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Susan Cummins Gallery records, 1984-2002

Creator:
Susan Cummins Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Cummins, Susan  Search this
Metcalf, Bruce  Search this
Scott, Joyce  Search this
Ebendorf, Robert  Search this
Hu, Mary Lee  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Citation:
Susan Cummins Gallery records, 1984-2002. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Jewelry -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
American studio craft movement  Search this
Theme:
Art Gallery Records  Search this
Craft  Search this
Art Market  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11577
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)248745
AAA_collcode_susacumg
Theme:
Art Gallery Records
Craft
Art Market
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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Susan Cummins Gallery records

Creator:
Susan Cummins Gallery  Search this
Names:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Cummins, Susan  Search this
Ebendorf, Robert, 1938-  Search this
Hu, Mary Lee, 1943-  Search this
Metcalf, Bruce, 1949-  Search this
Scott, Joyce J., 1948-  Search this
Extent:
6.4 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1984-2002
Summary:
The Susan Cummins Gallery records measure 6.4 linear feet and date from 1984 to 2002, with the bulk of the records dating from 1990 to 2001. The collection sheds light on the California gallery's artists and operations through administrative records, artists' files, printed materials, photographic materials, audiovisual recordings, correspondence, and more. Also included are two files relating to art panels and lectures given by Susan Cummins.
Scope and Contents:
The Susan Cummins Gallery records measure 6.4 linear feet and date from 1984 to 2002, with the bulk of the records dating from 1990 to 2001. The collection sheds light on the California gallery's artists and operations through administrative records and artists' files. Administrative records include group show exhibition files, gallery exhibition announcements, newspaper and magazine clippings, casette tapes, and papers from panels and lectures given by Cummins. Artists' files mainly consist of correspondence, resumes, exhibition announcements, articles about the artist, show reviews, and photographic materials. Some of the files include exhibition materials such as price lists, correspondence with other galleries and institutions, photos, and some sales records. Artists featured include Joyce Scott, June Schwarcz, Bruce Metcalf, Jamie Bennett, Dominic Di Mare, Thomas Mann, Keith Lewis, Bob Ebendorf, and Sandra Enterline.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as two series.

Series 1: Administrative Records, 1984-2001 (Box 1; 0.5 linear feet)

Series 2: Artists' Files, 1984-2002 (Box 2-7; 5.9 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Susan Cummins Gallery was a contemporary art gallery established in 1984 in Mill Valley, California. The gallery was most well-known for its exhibition of American jewelry and other studio craft objects. In the 1990s, the gallery moved into a larger space and began exhibiting paintings and drawings as well. Most exhibitions held at the gallery were solo shows rotated monthly. Over the years, major artists shown at Cummins Gallery include Joyce Scott, June Schwarcz, Bruce Metcalf, Jamie Bennett, Dominic Di Mare, and Bob Ebendorf. The gallery closed in 2002. Group shows include Faceted Glass (1984)--the gallery's first show, Outcasts: Jewelry from Junk (1992), The Weight of Gold: Invitational Group Show (1993), and Jewelry as an Object of Installation (2001).

Susan Cummins was born December 27, 1946, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Growing up, her family moved around to several states but mostly settled in the west coast. After high school, Cummins went on an American Field Service trip to Europe, and it was during her trip that she decided to study art in college. She attended Scripps College, studied under Arthur Stevens, and wrote her thesis on Rodin's relationship to dance. After college, Cummins moved to Washington, D.C. and struggled to find work in her field. She briefly volunteered at the National Museum of American Art and had worked for the Black Man's Development Center and a government lab before moving back to the west coast. She moved to Mill Valley and began running The Fireworks, a ceramics shop owned by a former college friend, Beth Changstrom. In 1983, Cummins and Changstrom took over the Horizon Gallery's space in Mill Valley and founded Beth Changstrom Ceramics and Susan Cummins Gallery. Throughout her tenure running the gallery, Cummins was close friends with some of her artists, especially Bruce Metcalf, Dominic Di Mare, and Bob Ebendorf. Cummins helped found Art Jewelry Forum in 1997 to promote and educate the collecting public about jewelry. She has served on the boards of the American Craft Council (2018 Honorary Fellow) and the Headlands Center for the Arts; she is the current director of the Rotasa Foundation.
Related Materials:
Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Susan Cummins conducted by Jo Lauria, October 22, 2009
Provenance:
The collection was donated in 2003 by Susan Cummins, gallery founder and owner, as part of the Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Painters -- California  Search this
Topic:
Jewelry -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
American studio craft movement  Search this
Function:
Art galleries, Commercial -- California
Citation:
Susan Cummins Gallery records, 1984-2002. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.susacumg
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Archives of American Art
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw91bb6e89f-be98-45cd-8323-cf3cb8e2c819
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-susacumg

Martin Demaine on Lino Tagliapietra—Connections: Renwick Gallery

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Michael Sherrill on Dan Webb—Connections: Renwick Gallery

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Mike Shuler on Lino Tagliapietra— Connections: Renwick Gallery

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Ehren Tool on Victor Schreckengost—Connections: Renwick Gallery

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Type:
Conversations and talks
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Dan Dailey—Connections: Renwick Gallery

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Marc Maiorana on Albert Paley and Wayne Higby—Connections: Renwick Gallery

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Kathryn Clark on Sebastian Martorana—Connections: Renwick Gallery

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Anna Von Mertens on Marie Watt—Connections: Renwick Gallery

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Sergey Jivetin on Joan Parcher—Connections: Renwick Gallery

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Ron Layport on Robyn Horne—Connections: Renwick Gallery

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Debra Baxter on Beatrice Wood—Connections: Renwick Gallery

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Jennifer Crupi on Joan Parcher—Connections: Renwick Gallery

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Erik Demaine on Anni Albers—Connections: Renwick Gallery

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John Grade on Alexander Calder—Connections: Renwick Gallery

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Waylande Gregory papers, 1931-1984

Creator:
Gregory, Waylande, 1905-1971  Search this
Subject:
Cleveland Museum of Art  Search this
Citation:
Waylande Gregory papers, 1931-1984. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
American studio craft movement  Search this
Theme:
Craft  Search this
Architecture & Design  Search this
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5732
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)208571
AAA_collcode_gregwayl
Theme:
Craft
Architecture & Design
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_208571

Robert Chapman Turner papers, circa 1917-2005

Creator:
Turner, Robert Chapman, 1913-2005  Search this
Subject:
Black Mountain College (Black Mountain, N.C.)  Search this
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts  Search this
York State Craftsmen  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Citation:
Robert Chapman Turner papers, circa 1917-2005. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
American studio craft movement  Search this
Ceramics -- Study and teaching  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Conscientious objectors  Search this
Theme:
Craft  Search this
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5578
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209302
AAA_collcode_turnrobe
Theme:
Craft
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209302
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Charles Hapgood papers, 1938-1950

Creator:
Hapgood, Charles, 1904-1982  Search this
Subject:
D'Harnoncourt, Rene  Search this
Collier, John  Search this
Hudgens, Robert Watts  Search this
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano)  Search this
Roosevelt, Eleanor  Search this
Citation:
Charles Hapgood papers, 1938-1950. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
American studio craft movement  Search this
Theme:
Craft  Search this
Patronage  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7652
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209815
AAA_collcode_hapgchar
Theme:
Craft
Patronage
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209815
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Francis Sumner Merritt papers, circa 1930-1980

Creator:
Merritt, Francis Sumner, 1913-2000  Search this
Subject:
Boyd, Fiske  Search this
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts  Search this
Flint Institute of Arts  Search this
Bradford Junior College  Search this
Type:
Drawings
Sound recordings
Scrapbooks
Citation:
Francis Sumner Merritt papers, circa 1930-1980. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
American studio craft movement  Search this
Theme:
Craft  Search this
Diaries  Search this
Architecture & Design  Search this
Art instruction and services  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5585
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210145
AAA_collcode_merrfran
Theme:
Craft
Diaries
Architecture & Design
Art instruction and services
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210145
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