Elizabeth Essner is the newly appointed Windgate Foundation Associate Curator of Craft at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Previously an independent curator and writer, she has organized exhibitions for institutions including the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Arizona State University Art Museum, UrbanGlass, The Clay Studio, and the Hunterdon Art Museum. Elizabeth has authored, co-authored, and contributed to numerous publications including Shapes from Out of Nowhere: Ceramics from the Robert A. Ellison Jr. Collection, for which she also served as collection researcher. A 2017 Curatorial Fellow with the Center for Craft in Asheville, North Carolina, Elizabeth received her MA from the Bard Graduate Center in New York.
Assisting artists and craftspeople articulate their vision; Discussing contemporary craft practice as it relates to wood