John Garrett
John Garrett
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John Garrett was raised in southern New Mexico by parents who were both educators. They instilled in him an appreciation for the handmade with their collections of Native American arts and crafts. He moved to Claremont, California, to attend college at Claremont Men’s College (now Claremont McKenna College.) Following his desire to make things by hand, he enrolled in a weaving class taught by Marion Stewart at Scripps College in 1970. His intrigue with the tools, systems and materials involved in weaving and other textile constructions led him to take other courses with Neda Al-Hilali a year later, also at Scripps. He did graduate work at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he studied with Bernard Kester and Vasa. Garrett has exhibited throughout the United States for over thirty years in hundreds of exhibitions, as well as in Europe, Africa and Asia. Garrett has worked simultaneously with two and three-dimensional formats to create his textile forms with a variety of materials. Visually unpredictable, a piece might be woven, wrapped, plaited, riveted, painted, rusted, twined, nailed, stitched or tied. The materials used could be nails, buttons, washers, corks, plastic flowers, painted aluminum, copper, cornhusks, bed springs and even plastic curlers. Each work of art is a meticulously crafted, energetic and complex structure. He moves gracefully from constructing wall pieces to baskets, breathing new life into discarded objects. Currently a full time studio artist, he teaches workshops on creativity and experimental basketry at schools nationwide. He was awarded National Endowment for the Arts fellowships in 1983 and 1995 as well as elected a Fellow of the American Craft Council in 2010.

1976 MA, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
1972 BA, Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA

Selected Exhibitions
2016  Art Market San Francisco, Duane Reed Gallery
          Palm Spriings Fine Art Fair, Duane Reed Gallery
2015  SOFA Chicago, Duane Reed Gallery
          Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2014  Belconnen Arts Centre, Canberra, Australia
2012  Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, PA
2010  Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO
          Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA
2007  The Bemis Center, Omaha, NE
2006  Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI
2005  Artspace Gallery, Center for the Arts, Jackson, WY
2004  Artspace 116, Albuquerque, NM
2003  UW-River Falls, WI
2002  Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA
1998  Central Museum of Textiles, Lodz, Poland
1997  Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA
1996  Craft Alliance Gallery, St. Louis, MO
1993  MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA

Selected Museum Collections
Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM
American Craft Museum, New York, NY
Arkansas Museum of Art, Little Rock, AR
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, MI
Erie Museum, Erie, PA
High Museum, Atlanta, GA
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN
Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Charlotte, NC
Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, NM
Museum of California, Oakland, CA
Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, NM
Philbrook Museum, Tulsa, OK
Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art
Museum, Washington, DC


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