Artist Talk | Abigail Anne Newbold presents Borderlander's Outfitter

Sep 3 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


This Event is Free and Open to the Public.


Borderlander’s Outfitter is an exhibition and backcountry instructional retreat that explore the skills required to live self-sufficiently through the use of traditional craft combined with modern material. Borderlander’s Outfitter cultivates designs for the self-sufficient life by speculating on a holistic model for individual survival irrespective of existing socio-economic systems.

Opening Reception Thursday September 4th, from 6-8pm.

Artist Talk and Preview Wednesday September 3rd, 6:30pm.

During this Artist Talk, Newbold will introduce Borderlander’s Outfitter, as well as participate in a panel discussion with participants from her backcountry retreat, The Academy for Survival.


Christina Conant, Leland Iron Works, MFA AC+D, ‘10

Sarah Margolis-Pineo, Associate Curator, Museum of Contemporary Craft

Ryan Newson, MFA AC+D, ‘15

Laura O’Quin, MFA AC+D, ‘16

Moderated by: Killeen Hanson, MFA AC+D, ‘12, and Abigail Anne Newbold

The Academy for Survival is presented in collaboration with Applied Craft + Design, a joint MFA of Oregon College of Art & Craft and PNCA. The program is supported by Signal Fire, Studio Gorm, Rewild Portland, and Leland Iron Works.

Curated by Sarah Margolis-Pineo Associate Curator of Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR

Part collector, part craftsman, part designer, Abigail Anne Newbold utilizes a domestic vocabulary to create objects and installations that examine issues of portability, survival and ultimately independence.

Born in Boston, Newbold’s practice combines backcountry leadership skills and studies in cultural anthropology, with product design, fiber and material studies. She received a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art where she studied both Industrial Design and Fiber, and an MFA in Fiber from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Newbold was awarded a 2012 Boston Society of Arts and Crafts Artist Award, and was a 2012 Pollack-Krasner Fellow at the Vermont Studio Center and a 2011 Sculpture Space Fellow, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Newbold is a recipient of a 2009 Kresge Artist Fellowship, a program of The Kresge Foundation. Newbold has received recognition from each of the creative fields- fine art, design and craft, maintaining professional diversity. In addition to having her first solo museum exhibition last year at the Currier Museum of Art, Newbold’s work was featured in publications such as: the Industrial Designer’s Society of America’s magazine: Innovation, Journal For Modern Craft, Art in America, and Dwell.

She has exhibited at such institutions as Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. She continues to collaborate on design-build projects as well as fostering commissions for quilts, and furniture. She has taught at the College for Creative Studies and the Haystack Mountain School of Craft in Maine. She maintains a studio in Somerville, MA while working as Exhibitions Manager at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, MA. Newbold will be an Artist-in-Residence at the MacDowell Colony in October 2014.