A Brief History of American Arts and Crafts

Wednesday, November 9th, 10:00 a.m.

This talk places Northwest artists in the larger picture of the American Arts and Crafts movement, particularly in the area of printmaking and crafts. Developed from the premises set forth by William Morris and John Ruskin in Great Britain, the American version of the Arts and Crafts movement emphasized not just furniture and textiles but also fine art, particularly color woodcuts, to adorn the ideal home. It’s a style that was revived in the 1970s and has remained popular to today.

About the Speaker:

Nancy E. Green is the recently retired Gale and Ira Drukier Curator of European and American Art, Prints, and Drawings, 1800-1945 at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University. She has published numerous articles, exhibition guides, and catalogues including, JapanAmerica: Points of Contact (2016); A Room of Their Own: The Bloomsbury Artists in American Collections (2008) Byrdcliffe: An American Arts and Crafts Colony (2004); and Arthur Wesley Dow and American Arts and Crafts (1999). She has received many awards and research fellowships for a variety of projects and she is currently working on a book examining creative partnerships of the Arts and Crafts Movement.