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