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Monday, December 10, 2018

Panel Discussion: “Crafting History: Where Is the Craft Archive?”

5:30 – 7:30 pm
Lectures and Gallery Talks

Join us for a conversation with leading scholars, curators and educators in a dialogue on the scholarship and narrative of craft history and material culture. Panelists include Namita Wiggers, Mia Hall, Sarah Schleuning, Marilyn Zapf and Ashley Callahan.

Namita Wiggers is a writer, curator and educator and the director of the newly launched Master of Arts in Craft Studies at Warren Wilson College, North Carolina. Based in Portland, Oregon, she is the director and co-founder of Critical Craft Forum. From 2014 to 2017, Wiggers taught in MFA Applied Craft + Design, co-administered by Oregon College of Art + Craft and Pacific Northwest College of Art, and at Portland State University. From 2004 to 2014, she served as the director and chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Craft, in Portland.

Mia Hall is currently interim chair of the department of art and design at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where she has been a faculty member for 10 years, and is soon to be the next director of Penland School of Crafts, North Carolina. A native of Sweden, she holds a master of fine arts in furniture design and woodworking from San Diego State University in California.

Sarah Schleuning, Margot B. Perot Senior Curator of Decorative Arts and Design, Dallas Museum of Art, is dedicated to promoting the power and impact of design to the public through exhibitions, publications and lectures. As former curator of decorative arts and design at the High Museum of Art, she organized exhibitions that emphasize creativity, innovation and design strategies. Her shows ranged from contemporary fashion with ("Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion") to the design history of concept cars ("Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas"). She also previous served as curator and head of the fellowship program at The Wolfsonian–Florida International University, Miami Beach, Florida, and assistant curator at Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Marilyn Zapf is a writer and curator interested in craft and (de)/industrialization. Zapf is the assistant director at the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, a founding member of the international experimental history of design collective Fig. 9 and holds a master of arts in the history of design from the Royal College of Art and a bachelor of fine arts in jewelry and metalwork from the University of Georgia.

Ashley Callahan is an independent scholar and curator in Athens, Georgia, with a specialty in modern and contemporary American decorative arts and craft. She has written books and organized exhibitions on sisters Ilonka and Mariska Karasz, Hungarian-born modern designers based in New York, and Henry Eugene Thomas, a Colonial Revival furniture craftsman from Athens. In 2015, the University of Georgia Press published her book "Southern Tufts: The Regional Origins and National Craze for Chenille Fashion," which received the Lilla M. Hawes Award from the Georgia Historical Society. She served as the curator of decorative arts at the Georgia Museum of Art from 2000 to 2008 and is a contributor to Ornament Magazine. Callahan received her bachelor's degree from Sewanee and her master's degree in the history of American decorative arts from the Smithsonian and Parsons.