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For Immediate Release

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"Deva Bench" by Nanci Barnes
Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008
Past Poster Artist Nanci Barnes to exhibit at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
CraftTexas 2008
(Large and Small Galleries)
May 24, 2008 – August 17, 2008

Opening Reception
Friday, May 23, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
Jurors’ Awards Presentation at 6:30 PM
Gallery Walk & Talk
with Juror Kate Bonansinga and HCCC Curator of Fine Craft, Gwynne Rukenbrod
Saturday, May 24, 2:00 PM

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is proud to present one of its most popular shows, CraftTexas 2008, the fifth in a series of juried exhibitions showcasing the best in Texas-made contemporary craft.  Eighty-four objects made from clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood or found/ recycled materials were selected from a pool of over 370 submissions.  Works range in style from traditional to cutting edge and were judged on criteria such as technical proficiency, creative and inventive use of medium and innovation in style and/or concept.  Juror Jane Sauer described theentries for CraftTexas 2008 as “the strongest body of work that I have ever seen in a regional show—truly amazing and outstanding.” 

This unique show provides Texas artists the opportunity to be considered for inclusion in major national museum and private collections.  The exhibition also serves as a starting place for the general public to appreciate the breadth of art being made in local communities across Texas.

Craft Texas 2008 was juried by a talented and nationally recognized panel of jurors:  Kate Bonansinga, Director of the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts and Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Texas at El Paso; Harlan Butt, metalsmith and Regents Professor of Art at the University of North Texas; and Jane Sauer, fiber artist, sculptor and owner of Jane Sauer Gallery (formerly Thirteen Moons Gallery) in Santa Fe, New Mexico.