Artist Panel: Beth Ireland, Maria Molteni, and Ben Ryterband
Moderator: Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez CF '99, President, NBSS
Presented in partnership with the Nichols House Museum.
Free and open to the public, but advanced registration is required. Please register here.
As part of the thematic programming associated with the Nichols House Museum's current exhibit, Makers' Marks, Art Craft and the Fiber of Change, three artists working in the craft arena will discuss their art practice.
The Nichols sisters came of age during the Arts and Crafts movement (1880 - 1910), which called for a return to handcrafts for the sake of beauty, quality and social progress. These values impacted the educations, careers and politics of the Nichols sisters. Letters, memoirs and objects in the museum's collection tell the story of their work with sewing, pottery and woodworking. Beyond being object makers, the Nichols sisters utilized their skills to educate and advocate for people from diverse backgrounds.
The panelists and moderator continue to investigate the ideas that were important to the Nichols family. By harnessing today's spirit of making, activism and community engagement, these artists build on the Nichols family's history and the role of craft as a platform for discourse and activism in contemporary society.