HIGH DESIGN: What does cannabis culture look like in the age of legalization?

December 11, 2021 - February 13, 2022

December 11, 2021 – February 13, 2022

1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams MA


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.

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.


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Submission deadline: October 31, 2021

Application must include:

  • Contact information 
  • Artist statement
  • Artist 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)

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