Faythe Levine

b. 1977 Minneapolis, MN




Faythe Levine is the Arts/Industry program director at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center where she is responsible for the development and administration of the residency program hosted at Kohler Co., curating related exhibitions at the Arts Center and overseeing the production and installation of the artist-designed washrooms with Michelle Grabner, Beth Lipman and collaborators Joy Feasley and Paul Swenbeck at the Art Preserve, the new home for the JMKAC collection of artist-built environments in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, 2017-current.

John Michael Kohler Arts Center Exhibitions

  • Tokens of Appreciation, March 2020

  • Beauty Surplus: Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels, July 2019-May 2020

  • Dark Matter: Joel Otterson, August 2018-January 2019

  • Mary Nohl and the Walrus Club; group exhibition, June 2018-January 2019

  • Tale of Two: Iris Haussler, February-August 2019

Freelance Exhibitions

  • Ruffles, Repair & Ritual, Wedding Cake House Project, Providence RI, guest curator, opens 2019

  • For Hire: Contemporary Sign Painting in America, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, guest curator, 2017

  • Counter Craft: Voices of the Indie Craft Community, Fuller Craft Museum, guest curator, 2016

  • Craftivism, UW-Green Bay Lawton Gallery, guest curator, 2008

Sky High Gallery Exhibitions, Milwaukee WI  2010-2014

  • Crystal Cavern, Serra Bothwell Fels 2014

  • Experience in the 22nd Dimension, Corrine Loperfido 2013

  • Getting by in the Foreverscape, Colin Matthes 2013

  • Out of the Wild, Cassandra Smith 2013

  • When To Say Nothing, Daniel Arnold 2012

  • The Bricks are Dipped in Marble Dust, Makeal Flaminni 2012

  • What’s Lost Is Safe, Monica Canilao 2011

  • Jail Bait, Erin M. Riley 2011

  • New Work, Stacey Rozich 2011

  • Healers, Katy Horan 2011

  • Lend Us Your Everything, Sofia Arnold 2011

  • The Things They Do, Catherine Ryan 2011


Paper Boat Gallery Exhibitions, Milwaukee WI 2005-2009

  • Bullies, Mica O’Herlihy 2009

  • Erin Rosenthal & Leif Goldberg 2008

  • Sunset Scavengers, Bill Daniels 2008

  • Bed of Knives, Xander Marro 2007

  • Michelle Blade 2007

  • Diem Chao 2007

  • Jennifer Cecere 2007

  • The Roots The Shit, Monica Canilao & Mike Brodie 2007

  • Asteroids & Prayer Beads, Veronica de Jesus 2007

  • Grey Matter, Stephanie Syjuco 2007

  • Life in Wondermountin, Lisa Congdon 2008

  • Keith Shore 2006

  • Merrilee Challiss 2006

  • Jenny Hart 2005


Books / Publications

“Bar Dykes” in collaboration with Merril Mushroom, Pegacorn Press, 2016

“Sign Painters” Co-author, Princeton Architectural Press, 2012

"Have You Any Provision For The Journey?" Photography zine, Hamburger Eyes, 2012

“Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY Art, Craft and Design” Co-author, Princeton

Architectural Press, 2008



“Love Under the Will of Hags of Longtoooth” Producer, directed by Mica O’Herlihy; analogue rotoscopic animation, hand inked using SUM-E brushwork, 3 minutes, 2015

“Sign Painters” Co-director/producer, documentary, 80 minutes; color, 2013

“Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY Art, Craft and Design” Director/producer, documentary, 60 minutes; color, 2009


Select Artist Lectures / Residencies / Workshops

Mt. Royal Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Arts at MICA, Visiting Artist/Curator, 2020

Tyler’s Fibers & Material Studies at Temple University, Visiting Artist/Curator, 2020

Milwaukee School of Art and Design, Visiting Artist/Curator, 2019

Ox-Bow, Visiting Artist/Curator, 2019

Lawrence University, Visiting Artist/Curator, 2019

Sculpture Milwaukee, lecture, 2018

Maine College of Art, Visiting Artist, 2018

ACRE artist residency, Steuben WI, 2016 and 2018

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Writer in Residence, 2017

AIR Teaching Residency, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, 2017

Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Craft Thinking: Ideas on Making, Materials & Creative Process, Deer Isle ME, visiting artist and guest lecture, 2016

Black Mountain School, staff documentarian, 2016

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg TN, Pentaculum Residency, 2016

UW Madison-Wisconsin, Visiting artist colloquium, 2015

Art Institute of Chicago, visiting artist, 2015

Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, visiting artist + lecture, 2015

Portland State University, Friends of Graphic Design Show & Tell Lecture Series, 2014

TYPO International Design Talks, San Francisco CA, lecture, 2014

The New Apprenticeship Project, Craft Think Tank, Center for Craft Creativity and Design, 2012

Artist Now Lecture Series, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, 2013

Emerging Designers Symposium AIGA Design Conference Minneapolis, MN, lecture, 2013

Surface Design Association Conference, Minneapolis, MN, lecture, 2012

Patravadi Theatre, Bangkok, Thailand, workshop, 2011

Modern Art Museum, Den Samtida Hemslöjden, lecture, 2013

Handicraft Council, Stockholm Sweden, lecture, 2013

Dundee Contemporary Art, Dundee Scotland, lecture/workshop, 2013

Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta/Savannah GA. SCAD Style, lecture, 2010

Columbia College Chicago, Cultural Studies Colloquium, lecture, 2010

American Craft Council Conference, lecture, 2011

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, visiting artist, 2010

Craft Victoria, Melbourne Australia, workshop, 2010

University of Wisconsin Madison, UW Art Dept, visiting artist, 2009

The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council & New Hazlett Theater, panel discussion, 2009

Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan WI residency/workshop, 2009


Select Artist Exhibitions

Nohl  At 15, Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee WI, 2018

ACRE Gallery, Chicago IL, Bar Dykes artist talk / slide show presentation, 2017

Inner State Gallery, Detroit MI, "Alchemy" group exhibit, 2015

Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach CA, "Alien She" traveling group exhibit, 2015

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco CA, "Alien She" traveling group exhibit, 2014

Vox Populi, Philadelphia PA, "Alien She" traveling group exhibit, 2014

Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University, "Alien She" traveling group exhibit, 2013

Union Gallery, University of Wisconsin, “Sleeping Inside our Bodies” group exhibit, 2013

Jönköpings läns Museum, Jönköping Sweden, “Craftwerk 2.0”, 2012

Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan WI “Connecting Communities Collaboration DIY”, 2011

INOVA Institute of Visual Arts Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee WI “Mary L. Nohl Fellowship”, 2012/2009

IN:SITE Temporary Public Art Project, Milwaukee WI, 2010

A + D Gallery, Chicago IL "Pass It On: Connecting Contemporary Do-It-Yourself Culture", 2010


Bar Dykes, Whitney Museum of American Art Special Collections, 2018

Craftifesto print, Fuller Craft Museum, 2018

Handmade Nation archive, Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with PNCA, 2011


Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowships for Individual Artists, Established Artist, 2012

Center for Craft Creativity and Design, Center Craft, Research Fellowship, 2011

Mary L. Nohl Fund for Individual Artists, Suitcase Export Fund, 2011

Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowships for Individual Artists, Emerging Artist, 2007

Mary L. Nohl Fund for Individual Artists, Suitcase Export Fund, 2005

Select Film Screenings / Programing

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, panel + director's talk, 2017

Brooklyn Art Museum + directors talk, 2016

Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC + director's talk, 2011/2014

Alaska Design Forum, Anchorage/Juneau/Fairbanks AK + director's talk, 2013

Patravadi Theatre, Bangkok, Thailand + director's talk, 2011

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston TX, 2012

Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati OH + director's talk and panel discussion, 2013

Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh PA + director's talk, 2013

School of Design and Craft, Göteborg University, Sweden + director's talk, 2010

Dundee Contemporary Art, Dundee Scotland + director's talk, 2011/2014

Northwest Film Forum, Seattle, WA + director's talk, 2013

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco CA, 2013

Victoria and Albert Museum, London UK, 2012

Museum of Arts and Design, New York NY + director's talk and panel discussion, 2012

Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue WA + director's talk, 2012

Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland OR + director's talk, 2011

IFP's Producers Series-Focus on Documentaries, Chicago IL, 2010


Additional Published Work

Monograph; Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Volume #33, 2019

Catalog essay; Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft, published by Arizona State University Art Museum and the Windgate Charitable Foundation, 2013

Foreword; Handmade Holiday Cards from 20th-Century Artists by Mary Savig, published by Smithsonian Books, 2012

Foreword; Craft Activism: People, Ideas, and Projects from the New Community of Handmade by Joan Tapper, published by Potter Craft, 2011

Foreword; Indie Craft by Jo Waterhouse, published by Laurence King Publishing, 2010                

Catalog essay; Let Me Tell You About A Dream I Had by the Miss Rockaway Armada, published by The Philadelphia Art Alliance, 2009


Music Videos

Family Band, art director, 2012

Cave Singers, production designer; Jagjaguwar Records, 2011

Poison the Well, production designer; PFerret Records, 2010

Decibully, production designer;Polyvinyl Records, 2010



Musical saw player in experimental group “Wooden Robot” 2003-2009

Wooden Robot discography: Handmade Nation feature length soundtrack, limited

edition self released and distributed recordings including- self-titled 7” vinyl records

(2001, 2003), self-titled 10” vinyl record (2005), self-titled cassette tapes (2003, 2004)

Musical saw tracks with Parts & Labor; Jagjaguwar Records 2008

Musical saw tracks with Decibully; Polyvinyl Records 2007


Select Bibliography

Got a Girl Crush Magazine, Issue 4, interview/feature, 2015

“Faythe Levine's Impact on Milwaukee's Cultural Landscape is Unequaled” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, February, 2015

“Alien She” exhibition press kit includes over 50 reviews, articles and notable mentions, 2013-2015

The Believer Magazine, interview, 2012

Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, “Handmade Nation” transcripts permanent core collection, 2011

ArtForum, “Sewing Notions- Craft and Commerce” pg.73, cited, February, 2011

Good Magazine, “Locals Only” pg.54, Issue 019, article, preview for Sign Painter documentary, 2010

“Making It Handmade!” documentary; Brownfield, Anna (dir.) Melbourne Australia, interview, 2010

Fiberarts Magazine, “Film & Fiber Favorites” pg.53, Vol. 35, Issue 5. [Handmade Nation review, 2009

ReadyMade Magazine, “Girl on Film” pg.54, interview, 2008

“Buying In” Rob Walker (author), Random House,  cited /interview excerpts, 2008

“The Ambassador of Handmade” The New York Times, Vol. CLVII, Issue 54, Home Section cover story, artist interview, 2008