Glassell School's Jewelry and Enamel On View at HCCC This Summer

Arts and Entertainment

April 6, 2015

From: Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

Houston, TX -- Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present Course of Action: 50 Years of Jewelry and Enamel at the Glassell School of Art, an exhibition that celebrates the outstanding Jewelry and Enamel program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's (MFAH) Glassell School of Art. For five decades, the program has provided a place for students of all skill levels and backgrounds to flourish, and it now offers a full curriculum of classes in metalsmithing, enameling, and digital technology. Curated by Glassell faculty members, Nathan Dube, Jan Harrell, and Sandie Zilker, the show chronicles the history of the program, acknowledging former instructors, Mary Lorena Brown, William Steffy, and Mary Ann Papanek-Miller, as well as others who have been influential in its development. Displaying jewelry objects and enamel works by current students, former and current faculty, and alumni, the collection showcases an exceptional level of talent.

The Glassell School of Art includes the Junior School for young people ages 3 18; the Studio School for adults; and the Core Program, which offers postgraduate residencies. Since 1965, the Jewelry and Enamel program has evolved with the school, taking up residence in several different buildings. Formerly known as the Museum School, the Glassell School's first jewelry course was held inside the basement of the MFAH. In 1971, the program moved to the former Jett's Grocery site and then to a former insurance building on Garrott Street in 1973. Six years later, the program migrated to the Studio School's current building, at 5101 Montrose Boulevard, and the school adopted its present name, the Glassell School of Art.

After 36 years, the Studio School will say goodbye to its current glass-block building. In the fall of 2015, it will temporarily relocate to the former Nabisco building near the Texas Medical Center and, in late 2017, will return to the MFAH campus in a building designed by Stephen Holl Architects.

The new space, with its updated and expanded facilities, will give the Glassell School of Art a dynamic presence in Houston's art community, allowing the Jewelry and Enamel program to continue to thrive.

Reception: Friday, May 29, 5:30 8:00 PM

The evening will also feature the opening of Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft in the galleries and open studios by HCCC's current resident artists.

Date: May 9 August 29, 2015

Location: Artist Hall at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is located at 4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

Hours & Admission: Open Tuesday - Saturday, 10 AM 5 PM, and Sunday, 12 5 PM.
**Summer Hours: Closed July 4th and Sundays, July 4th Labor Day.** Admission is free.

For more information on the MFAH Glassell School of Art, visit http://www.mfah.org/visit/glassell-school/.