Center for Southern Craft & Design

Located in the Ogden Museum Store, the Center for Southern Craft & Design supports the Museum’s mission to broaden the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the visual arts and culture of the American South by offering talented Southern artisans and designers a platform from which to showcase and sell their work.

The Center hosts a monthly in-store pop-up as well as a monthly workshop series called Craft Happy Hour. The Center also presents a biannual Artist Spotlight exhibition in atrium casework within the Museum, which showcases leaders in craft fields including jewelry, ceramics, glassworks, woodworks, metalworks and textiles, and highlights the important place of craft at the heart of Southern Art. This series allows visitors to fully engage with and learn about the featured artist and their craft.

Since 2008, the Center has also presented the annual exhibition, Art of the Cup, featuring two cups by each of the selected Southern ceramicists. This exhibition celebrates the aesthetic and design freedom the ceramic medium offers to enhance everyday routine and highlights the diverse methods artisans use to blur the boundaries of form and function.


Center Programs

The Center for Southern Craft & Design further connects the field of craft to our visitors through vibrant programming throughout the year:

Artist Spotlight Series
The Artist Spotlight Series is a quarterly curated exhibition featuring the work of a selected practicing southern craftsperson in the field of ceramics, glass, wood, metal, fiber and textiles, or mixed media. Works are on view within the Museum galleries, as well as the Museum Store and are made available for purchase. Exhibitions are often accompanied by a book signing, artist workshop or lecture. 

Art of the Cup
Art of the Cup is an annual invitational exhibition highlighting the convergence of form and function in the medium of ceramics. Art of the Cup features teacups and teapots created by 50-70 Southern ceramicists, and are on view in the craft galleries of the Museum. Available for purchase, visitors visit annually, building their own personal collection. 

Ogden Museum Holiday Market
The Ogden Museum Holiday Market is held annually during the holidays and is free and open to the public. Guests can complete their holiday shopping while getting a chance to meet their favorite local makers. 

Craft Happy Hour
Craft Happy Hour, is a monthly gathering in which a professional craftsperson guides attendees through a project, teaching a new skill in an informal and fun atmosphere. Programs are geared so that each participant leaves with a completed project, and have ranged from floral wearables, to ceramic bells, to macramé. 

Pop-Ups
The Center for Southern Craft & Design hosts a series of month-long pop-ups. A local maker is invited to set up a pop-up shop that lasts for a month. This has been a great way to reactivate the space and keep the Museum Store looking fresh.




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