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The Studio Craft Tradition

Intelligent Design

Permanent Exhibition · Hankin and Betz galleries

The Arts and Crafts and modernist studio craft movements in southeastern Pennsylvania produced a diverse body of work, and makers of contemporary studio craft continue to explore fresh ideas and new designs. Whether a mosaic tile, an abstract form in wood, a wall sculpture, or a ceramic vessel, as nonverbal forms of human expression, these works not only reflect cultural values but can function to transform the particulars of our everyday lives. The creative energy, broad technical repertoire, and innovative designs of these artists are subjects of the Michener Art Museum’s installation of work by studio craft artists of the Delaware Valley.

Intelligent Design, highlights regional studio craft from its earliest beginnings to the diversity of expression today. The exhibition features work from the studio shops of such makers and designers as Frederick Harer, Wharton Esherick, George Nakashima, Mira Nakashima-Yarnall, Phillip Lloyd Powell, Paul Evans, David Ellsworth, Mark Sfirri and Robert Dodge, Toshiko Takaezu, Robert Winokur, and Matthias Pliessnig.

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