This Year’s JurorJuror Nora Atkinson

Nora Atkinson

Wayne Art Center is pleased to welcome Nora Atkinson, The Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft, Renwick Gallery Smithsonian American Art Museum, as the juror for the Craft Forms 201exhibition.

Nora Atkinson is the Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. She joined the museum’s staff in March 2014 and was part of the team responsible for the Renwick’s major two-year renovation. Atkinson acquires artworks for the museum’s permanent collection, organizes exhibitions at the museum’s Renwick Gallery, and pursues scholarship in the field. She was the curatorial lead for the 2016 reinstallation of the contemporary craft permanent collection galleries and for the exhibition “Visions and Revisions: The 2016 Renwick Invitational.”

She is the author of Craft for a Modern World: The Renwick Gallery Collection (2015) and co-author of the exhibition catalog accompanying “Visions and Revisions” (2016). Her research interests include modern and contemporary craft and design and the role of the handmade in modern culture. Atkinson’s current projects include a site-specific installation by Rick Araluce; the exhibition “Murder Is Her Hobby: Frances Glessner Lee and the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death,” opening October 20, 2017; and a major exhibition about the art of Burning Man scheduled to open in March 2018.

Prior to her role at the Renwick, Atkinson was a curator at the Bellevue Arts Museum in Bellevue, Washington, from 2006 to 2014. Among her notable exhibitions there were “Fragile Fortress: The Art of Dan Webb” (2014), “Making Mends” (2012), “Lisa Gralnick: The Gold Standard” (2010), and “The Book Borrowers: Contemporary Artists Transforming the Book” (2009). Her critical essays and writing were featured in five publications produced by the museum.

Atkinson earned a bachelor’s degree (2002) and a master’s degree (2006) from the University of Washington, Seattle.

Atkinson will judge the work based on its technique, design, concept, originality and craftsmanship.