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Craig Nutt

Craig Nutt is a studio furni­ture maker and sculp­tor whose work is in numer­ous museum collec­tions includ­ing the Smithsonian’s Amer­i­can Art Museum. He was a found­ing board member of The Furni­ture Society and served as Interim Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Tennessee Asso­ci­a­tion of Craft Artists. In April of 2015 he completed a ten-year stint as Direc­tor of Programs for CERF+: The Artists Safety Net, a national artists’ service orga­ni­za­tion based in Vermont. He is involved in federal arts advo­cacy efforts as CERF+ Advisor on Policy and Government Relations.

In 2018 he received the Award of Distinc­tion from The Furni­ture Society and a Life­time Honorary Member­ship from Tennessee Craft, both in recog­ni­tion of his work and contri­bu­tions to the arts field. Nutt currently serves on the Board of Gover­nors of the Arrow­mont School of Arts and Crafts, and the Artists Commit­tee of Amer­i­cans for the Arts. A native of Iowa, Craig lived much of his life in Alabama, and now lives and works in Kingston Springs, Tennessee-near Nashville.



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Edward S. Cooke

Profes­sor Edward S. Cooke, Jr., the Charles F. Mont­gomery Profes­sor of Amer­i­can Deco­ra­tive Arts in the Depart­ment of the History of Art at Yale Univer­sity, focuses upon Amer­i­can mate­r­ial culture and deco­ra­tive arts. His books include Making Furni­ture in Pre-indus­trial America: The Social Economy of Newtown and Wood­bury, Connecti­cut (Johns Hopkins Press, 1996) and Invent­ing Boston: Design, Produc­tion and Consump­tion in the Atlantic World, 1680 – 1720 (Yale Univer­sity Press, 2019), and most recently, Global Objects: Toward a Connected Art History (Prince­ton Univer­sity Press, 2022), Cooke has also written exten­sively on modern craft, histori­ciz­ing and expli­cat­ing more recent forms of produc­tion. This can be seen in his role as found­ing co-editor of The Journal of Modern Craft and guest editor of a special issue of Amer­i­can Art focus­ing upon craft as well as his work as co-curator and publi­ca­tion author of six differ­ent exhi­bi­tions: New Amer­i­can Furni­ture (Museum of Fine Arts, 1989); Inspir­ing Reform: Boston’s Arts and Crafts Move­ment (Davis Museum, Welles­ley College, 1997); Wood Turning in North America Since 1930 (Yale Univer­sity Art Gallery, 2001); The Maker’s Hand: Amer­i­can Studio Furni­ture, 1940 – 1990 (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2003); Inspired by China: Contem­po­rary Furni­ture­mak­ers Explore Chinese Tradi­tions (Peabody Essex Museum, 2006); and Paul Evans: Cross­ing Bound­aries and Craft­ing Modernism (Mich­ener Art Museum, 2014). He is also the 2016 recip­i­ent of the Award of Distinction.


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Alison Croney Moses

Alison Croney Moses has worked over the past 15 years in alter­na­tive educa­tion settings to build out educa­tion programs that center the commu­ni­ties they work with while fulfill­ing the missions of the insti­tu­tions. She is currently the Asso­ciate Direc­tor at the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, a craft school. where she collab­o­rates to culti­vate the current and next gener­a­tions of artists and leaders in art and craft. Her work is in collec­tions includ­ing the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Renwick Gallery of the Smith­son­ian Amer­i­can Art Museum. She is a recent recip­i­ent of the 2022 USA Fellow­ship in Craft. She received a MA from Goddard College in Sustain­able Busi­ness and Commu­ni­ties and a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in Furniture Design.


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Toni Sikes

Toni Sikes is the founder of three art compa­nies (Artful Home, The Guild Source­books), and currently serves as the CEO of CODA­worx, the global leader in commis­sioned art. Sikes has spent her 35-year career connect­ing artists to their best markets. She is consid­ered a thought leader on the key role that artists and artwork play in place­mak­ing, commu­ni­ca­tions and story­telling, commu­nity and corpo­rate engage­ment and the creation of ideas in the work­place. She holds a B.S. in Math­e­mat­ics from the Univer­sity of Alabama and an M.S. in Market Research from the Univer­sity of Wisconsin-Madison.