Basket makers from the Appalachians to the Sierra Nevada’s continue the rich cultural histories of their craft while investing them with their personal styles. Some artists come from multi-generational families of basket makers. Others participate in and contribute to the tradition through experimentation, apprenticeships and professional workshops. While the baskets echo their historical antecedents and remain functional, they have become aestheticized objects in private and public collections.
This section showcases artists from the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries whose baskets perpetuate and transform the historical traditions in which they work. Responding to the growth of the art market; the loss of conventional materials caused by environmental devastation; and socio-economic issues facing their communities, these artists maintain basketry as a living tradition.