CARA ROMANO

Bar Harbor, ME

Cararomano.com

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

(KoT) Contemporary Functional Craft Gallery, Ellsworth Maine

Owner/Curator

June 2015 – Present

Dedicated space for the promotion of work created by American contemporary craft artists from around the country

 

Cara Romano: Studio Jewelry, Ellsworth Maine

Owner

2007 – Present

Design and fabricate new lines of work for retail and wholesale venues, Locate retail and wholesale markets, Web site creation/ up dates, cash flow projections, budgeting, maintaining show/ exhibition schedule, social media management

 

Maine Crafts Association

Board President

2011- 2016

Facilitating meetings, fundraising, working closely with Executive Director on issues facing the organization growth, Lead search/ interview process for ED

Curator, The Inspired Hand VII

2016

Biennial project featuring approximately 30 fine craft artists/MCA members from around the state

 

Maine Crafts Guild

Jury Chair, Corresponding Secretary 2007 – 2009

 

LaFollette Design Group, Cherryfield Maine

Partner, Designer, Marketing and Sales

2005 to 2007

Designed and produced hand crafted jewelry for galleries and museum stores, represented other group members work

 

Metalwerx, Waltham, MA

Project Coordinator/ Instructor

2002- 2003

Scheduled Courses, drafted teacher contracts, instructor of beginner’s classes


TEACHING

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts

Teaching Assistant Donna D’Aquino

2015

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts

Studio Technician

New Works Session 2015

 

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Maine Crafts Association Master Craft Award Presentation 2014 + 2015

Sam Shaw 2015

Theresa Secord 2014

Arts Business Institute 2015

Professional Artist Panel, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME

 

SELECTED GALLERIES

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

Portland Museum of Art, Portland ME

Phillips Collection Washington, D.C.

Asher Gallery, Houston Museum of Contemporary Craft Houston, TX

Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston MA

de Young Legion of Honor, San Francisco CA

Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston MA

The Getty Museum, Los Angles CA

Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan WI

 

PUBLICATIONS

Bangor Metro, 2016

Ornament Magazine, Carl Little 2015

Exploring Fiber Art, Schiffer, Ashley Rooney & Anne Lee 2017

Art Jewelry Today, Schiffer, Jeffrey B. Snyder 2008

New England Crafts Connoisseur, Jan Shepherd, Fall 2008

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

“Maker Moxie”

March 2016

Peters Valley School of Craft

Eat Metal

June 2015

Monroe Arts Center, Hoboken, NJ

 

NICHE Awards

February 2014

Philadelphia, PA

 

The Inspired Hand VI

January – March 2014

Atrium Art Gallery, University of Southern Maine

 

Craft Forms 2013

December 2013 – January 2014

Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

 

From Minimal to Bling: Contemporary Studio Jewelry

November 2013 – January 2014

Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA

 

“DOT” Show

October 2012

Museo Gallery, Wibley Island, Langley, WA

 

Contemporary Fine Art Jewelry in Relation to Historical Collection

June – September 2011

Centerville Historical Society, Centerville, MA

 

CMCA Biennial Juried Exhibition

August – October 2008

Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland, ME

 

Wearable Expressions International Juried Exhibition

February – April 2008

Beckstrand and Norris Galleries/Palos Verdes Art Center, Palos Verdes, CA

 

A Twist on Tradition National Juried Competition

May – June 2007

Artisans Center of Virginia, Waynesboro, VA

 

Stretching the Threads – Fiber Show

April 2007

Atlantic Center for the Arts at Harris House, New Smyrna Beach, FL

 

Wichita National

October 2007

Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, KS

 

AWARDS, GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS

2016 Individual Arts Fellowship in Craft

Maine Arts Commission

 

2016 Project Grant for Individual Artists

Maine Arts Commission

 

NICHE Award Finalist in Alternative Materials

January 2014

 

Award of Excellence

American Craft Council Show

February 2010

 

Best in Show

Providence Fine Furnishings and Fine Craft Show

October 2007

 

2008 Good Idea Grant

Maine Arts Commission

 

SELECTED SHOWS

Coconut Grove 2015

Jewelry & Treasures Show, University of Pennsylvania 2015

CraftBoston Holiday 2013, 2014

American Craft Council Baltimore 2010-2013

Philadelphia Museum Show 2012, 2013

American Craft Council, San Francisco 2010

Bellevue Museum Show, Washington 2010

 

GUILD AFFILIATIONS/MEMBERSHIPS

Maine Crafts Association

2007 – Present 

Board President, Lifetime Membership

Crafthaus

2012- Present

Society of North American Goldsmiths

2012-Present

Center for Maine Contemporary Art

2014-Present

American Craft Council

2008-Present

Maine Crafts Guild

2007 – 2015

Past Board Member, Corresponding Secretary


EDUCATION

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts

2002, 2009, 2011, 2013

Deer Isle, ME

Metal studio various workshops

 

Maine College of Art

Creative Capital Professional Development Retreat Full Scholarship

2012

Portland, ME

Passive income, goal setting, self-promotion, projections

 

Arts Business Institute

2006

Haywood Community College, Clyde, NC

Product development, booth design, pricing, booth design, cash flow projections, terms and conditions

 

Traditional Internship with Curtis K. LaFollette

2003 – 2005

Cherryfield, Maine

Studied traditional techniques in metal, forging, fabricating, raising, polishing with internationally known metalsmith and hollowware artist

 

University of Maine Machias

1998 – 2002

Machias, Maine

BFA, Concentration Interdisciplinary Fine Art