Educational Seminars

For as long as there have been pegged joints and matte green glazes, there have been educational seminars designed for Arts and Crafts collectors. Early Arts and Crafts societies in cities such as Boston, Chicago, and New York gathered to hear speakers reveal the evils of the Industrial Revolution and applaud the virtues of the simple life, one lived among handcrafted furnishings which William Morris described as those “you know to be useful and believe to be beautiful.”

Following in that tradition, the National Arts and Crafts Conference was founded in 1988 as a three-day educational event for Arts and Crafts collectors. It was built on a foundation of seminars presented by researchers, authors, craftsmen, and scholars.

The chosen speakers for the 36th National Arts and Crafts Conference in February 2023 are as follows:

Friday, February 17th

Opening night

8:00pm – 8:15pm

Opening Remarks

by Kate Nixon

Director, The National Arts and Crafts Conference & Shows

Seminar #1

8:15pm – 9:00pm

“Gustav Stickley

and his Imitators”

by Dr. Jonathan Clancy

Seminar #2  

9:00pm – 9:50pm

“The Arts & Crafts Movement and Modernism in the Gilded Age”

by Ulysses Dietz

Saturday, February 18th

Morning conference seminars

Seminar #3

9:00am – 10:00am

“The Arts and Crafts Movement: Examining the Paper Trail”

by Andre Chaves

Seminar #4

10:00am – 11:00am

“A Window in Time:

The Unique style of Arts & Crafts textiles”

by Dianne Ayres

Sunday, February 19th

Morning conference seminars

Seminar #5   

9:00am – 10:00am

“The Prairie Style Goes West”

by Allen Hazard

Seminar #6:

10:00am – 11:00am

“Why William Morris?
Art, Craft, and the Pursuit of Happiness for the 21st Century”

by Yoshiko Yamamoto of the Arts & Crafts Press

If you’d like to attend these seminars plus the small group discussion groups, free tours, etc., you can register for a Conference Events Pass OR reserve an Arts and Crafts Weekend Package where you can stay at the Grove Park Inn!