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Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 03/23/2011

Smithsonian selects 3 regional artists for major show on young craft artisans

(Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution - Yours,Mine,Ours by Sebastian Martorana )
The Smithsonian American Art Museum has chosen the artists who will appear in “40 under 40: Craft Futures,” its major upcoming look at contemporary crafts.

The artists will display ceramics, metalwork and other materials as they develop new approaches to fashion design, industrial design, installation art and other fields. The show will be held July 20, 2012 until Feb. 3, 2013 at the Renwick Gallery, which opened in 1972. All the artists considered by Nicholas R. Bell, curator at the Renwick, were born since 1972.

Andiron by Marc Maiorana (Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution)
Three artists will represent the sprawling areas and active craft scene around Washington.

They are Marc Maiorana of Cedar Bluff, Va., who works in iron; Sebastian Martorana of Baltimore, who works in marble; and Lacey Jane Roberts of Richmond, who works in fiber.
(Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution - WeCouldn”tGet In by Lacey Roberts )

In announcing the selections, Elizabeth Broun, the director of the American Art Museum and Renwick, said, “I am excited that we are poised now to introduce to the museum’s community these 40 young artists who will inspire a new generation of craft enthusiasts and collectors.”

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