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HGA’s Convergence 2014 Providence Special Events


Wednesday, July 16

All That Jazz —Runway Fashion Show

7:30-8:30 p.m, Rhode Island Convention Center

Convergence 2014 Providence presents a spectacular runway fashion show featuring wearable art selected from fiber artists from around the world. Jurors Bradon McDonald and Noël Palomo-Lovinski will present awards after the show. Small Expressions 2014 Juror Gerhardt Knodel will present Small Expressions awards.


Thursday, July 17

Featured Speaker—Rosanne Somerson, Interim President, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)

8:00 a.m - 9:00 a.m, Rhode Island Convention Center. 

Making Critically

Rosanne Somerson"Making Critically" expands our understanding of making and creativity. Critical making combines the intelligence of the hand, and a deep understanding of materials and craft practices, with rigorous conceptual and critical thinking skills. In a complex and fast-paced world, with global issues impacting us all, critical making generates creativity and innovation, which are increasingly recognized as fundamental to the national education and economic agenda in the 21st century.

Rosanne Somerson is a furniture designer/maker, educator, and is RISD’s interim President after serving in the role of Provost and chief academic officer. She simultaneously maintains a robust creative practice, designing and creating furniture for exhibitions and commissions. Additionally, she consults on innovative educational and creative practice for institutions and industry. Her work has been exhibited widely throughout the world and is represented in many prestigious private, corporate, and museum collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Renwick Collection of the National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC, the Yale University Art Gallery, the Huntsville Museum of Art and the RISD Museum of Art. She has served on the boards of the Haystack Mountain School, in Maine, the Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, is a named Fellow of the American Craft Council, and is the subject of an interview that forms part of the Smithsonian Institute Archives of American Art Oral History Program. As a sought-after international lecturer, juror, exhibitor, and evaluator, she applies both local and global perspectives to her work. She has received numerous awards and citations for her work as a designer, artist, and teacher, most recently the Award of Distinction for lifetime achievement in the field of studio furniture by the Furniture Society.



Craig Nutt, CERF+

 Friday, July 18

Klaatu Barada Nikto: Saving Your Career from Alien Invasions and Other Disasters

Breakfast Conversation with Craig Nutt, CERF+

7:45 a.m. - 8:45 a.m., Rhode Island Convention Center

Knowing what to do before, during, and after an emergency can make all the difference, whether the emergency is as exotic as an alien invader or as mundane as a broken pipe. CERF+ Director of Programs (and practicing craft artist) Craig Nutt will offer tips and tools for protecting your art, your studio, and career from emergencies, including alien invasions.

Breakfast included.


Friday, July 18

R. B. Burnham & Company Native Auctions Presents a Navajo Rug Auction

Auction Preview 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Auction at 5:30 p.m., Rhode Island Convention Center

The R.B. Burnham & Company family has been trading with the native people of the Four Corners area for five generations and are noted for their encouragement of innovation and quality in Navajo textiles. Come browse the gallery prior to the auction for the finest in Navajo rugs, basketry and other items.

Proceeds benefit individual artists and  HGA’s Fiber Trust.

Admission to the preview and the auction is free.


Images: Rosanne Somerson, courtesy of RISD Office of the President
Craig Nutt, courtesy of Craft Emergency Relief Fund CERF+
Navajo Rug Auction, courtesy of R.B. Burnham & Company.