Namita Gupta Wiggers

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Namita Gupta Wiggers
Born 1967
Cincinnati, Ohio
Nationality American, South-Asian
Known for Craft, curator, artist, art history, educator
Awards Windgate Foundation, 2015; Award to Critical Craft Forum, Smithsonian Institution, 1992; Award for Museum Leadership

Namita Gupta Wiggers is a noted expert in the field of contemporary craft, a curator, educator and a writer based in Portland, Oregon.[1] Her prior experiences as a studio jeweler, video ethnographer/design researcher, and museum educator shape her multidisciplinary thinking and consideration of craft in material, conceptual, and theoretical ways.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and received a BA in art history and English from Rice University in Houston, Texas, in 1989. In 1994, she earned her MA in art history at the University of Chicago.


Namita began working as a Portland-based studio jeweler who sold some of her work to the Museum of Contemporary Craft (MCC) in Portland.[when?] In 2004, she joined the MCC as the head curator, and in 2012 she was promoted to head curator and director. In 2014, Namita stepped down from her position at the Museum of Contemporary Craft.[3]

She has lectured at The Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) and teaches an MFA of Applied Craft and Design at Oregon College of Art + Craft.[4]

Warren Wilson College appointed her director of MA in Critical and Craft Studies[2]

In 2008, Namita Gupta Wiggers cofounded Critical Craft Forum with Elisabeth Agro out of a desire for a place create a dialogue that spans the craft community.[5] Namita is on the Board of Trustees to the American Craft Council[6] and the Curatorial Board of AccessCeramics.[7]


Wiggers contributes to multiple online and print articles and books. She serves as the exhibition reviews editor for The Journal of Modern Craft and on the editorial board for Garland Publishing. Her publications include Unpacking the Collection (2008), Ken Shores: Clay Has the Last Word (2010), and Generations: Betty Feves (2012).


  1. ^ "Namita Gupta Wiggers". Retrieved February 16, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Namita Gupta Wiggers to develop low-residency program as Director for MA in Critical and Historical Craft Studies - Announcements - Art & Education". Retrieved 2018-03-10. 
  3. ^ Skinner, Marjorie. "Museum of Contemporary Craft Director and Chief Curator Namita Gupta Wiggers Steps Down". Portland Mercury. Retrieved 2016-02-18. 
  4. ^ Craig, Gabriel. "Namita Gupta Wiggers in Conversation | Art Jewelry Forum". Retrieved 2016-02-18. 
  5. ^ "Home". Critical Craft Forum. Retrieved 2016-02-17. 
  6. ^ "American Craft Council". Retrieved 2016-02-17. 
  7. ^ "accessCeramics: a contemporary ceramics image resource". Retrieved 2016-02-17. 

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