BlackRock Center for the Arts Presents HAND CRAFTED Group Exhibition

By Editorial Team on March 15, 2022

Sat, 19 March 2022 - Fri, 15 April 2022

Rebecca Murtaugh, Mallet and Burrow: Cobblestone, Orange, Celadon, and Green Mirror, 2019 underglaze and glazed ceramic, 20″ x 10″ x 9″, $4,200.
Reception: Saturday, March 19 from 5pm to 7pm

BlackRock Center for the Arts, providing opportunities to explore, celebrate and engage in the arts, announces HAND CRAFTED, a group exhibition that explores the role of craftsmanship in contemporary art and across a variety of media including wool, ceramic, glass, paper, fiber, porcelain, etc.  This group exhibition features over 55 multimedia works by 23 artists from the Mid-Atlantic United States region.

Says Gallery Director and Curator Rula Jones, “Concept and craftsmanship, the latter defined as strong knowledge of material manipulation, have occasionally been oppositional in modern and contemporary art. However, these works show high levels of artistry and skill, while also presenting very strong purpose and theory.

Artists in this exhibition use materials often associated with craft and elevate them through contemporary concerns. The works on view address a variety of both universal and contemporary issues including loss, identity, the environment, humanity and nature through a variety of media including ceramic, glass, fiber, wool, silk, beads, paper, porcelain etc. This exhibition celebrates the diversity of theory, process and materiality in contemporary art, suggesting that the boundary between craft and fine art remains as elusive as ever.”

Artists included in the exhibition are: Lisa Battle, Helen Blumen, Karin Birch, Mei Mei Chang, Ceci Cole McInturff, Linda Colsh, Barbara Joann Combs, Andrea Finch, Felisa Federman, Sarah J. Hull, Noelani Jones, Shana Kohnstamm, Rebecca Murtaugh, Phyllis Mayes, Mitchell Noah, Sara Parent-Ramos, Sookkyung Park, Margaret Polcawich, Paulette Privott, Allan Rosenbaum, Kanika Sircar, Erwin Timmers, Patricia de Poel Wilberg.

Hand Crafted will be on view from March 5 to April 15, 2022. An opening reception will be held on March 19th from 5 pm to 7 pm. A virtual catalog is available to the public at the following link. 


Located in Germantown, MD, BlackRock Center for the Arts brings inspiring performing and visual arts experiences to diverse audiences in a welcoming and intimate setting, providing opportunities to explore, celebrate and engage in the arts.

BlackRock Center for the Arts is located at 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown, MD.