Andy Buck is a furniture maker, sculptor, and educator. Currently a full professor and program chair for the Furniture Design Program at the Rochester Institute of Technology, he has also taught at the Oregon College of Art & Craft, and given workshops at Anderson Ranch, Haystack, Penland, and Peters Valley. Andy Buck holds an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and BA from Virginia Commonwealth University. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Museum of Art & Design, Museum of Applied Art, Frankfurt, and the Boston Museum of Fine Art. He has lectured at many universities including San Diego State University, RISD, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Wisconsin, and venues such as the Renwick Gallery, as well as the Hui No’ Eau Visual Arts Center in Maui, HI. His colorful work of furniture and sculpture is included in many private and public collections.
Kathryn Hall is Curator at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) in Houston, Texas, where she is responsible for developing and overseeing HCCC’s exhibitions and related programming. She previously served as the Windgate Curatorial Fellow at HCCC from 2012 to 2015. Kathryn received a BA in Art History from Wofford College and an MA in Art History from the University of Georgia. She is a scholar of contemporary craft and material culture and has contributed to Metalsmith, Studio Potter, and the Surface Design Journal. Kathryn currently serves on the ClayHouston board, an organization that supports ceramic artists working in Houston and the surrounding area.
Craig Nutt, 2018 Award of Distinction Honoree, was painting and playing free improvised music in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 1972 when a job restoring antiques awakened an interest in furniture and craftsmanship. His early work in furniture catered to the traditional tastes of his clients, and gave him the chance to assimilate period styles and furniture making techniques. In time, he found ways to combine his skills as a furniture maker with the improvisational freedom he had applied to music and painting. For a decade, Craig divided his time between his studio practice and working for CERF+ (as Director of Programs) to build a better safety net for artists in the United States. Today he creates imaginative furniture and sculpture in a studio he built, with help from his friends, hidden in the woods outside Nashville, Tennessee.