CRAFT IN AMERICA: Expanding Traditions

CRAFT IN AMERICA: Expanding Traditions
Mingei International Museum - Balboa Park,
San Diego, CA
October 20, 2007 - January 27, 2008

mckiejudy.jpgThe mission of CRAFT IN AMERICA is to promote and advance original handcrafted work, through educational programs in all media. The CRAFT IN AMERICA multi-faceted project includes a PBS documentary, traveling museum exhibition, and illustrated book.  CRAFT IN AMERICA: Expanding Traditions is a multi-city, multi-year tour showcasing scores of the most important and exciting examples of American creativity, in all craft media.

shirepeter.jpg This historical survey features more than 200 works.  Beginning with the Industrial Revolution, the exhibition explores the many cultures and movements that have contributed to the development and refinement of American crafts during the last two centuries. Handcrafted furniture, ceramics, fiber and textiles, basketry, glass, wood, jewelry and metalwork are included in this ground-breaking project. The exhibition represents a broad base of craft-makers including traditional artisans, designer craftsmen of the Arts & Crafts Movement, the artists of the 1930s WPA programs, post World War II studio craft pioneers and contemporary studio craft artists.

This exhibit will also travel to: 

February 22 -May 4, 2008
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

June 6 - September 14, 2008
Cranbrook Art Museum

October 11 - January 18, 2009
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

February 21 - May 25, 2009
Fuller Craft Museum

Mingei International Museum - Balboa Park is located at 1439 El Prado - on the Plaza de Panama, San Diego, CA 92101.  Hours are Tuesday - Sunday 10 am to 4 pm. Closed Mondays and national holidays.  Admission is $6 for Adults, $4 for Seniors, $3 for Youth, Students, and military with ID, and Free for members and children under 6. For more infomation on this exhibit go to or call 619-239-0003.  For more information about the non-profit CRAFT IN AMERICA, Inc. go to .

Image Credits~ 


Wagging Dog Chair, 2006
Judy McKie


Bellaire Chair, 2006
Peter Shire
Aluminum, paint