Andrew Glasgow, an Alabama native, graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a degree in Art History. He began work at The Birmingham Museum of Art as a field worker and then as Acting Curator of Decorative Arts. In 1988, the Southern Highland Craft Guild, as its Curator of Education, hired Andrew and he found himself living in a new location with a completely different social climate. In 1993, Andrew became Assistant Director of Blue Spiral 1 gallery. After four years he returned to the Guild as Director of Programs and Collections. In 2001 he became the Executive Director of The Furniture Society. In 2007, Andrew accepted the job of Executive Director of the American Craft Council headquartered in NYC. They had a publishing arm, national craft fairs and a major national education program for the public concerning contemporary craft.
In 2009 he was diagnosed with a viral lymphoma and medically retired in late 2009. Since then he has done pro-bono work for the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, the Birmingham Museum and frequently has done work at the Asheville Art Museum, The Southern Highland Craft Guild and Center for Craft.
Steffanie (Steffi) Dotson is a passionate advocate for craft and the arts. She is an educator, mother, woodworker, and past Furniture Society board trustee. For her contributions to the organization during her tenure, The Furniture Society created a permanent award in her name, the Steffi Dotson Service Award, of which she was the inaugural recipient in 2018. Her most recent efforts include founding San Diego Craft Collective, where she serves as president of the board in addition to teaching woodworking and other crafts. Steffi also serves on the board of the Sam & Alfreda Maloof Foundation.
Tom Loeser served as Chair of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Art from 2009 – 2014 and was head of the wood/furniture area at UW-Madison from 1991 – 2020.
Loeser designs and builds one-of-a-kind functional and dysfunctional objects that are often carved and painted and always draw inspiration from the history of design and object making. In 1993, he spent six months in Japan on an NEA Creative Artist Exchange Fellowship. In 2003 and again in 2017, he spent six months teaching and researching in London. In addition to producing studio furniture, Loeser has also worked on a number of public commissions and site-specific installations.
His work has been featured in many national and international exhibitions and can be found in museum collections including the Brooklyn Museum; Fuller Craft Museum; Museum of Arts and Design; Racine Art Museum; Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art; Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery; Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum; Yale University Art Gallery, and many other institutions. Loeser’s solo exhibition Please Please Please travelled to four venues in San Francisco, San Diego, Houston and Philadelphia. He was elected to the American Craft Council College of Fellows in 2012 and in 2019 was the recipient of the Furniture Society’s Award of Distinction.
Liz McGoey is the Ann S. and Samuel M. Mencoff Associate Curator of Arts of the Americas at the Art Institute of Chicago, focusing on decorative arts and design. She completed a BA in Art History at the University of Wisconsin and her MA and PhD in the History of Art at Indiana University, and has held fellowships at the New York Public Library, the Smithsonian American Art Museum Renwick Gallery, and the Winterthur Institute at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. Liz is the editor and co-author of Silver in the Art Institute of Chicago (2017) and most recently curated Photography + Folk Art: Looking for America in the 1930s (2019) and Landscape in Light: The Tiffany Window at the Art Institute of Chicago (2021).
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