FAYTHE LEVINE

b. 1977 

Minneapolis, MN

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 

 

Arts/Industry Program Director

John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan WI, 2017 – Current

 

Responsible for the development and administration of the Arts/Industry program founded in 1974 that currently hosts 12 international artists annually. Job duties include acting as a liaison between the Arts Center, Kohler Co. corporate management and factory production facilities where the artist studios are situated, managing departmental team members, managing onboarding new residents including travel and contracts, curating related exhibitions, writing exhibition copy and marketing plans, developing and executing annual resident applications and jury process, and managing annual budget.

 

Additionally, the director position includes overseeing any special departmental projects. During my tenure, this included the successful management of the production, budget and installation of the artist-designed-washrooms (2018-2021) produced within the Kohler Co. Arts/Industry factory studios and installed at the Art Preserve, the new home for the JMKAC collection of artist-built environments opening in June 2021.

 

Exhibitions:

2021     TBD: Woody de Othello

2020     Tokens of Appreciation: Personal collection of “Brass” Bob Halfmann and works from the Arts Center’s               Arts/Industry collection

2019     Beauty Surplus: Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels

         Collection Highlights: Yoko Sekino-Bove

2018     Dark Matter: Joel Otterson

         Mary Nohl and the Walrus Club: Cecelia Condit, Sheila Held, Robin Jebavy, Anne Kingsbury, Sarah Luther,           Kim Miller, Maggie Sasso, and Sonja Thomsen, and works by Mary Nohl  from the Arts Center’s collection

         Tale of Two: Iris Haussler

 

Artists-in-Residence:

2021     Raven Halfmoon, Rebecca Belmore & Osvaldo Yero, Ryan Scalis, Daniel Baird, Rosemarie Fiore, Harold                 Mendez, Emily Duke

2020     Kate Klingbeil, Woody De Othello, Martha Poggioli, Mimi Jung, Alex Lukas

2019     Salvador Jiménez-Flores, Serra Victoria Fels, Nicki Green, Kim Faler, Bobbi Meier, Talia Mukmel, Yumiko           Ono, Angie Piehl, Julia Randall, Yasmin Spiro

2019     Art Preserve Washroom Commission (in addition to our residency program): Beth Lipman, Michelle Grabner,           Joy Feasley and Paul Swenbeck.

2018     Andrea Chung, Lauren DiCioccio, Yuni Kim-Lang, Jayden Moore, Rebecca Morgan, Joel Otterson, Will Pergl,           Risa Puno, kenya robinson, Soo Shin, Fo Wilson, Saya Woolfalk

 

Independent Curator

2008 – Current  

 

Select Exhibitions:

2020     Living Within the Play, Poor Farm, Manawa, WI – Cancelled due to Covid

2019     Ruffles, Repair & Ritual: Aay Preston-Myint, Chris E. Vargas, Corinne Teed, E.T. Russian, JR Uretsky,             Kate Klingbeil, Macon Reed, Monica Canilao, Xara Thustra, Edie Fake, among others, Wedding Cake House             Project, Providence, RI

2017     For Hire: Contemporary Sign Painting in America: Remy Chwae, Forrest Wozniak, Ira Coyne, Norma Jeanne             Maloney, Shelby Rodeffer, among others, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX

2016     Counter Craft: Voices of the Indie Craft Community:  Elaine Bay, Ginger Brooks Takahashi, Tracy Bull,             Liz Collins, Betsy Greer, Heidi Kenney, Xander Marro, New Craft Artists in Action, Erin Riley, and                 Caitlin Rose Sweet, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA

2008     Craftivism, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Lawton Gallery, Green Bay, WI

 

Gallerist

Sky High Gallery, Milwaukee WI, 2010 – 2014

 

Responsible for 4-6 exhibitions annually. Duties included working intimately with artists to realized exhibition goals, managing exhibition budgets, arranging travel and marketing, buying and merchandising for annual holiday retail pop up that focused on artist made goods. Developed and oversaw the Temporary Mural Project (2012 – 2014), a community outreach program collaborating with local artists in public space.

 

Exhibitions:

2014     Crystal Cavern: Serra Bothwell Fels

2013     Experience in the 22nd Dimension: Corrine Loperfido

         Getting by in the Foreverscape: Colin Matthes

         Out of the Wild: Cassandra Smith

2012     When To Say Nothing: Daniel Arnold

         The Bricks are Dipped in Marble Dust: Makeal Flaminni

2011     What’s Lost Is Safe: Monica Canilao

         Jail Bait: Erin M. Riley

         Self-titled: Stacey Rozich

         Healers: Katy Horan

         Lend Us Your Everything: Sofia Arnold

         The Things They Do: Catherine Ryan

 

Director

Art vs Craft, Milwaukee WI, 2004 – 2014

 

Founder of Milwaukee’s first artist forward shopping experience focusing on artist made objects and promoting the importance of handmade. Responsible for overseeing the application process, marketing and branding of the event, and production elements of the show including location scouting, volunteer sign up, local sponsorships and media endorsements. The event drew 5000 unique visitors each year and received national attention.

 

Gallerist

Paper Boat Boutique & Gallery, Milwaukee WI, 2005 – 2009

 

Responsible for retail and curatorial duties including managing a consignment roster of over 150 national artists in our retail space focusing on jewelry, housewares, clothing, and stationery. Curatorial duties included selecting artists for 6-8 exhibitions annually, managing artists’ budgets, travel, marketing and press for events.

 

Exhibitions:

2009     Bullies: Mica O’Herlihy

2008     Self-titled: Erin Rosenthal & Leif Goldberg

         Sunset Scavengers: Bill Daniels

         Life in Wondermountin: Lisa Congdon

2007     Bed of Knives, Xander Marro

         Self-titled: Michelle Blade

         Self-titled: Diem Chao

         The Roots The Shit: Monica Canilao & Mike Brodie “aka the polaroid kid”

         Asteroids & Prayer Beads: Veronica de Jesus

         The New Witch: group exhibition

         Grey Matter, Stephanie Syjuco

2006     Self-titled: Keith Shore

         Self-titled: Merrilee Challiss

2005     Queen of Hearts: group exhibition

        Self-titled: Jenny Hart

 

Designer

Flying Fish Design, 2001 – 2007

Flying Fish design was an independently produced line of handmade goods ranging from accessories, plush objects and stationary that grew from a hobby to a full time job for 4 years. Responsible for all design work, material sourcing, pattern cutting, production and wholesale accounts to 30+ retailers. Managed a small team of seasonal help, marketing, and online sales in addition to traveling to 10+ national craft fairs annually.

             

 

FILMS | VIDEOS

 

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

2013     Sign Painters, co-director/producer, documentary, 80 minutes; color

2012     Family Band, art director, music video

2011     Cave Singers, production designer, music video; Jagjaguwar Records

2010     Decibully, production designer, music video;Polyvinyl Records

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

 

BOOKS | PUBLICATIONS

 

2016     Bar Dykes, collaboration with Merril Mushroom, Pegacorn Press, sixth edition 2020

2012     Sign Painters, Co-author, Princeton Architectural Press, second edition 2013

         Have You Any Provision For the Journey, Hamburger Eyes

2008     Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY Art, Craft and Design, Co-author, Princeton

         Architectural Press, second edition 2009

 

ADDITIONAL PUBLISHED WORK

 

2021     Art Preserve Reader, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, catalog contribution

         The Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L Nohl Fellowship for Individual Artists Catalog, artist essay

2020     BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS, Hilowbrow.com, essay

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

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

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

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

         Erin Riley, FiberArts Magazine, print article

         Small Offerings: Canang Sari, HandEye Magazine, print article

2010     Indie Craft by Jo Waterhouse, published by Laurence King Publishing, foreword        

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

 

LECTURES | SCREENINGS | RESIDENCIES | WORKSHOPS

PROGRAMING DETAILS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

 

2021     Virgin Commonwealth University School of the Arts, Richmond, VA

         Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC

2020     Mt. Royal Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Arts at MICA, Baltimore, MD

         Tyler’s Fibers & Material Studies at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

         Milwaukee School of Art and Design + 2019, 2015, Milwaukee, WI

2019     Ox-Bow School of Art, Saugatuck, MI

         Lawrence University, Appleton, WI

         UW Madison-Wisconsin Art Department + 2015, 2009

2018     Sculpture Milwaukee, WI

         Maine College of Art, Portland, ME

         ACRE Residency + 2016, Wisconsin

2017     Haystack Mountain School of Crafts + 2016, Deer Isle, ME

         AIR Teaching Residency, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

2016     Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN

         Brooklyn Art Museum, NY

2015     School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL

2014     Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum + 2011, Washington DC

         Portland State University, Portland, OR

         TYPO International Design Talks, San Francisco, CA

         Dundee Contemporary Art, Dundee Scotland + 2011

2013     University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Artist Now Lecture Series

         Emerging Designers Symposium AIGA Design Conference, San Francisco, CA

         Museum of Modern Art, Stockholm, Sweden

         National Swedish Handicraft Council, Stockholm, Sweden

         Dundee Contemporary Art, Dundee, Scotland

         Alaska Design Forum, Juneau, Fairbanks and Anchorage, AK

         Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH

         Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA

         Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

         Northwest Film Forum, Seattle, WA

2012     Surface Design Association Conference, Minneapolis, MN

         The New Apprenticeship Project Craft Think Tank, Center for Craft, Asheville, NC

         Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK

         Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY

         Bellevue Arts Museum, WA

         Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, TX

2011     Patravadi Theatre, Bangkok, Thailand

         Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR

         American Craft Council Conference, Minneapolis, MN

2010     School of Design and Craft, Göteborg University, Sweden

         University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, IL

         Craft Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

         Savannah College of Art and Design, SCAD Style, GA

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

         Columbia College Chicago, Cultural Studies Colloquium, IL

2009     The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council & New Hazlett Theater, PA

         AIR Teaching Residency, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

SELECT ARTIST EXHIBITIONS

 

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

2017     Folk & Fable: Levi Fisher Ames & Albert Zahn, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan WI

2015     Alchemy, Inner State Gallery, Detroit MI

         Alien She, traveling exhibition 2013 – 2015, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach CA, Yerba Buena           Center for the Arts, San Francisco CA, Vox Populi, Philadelphia PA, Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon             University

2012     Sleeping Inside our Bodies, Union Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

         Craftwerk 2.0, Jönköpings läns Museum, Jönköping, Sweden

         Mary L. Nohl Fellowship established artist exhibition, INOVA Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

2011     Connecting Communities Collaboration DIY, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, WI

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

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

2009     Mary L. Nohl Fellowship emerging artist exhibition, INOVA Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee 

 

COLLECTIONS

 

2018     Bar Dykes, Whitney Museum of American Art Special Collections, New York, NY

         Craftifesto, silk-screened edition of 100, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA

2011     Handmade Nation production archive, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR

​         Handmade Nation transcripts, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences,               permanent core collection, Los Angeles, CA

 

AWARDS | ACHIEVEMENTS

 

2020     Historic Preservation Committee Chair, Sheboygan Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Initiative.

2019     Active board Member, Moonlight Retreat, Wisconsin

         Fosters camaraderie, the arts, play, experiential learning, and a deeper connection with nature, for               artists and non-artists alike, within an accessible, inclusive summer camp environment.

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

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

2010     Mary L. Nohl Fund for Individual Artists, Suitcase Export Fund

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

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

 

SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

2019 `   A Feminist Art Collective Gets a Historic Home, Hyperallergic.com, [cited]

2018     Best of 2018: Our Top 20 Exhibitions Across the United States, Hyperallergic.com [exhibition review]

2015     Got a Girl Crush Magazine, Issue 4, 2015 [artist interview]

         Levine's Impact on Milwaukee's Cultural Landscape is Unequaled, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, [review]

2012     The Believer Magazine, [interview]

2011     Sewing Notions- Craft and Commerce, ArtForum, [cited]

2010     Making It Handmade! Documentary directed by Anna Brownfield, [video interview]

2009     Film & Fiber Favorites, Fiberarts Magazine, Vol. 35, Issue 5, [review]

         Girl on Film, ReadyMade Magazine, [featured artist]

2008     Buying In by Rob Walker, Random House, pg.239, 240-241, 244, [cited + interview]

         The Ambassador of Handmade, The New York Times, home section cover story, Vol. CLVII, Issue 54, 2008               {featured interview]

 

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