June 21 - July 20, 2024

Staenberg Gallery

5080 Delmar Blvd.

Saint Louis, MO 63108

Craft Alliance proudly presents the 2023-2024 Whitaker Artist-in-Residence cohort: Dani Collette and Allorah McCullough. For over 15 years, the Craft Alliance Artist-in-Residence program has given early-career artists engaging with craft the space and professional support to build their practice through teaching opportunities, studio access, and funding for materials and professional development. The 11-month program culminates in an exhibition and catalog documenting their time at Craft Alliance.

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Dani Collette

Dani Collette is a glass artist currently creating out of St. Louis, Missouri. She has been working with glass since graduating with a BFA in Sculpture and Glass from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale in 2013. Dani works mainly in stained glass, but also creates using blown and kiln formed methods. “My first interactions with glass were at my grandparent’s house, which I believed was full of magic. My grandpa did stained glass and had a really vibrant color palette; they had prisms hanging in their windows, art on every shelf and hanging on every wall. Around every corner were visual treasures. My art practice is built around an effort to recreate those feelings of whimsy and discovery, and to share that magic with a larger audience.”​

Artist Statement

Glass is a medium with a language of fragility and strength, transparency and opacity, stillness and movement; playing with those dichotomies is the fulcrum of my work. I look to create magic moments between the viewer and the properties of light as it passes through colored and textured glass. Creating with the intention of challenging the expectations of what glass is and what it can be is the most important ingredient, along with a healthy dose of play as a practice of fulfillment for the audience as well as the maker.

Allora McCullough

Allora McCullough is a ceramic artist and multi-media sculptor. She received an MFA from SUNY New Paltz and a BBA from McKendree University. Her narrative installations include animals, plants, and the human figure. Allora has work in private collections and has exhibited in national museums and galleries. She has been teaching ceramics for the past ten years and is eager to pursue a full time studio practice.

Artist Statement

My art process is a mixture of curiosity, material exploration, and diligent research. I make figurative ceramic sculptures of people, plants, and animals then integrate them with mixed media to create narrative installations. I use my artwork as an attempt to make intangible ideas tangible. Many of my works engage with themes of social issues, painful circumstances, and introspective experiences. I seek to foster conversations around personal and societal growth. I research human psychology, social justice, and world religions to make these concepts relatable and specific. Regardless of the subject matter, the goal is to strengthen connections between people. With compassion and hope for others, I transform spaces into catalysts for conversations necessary to bring about social change.

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Thank You to Our Sponsors

The Craft Alliance 2023-2024 Artists-In-Residence program is generously funded by Peggy & Mark Holly, Whitaker Foundation, Regional Arts Commission, Missouri Arts Council, and Melissa & John Losos.

Whitaker Foundation logo in support of the Craft Alliance Artist-In-Residence Exhibition in the Staenberg Gallery