Nicole Nathan: Craft Now


Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Reception, 6:15pm
Talk, 7pm
at the BRIC
108 E Proctor Street, Carson City

Craft Now
CCAI Nevada Neighbors Talk by Nicole Nathan

On Wednesday, September 16, 2015, the Capital City Arts Initiative [CCAI] will present a talk by Nicole Nathan, curator at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland. Her illustrated talk, Craft Now is the next in CCAI’s Nevada Neighbors series. The talk will take place at 7pm at the BRIC, 108 E Proctor St, Carson City. There will be an informal reception for Ms. Nathan preceding the event at 6:15pm. The presentation and reception are free, and the public is cordially invited.

Founded in 1937, the Museum of Contemporary Craft [MoCC] in mcc_aug15Portland, Oregon, is a vibrant center for investigation and dialogue that helps expand the definition and exploration of craft. Through dynamic exhibitions and provocative public programming, supported by the Museum’s collection and archives, MoCC advances the conversation on the role of craft and design in contemporary culture while at the same time honoring the history of the studio craft movement. In her talk, Ms. Nathan’s illustrations will highlight the Museum’s exhibitions, achievements, and its role in the community of craft. Through the Museum’s most recent exhibition, State of Oregon Craft, she will discuss the current state of craft practices and cultures in Oregon, showcase the diversity of Oregon’s craft artists and traditions, and highlight the development and continuation of craft-based communities across the state.

Ms. Nathan is Deputy Director and Curator of Collections at the Museum where she has curated or worked on over 30 exhibitions including ShowPDX: A Decade of Portland Furniture Design, Portland Collects: British Ceramics, and Quality is Contagious: John Economaki and Bridge City Tool Works. She has specialized in collections management and development, as well as exhibits and curatorial practice, working with museums and institutions throughout the West. Her love of cultural objects has taken her to such institutions as Coeur d’Alene’s Old Mission State Park (ID), Experience Music Project (WA), Oregon Nikkei Endowment (OR), the High Desert Museum (OR), Uintah County Museums (UT), and the State of Wyoming Museum and Archives (WY). Nicole received her Master of Arts in Museology from the University of Washington.

As part of her CCAI visit, Ms. Nathan will give her talk to art students and faculty at Douglas High School and at Sierra Nevada College.

The Capital City Arts Initiative is an artist-centered organization committed to the encouragement and support of artists and the arts and culture of Carson City and the surrounding region. The Initiative is committed to community planning and building for the area’s diverse adult and youth populations through art projects and exhibitions, live events, arts education programs, artist residencies, and online projects.

The Capital City Arts Initiative [CCAI] is funded in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Nevada Arts Council, City of Carson City, Nevada Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities, U.S. Bank Foundation, and John and Grace Nauman Foundation.

top image: the Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, Oregon
bottom image: Nevada Neighbors flier

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