Jurors

Four outstanding jurors will select the exhibitors for this very special show:

Jason T. Busch is Director and Chief Executive Officer of the American Folk Art Museum (AFAM) in New York. Busch previously served as director of the Jason Jacques Gallery in New York, division director for decorative arts at Sotheby’s in New York; deputy director for curatorial affairs and museum programs at the Saint Louis Art Museum, chief curator and curator of decorative arts and design at Carnegie Museum of Art, and other museums. He has curated large exhibitions and collection installations and authored associated publications, including Carnegie Museum of Art: Decorative Arts and Design Collection (2009) and Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at World’s Fairs, 1851–1939 (2012).

Mary Savig is the Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s (SAAM’s) Renwick Gallery, where she is responsible for research into collection objects; collection displays; acquiring artworks; and organizing exhibitions. Most recently, Savig co-curated the SAAM’s 2022 exhibit, “Subversive, Skilled, Sublime: Fiber Art by Women.” Savig came to the Renwick from the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art, where she was been the curator of manuscripts. Recent exhibitions include “Ephemeral and Eternal: The Archive of Lenore Tawney” (2019) at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin; and at the Archives, “What is Feminist Art?” (2019). She pursued high-priority collections documenting the history of American studio craft and conducted oral history interviews with Beth Lipman, Preston Singletary and James Tanner.

Anna Walker is the Windgate Foundation Assistant Curator of Decorative Arts, Craft and Design at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, where she is responsible for the exhibition, research and publication of the craft collection. Prior to joining the Museum, she was the Curator at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Walker has lectured widely on craft and contributed essays for Metalsmith Magazine, American Craft Inquiry, and the 2016 Renwick Invitational: Visions and Revisions catalogue. In 2020 she was the invitational curator for the 2020 NCECA Annual: The Burdens of History at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, Virginia. She is co-curating the retrospective of Olga de Amaral with Cranbrook Art Museum at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Emily Zilber is the Director of Curatorial Affairs and Strategic Partnerships at the Wharton Esherick Museum. She maintains an independent curatorial and consulting practice and guest curated;Forces of Nature: Renwick Invitational 2020 at the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum. Zilber teaches at Tyler School of Art and Architecture and speaks regularly on topics related to craft, design, and museum practice. Zilber serves on the board of trustees of the Center for Craft and CraftNOW Philadelphia and is on the Collections Committee of the Center for Art in Wood; Previously, Zilber was the first Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She has also held positions as Assistant Curator at Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum and Editor of Metalsmith and Metalsmith Tech.

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