The Chipstone Foundation was created by Stanley and Polly Stone with the purpose of housing their impressive decorative arts collection (which centered around early American furniture and historical prints, as well as seventeenth and eighteenth century British pottery), promoting decorative arts scholarship, and supporting significant projects and publications at other institutions. A partnership between the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Chipstone Foundation was created in 1999 to provide the public with access to this important collection. Through this joint venture, Chipstone’s significant holdings are now on view to the public at the Art Museum, along with the associated Layton Art Collection. Chipstone is committed to expanding scholarship of the decorative arts, while staying current with the contemporary interpretations and issues associated with these objects.
This panel discussion, which took place at the Chipstone Foundation Fox Point museum grounds on May 26, 2016, during Zoom Milwaukee, explores issues surrounding contemporary criticism in craft. Panelists include Anya Kivarkis, associate professor of jewelry and metalsmithing at the University of Oregon in Eugene; Jeffrey Clancy, assistant professor in the department of art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; Mary Hallam Pearse, associate professor of art at the Lamar Dodd School of Art (University of Georgia); and artist Kim Cridler. During this discussion, panelists and audience members explore the ways in which educators can successfully engage students in critique, uncover effective means of encouragement, and engage contemporary and historic issues within craft. Lyndsay Rice, assistant professor of art in jewelry and metalsmithing at the Alberta College of Art and Design, moderates this panel.
Zoom Milwaukee (May 25–29, 2016) was a four-day symposium on craft and innovation hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Jewelry and Metalsmithing program. Over 250 makers, writers, and innovators came together to discuss the future of craft in 10 lectures and 27 workshops. The Chipstone Foundation and Art Jewelry Forum were proud sponsors of the Zoom symposium. This recording of the panel is brought to AJF’s audience courtesy of the generosity of the Chipstone Foundation.