Shelter at the Museum of Art Fort Collins
January 17 - March 14, 2020
Fort Collins, Colorado

Shelter: Crafting a Safe Home has travelled to:

Shelter at the Springfield Museum of Art
January 19, 2019 - June 1, 2019
Springfield, OH

Shelter at Chazen Museum of Art at University of Wisconsin-Madison
November 23, 2018 - January 6, 2019
Madison, WI

Shelter at the Ohio Craft Museum
July 22, 2018 - October 4, 2018
Columbus, OH


SEPTEMBER 8, 2017 - FEBRUARY 17, 2018

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: Crafting a Safe Home provides a forum for craft artists’ responses to issues of shelter—global and local, public and private.

Featuring works by 14 contemporary artists from United States and abroad, Shelter aims to create awareness and open dialogue around the pressing public issue of human displacement and housing insecurity. The exhibition validated the human experience by showcasing art infused with personal stories and perspectives, and demonstrated that art-making is a vehicle for open communication, healing, and compassion.


Shelter features more than 40 works of art in diverse craft media by 14 contemporary artists from United States and abroad, including:

Kathryn Clark
Seth Clark
Motoko Furuhashi
Holly Grace
Clara Grace Hoag
Chris Ivey
Gregory Kloehn
Robert Lach
Demitra Thomloudis
Consuelo Underwood
Tali Weinberg
Charity White
Soonran Youn

Shelter in the News

AIA Pittsburgh
American Craft Magazine
Pittsburgh Magazine
Pittsburgh City Paper
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Quarterly

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

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


Shelter: Crafting a Safe Home is made possible by the Mary Hillman Jennings Foundation, The Pittsburgh Foundation, Staunton Farm Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Fine Foundation, the Brooks Foundation through the PNC Charitable Trusts Grant Review Committee, and Cohen & Grigsby. Media sponsored by 90.5 WESA, 91.3 WYEP, and NEXTpittsburgh.