Boston Athenæum, Nichols House Museum, and WBUR Members $15 and Non-members $20
Contemporary Art + Craft
A Conversation with Jasmine Baetz and Lisa Houck, moderated by Louise Kennedy
Two vibrant special exhibitions at the Boston Athenæum and the Nichols House Museum explore the work of regional contemporary artists. New England on Paper: Contemporary Art in the Boston Athenæum’s Prints & Photographs Collections at the Athenæum presents a selection of works on paper that reveal artists’ responses to New England’s landscapes, built environments, and culture. The works, acquired through the Frances Hovey Howe Print Fund, relate to and complement the Athenæum’s existing holdings of historic graphic material documenting New England culture.
Makers’ Marks: Art, Craft and the Fiber of Change at the Nichols House Museum showcases the Nichols sisters’ accomplishments and tells the story of craft from the Progressive Era to today by exhibiting contemporary craft in the museum’s historic rooms. The exhibition expands the museum’s interpretation of the Nichols family’s history and the role of craft as a platform for activism in contemporary society.
Among the artists whose work is featured in the two exhibitions are Jasmine Baetz (Makers’ Marks) and Lisa Houck (New England on Paper). Join them for a conversation about their studio practices and the development of concepts and ideas in their work.
Jasmine Baetz is an artist, student, and teacher. She holds a BA in religious studies from the University of Toronto, a diploma in fine arts from Langara College in Vancouver, and a BFA in ceramics from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She will attend the University of Colorado Boulder in the fall for graduate studies in ceramics. She uses clay to investigate history, repetition, belief, and identity. Baetz’s artwork has been exhibited throughout the United States and Canada, including Artspeak in Vancouver, British Columbia; Carnegie Gallery in Dundas, Ontario; MassArt in Boston, Massachusetts; and The Packing Plant in Nashville, Tennessee. Baetz’s work is featured in Makers’ Marks: Art, Craft and the Fiber of Change at the Nichols House Museum.
Lisa Houck is a Boston-based artist who works in watercolor, oil on wood, ceramics, mosaics, and etching. She holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Working in a variety of mediums allows her to invent new ways to express her view of nature through color and pattern. Houck’s artwork has been exhibited widely, and is in numerous public and private collections, including the Boston Athenæum; Boston Children’s Hospital; Fidelity Investments; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and four libraries in Broward County, Florida. Her work is featured in New England on Paper: Contemporary Art in the Boston Athenæum’s Prints & Photographs Collections at the Boston Athenæum.
Louise Kennedy is the senior producer for arts engagement at The ARTery, WBUR's home for arts and culture in Boston and beyond. She joined WBUR, Boston's NPR news station, in 2010, and before that was a longtime writer and editor at the Boston Globe, most recently as an arts reporter and chief theater critic. A graduate of Yale, she has taught journalism at Emerson College.
This program is presented in partnership with the Nichols House Museum and The ARTery, WBUR's home for arts and culture.
Want to learn more about Baetz and Houck’s work? Join Baetz for a gallery talk at the Nichols House Museum at 3:30 p.m. and Houck for a gallery talk at the Boston Athenæum at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 14. For more information or to register for the gallery talks, visit Artist-Led Gallery Talks.
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