Fifty years of Peters Valley School of Craft, featuring contemporary and historical works and on-site artist residencies.

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Founded in 1970, Peters Valley School of Craft was the result of an experimental idea: a planned craft community set in the natural beauty of a newly-formed national park, the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Resident artists in ceramics, wood, fiber, photography, blacksmithing, and fine metals have shaped the vital spirit of Peters Valley. Craft education has also anchored Peters Valley’s mission, making the school’s immersive materials-based courses a vibrant meeting ground for exchange.

From the Ground Up: Peters Valley School of Craft, is the first major exhibition to trace the remarkable fifty-year history of this New Jersey craft school. 

Featuring historical and contemporary work and artist residencies in the museum, the exhibition will illuminate key moments in Peter Valley’s formation and illustrate its crucial impact on art and artists.

Artist residencies during the exhibition will include weaver Cynthia Alberto and her Brooklyn-based weaving studio Weaving Hand, jeweler Lauren Eckert and woodworker Janine Wang.

Click here to submit a message for Cyntia Alberto’s “Take Care of One Another” project.

Curated by Elizabeth Essner, From the Ground Up includes work by: 

Cynthia Alberto

Joyce Anderson

Bennett Bean

Vivian Beer

Kevin Bond

Doug Bucci

Steven Carty

Louise Todd Cope

Maegan Crowley

Bruce Dehnert

Lauren Eckert

Ken Ferguson

Glen S. Gardner

Kerr Grabowski

Goodwin Harding

Katieanne M. Harrison

James Jansma

Luci Jockel

Kipton Kumler

Janet Lipkin

Wendy MacNeil

Kirk Mangus

John McWilliams

Emil Milan

Kristin Muller

Eunice Fawn Navasie 

Fawn Navasie

Tom Neugebauer

Sandy Noyes

Wendy Holmes Noyes

Shiro Otani

Beryl Perron-Feller

John Rais

Karl Seemuller

Ellen Shankin

Carolyn Grew-Sheridan

John Sheridan

Stephen Shore

Brian Skalaski

Malcolm Mobutu Smith

Paul Soldner

Toshiko Takaezu

George Tice

MJ Tyson

Janine Wang

David H. Wells

Andrew Willner

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Set in the wooded landscape of the Delaware Water Gap National Park in Layton, NJ, Peters Valley was first proposed in 1970 as a planned colony of artists and craftspeople. The resident blacksmiths, ceramists, fiber artists, metalsmiths, woodworkers, and photographers who populated the site’s 18th and 19th-century buildings created a vibrant community engaged in creating. Over time, as Peters Valley’s educational mission moved from the margins to the center, it grew into the craft school it is today, which brings together artists of local, national, and international renown with students for immersive materials-based workshops.

In conjunction with this exhibition, we are offering three free virtual artist lectures featuring each of the resident artists who will be in our 1st floor galleries October – December. Each artist has a connection with Peters Valley School of Craft and will be sharing how the institution has shaped their careers, as well as describe their artistic process and current and upcoming projects. This program is free to attend but pre-registration is required to receive the link. See below for dates.

Artist Date Registration Link
Cynthia Alberto Sat., Oct. 24, 11 am – 12 pm Click Here
Lauren Eckert Sun., Nov. 29, 2 – 3 pm Click Here
Janine Wang Sun., Dec. 6, 11 am – 12 pm Click Here

Programs are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Holt Family Foundation, Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage CommissionThe Large Foundation, and other corporations, foundations, and individuals. The Hunterdon Art Museum is a wheelchair accessible space. Publications are available in large print. Patrons who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired may contact the Museum through the New Jersey Relay Service at (TTY) 1 (800) 852-7899

Exhibition Credits

This exhibition was made possible in part by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or NJCH.  Additional support for this exhibition was provided by the Windgate Foundation, the Marie and John Zimmermann Fund. The exhibition catalogue was funded by the Windgate Foundation and John Sheridan and Andrea DuFlon.