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December 11, 2021 - February 13, 2022
Ferrin Contemporary, North Adams, MA


About the Exhibition: 

The legalization of cannabis has opened up new possibilities for artists and designers to reimagine the material landscape of the post-prohibition era. What does cannabis culture look like in the age of legalization? How can makers craft a new relationship to marijuana that is historically and politically aware but also contemporary, responding to culture as it is shifting in real-time? Presented in conjunction with the fifth anniversary of the Massachusetts Marijuana Legalization Initiative, High Design is an exhibition and proposition for the handmade. Showcasing pipes and bongs, ashtrays and lighters, High Design is where high art meets thoughtful design.

High Design is a project of Emma Franco-Toner and Sarah Margolis-Pineo, independent curators. Working across media, High Design cultivates conversation, community building, and entrepreneurship related to the legal cannabis industry. The intent of the inaugural High Design exhibition is to highlight beautiful and utilitarian works of craft and design that are redefining the identity of post-prohibition culture. The exhibition is an independent project presented by Ferrin Contemporary, a global leader in contemporary ceramics. The gallery is located on the MASS MoCA campus in the Berkshires, a region leading innovation and entrepreneurship in the cannabis industry. A High Design Shop online platform will be launched to accompany the exhibition. 


Submission deadline: October 31, 2021



  • Open to living artists age 18+

  • Artwork made in the last five years

  • Artwork must be functional (i.e. can be used in the consumption of cannabis)

  • Artists may submit up to three artworks

  • Artists are responsible for shipping/delivering materials to the gallery 


How to Apply:

Complete the High Design Google Form


Application must include:

  • Contact information 

  • Artist statement

  • Bio

  • Images - clearly labeled with artist name and title info

  • Application fee of $10 (a limited number of fee waivers are available, please contact us to discuss)


Timeline for Notification, Artwork Delivery, and Exhibition Opening: 


Notification: November 8, 2021 

Artwork delivery: November 15 - December 1, 2021 

Exhibition dates: December 11, 2021 - February 13, 2022 

Exhibition opening (possibly virtual): December 11, 2021 

TBD virtual program: December 15, 2021 

Artwork pickup dates: February 14 - 18, 2022 

Shipped artwork returned by: February 28, 2022



The Artist agrees to a 50/50 commission on all sales. Return shipping cost will be covered by the gallery if the work is shipped via common carrier, fits in a 20” cube and is in the original, reusable packing materials. If your artwork is outside of these dimensions, there may be additional cost for return shipment to be covered by the artist. Ferrin Contemporary reserves the right not to show any work that does not reflect what was submitted in application materials.

Five percent (5%) of proceeds from the exhibition sales will be donated to the Last Prisoner Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to cannabis criminal justice reform. Through legal intervention, public education and legislative advocacy, we work to redress the past and continuing harms of our country's unjust and ineffective approach to drug policy.


Resources for Artists:

High Design complete rules and guidelines

DIY bong-making tips and tools


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Ferrin Contemporary
1315 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA


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