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Academics . Craft Biennial . Conference 

ThinkCraft Symposium

September 20-22, 2018

This three-day symposium will focus on issues critical in craft today:
Contemporary practice, theory and education, and curating and collecting. Join us for presentations, discussions, and demonstrations by some of the top thought leaders in craft today.

Artwork by Keynote Speaker Tom Joyce.

Keynote Speakers

Glenn Adamson: Senior Scholar at the Yale Center for British Art and author of the landmark publication The Craft Reader.

Elisabeth Agro: Associate Curator of American Modern and Contemporary Craft and Decorative Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Tom Joyce: A 2003 MacArthur Fellow, Joyce is one of the foremost practitioners in the field for his early contributions to the art and science of forging iron.

Stuart Kestenbaum: Poet Laureate of Maine, and former director of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.

Janet Koplos: Contributing editor, Art in America, and co-author of the milestone publication Makers: A History of American Studio Craft.

Judith Schaechter: Philadelphia-based artist whose groundbreaking work in stained glass serves as a narrative for social and political commentary.


Registration includes admission to all workshops and presentations and an opening night reception. Tickets are $40; $15 for students and high school educators. Register here.

Related Programming

ThinkCraft coincides with the 2018 FRONT Triennial: An American City, hosted at locations throughout Northeast Ohio.

Cleveland Institute of Art is located within University Circle, home of world-class cultural institutions including the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Cleveland Orchestra. A vibrant and supportive community for the arts, Cleveland is home to some of the nation’s top craftspersons and galleries. Evening and weekend programming will be available to explore studios and important Cleveland collections.

Lodging and Transportation

Cleveland Institute of Art’s host hotels will offer a special $157/night rate for the symposium. Hotel options abound in both University Circle and downtown Cleveland, about four miles from CIA. We recommend that you arrive Wednesday evening, September 19.

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is an easy train ride from Cleveland Institute of Art. You shouldn’t need a car rental, unless you’re looking to explore the region’s cultural and natural offerings, including Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the Akron Art Museum, Toledo Museum of Art, and Cleveland Metroparks.

Limited free parking will be available on campus for those who drive to Cleveland. Other paid parking is also available.