25th annual Arts and Crafts Conference in Detroit and Environs
Each year for 25 years, IAC’s Arts & Crafts Conference travels to a different American city. In its exploration of the Arts and Crafts Movement, IAC considers a spectrum of styles, always informed by the conviction that the Movement is defined as much by its ethos, principles, and ideals, as by a specific design vocabulary, and that its multitude of expressions invariably reflects a combination of regional, geographical, and international influences. IAC explores sources of influence, the evolution of taste, the roles of relationships and patronage in defining artistic product, materials and methods of fabrication, and the use of art as a lever for social change. At the same time, IAC explores contemporary work in which the ethos and practice of the Art and Crafts movement continues to flourish. The conference draws a diverse and deeply committed group of attendees from throughout the country.
In each city, IAC partners with and celebrates premier cultural institutions and visits sites of major cultural and civic importance, as well as distinguished private residence and collections Among attendees are collectors, curators and others from the museum and gallery worlds, historians and other scholars, homeowners and others deeply committed to exploring the Movement and its manifestations.
The 2023 Conference will travel to Detroit to examine the central role the City played in the American Arts & Crafts Movement. Over the course of five days, we will explore the following:
The Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts (DSAC) and its founding in 1907
The Scarab Club (founded 1907 as the Hopkins Club) and other institutions closely tied to the furtherance of the Movement in the City
The cultural life in Detroit at the turn of the century including forces leading to the founding of the Detroit Institute of Arts
George Booth’s founding of Cranbrook Educational Community based on William Morris’ philosophy that all the arts should have equal recognition
Women who played major roles in the expression of the Movement in Detroit, including Mary Chase Perry Stratton, co-founder of Pewabic Pottery, Katherine McEwen, a British artist who was instrumental in the administration of the DSAC upon her emigration to Detroit, and May Morris, William Morris’s daughter who had a personal and business relationship with George Booth and his wife.
Additionally, we will consider the relationship between Detroit architects and those whose national footprints (such as Cass Gilbert) create links between the cities in which they worked.
Institution or Organization name - Initiatives in Art and Culture