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California Studio Craft: Featuring works from the Forrest L. Merrill collection


Charles Schuler
Director of Marketing & Communications
San Francisco International Airport

California Studio Craft: Featuring works from the Forrest L. Merrill collection
New exhibition showcases studio craft made by California artists

SAN FRANCISCO -  June 11, 2019 - Studio craft combines the characteristics of traditional, handmade craft with the refined qualities of fine art. Made by professional artist-craftspeople who work in a variety of media, studio craft includes both utilitarian items and more experimental pieces that focus on aesthetics over function. For many, studio craft is an imaginative and personal expression that encourages creativity through the exploration of time-tested materials and techniques. The finest objects evoke emotion and exhibit the process of making along with evidence of the artist’s hand.

During the mid-20th century, studio craft began to thrive in California. Working with materials including clay, fiber, wood, metal, and glass, studio craft makers pioneered new directions in their respective media. Included in this exhibition are works by many of the foundational makers who have created and redefined California studio craft over the past six decades, including Peter Voulkos (1924–2002), Robert Fritz (1920–86), June Schwarcz (1918–2015), Bob Stocksdale (1913–2003), and Kay Sekimachi (b. 1926).

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California Studio Craft: Featuring works from the Forrest L. Merrill collection is located post-security in Terminal 2, Departures Level, San Francisco International Airport. This exhibition is accessible to ticketed passengers from June 15, 2019, to February 23, 2020.

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