Ashley Callahan is an independent scholar and curator in Athens, Georgia, specializing in modern and contemporary American decorative arts and craft. She co-authored Crafting History: Textiles, Metals, and Ceramics at the University of Georgiaand wrote Southern Tufts: The Regional Origins and National Craze for Chenille Fashion, Georgia Bellflowers: The Furniture of Henry Eugene Thomas, Modern Threads: Fashion and Art by Mariska Karasz, and Enchanting Modern: Ilonka Karasz, 1896-1981. She is a contributor to OrnamentMagazineand also has written for the Magazine Antiques, Metalsmith, and the Journal of Modern Craft. She served as the Curator of Decorative Arts at the Georgia Museum of Art from 2000-2008. Callahanreceived her B.A., magna cum laude, from Sewanee and her M.A., with honors, in the history of American decorative arts from the Smithsonian Institution and Parsons School of Design.
Luiza deCamargo is an independent contemporary craft curator living in Massachusetts. She seeks to create opportunities between craftspeople and the general public to dialogue about making, using, learning, and collecting through exhibitions and public programs. Luiza holds a masters degree in History of Decorative from the Smithsonian Institute in Partnership with the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC. Previously, she worked at the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston and the Asheville Art Museum in North Carolina and as the Assistant Director of Development at the Wellesley Centers for Women, a program of Wellesley College.
Luiza recently joined the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, as Development Officer, Foundations and Government Relations. In all her work, Luiza considers diversity, equity, and engagement, especially in non-profit management and arts administration.