*Purchaser Agreement: Upon deaccessioning, purchaser must agree to gift this work to The Center for Art in Wood in memory of Ron Kent.
Fair Market Value: $2,200
Dimensions: 7" x 12" Diameter
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Ronald E. Kent (1931-2018) was an American woodturner who was, as the Metropolitan Museum of Art's website puts it, "best known as a turner of remarkably thin, translucent bowls made from Norfolk Island pine, a wood indigenous to Hawaii, where he live[d]. His graceful forms are complemented by the purposeful selection of logs that include knots, textures, and contrasts; when light shines through, the intrinsic beauty of the patterned wood is revealed." Kent's works are in numerous permanent collections, including those of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum (New York City), the High Museum of Art (Atlanta, Georgia), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City), the Mint
Museum (Charlotte, N.C.), Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Paris), the Museum of Arts and Design (New York City), the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston), the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington D.C.), the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), and the White House (Washington, D.C.).
Helen W. Drutt English (Helen Drutt) was Founder/Director of her eponymous gallery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1973-2002), which was among the first galleries in the United States to make a commitment to the modern and contemporary craft movement. In 1973, she developed the first syllabus for a college-level course in the history of the field. Drutt has published numerous essays; organized exhibitions, i.e. Poetics of Clay, Brooching It Diplomatically: A Tribute to Madelaine K. Albright, and Challenging the Chatelaine!; and curated American studio jewelry for the Museo del Gioiello, Vicenza, Italy (2016-18). She has built a permanent collection of contemporary crafts for The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia, and she is currently building a collection for the National Museum of Sweden. The Helen Williams Drutt Collection of international studio jewelry has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and internationally, and in 2002, 800 works entered the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Drutt has received numerous awards and three honorary degrees, from the University of the Arts, Moore College of Art, and Alfred University.