2019 will mark the thirteenth year that Haystack Mountain School of Crafts will convene a summer conference to look at craft in a broader context. This event is an important part of the work we do at the school, and supports our belief in creating an environment that values reflective thinking within an inclusive and creative community.

Craft and Legacy: Writing a History, Preserving a Field
July 7-11, 2019

The 2019 Haystack Summer Conference is presented in collaboration with the Center for Craft, and designed to address some of the most vital questions facing the preservation and legacy of the field of American Craft, through a series of dynamic lectures, panel discussions, and group conversations. Building on the Center for Craft’s 2014 Craft Think Tank findings on the legacy of the American Studio Craft movement, this conference is organized from three related perspectives of artists, collectors, and museums/cultural institutions, and will bring together twenty-one speakers to serve as models for developing best practices in addressing larger questions of legacy and fostering an expanded resource network for colleagues from across the country. Major support for the 2019 conference is provided by the Windgate Foundation with additional support from the Maine Humanities Council and the Lenore G. Tawney Foundation.

Each of the lectures from this conference will be transcribed and published as the 35th edition of the Haystack Monograph Series as well as being made available as an online resource through the websites of Haystack and the Center for Craft.




Download the 2019 Haystack Summer Conference Brochure


The 2019 Summer Conference is full!


Scholarship Support
Haystack has awarded 21 full scholarships for people to attend the conference – to expand our community and develop the next generation of leadership. Applications from people of color and others who have been historically underrepresented in the field, including individuals with Black, Latinx, Asian or Native American ancestry, and people who identify as LGBTQIA, were encouraged to nominate themselves or others for a scholarship.

You may nominate an individual or self-nominate

NOTE: Scholarship Nomination Deadline was April 1, 2019 


Opening Presentation:

Elisabeth Agro, The Nancy M. McNeil Curator of American
Modern and Contemporary Crafts and Decorative Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art


Rachael Arauz, Art Historian and Independent Curator

Nora Atkinson, Lloyd Herman Acting Curator-in-Charge, Renwick Gallery

Marisa Bartolucci, Design Journalist, Editor, and Author

Squeak Carnwath, Artist and Co-Founder, Artists’ Legacy Foundation

Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko, Director, Abbe Museum

Cornelia Carey, Executive Director, The Craft Emergency Relief Fund

Sarah Carter, Curator and Director of Research, Chipstone Foundation

Lee Eagle, Appraiser, Attorney, Arts Advocate, Collector, Principal, Eagle Associates, LLC

Jim Grace, Executive Director, Arts and Business Council of Boston

Diana Greenwold, Associate Curator of American Art at Portland Museum of Art

Katya and Douglas Heller, Directors, Heller Gallery

Elizabeth Hulings, Director of the Clark Hulings Fund

Garth Johnson, Curator of Ceramics, Everson Museum of Art

Priya Khanchandani, Editor, ICON Magazine

Kathleen Mangan, Executive Director, Lenore G. Tawney Foundation

Daniel Minter, Artist, Educator and Co-Founder of Indigo Arts Alliance

Meaghan Roddy, Senior International Specialist, Americas, Phillips

Mary Savig, Curator of Manuscripts, Archives of American Art

Rebecca Sive, Women’s Leadership Strategist, and Author, Vote Her In: Your Guide to Electing Our First Woman President

Cindi Strauss, Sara and Bill Morgan Curator of Decorative Arts, Craft, and Design, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Folayemi Wilson, Artist/Designer, Educator, Independent Curator and Writer

Facilitators and conference organizers:

Mark Richard Leach, Museum Consultant, Arts Writer & Curator

Marilyn Zapf, Assistant Director and Curator, the Center for Craft

Paul Sacaridiz, Executive Director, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts

Project consultant:

Leslie Ferrin, Founder and Director, Ferrin Contemporary

Questions? Please feel free to contact Haystack at (207) 348-2306 or haystack@haystack-mtn.org. Haystack staff are available M-F, 8:30am–4:30pm EST to talk with you about your application and materials needed, and to assist you through the application process.


Tuition                               $490

Room & Board

Single with bath        $875
limited availability

Double with bath      $600

Quad with bath          $530

Double .                       $395
near central washroom

Triple                            $245
near central washroom

Dorm                             $195
near central washroom

Day Student                 $165
rate includes all meals


Housing will be assigned on a first come, first served basis — due to the increased scale of the 2019 Summer Conference, availability of single rooms will be limited. If you have particular physical, medical, or other needs please note these on your application.
Browse Haystack accommodations

Cancellations made prior to June 7th will be charged a $150 cancellation fee. Refunds are not available for cancellations made after June 7th.

For more information or to be added to our conference mailing list contact Haystack.

Past conference presenters and workshop leaders:

Tanya Aguiñiga
Sandra Alfoldy
Siemon Allen
Nora Atkinson
Abby Barrows
Dan Beachy-Quick

Paulus Berensohn
Christina Bertoni
John Bielenberg
Nancy Blum
Meredith Brickell

Laura Brown
Rick Brown
Judith Burton
Akiko Busch
Kendall Buster
Robert Campbell
Jamie Carpenter
Alison Chase
Sonya Clark
Sara Clugage

Matthew Crawford
Erik Demaine
Martin Demaine
Andrea Dezö
Susie Ganch

Charles Garoian
Pascale Gatzen

Neil Gershenfeld
Saul Griffith
Sabrina Gschwandtner
Diana Guerrero-Maciá
Meredith Hall
Del Harrow
Molly Hatch
Ayumi Horie

Laura Hosaluk
Michael Hosaluk
Peter Houk
Tim Ingold
Jeanne Jaffe
Ole Jensen
Daniel Johnston
Jamie Johnston
Tom Joyce

Sarah K. Khan

Maira Kalman
Janet Koplos
Jack Lenor Larsen
Liz Lerman
Faythe Levine
Pam Longobardi
Carole Frances Lung

Ellen Lupton
Lydia Matthews
Pashon Murray
David McFadden

John McQueen
Nathalie Miebach
Amon Millner

Michael G. Moore
Stephen Nachmanovitch
Arturo O’Farrill
Michael O’Malley
Sheila Pepe

Jeanne Quinn
Ronald Rael
Dr. Darren J. Ranco

Rowland Ricketts
Brian Rotman
Paul Sacaridiz
Judith Schaechter
Warren Seelig
Ezra Shales
Pradeep Sharma
Nanda Soderberg

Jenni Sorkin
Kim R. Stafford
Michael Strand
Susan S. Szenasy
Jeanine Thompson
Jacob Tonski
Matthew Trimble
Allan Wexler

Namita Gupta Wiggers
Anne J. Wilson
Frank Wilson
Joe Wood
Lily Yeh
Amit Zoran


For more information or to be added to our conference mailing list contact Haystack.