John Balzar, writer, author, executive with the Humane Society of the United States and aspiring craft artisan
James Bassler, weaver & Professor Emeritus, University of California, Los Angeles
Lisa Bayne, CEO, Artful Home and the Guild, the leading online and catalog resource for North American fine art and craft
Nicholas R. Bell, curator, Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Carolyn L. E. Benesh, Coeditor, Copublisher, Ornament Magazine
Cindy Bowden, Director, American Museum of Paper, Georgia Tech; President, World Craft Council North America
Glen R. Brown, Professor of Art History and Associate Department Head, Kansas State University
Bonnie Campbell Lilienfeld, Deputy Chair, Home and Community Life, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian, Washington, D.C.
Jocelyn Chateauvert, artist and Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow, 2010-11, Charleston, NC
Jody Clowes, exhibitions manager for the James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, independent curator and writer trained in art history, design, and the decorative arts
Hope Daniels, Editor in Chief, AmericanStyle Magazine
Dr. Jan Davidson, Director, John C. Campbell Folk School
Jo Ann Edwards, Director, San Francisco Museum of Craft+Design
Jeannine Falino, Curator, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, curator of upcoming Museum of Arts and Design exhibition: Crafting Modernism: Midcentury American Art and Design
Lee Glazer, PhD, Associate Curator of American Art, Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Teri Greeves, Kiowa beadworker and studio artist, Santa Fe, NM
Sabrina Gschwandtner, Artist, founder of KnitKnit magazine
Sherman Hall, Editor, Ceramics Monthly Magazine
Mark Hewitt, Potter, Hewitt Pottery, Pittsboro, NC
Brandon Hintze, Congressional Guide, U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, "Cultivating the Crafts: Aileen Osborn Webb and the Instituting of American Craft."
Kimi Kodani Hill, granddaughter of the artist Chiura Obata, editor of Topaz Moon: Chiura Obata’s Art of the Internment
Delphine Hirasuna, author and guest curator of The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps 1942-1946
Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez, President, North Bennet Street School, Boston, MA
Robyn Kennedy, Chief, Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Paula Kerger, President, Public Broadcasting Service
Liza Kirwin, Curator of Manuscripts, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Christine Mullen Kreamer, PhD, Deputy Director & Chief Curator National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution
Shana Kroiz, enamelist, Special Events and Workshop Coordinator and founder of the Maryland Institute College of Art Jewelry Center where she is also an instructor and studio artist
Jo Lauria, Curator, author, specialist in modern and contemporary design and crafts, former decorative arts curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Jennifer Lindsay, Programming Coordinator for the Smithsonian Community Reef
Robert Lynch, President and CEO, Americans for the Arts
Wyona Lynch-McWhite, Executive Director, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA
Patricia Malarcher, Editor, Surface Design Journal
Thomas Mann, New Orleans metal artist and teacher
Bruce Metcalf, studio jeweler, and co-author of Makers: A History of American Studio Craft
Jane Milosch, Office of the Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture, Smithsonian Institution, directs the Smithsonian’s WWII-era Provenance Research Project for the Office of the Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture. Former curator of the Renwick Gallery and Senior Program Officer for the arts in the Office of the Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture.
Mira Nakashima: Creative Director, Nakashima Woodworking, S.A.
Dr. Diana Baird N’Diaye, Cultural specialist and Curator, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Washington, D.C.
John T. Nez (Dine), PhD, Director of Artists Services, Southwestern Association for Indian Arts
Ann Pifer, gallerist and board member, Craft Retailers and Artists for Tomorrow
Lauren Schott, jewelry designer and goldsmith
Joyce J. Scott, sculptor, jeweler, printmaker, installation artist, performance artist, and educator
Josephine Shea, curator, Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, Grosse Pointe, MI
Barbara Stauffer, Chief of Temporary Exhibitions, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Marilyn Stewart, PhD, Professor of Art Education, Coordinator of Graduate Programs in Art Education, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Andrew Wagner, Editor in Chief, ReadyMade Magazine, former editor in chief, American Craft Magazine.
Margaret Wertheim, science writer and curator, director of the Los Angeles based Institute For Figuring and creator of the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project
David Willard, Executive Director of Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
Carol Wilson, Assistant Chair, In-Gallery Education Programs
Jan Yager, visual artist, mixed media jewelry
Crafting a Nation, a conference to be held on October 8 and 9, 2010, is organized by Craft in America and the Craft Retailers and Artists for Tomorrow (C.R.A.F.T.) in collaboration with the Smithsonian American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery. The conference will be held at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC.