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Craig Nutt Scarlati 1

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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Glenn Adamson

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

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

John Lavine

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.