Past Exhibitions

Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art

September 18, 2015 - March 12, 2016

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One in four adults lives with a mental health condition, yet this common illness often remains hidden behind a wall…

Penny Mateer: Protest Series

August 4 - September 19, 2015 at BNY Mellon Center

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Inspired by protest songs from the 1960s and current political debates, fiber artist Penny Mateer brings new meaning to familiar patterns and color motifs.

Penny Mateer: Protest Series showcases the artist’s use of vintage textiles and traditional patterning throughout her recent body of work. The ten featured works demonstrate a broad range of techniques and forms, each referencing evocative notions of home, America, and our individual political identities.

BRIDGE 13: Keith Lo Bue, Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor & Jason Walker

January 23 - August 22, 2015

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A trio of solo exhibitions showcasing Keith Lo Bue, Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor and Jason Walker investigates the complexities of the urban experience. Through found materials, fiber and ceramics, each artist presents a mash-up of contemporary life by remixing familiar figurative imagery.

The Bridge Exhibition Series is made possible by the Allegheny Regional Asset District, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Elizabeth R. Raphael Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation, Ted Rowland, BNSF Foundation, Ferrin Contemporary, and other generous donors.

TRANSFORMATION 9: Contemporary Works in Ceramics

April 25, 2014 - January 3, 2015

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What is contemporary craft?
The 31 artists featured in Transformation 9: Contemporary Works in Ceramics suggest the answer.

Clay has been used, decorated, coveted, and collected for thousands of years, yet in the hands of contemporary artists this irresistible medium continues to surprise through innovative techniques, forms, and functions. See what happens when makers push the boundaries of time-honored craft materials–right before our eyes, something old is new again.

ENOUGH Violence: Artists Speak Out

September 27, 2013 - March 22, 2014

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An epidemic of violence is on the rise across the US, from local teen gang shootings to family-on-family homicides to mass killings at theaters, churches, and schools. One in 20 US students is directly impacted by violence today, as either victim or offender. In response, ENOUGH Violence features over 40 works in a range of craft media, including ceramics, metals, fiber, and mixed media. Each artist addresses prominent themes, including violent crimes, youth and gang violence, war and genocide, and domestic abuse. Through stirring stories and the visionary, poetic, and prophetic potential in art, audiences are encouraged to feel, heal, transform, and be moved to become part of a solution.

Fiberart International

April 19 - August 18, 2013

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The Fiberart International is a triennial exhibition featuring established and emerging fiber artists from around the world. Presented by the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh, the exhibit is juried by a panel of esteemed artists and curators – including Paulina Ortiz, Kai Chan, and Joyce Scott – and features 81 works by 64 artists. Half of the exhibition will be on display at Contemporary Craft, with the other half on view at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.

Bridge 12: Melissa Cameron, Kevin Snipes, Betty Vera

November 9, 2012—March 30, 2013

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Showcasing three solo exhibitions, Bridge 12 will feature the saw-pierced recycled objects of Australian metal smith, Melissa Cameron; Jacquard tapestries by New York textile artist, Betty Vera; and ceramic vessels patterned with quirky, figurative drawings by Kevin Snipes. These concurrent exhibitions reflect the high level of craftsmanship being produced by contemporary artists in the U.S. and abroad today. The series opens with a free public reception on Friday, November 9 from 5:30—8 pm, and continues through March 30, 2012.

Humor in Craft

July 20th - October 27th, 2012

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Guest-curated by Brigitte Martin—author of the recently released book titled Humor in Craft, and the creator of crafthaus, a social network and online community for professional craft artists—the world premiere exhibition at SCC highlights a diverse range of media, techniques and artists, and is sure to challenge viewers to move beyond their own frames of reference when considering approaches to contemporary art.

TRANSFORMATION 8: Contemporary Works in Small Metals

February 3, 2012 - June 30, 2012

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Transformation 8: Contemporary Works in Small Metals is the 2011 edition of the Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize series, which recognizes excellence in the field of contemporary craft. This series was inaugurated in 1997 in honor of Elizabeth Rockwell Raphael, founder of the Society for Contemporary Craft and a longtime figure on the national craft scene. We are deeply grateful to Elizabeth Raphael’s daughters —Alexandra, Cathy and Margaret — for suggesting and funding this important prize in honor of their mother.