The King Street Gallery Presents Craig Kraft The Urge to Mark

By Editorial Team on October 23, 2018

Thu, 25 October 2018 - Wed, 21 November 2018

Courtesy of King Street Gallery.
Reception: Thursday, October 25 from 6:30pm to 8pm

The King Street Gallery presents Craig Kraft: The Urge to Mark from October 22–November 21 , 2018.  A reception will be held Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 6:30–8 p.m.  Craig Kraft will be giving a talk along with a reading by poet Lee Woodman, Thursday, October 25, 2018, 5:30 p.m.. The event is located at the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center. For more information, visit
. Free and open to the public.

Over the past 39 years, light sculptor Craig Kraft has gained national recognition for his innovative and unique neon light works.  Kraft has made three life-changing trips searching for the origin of human mark making—that is, art.  He visited the caves of Southern France, even older ones in Sulawesi, Indonesia, and last year saw rock art and ancient tribal practices that produced it in Namibia, Africa.  In all these places he found a similar urge to mark.

The works in this exhibit represent the artist’s response to these extraordinary experiences, and his understanding of the origin of the primeval need to mark with the origin of our spiritual need to connect.

About Artist:

Craig Kraft is one of only a handful of light artists in the world who bends his own glass and is respected for his ability to precisely manipulate the figure and the light to capture his own artistic vision. He completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is presently a faculty member of the Smithsonian Institution Studio Arts Program. His work has been featured in over 120 exhibits throughout the U.S.A. (17+ solo), and he has twice been a leader of the International Sculpture Conference.  The artist has carried out major commissions for Montgomery County Maryland and P.F.A. for the Downtown Silver Spring Development, as well as for the Anacostia Arts Center and The Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, Virginia. He was invited to exhibit at both the Busan Biennale Art Festival in 2004 and the Hermandades Escultoricas in 2005 in Merida, Yucatan Mexico.

King Street Gallery at the Cafritz Foundation Arts Center at Montgomery College is located at 930 King Street, Silver Spring, MD.