Panel Discussion: Art vs. Craft

Posted on: May 9th, 2017
August 31, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
Elizabet Elliott

Unbeknownst to many, there is heated ongoing discussion of how we define ‘fine art’, craft and even design, hailing from the dawn of making. These categories move and change all the time, and the lines between each are often undefined. What qualifies ‘fine’ art from other forms? What is the role of utility? Is there a higher aim to decoration? Are ‘high’ and ‘low’ art distinctions even still relevant? Hear what local artists and academics think as they share works of art that exemplify or defy classification.

The panelists include Lucy Gafford of the Mobile Arts Council, Susie Bowman of The Kiln Studio & Gallery, Tony Wright, ceramicist and Visual Arts professor at The University of South Alabama, and LaVada Raouf, Art History professor at Spring Hill College. Moderating and leading the discussion will be our own Mrinal Joshi, artist and intern extraordinaire.