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.
Glenn Adamson is a curator, writer and historian based in New York and London. He has previously been Director of the Museum of Arts and Design and Head of Research at the V&A.
Dr. Adamson’s publications include Thinking Through Craft (2007); The Craft Reader (2010); Postmodernism: Style and Subversion (2011, with Jane Pavitt); The Invention of Craft (2013); Art in the Making (2016, with Julia Bryan-Wilson); Fewer Better Things: The Hidden Wisdom of Objects (2018); Objects: USA 2020; and Craft: An American History (2021). His next book, A Century of Tomorrows, will be published by Bloomsbury in 2024.
Dr. Adamson is Artistic Director for Design Doha, a new biennial festival for Qatar (forthcoming in 2024), and editor of Material Intelligence, a quarterly online journal published by the Chipstone Foundation. He will serve as curatorial director for Design Miami/in December 2024.
His current curatorial projects include Mirror Mirror: Reflections on Design at Chatsworth (2023) and Worlds Within: The Art of Toshiko Takaezu at the Isamu Noguchi Museum (forthcoming in 2024, and touring thereafter).
Kristina Madsen trained under British-born furniture maker David Powell from 1975 – 1979 and has been building furniture of her designs since that time. In 1988, on her homeward journey from an artist-in-residency at the University of Tasmania, she spent one week in the Fiji Islands, and while there, met woodcarver Makiti Koto. Madsen returned to Fiji on a Fulbright grant in 1991 to study with Makiti for nine months. Through the subsequent use of this freehand intaglio technique, Madsen’s work has evolved as a study of pattern, carved into the surfaces of the
3‑dimensional furniture form. She has received fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the New England Foundation for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and was the 2020 – 2021 recipient of the Furniture Society Award of Distinction. Her furniture is held by art museums and in private collections nationwide.
John Lavine has been involved in woodworking for the past 45 years, as a maker, writer, editor, and teacher. In 1980 he started Kodama Woodworks, combining his training in traditional Japanese woodworking with contemporary furniture. He has exhibited his work nationally and is a master member of the Baulines Craft Guild. John was the editor-in-chief of Woodwork magazine from 1997 – 2008, and guest editor for two special bookazine editions after that. He has authored numerous articles on a wide range of woodworking artists and topics, including major essays for Michael Cooper: A Sculptural Odyssey; In the Realm of Nature: Bob Stocksdale and Kay Sekimachi; and most recently, Workmanship of Risk: Sculpture by Michael Cooper. He was a founding board member of the Museum of Craft + Design in San Francisco and has also served on the national board of the Furniture Society. As an educator, he has taught furniture making at Laney College, at the San Francisco Woodshop, the JUHSD Adult School, and for the last ten years at Westmoor High School in Daly City, where he was chair of the Industrial Design and Career Technical Education Departments. He continues to teach adults and is finally making more furniture in his shop.