Conversations: Looking Back, Moving Forward

Thursday, April 27, 1:00 pm

Textiles as Fine Art Collectables

Enjoy a lively discussion with Rebecca Stevens, Consulting Curator of Contemporary Textiles at George Washington University’s Textile Museum. She will discuss collecting textiles as fine art as exemplified by Faith Ringgold the 2017 Craft Show Visionary artist. A video of Faith’s work will begin at 12:45, so rest your feet and join us early.

Thursday, April 27, 4:00 pm

Faith Ringgold a Living Legend

Join Dorian Bergen, president of the ACA Galleries of New York, converse with the audience about Ms. Ringgold’s work. Room 105 of the National Building Museum.

Friday, April 28, 1 pm

Art as a Career

A panel will explore a wide range of careers using BFA and MA degrees in Decorative and Fine Art and Museum Studies. Participants include Heidi Naastrom Evans, Interim Director and Adjunct Faculty of the Smithsonian/George Mason University partnership; Jay Song, Chair of Jewelry, School of Design, Savannah College of Art and Design; and Betsey Bowers, Adjunct Faculty Museum Education Program, The George Washington University. A video of career jewelry artists, the Williamsons will begin at 12:45, so join us early.

Saturday, April 29, 1 pm

Renwick: A Craft Museum’s Past, Present, and Future

Join a triad conversation with Lloyd Herman, founding director of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum; Nora Atkinson, Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft; and Abraham Thomas, Renwick’s new Fleur and Charles Bresler Curator-in-charge as they reflect on the Renwick Gallery as it continues to expand moving in new directions and establishing new traditions.

Saturday, April 29, 3 pm

The Intersection of Craft and Science

Listen to and engage with Matilda McQuaid Deputy Director and Head of Textiles of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian’s Design Museum as she discusses the current integration of science in the creation of craft with this year’s artists including John Iverson.

Sunday, April 30, 1 PM

Trends in Materials and Design of Craft Jewelry

Join Stefanie Walker of the National Endowment of the Humanities in conversation with Craft Show’s jewelry artists: Kathleen Dustin, Lauren Markley, and Francesca Vitali chatting about how they see materials and design evolving in craft jewelry.  Jewelry artists Ken Loeber and Dona Look will be featured in a video starting at 12:45.


Lectures are in the National Building Museum Auditorium unless otherwise noted.

Lectures are complimentary with paid attendance


We are grateful to Craft in America for the preparation of the pre-discussion videos.