through 2007.  AAW is currently assembling an exhibition in celebration of their 20th Anniversary in 2006 at the Kentucky Museum of Art in Louisville.  Two other exhibits that will open at our 20th symposium in Louisville will be 35 - 40 pieces of Rude Osolnik's work on display at the Kentucky Museum of Art and "Step Up to the Plate" which will be at the Louisville Slugger Museum during their symposium June 22 - 24, 2006 and run through September 4, 2006.  "Step Up to the Plate" is also available to travel through 2008.  For more information visit the website: www.woodturner.org 

Michael Monroe and Stephano Catalani, Bellevue Arts Museum, the new museum is very large, 18,000 square feet with no permanent collection, are looking for exhibitions.  Organizing an exhibition of approximately 50-65 chairs: “Garry Knox Bennett: Call Me Chairmaker”.  Loan Fee $12,000, available Nov 2006-Nov. 2009.  For more information: www.bellevuearts.org, contact: Michael@bellevuearts.org or stefanoc@bellevuearts.org.  

Chris Rifkin, Fuller Craft Museum, among current exhibits, “Donna Rhae Marder:
Size Matters”, (artist also included in "Trashformations EAST”) “Rude Osolnik: A Lifetime of Turning”; and “Questioning Convention: The Studio Quilts of Michael James”.  Lloyd Herman is going to curate a contemporary paper art show for them also.  For more information: www.fullercraft.org

Paula Owen, Southwest School of Art & Craft. Thanks to Lloyd for putting the Craft Exhibition Presenters List together and organizing this meeting.  She questioned the possibility of an intern to develop a database of museums and galleries that are or might be interested in craft.  Asked if this would fit the research fund grants.  

The SW School is working on a Tom Joyce solo exhibition that will probably be available for travel.  Visit the website for listing of current exhibitions and more information: www.swschool.org. 

Tina Oldknow, Corning Museum of Glass, Current Exhibition, “Design in an Age of Adversity: Czech Glass”, runs through 11/27/05 and “Czech Glass Now” runs through 12/31/05.  Information and design drawings database on the website.  Also: “Decades in Glass: The 60s,” runs through March, 2006.  Information on the web site: www.cmog.org 

Marlene Rothacker, International Arts and Artists, Current exhibitions for rental, “From the Fire: Contemporary Korean Ceramics”, been able to have one of the exhibiting Korean artists at each venue, has worked out really well; and “Sculpture Transformed: the Work of Marjorie Schick”, both exhibition fees are $20,000 for 12 weeks, however gaps are negotiable. For more information: www.artsandartists.org  Email: categ@artsandartists.org.   

Cape Cod Museum of Arts, Rugs Exhibition “Underfoot”

David Cohen, Contemporary Crafts Museum and Gallery, Currently in the middle of a Capital Campaign for new location in the Pearl District, scheduled to move in Jan 2007.  They’ll have 3,000 Square feet, Permanent collection for the 30’s and 40’s.  Will be hosting the CODA Conference June 1-4, 2006. dcohen@contemporarycrafts.org 

Linda Van Trump, Craft Organization Development Association, Upcoming conference in Portland will have sessions of interest to the Craft Exhibition Presenters Group, we have an exciting program lined up and hope to continue this dialog there, visit the website for detailed agenda and registration form: www.codacraft.org.  Email: info@codacraft.org 

JoAnn Edwards, San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design, “Beyond the Pour: Pairing Art and Wine Label Design”.  For more information: www.sfmcd.org 

Paul J. Smith, PSmith8319@aol.com 

Reed McMillan, American Craft Council, rmcmillan@craftcouncil.org  

Josi Irene Callan, Museum of Glass, josi@josicallan.com  

Steve Loar, The Center for Turning and Furniture Design, Indiana University of Pennsylvania slowtech@iup.edu  

Jane Milosch, Curator, Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum MiloschJ@si.edu





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