Peters Valley School of Craft is planning a free lecture by nationally renowned artist Pat Hickman at the Pike County Public Library in beautiful Milford, Pa., at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28.

This lecture is the first in a series of free Artist Lectures that Peters Valley will mount over the next 12 months, thanks to a grant from the Greater Pike Community Foundation: Richard L. Snyder Fund. Peters Valley hopes that the public will take advantage of these amazing opportunities to meet and learn more about the life and work of these artists.

Pat Hickman is Professor Emeritus of the Art Department, University of Hawaii, where she taught for sixteen years. Her studio is now at the Garnerville Arts and Industrial Center, NY and she lives nearby on the Lower Hudson River. Hickman’s work is in major collections, including the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, the Oakland Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Denver Art Museum, the Honolulu Academy of Arts, and the Hawaii State Art Museum, among others. In Hawaii, Hickman’s commission, Nets of Makali’i–Nets of the Pleiades, stands as monumental entrance gates for the Maui Arts and Cultural Center.

Hickman twice received NEA Individual Artist’s Grants. In 2005, she was elected a Fellow of the American Craft Council, and she served as President of the Textile Society of America (2008-2010). Hickman curated two traveling exhibits: Innerskins/Outerskins: Gut and Fishskin (1987) and Baskets: Redefining Volume and Meaning (1993).

“I respond to where I am and that shapes what I have to say, both the materials I employ and the ideas I express. Though I move geographically, I take with me the cumulative experience of many places—mapping my way home.”

His lecture coincides with the Peters Valley Gallery exhibition ‘All Things Considered 9: Basketry in the 21st Century’ — a traveling exhibit put together by the National Basketry Organization and curated by Lloyd Herman, founding Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Renwick Gallery, the national craft museum of the United States, from 1971–1986. The exhibition of contemporary and traditional basketry encompasses a huge range of media and showcases creative exploration.

On view at the Peters Valley Gallery from Sept. 16–Oct. 29.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. daily. www.petersvalleygallery.org