The White House Collection of American Crafts was commissioned by First Lady Hillary Clinton and President Bill Clinton in 1993 as part of the “Year of American Craft: A Celebration of the Creative Work of the Hand.” The collection includes 73 works of glass, metal, ceramic, fiber, and wood, created by seventy-seven of America’s foremost artists. This 25th anniversary exhibit will run from September 17, 2018 through March 31, 2019.
The Clintons thought of the White House as the American people’s house and a 200-year-old living museum of American art and history. As First Lady, Hillary Clinton promoted the arts and culture through many initiatives. One of those, The White House Collection of American Crafts, presented a wonderful opportunity to display contemporary American crafts in the formal public rooms of the White House.
The collection serves as a recognition of our country’s longstanding tradition of craft making and a tribute to the richness and diversity of this important aspect of our heritage. The exquisite pieces within the collection illustrate the skill, imagination, and vitality characteristic of craft in the 1990s.