Shelter is universally identified as a basic human right, yet refuge and protection are out of reach for millions of people worldwide.


How does lack of safety and security, from the physical elements as well as unseen external dangers, affect our psyche and ability to live and flourish? Shelter provides a forum for craft artists’ responses to issues of shelter—global and local, public and private.

Shelter, like all of Contemporary Craft's socially engaged art experiences, aims to create awareness and open dialogue around an urgent social issue.  The exhibition will validate the human experience by showcasing art infused with personal stories and perspectives, and will demonstrate that art-making is a vehicle for open communication, healing, and compassion.

Access the Shelter online catalogue to get a preview of the exhibition before your visit.


Shelter: Crafting a Safe Home News

Shelter: Crafting a Safe Home
AIAPittsburgh | Maya Henry | February 1, 2018

Live Radio Interview with Janet McCall on Shelter
The Saturday Light Brigade | January 6, 2018 at 8:20 AM

Different Takes On Homelessness: Contemporary Craft launches multi-faceted exhibit
Pittsburgh Quarterly |Matthew John Milligan | November, 2017 in the 2018 Winter issue

Shelter: Crafting a Safe Home at Contemporary Craft: A show about home hits all the marks
Pittsburgh City Paper | Lissa Brennan | October 18, 2017

Shelter Artist Clara Hoag interviewed on her artwork and her experience with Hurricane Harvey
WTAE | September 8, 2017, 6PM newscast

Contemporary Craft addresses housing insecurity in ‘Shelter’
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Mary Thomas | September 5, 2017

Opening weekend celebration for Shelter: Crafting a Safe Home
NEXTpittsburgh | Jennifer Baron | September 4, 2017

September: Best of Culture in Pittsburgh | Featuring Shelter: Crafting a Safe Home
Pittsburgh Magazine | August 30, 2017