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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Panel Discussion: “Crafting History: Beyond the Object”

5:30 – 7:30 pm

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 and Marilyn Zapf.

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 is dedicated to promoting the power and impact of design to the public through exhibitions, publications and lectures. As curator of decorative arts and design at the High Museum of Art, she organizes exhibitions that emphasize creativity, innovation and design strategies. Her shows range from contemporary fashion with ("Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion")  to the design history of concept cars ("Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas"). Prior to working at the High, Schleuning was 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.