2018: In Review

With the holiday season upon us, the James Renwick Alliance reflects on 2018 with a sincere thank you to all of our members who continue to dedicate time, resources and good will to the organization. With your generosity, we are able to advance public appreciation of craft art and promoting individual achievements of excellence and innovation in the craft field. 



FY 2018 Achievements

  • The JRA sponsored the Smithsonian American Art Museum/Renwick Gallery No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man. The exhibition set an all-time record with over 550,000 visitors and brought public sculpture out of the museum as part of a Renwick Gallery exhibition for the first time.
  • We donated funds to the American University Museum to commission a permanent glass case for the display of craft objects at the Katzen Art Center; it debuted with works by Bennett Bean during his Distinguished Artist Series lecture.
  • Since January 2018, we have hosted over 30+ programs, including studio visits, craft study tours, lectures, workshops and more. Our most well attended local event featured world-famous ceramic artist Roberto Lugo and an exhibition he featured at District Clay. 
  • We hosted the 2017/18 Distinguished Artist Series artists including Alex Bernstein, Sharon Church, Chris Antemann and our first mosaic artist Sonia King. This season, we continue with Tim Tate, Bennett Bean, Tim Harding, and Elizabeth Brim.
  • At the ACC Baltimore Show in February, we recognized wood artist Richard Haining with an Award of Excellence and Innovation. Since his award, he has been featured on the cover of our 2018 Summer Quarterly and received representation by The Rebecca Myers Collection at Sculptural Objects Functional Art (SOFA) Chicago in November.
  • We awarded our second Chrysalis Award to figurative glass artist, Dean Allison. During his presentation at our October Glass Fest Weekend, Dean expressed his deep gratitude for the $5000 award that will help him set up his studio in Pittsburgh. Additionally, with the continued success of the Chrysalis award, the JRA has received pledges to continue the program for the next five years.
  • The JRA has continued organizational strength. This summer hiring Jaimianne Amicucci as our new Director and nominating Michele Manatt as Board President. In October, we additionally hired a new Office Manager, Emily Schimmel. 
  • All while, securing sustainable healthy financial reserves and completing the Renwick Gallery pledge for the James Renwick Alliance named gallery, that currently is exhibiting Nova, a canopy of programmable LED lights by Christopher Schardt for No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man.

What to expect in 2019...

We have begun our new fiscal year with notable programs including our October Glass Fest, including the Tim Tate Distinguished Artist Series workshop and lecture with 150 guests, a visit with the Metropolitan Glass group from New York, and a $5000 emerging artist Chrysalis Award in glass to Dean Allison. This spring, join us for a free showing of J. Fred Woell: An American Vision with a talk by the documentary director, Richard Kane and meet international glass artists Mel Douglas and Nancy Callan in March. Spring Craft Weekend brings five outstanding artists as our Masters of the Medium, and hosts four events throughout the weekend of April 26-28, including a Saturday evening auction of their outstanding artwork. Expect a full year of programs and trips throughout the year.

Make a year-end donation to ensure the continued success of the James Renwick Alliance.