Meet the Juror: Linda Johnson Dougherty

Carolina Artisan Craft Market: 2015 Juror, Linda Johnson Dougherty

Linda Johnson Dougherty, Chief Curator & Curator of Contemporary Art at the North Carolina Museum of Art served as juror for the fine craft artists applying for a spot in the 2015 Carolina Artisan Craft Market.  Twenty Provisional Exhibiting Artists will join existing Exhibiting Artist Members of the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild for this festive shopping event held November 6 – 8 in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina.

(Feature image: Andy Kearney, furniture maker and provisional exhibiting artist, chosen by the juror for the 2015 Carolina Artisan Craft Market.)

Jim and Shirl Parmentier, potters in Mars Hill, North Carolina, create one-of-a-kind hand built and carved lamps and other functional pieces.
Jim and Shirl Parmentier, potters and provisional exhibiting artists, chosen by the juror for the 2015 Carolina Artisan Craft Market

What’s the most rewarding or challenging aspect of serving as juror?

Jurying a show like this gives me the opportunity to see the diverse range of work being made by artists working in a wide variety of media, that otherwise I would not have a chance to see.  The most challenging aspect is trying to judge an artist’s work from just a few digital images and trying to imagine what the work is truly like in person, especially with 3-D works. 

What sets the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild apart?

The consistently high level of quality—both in craftsmanship and aesthetic design—of all the submissions.

What do you look for when selecting artists for the Carolina Artisan Craft Market?

I’m looking for artists whose knowledge of materials intersects with creative and experimental techniques, and who are challenging conventional notions of craft and design.

Michael Mikula, Glass Artist from Cleveland, OH, creates architectural blown glass and metal sculptures inspired by urban energy and built environment.

Michael Mikula, glass artist and provisional exhibiting artist juried into the 2015 Carolina Artisan Craft Market

What craft trends have you seen emerging among this year’s applicants?

An interest in exploring a wide range of materials; an incorporation of historical or established techniques along with more experimental and contemporary methods.

 

Linda is currently organizing exhibitions of contemporary art and developing artists’ projects for the North Carolina Museum of Art’s Museum Park. Prior to joining the staff at the North Carolina Museum of Art, she co-directed the public art program for the state of North Carolina for several years, and was a curator at The Phillips Collection, a research associate at the National Gallery of Art, and a research assistant at the National Museum of American Art in Washington, DC. She has a BA in Art History from Wesleyan University and an MA in Art History from Williams College.