Paul Smith: Masters of Craft

September 17 - December 30, 2017

Featuring many of the artists represented in RAM’s collection, this exhibition offers an intimate look at major figures in contemporary craft. For over thirty years, Paul J. Smith, Director Emeritus of the Museum of Arts and Design, took casual portraits of artists as he encountered them in various settings including in their studios. With an atypical twist of having the emphasis on the artist directly and not the work itself, these photographs reflect the personalities and individuality of makers who shaped the field in the twentieth century.

Paul Smith
Dale Chihuly (1941 – ) at His Studio, Seattle, Washington, ca. 1985

Digital archival print
10 5/8 x 16 ¼ inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Paul Smith

Paul Smith
Robert Ebendorf (1939 – ) at the Society of
American Goldsmiths Conference, St. Petersburg, Florida
, 2004
Digital archival print
11 x 8 ½ inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Paul Smith
Paul Smith
Arline Fisch (1931 – ) at the American Craft Council
Awards Party
, Seattle, Washington, 1996
Digital archival print
15 7/8 x 10 5/8 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Paul Smith
Paul Smith
Toshiko Takaezu (1922 – 2011) at Her Studio and
Residence, Quakerstown, New Jersey
, ca. 1985
Digital archival print
16 x 10 5/8 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Paul Smith
Paul Smith
Beatrice Wood (1893 – 1998) at Her Residence
and Studio, Ojai, California
, ca. 1992
Digital archival print
15 7/8 x 10 5/8 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Paul Smith
Paul Smith
Bertil Vallien (1938 – ) at the Pilchuck Glass
School 25th Anniversary Reunion, Stanwood, Washington
1995
Digital archival print
14 5/8 x 10 5/8 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Paul Smith
Paul Smith
Therman Statom (1953 – ) at the Pilchuck Glass School
25th Anniversary Reunion, Stanwood, Washington, 1995
Digital archival print
15 7/8 x 10 5/8 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Paul Smith
Paul Smith
John Parker Glick (1938 – 2017) at His Studio, Farmington, Michigan, ca. 1985
Digital archival print
16 1/8 x 10 5/8 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Paul Smith