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Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

United by Hand: Work and Service by Drew Cameron, Alicia Dietz and Ehren Tool

Friday, Feb. 3, 2017 – Sunday, May. 28, 2017

Alicia Dietz, “Fallen Soldiers,” 2015. Basswood, sapele, cypress, poplar, kevlar, fabric, ink. 24 x 26 x 62 inches. Photo by Jeremy Zietz.

Alicia Dietz, “Fallen Soldiers,” 2015. Basswood, sapele, cypress, poplar, kevlar, fabric, ink. 24 x 26 x 62 inches. Photo by Jeremy Zietz. 

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) presents United by Hand: Work and Service by Drew Cameron, Alicia Dietz, and Ehren Tool, a program-driven exhibition led by three artists-veterans working in fiber, wood, and clay. Drew Cameron, Alicia Dietz, and Ehren Tool use craft as part of their own healing, and, through their artistic practices, continue to serve their country by promoting peace and giving a voice to veterans. Through both the works on view in the galleries and a series of craft-based programs, United by Hand pays tribute to U.S. veterans and aims to create neutral ground, raising critical awareness about the history and current state of war culture in the United States.

About the Exhibition

About the Artists

Drew Cameron (San Francisco, CA) is a papermaker, based in the Shotwell Paper Mill, and the co-founder of Combat Paper. Cameron served in the U.S. Army from 2000 to 2006 and spent four years in active duty as a Field Artillery Soldier, with a tour in Iraq in 2003, where he was promoted to Sergeant (E-5). From 2004 to 2006, he served in the Vermont Army National Guard. He has held residencies at the Museum of Contemporary Craft (Portland, OR), University of Illinois (Urbana, IL), University of Iowa Center for the Book (Iowa City, IA), and Southwest School of Art & Craft (San Antonio, TX). His work can be found in 33 public collections and has been shown at the Museum of Contemporary Craft (Portland, OR), Craft and Folk Art Museum (Los Angeles, CA), the Corcoran Gallery (Washington, D.C.), Courthauld Institute (London, UK), and the Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.), to name a few.  More information at http://www.combatpaper.org.

Alicia Dietz (Richmond, VA) is a woodworker and Iraq War veteran.  From 2001 – 2011, she served in combat and peace-keeping operations as a U.S. Army Officer, UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter Pilot, Maintenance Test Pilot, and Company Commander of over 125 soldiers. In 2015, Dietz received an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in furniture design and woodworking. She maintains two woodworking and furniture degrees from Vermont Woodworking School in 2013 and 2012 and a BSJ in advertising/journalism from Ohio University in 2001. Her work has been exhibited at the Center for Art in Wood (Philadelphia, PA), Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA), and Arrowmont School of Crafts (Gatlinburg, TN), among others.  More information at http://aliciadietzstudios.com.

Ehren Tool (Berkeley, CA) is a ceramic artist and the senior laboratory mechanician at the University of California, Berkeley’s ceramic department. He served as a Marine in the 1991 Gulf War. Tool has an MFA from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BFA from the University of Southern California. His work has been shown at the Minnesota Street Project (San Francisco, CA), the Oakland Museum of California (Oakland, CA), the Craft and Folk Art Museum (Los Angeles, CA), the Berkeley Art Center (Berkeley, CA), the Bellevue Arts Museum (Seattle, WA), and The Clay Studio (Philadelphia, PA). His work is in the permanent collections of The Smithsonian Renwick Gallery (Washington, D.C.), the Centre National des Arts Plastiques Français (Paris, France), and Arizona State University’s Ceramics Research Center (Tempe, AZ). More information at http://www.dirtycanteen.com/ehren-tool.html.

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