On April 1, 2016 I returned to my studio full-time after a decade dividing my time between the studio and CERF+ (as Director of Programs). My work with CERF+ was a unique opportunity to work with a visionary organization to help build a better safety net for artists in the United States, and contribute to creating a culture of resilience in the art sector.
As a parting celebration we hosted a Southern-style barbecue at the studio on May 5th to welcome board and staff to Nashville for their spring board meeting. After a badly-needed intensive cleanup we had space for a sit-down dinner for 35, smoked four pork shoulders and prepared a variety of side dishes, appetizers, and desserts (contributed by artist and occasional pastry chef JoEl Logiudice).
Linda and I were prepared for the dinner, but I was not prepared for the outpouring of affection and to be presented with a humorous Nutt-o-Rama volvelle and Craig Nutt Paper Doll Set commissioned from book artist Carol Barton (Carol and I worked together on the design of The Studio Protector: The Artist's Guide to Emergencies).
But, I was totally floored to be presented with a book, hand bound by Elissa Campbell, with contributions from nearly 40 friends and colleagues. The Book of Craig: A Creative Festschrift is funny, outrageous, and touching in equal measure. Read Elissa's account of making the book and her page.
I will treasure this book as a reminder of all the wonderful people I met and worked with in my time with CERF+. I am looking forward to more time in the studio and to following the development of this terrific organization.
If you have trouble previewing the book in this blog, here is the direct link.