Windgate Foundation Assistant Curator (The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston)
Award presented: April 13, 2019
Anna Walker is the Windgate Foundation Assistant Curator of Decorative Arts, Craft, and Design at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) where she is responsible for the exhibition, research and publication of the craft collection, the proposal of acquisitions, and the development of a long-term collections strategy. Prior to joining the MFAH, she was the Curator at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC). She has lectured widely on craft and contributed essays for Metalsmith Magazine, American Craft Inquiry, and the 2016 Renwick Invitational: Visions and Revisions catalogue. Her most recent projects at the MFAH include the exhibitions In the Studio: Craft in Postwar America, 1950-1970, In Conversation: 18th Century Influences on Contemporary Craft, and Mending: Craft and Community-Selections from the Museum’s Collection. This fall she presented “The Personal is Political: Exploring Constructions of Identity in the Work of Jennifer Ling Datchuk” at the Textile Society of America’s 16th Biennial Symposium. She is co-curating the forthcoming retrospective of fiber artist Olga de Amaral with Cranbrook Art Museum set to open in 2020 and she will be the curator of the 2020 biennial for the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts in Richmond, Virginia.