Tuesday
Dec 04
2018
Clinton Presidential Center

White House Collection of American Crafts Artists Panel

6 p.m. | Clinton Presidential Center | Little Rock, AR

Join us on Tuesday, December 4, for a conversation with three artists featured in our current temporary exhibit, The White House Collection of American Crafts: 25th Anniversary Exhibit, moderated by Dr. Elizabeth Broun, former director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery.

White House Collection of American Crafts Artists Panel
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 | 6 p.m.
Clinton Presidential Center | Little Rock, Arkansas


This program is FREE and open to the public, but reservations are required.

Sonja Blomdahl is an American glass artist who has been making spherical and hour glass shaped vessels for over 20 years. She originally trained in Sweden and was influenced by the Scandinavian emphasis on clean, pure lines, but her need for color comes from living in rainy Seattle. Blomdahl's Crimson/Green Blue is featured in our current temporary exhibit.

James C. Watkins is a ceramic artist who has worked with clay for over 40 years. His work is held in 21 permanent collections, and has been widely exhibited in 40 solo exhibitions and 164 group exhibitions. Influenced by the desert topography of the American Southwest, Watkins's double-walled and massive wheel-thrown caldrons conjure up the scorched walls of deep canyons, seen in his piece, Ritual Display.

Zachary Oxman was the youngest artist selected, at age 25, for The White House Collection of American Crafts. His sculptures have been presented to many foreign Heads of State, and even to Pope Francis during his visit to the United States in 2015 as a gift from President Obama. Oxman's Festival of Light, displayed in the exhibit, is an offbeat Hanukkah menorah comprised of five dancing men in tailcoats. 

This program is FREE and open to the public, but reservations are required. Make your reservation here.