NAMITA WIGGERS

Namita Gupta Wiggers is a writer, curator, educator, and artist based in Portland, OR. She is the Director and Co-Founder of Critical Craft Forum, an online and onsite platform for exchange. From 2004-14, she served as the Director and Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland OR, where she led exhibition, collection and educational programming from the transition of the organization from a community arts organization to a Museum through formal integration with an independent art college (PNCA). Selected publications include: Unpacking the Collection: Selections from the Museum of Contemporary Craft (2008) and Generations: Betty Feves(2012). Wiggers contributes to online and in-print journals and publications, including Art PracticalBrooklyn RailArt Jewelry Forum, and Metalsmith, and contributed to Hand + Made: The Performative Impulse in Art and Craft(2010, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston), Contemporary Clay and Museum Culture (Routledge, 2016), and the forthcoming Craft on Demand: The New Politics of the Handmade (2017). She serves as the Exhibition Reviews Editor, The Journal of Modern Craft and on the editorial board, Garland. Recent projects include: Across the Table, Across the Land with Michael Strand for the National Council on Ceramic Education in the Arts; and Everything has been Material for Scissors to Shape at the Wing Luke Museum of Asian American Experience, Seattle. Wiggers is collaborating with Benjamin Lignel on a book and exhibition on gender and jewelry, and is the editor of the forthcoming Companion on Contemporary Craft with Wiley Blackwell Publishers. She currently serves on the boards of The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.