Robert Ebendorf, an internationally-collected force in the contemporary craft movement, has been identified by the Smithsonian Institution for engagement with the Archives of American Art. Mary Savig, curator of manuscripts with the Archives, will visit the professor in April to discuss and request diaries, photographs, sketchbooks, scrapbooks and other artifacts that will enable scholars to “better understand the field of studio craft and the larger field of American art.”
The visit from the Smithsonian and the collection of Ebendorf’s papers will complement an extensive interview conducted in 2004 as a part of the Smithsonian’s Nanette Laitman Oral History Project. Ebendorf was identified for that project as one of 100 significant American artists.
Locally, Ebendorf’s work is on exhibition through April 26 at the Greenville Museum of Art. “Materials and Making: Celebrating the Artwork of Robert W. Ebendorf,” features jewelry, drawings and assemblages from the artist’s private collection, the Racine Art Museum and from private lenders.
The Society of North American Goldsmiths recognized Ebendorf with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014. His work is included in 29 flagship collections, including the Smithsonian, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Le Musee des Arts Decoratifs de Montreal, the National Museum of Wales and the Schmuck Museum in Pforzheim.
Ebendorf began his career with a Louis Comfort Tiffany Grant, an American Craft Council Fellowship and a Fulbright Fellowship. In 2010, he received the North Carolina Governor’s Award in the Arts.