UNC Asheville to Host Talk on the Appalachian Craft Revival;
Craft Expert Anna Fariello to Speak
Craft expert Anna Fariello will give a talk on the
Appalachian craft revival at 5 p.m. Monday, April 18, in UNC Asheville’s
Owen Conference Center. Her talk, “Ruskin, Morris and Aunt Lou Kitchen:
The Historic Craft Revival,” is free and open to the public. A book
signing will follow.
Fariello will discuss the Appalachian craft revival
that flourished from 1890 to 1930, which spawned new craft markets,
schools and production centers. She will argue that this movement may be
the single-most overlooked factor contributing to the growth of
contemporary American craft and will tell how it has been ignored by
mainstream art historical writers and craftsmen alike.
Fariello is owner of Curatorial InSight, a
consulting and collections management services for nonprofit museums and
private collectors based in Christianburg, Va. She is a former research
fellow with the National Museum of American Art and Smithsonian
Institution in Washington, D.C., former events coordinator for the
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and former director of the museum at
Radford University. She the author of “Objects and Meaning: New
Perspectives on Art and Craft” (Scarecrow Press 2003) and “Images of
America: Christianburg,” which is due out later this month from Arcadia
Publishing. Fariello also serves as the visual art editor for the
“Encyclopedia of Appalachia,” a widely anticipated new book compiled by
the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services at East Tennessee State
University. Due out later this year, it will be the most comprehensive
work on Appalachia ever produced.
For more information, call Ginger Spivey, UNC
Asheville assistant professor of art, at 828/251-6011.
- Ginger Spivey, UNC Asheville Assistant Professor of Art,
- Jill Yarnall, UNC Asheville Public Information Assistant Director,