The Gallery at RAC Presents The Art of Craft: Panel Discussion

ST. LOUIS (May 1, 2014) – The Regional Arts Commission presents a panel discussion on the topic of “The Place of Fine Craft in Contemporary Art and Design.” The four panelists include Duane Reed of The Duane Reed Gallery; fiber artist Jane Sauer, former owner of The Jane Sauer Gallery (Santa Fe, NM); Stefanie Kirkland of Craft Alliance Center of Art and Design; and clay artist and educator Jim Ibur. Curator Nancy Newman Rice will lead the discussion, which takes place in conjunction with the exhibition The Art of Craft, One Definition.

Join us for the discussion on Wednesday, May 14 at the Gallery at RAC. A light reception will take place from 5:30 – 6pm, with the panel discussion to follow from 6 – 7:30pm. There will be time allotted for a Q&A session afterwards.

EXHIBIT NAME: The Art of Craft, One Definition

ARTISTS: Erin Vigneau Dimick, James Ibur, Sherri Jaudés, Laura Elizabeth Mullen,
Yael Shomroni, Laura Strand

CURATOR: Nancy Newman Rice

DATES: Gallery Talk (Panel Discussion): Wednesday, May 14, 5:30 – 7:30pm;
Reception from 5:30 – 6pm

All events are free and open to the public. The Art of Craft continues through May 17.

GALLERY HOURS: Monday through Friday from 10am to 5pm; Saturday 12pm to 5pm.
LOCATION: The Gallery at the Regional Arts Commission
6128 Delmar Blvd. 63112 (across from The Pageant)
Free parking behind The Pageant or metered street parking


Duane Reed, founder and owner of The Duane Reed Gallery for 20 years, has exhibited an impressive array of contemporary artists, including Michael Eastman, Jun Kaneko, Joseph Piccillo, Albert Paley, Wendell Castle, Dale Chihuly and Rudy Autio. Reed is internationally recognized for his expertise in craft art, including ceramics, glass, and fiber. He has also curated over 300 exhibitions and has lectured on a variety of art topics. Reed is a former trustee of the American Craft Council and currently serves on the national boards of The Watershead Ceramic Center and the Creative Glass Center of America.

Jim Ibur is a featured artist in The Art of Craft, and is also an accomplished educator. Ibur is a potter, vessel-maker and sculptor living in St. Louis, Missouri. He is the Coordinator of Ceramic Art and Assistant Chair of Design, Visual and Performing Arts at Saint Louis Community College-Meramec. Ibur received an MFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, studied at UC Davis and a holds a BA from the University of Colorado Boulder. He has completed residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation and Banff Centre for the Arts. Image: Song of Songs (2012)

Jane Sauer has been working as a studio artist for over 34 years. In 2005, she assumed ownership of Thirteen Moons Gallery in Santa Fe, NM, and transformed it into The Jane Sauer Gallery, a site at the forefront of innovation and exploration in fiber, clay, glass, and metal. In 2013, she sold the gallery to Jennifer and Mike Tansey. Sauer currently acts as an art consultant to artists and galleries.
Stefanie Kirkland is currently the Director of Exhibitions at Craft Alliance Center of Art and Design. Within her position, Kirkland is involved in every step of the exhibition process, from conceptualizing the exhibitions to preparing and installing the artwork. She continues to work on her own paintings and also teaches at Craft Alliance. Kirkland holds an MFA from the Academy of Art University and a BFA from Syracuse University.

Nancy Newman Rice, curator for The Art of Craft, was born in New York City and was educated at Cornell University and at Washington University, where she earned a BFA with honors and an MFA. She has received awards that include a National Endowment for the Arts/MMA Fellowship for painting and an Artist’s Residency Award at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris, France. Ms. Rice has had a number of solo exhibits in both galleries and museums including the Saint Louis Art Museum, MO; The Regina Quick Center for the Arts, NY; Duane Reed Gallery in St. Louis, MO; and the Sazama Gallery in Chicago, IL. Ms. Rice has also written articles and reviews for national arts magazines and The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, as well as catalog essays for artists’ exhibitions. Image: Space and Time (2011)

The Art of Craft is open to the public for viewing through Saturday, May 17. The Gallery will be open that day during the hours of 12 – 5pm.


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