Susan Calloway Fine Arts Presents Drawn By Light: A 24 year retrospective featuring the work of DC neon artist Craig Kraft

By Editorial Team on November 26, 2018
The Helping Hand That Slaps You by Craig Kraft. Courtesy of Craig Kraft Studio.
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Reception: Friday, November 30 from 6pm to 8pm
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Art Walk: Friday, December 7 from 5pm to 8pm

This will be Craig Kraft’s first show at Susan Calloway Fine Arts, and is being presented in conjunction with Georgetown’s “Glow” installation series.

Over the past 38 years, light sculptor Craig A. Kraft has gained national recognition for his innovative neon light works. Early public artworks include the Falling Man©, 1995, sited permanently at the Cell Theatre in New York City. For the last 12 years Kraft has been working with rolled aluminum and neon to create monumental public art works. His sculptures have been featured in over 135 exhibits throughout the US (14 solo). He was invited to exhibit at both the Busan Biennale: Chasm – Crossing Over, 2004, Korea, and Hermandades Escultoricas, 2005,  Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. He has twice been a featured artist at the International Sculptor’s Conference.

Recently, Kraft was commissioned to create rolled aluminum and neon light sculptures for Montgomery County, MD; the Downtown Silver Spring, MD, Development project; the Rockville, MD, Downtown Development Project; The Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, VA; The Watha T. Daniel Library in Washington, DC; and most recently a large scale 11′ x 21′ x 4′ scrambled neon “DC!” for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanity. A array of his public works can be viewed here.

A member of the faculty of the Smithsonian Institution Studio Arts Program for 23 years, Kraft received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Most recently, Kraft has investigated the universal urge to connect through marking; to this end he has traveled to France, Spain, Sulawesi, Indonesia, and in October of 2017, Namibia, Africa. As an artist turned explorer and writer, Kraft has also begun a series of articles published by Timeless Travels, a magazine specializing in art, archeology and travel.

Gallery Hours:

  • Tuesday through Saturday: 10am to 6pm

Susan Calloway Fine Arts is located at 1643 Wisconsin Ave. NW.