Past meets present in “Mastering Craft” | ACCENT

A fusion of past and present comes together to ask the question: How has craftwork changed? Mastering Craft: Contemporary Concepts from Regional Makers, coming to the William King Museum of Art on May 27, features the work of three former instructors from the Penland School of Crafts and three former instructors from the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.

In Mastering Craft, ottomans aren’t used to elevate feet, they’re made to study how interior spaces shape our memories, according to a statement. The fabrics are not meant to be quilts, rather they are woven together to create a playful landscape. Whiskey jugs are not just vessels for quenching their thirst, they are shaped to contemplate the food industry.

Art textbooks teach us that crafts and fine art are two different things, but contemporary artists challenge this notion. The work presented in Mastering Craft visually complements the permanent collection of the William King Museum of Art and questions the question: “Does contemporary craftsmanship blur the lines between craft and fine art?”

The William King Museum of Art is open seven days a week: Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Entrance to the museum is free. For more information on exhibitions or events at the William King Museum of Art, visit or call 276-628-5005. Register for courses and events on the WKMA website.

The William King Museum of Art is located at 415 Academy Drive, off West Main Street or Russell Road, in Abingdon. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, William King Museum of Art is a partner of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, a member of the Virginia Association of Museums, and is funded in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the arts .

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