Crafting America @ Crystal Bridges

February 6 - May 31, 2021
February 24, 2021

Works by two Momentum Gallery artists, Hoss Haley (metal) and Andy Paiko (glass), are featured in a current exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR. Shifra Ahlers comments, "We were thrilled to host Jen Padgett and tour her through Momentum Gallery in May 2019, introducing her to artists and works from our extraordinary collection. And we are so pleased to see our artists' work featured in this exhibition!"


July 2021 – UPDATE:

Crafting America is currently on view at the Jule Collins Smith Museum, Auburn, AL through September 12, 2021.



Hoss Haley, Architectural Coil Maquette


(From Crystal Bridges' website) Crafting America celebrates the skill and individuality of craft within the broad context of American art. From jewelry to furniture to sculptures and more, this exhibition is dazzling and full of surprises.


Featuring over 100 works in ceramics, fiber, wood, metal, glass, and more unexpected materials, Crafting America presents a diverse and inclusive story of American craft from the 1940s to today, highlighting the work of artists such as Ruth Asawa, Beatrice Wood, Shan Goshorn, Nick Cave, and more. Craft has long been a realm accessible to the broadest range of individuals, providing an opportunity to explore personal creativity, innovation, and technical skill. This exhibition foregrounds varied backgrounds and perspectives in craft, from the vital contributions of Indigenous artists to the new skills and points of view brought by immigrants to the United States.


Developed by Jen Padgett, associate curator at Crystal Bridges, and Glenn Adamson, guest curator and scholar of craft, design history, and contemporary art, Crafting America asserts craft's integral role in expanding the story of American art and is accompanied by a major multi-author illustrated publication published by Crystal Bridges and the University of Arkansas Press.


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