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Namita Gupta Wiggers

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Namita Gupta Wiggers is a writer, curator, and educator based in Portland, Oregon. She is the Director and Co-Founder of Critical Craft Forum. Wiggers is the Director of the Master of Arts in Critical and Historical Craft Studies at Warren Wilson College, North Carolina. This low-residency programme, the first of its kind, focuses on critical and historical craft studies (

From 2014-17, Wiggers taught graduate and undergraduate courses at: MFA Applied Craft + Design, co-administered by Oregon College of Art + Craft and Pacific Northwest College of Art; Oregon College of Art + Craft; and Portland State University. From 2004-14, she served as Curator (2004-2012) and then Director and Chief Curator (2012-14), Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR.

She contributes to online and in-print journals and books, and serves on the Editorial Boards of Garland and Norwegian Crafts. From 2014-18, Wiggers served as the Exhibition Reviews Editor of the Journal of Modern Craft. She is the Editor of the forthcoming Companion in Contemporary Craft with Wiley Blackwell Publishers (2020); and collaborates on Gender + Jewelry, an ongoing research project with Benjamin Lignel.

Curatorial projects in recent years include: Across the Table, Across the Land with Michael Strand for the National Council on Ceramic Education in the Arts; Everything has been Material for Scissors to Shape, a textile-focused exhibition at the Wing Luke Museum of Asian American Experience, Seattle; and Cotton, Beads & Sugar: Textile Triangulations of Coastal Exchange Between India, Africa and the US for the Textile Society of America.

She serves on the Board of Trustees of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and is a former board member of the American Craft Council, and the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design.


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