Artists Who Write About Art
Visual artists communicate visually: they are generally involved in visual, not verbal creative practice. They work with materials and produce expressive forms in 2 or 3 dimensions that have no real equivalent in words.
Yet artists write. They write about their work and the work of others. Do these writings by artists convey a distinctive type of knowledge or way of thinking about works of art? How is this different from the writings of academics or critics who are not practicing artists?
Is it important that an artist’s verbal voice be heard – in addition to his/her art work? Do the words of the artist enrich the experience of his/her material art? Does our culture favor verbal communication over visual communication?
At the Waterwheel Bar, Sunday the 17th from 11:00am -12:30pm.
This event is Free
Maleyne Syracuse is the moderator and organizer of this panel discussion. Maleyne is President of the Board of Directors of Peters Valley School of Craft in Layton, NJ and passionate about textile craft and design. She received a Masters Degree with Honors in the History of Decorative Arts from the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum/Parsons New School for Design in 2015. As part of her program of study, she worked as a curatorial intern in the Textiles Department at the Cooper Hewitt and continues to volunteer there, researching and writing about the textiles in the museum’s collection. Maleyne authored the foreword to “Out Of Pixels: Grethe Sørensen, Tapestries and Other Projects, 2012 – 2017” published summer 2017.
Maleyne lives in New York City and Milford
Kristin Muller is the Executive Director of Peters Valley School of Craft in Layton, NJ and adjunct instructor for the graduate ceramics program at Hood College. A passionate ceramic artist Kristin is the author of The Potter’s Studio Handbook: A Start to Finish Guide to Hand-built and Wheel-Thrown Ceramics and Making Good: An Inspirational Guide to Being and Artist Craftsman (co-authored with Jacklyn Scott and Tommy Simpson) published in 2017. Kristin grew up in both South and North America. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Studio Arts from Southern Connecticut State University, a Graduate Certificate and Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics from Hood College. She exhibits her work nationally and teaches workshops.
Kristin lives in Dingmans Ferry, PA.
Bruce Dehnert has been the Head of Ceramics at Peters Valley School of Craft in Layton, New Jersey since 1999. His first book, Simon Leach Pottery Handbook was published in 2016. Dehnert was born in Billings, Montana (USA) and began his undergraduate studies in theater at Boston University. He received a BA in English from the University of Montana where his primary focus was in poetry. While an undergraduate, he studied ceramics with Rudi Autio and Ken Little and in 1981 he began his studio pottery in Wyoming and eventually moved to New York City to teach undergraduate ceramics courses for Hunter College. Dehnert's documentary film, Traces, was featured in a number of international film festivals and is part of the The New Museum's (NYC) collection. Dehnert was recently elected as a member of the International Academy of Ceramics.
He is working on a biography of the Japanese-British ceramicist, Takeshi Yasuda.
Dehnert is based in Layton NJ and travels the world.
Susan Brown is Associate Curator of Textiles at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, where she has curated numerous highly successful exhibitions, including Fashioning Felt, Extreme Textiles: Designing for High Performance, Color Moves: Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay, Quicktakes: Rodarte, David Adjaye Selects, and Scraps: Fashion, Textiles and Creative Reuse. She recently contributed an essay to Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe, published by Vitra Design Museum, and has published articles in Hali, Surface Design, American Craft, TextilForum, and Modern Carpet and Textile. She also teaches in the Masters’ Program in the History of Design and Curatorial Studies offered by Cooper Hewitt with Parsons/The New School for Design, as well as lecturing regularly for the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU.