Honorary Fellow

Christa C. Mayer Thurman

Christa C. Mayer Thurman was the chair and curator of the department of textiles at the Art Institute of Chicago for 42 years until retiring in 2009. She was elected an Honorary Fellow of the American Craft Council in 2000.
Mediums Fiber Recognition Honorary Fellow

Theodore Cohen

Theodore “Ted” Cohen is a prominent exhibition designer and curator based in the Bay Area. He was elected an Honorary Fellow of the American Craft Council in 2000.
Recognition Honorary Fellow

Alice Rooney

Alice Rooney is a retired arts administrator who led Allied Arts of Seattle, the Pilchuck Glass School, and the Glass Art Society. She was elected an Honorary Fellow of the American Craft Council in 2001.
Mediums Glass Recognition Honorary Fellow
Garth Clark

Garth Clark

Garth Clark is an art critic, curator, author, and chief editor for the CFile Foundation. Known as the preeminent specialist in contemporary ceramic art, Clark was elected an Honorary Fellow of the American Craft Council in 2002.
Mediums Clay Recognition Honorary Fellow
Albert LeCoff Portrait

Albert LeCoff

Albert LeCoff is an arts administrator and artist dedicated to woodworking and, specifically, lathe-turned art. The co-founder of the Center for Art in Wood, he was elected an Honorary Fellow in 2003.
Mediums Wood Recognition Honorary Fellow

Martha Longenecker

Martha Longenecker was an artist, educator, and founder of the Mingei International Museum in San Diego, California. She was elected an Honorary Fellow of the American Craft Council in 2005.
Mediums Clay Recognition Honorary Fellow
Stuart Kestenbaum

Stuart Kestenbaum

Stuart Kestenbaum is an arts administrator and poet. The longtime director of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, he was elected an Honorary Fellow of the American Craft Council in 2006.
Recognition Honorary Fellow
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Nanette Laitman

Nanette Laitman is a philanthropist and art collector known for supporting contemporary American craft. She was elected an Honorary Fellow of the American Craft Council in 2007.
Recognition Honorary Fellow
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Lois Moran

Lois Moran was an administrator for the American Craft Council and a longtime editor of American Craft magazine. She was elected an Honorary Fellow of the American Craft Council in 2008.
Recognition Honorary Fellow
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Robert Pfannebecker

Robert Pfannebecker is a lawyer and prominent craft collector. He was elected an Honorary Fellow of the American Craft Council in 2009.
Recognition Honorary Fellow
Edward S Cooke Jr Library

Edward Cooke, Jr.

Edward “Ned” Cooke, Jr. is a scholar specializing in American material culture with a focus on furniture. He was elected an Honorary Fellow of the American Craft Council in 2016.
Mediums Furniture Recognition Honorary Fellow

Susan Cummins

Susan Cummins specializes in contemporary art jewelry and spent many years as a gallerist in Mill Valley, California. She was elected an Honorary Fellow of the American Craft Council in 2018.
Mediums Jewelry Recognition Honorary Fellow

Yoshiko Iwamota Wada

Yoshiko Iwamota Wada is a scholar, curator, educator, and artist specializing in shibori. She was elected an Honorary Fellow of the American Craft Council in 2018.
Mediums Fiber Recognition Honorary Fellow
Janet Koplos

Janet Koplos

Janet Koplos has been a highly influential voice in framing the critical discourse on contemporary craft and became an American Craft Council Honorary Fellow in 2010.
Recognition Honorary Fellow
Tina Oldknow, Portrait

Tina Oldknow

Tina Oldknow became an Honorary Fellow of the American Craft Council College in 2014. She is a well-known curator of modern glass and helped redesign the modern and contemporary glass galleries at Corning Museum of Glass.
Mediums Glass Recognition College of Fellows Honorary Fellow
Bruce Pepich Portrait

Bruce W. Pepich

Bruce Pepich, 2012 American Craft Council Honorary Fellow, is the director and curator of collections at the Racine Art Museum in Racine, Wisconsin.
Recognition Honorary Fellow College of Fellows