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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Smithsonian Craft Show
April 14-17, 2011
National Building Museum
4th and F Streets
Washington, DC

Willow Bark Basketry Workshop
June 19-25, 2011
Shakerag Workshops
St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School
Sewanee, TN

American Craft Exposition

August 26-28, 2011
Henry Crown Sports Pavilion
Northwestern University
2311N.Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL


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Selected Juried Shows

Smithsonian Craft Show, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006

Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004

American Craft Exposition, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008

American Craft Council, Atlanta 2006, 2005

Permanent Collections

Contemporary Craft Museum, Portland

Owensboro Museum of Fine Art

Johnson & Johnson Corporation

Special Awards and Honors

United States Artists Rasmuson Fellowship Award, 2010

Best of Show, American Craft Exposition, Evanston, 2010

Best of Show, American Craft Exposition, Evanston, 2009

Bronze Award, Smithsonian Craft Show, 2009

Kentucky Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship Award, 2009

Best of Show, American Craft Exposition, Evanston, 2008

The Adrianna Farrelli National Prize for Excellence in Fiber Art, Philadelphia 2006

Award of Excellence, American Craft Council, Atlanta, 2006

Southern Highland Craft Guild Educational Scholarship, 2005

Award of Excellence, American Craft Council, Atlanta, 2005

Best of Show Award; Traditional Craft–Contemporary Art; New Hampshire Institute of Art 2004

Kentucky Arts Council Grant, 2003

Ky. Craft Marketing comission for Millenium Award presented to Gov. Patton, 2000

Kentucky Arts Council Cultural Exchange Artist to Ecuador, 1999

Kentucky Arts Council Al Smith Artist Fellowship Grant, 1998

Kentucky Arts Council Professional Development Grant, 1996

Artist Profile Feature, Kentucky Educational TV, 1993


(click linked publications to launch full article in pdf format)

Palmer, Tom, ed. 2005. American Art Collector, Vol. I, Book 4. Berkeley, CA: Alcove Books: 141.

American Craft, June/July 2005, American Craft Council, NY, NY: 80

Johannsen, Kristin, 2003. “From the Roots: Artists Profile.” Arts Across Kentucky (winter): 62-63.

Heller, Jennifer, 2003. “Willow Bark Basketry”. National Basketry Org. Newsletter , Vol. 4, Issue1 (fall): 9-10.

Shaw, Robert, 1993. America’s Traditional Crafts. Shelburne, VT: Hugh Lauter Levin Associates, Inc.: 118.

George, Phyllis, 1989. Kentucky Crafts: Handmade and Heartfelt. NY: Crown Publishers, Inc.: 144-147.


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Artist Statement

I aspire to create simple, elegant woven vessels that possess a richness of spirit and a presence embodying the soul of the tree from which they came. My basketry is rooted in a resolve to keep life simple, joyful and directly connected to the earth. As my work evolves, I am compelled to create more refined, intuitive and intricate pieces, finding great satisfaction in emulating the art and integrity of fine basketry.

The emphasis of my most recent work is on expressive form and technique rather than function, my baskets possessing more of a vessel presence. My creative energy flows from a fascination with old tribal textiles, finely woven functional containers and ancient processes. As I experiment with various twining techniques to inject pattern and rhythmic design elements, the inspirational influence of early Native American basketry is reflected. Working exclusively with natural fibers collected from my environment imbues my work with an organic soulfulness that might otherwise be absent.

Jennifer Heller Zurick is a self-taught artist that has been professionally engaged with her basketry since 1980. She gathers and processes black willow bark from trees growing along the banks of the Kentucky River. Her work has been featured in many regional and national exhibitions and in several craft related publications. Jennifer has been awarded two Kentucky Arts Council Al Smith Artist Fellowships, one in 1998 and again in 2009. She has taught numerous basketry workshops over the years and was chosen for the 1999 Kentucky Arts Council Cultural Exchange Residency in Ecuador. Her work has been regionally recognized for years and is currently winning prizes and awards at national exhibitions and shows.