Paul J. Smith

Paul J. Smith, director emeritus of the American Craft Museum (now the Museum of Arts and Design) and active in the American Craft Council since the late 1950s, will open the seminar discussing a forgotten chapter of craft history never before presented to the public. Smith, who organized the Latin American craft council meetings in Peru and Mexico in the late 1950s and 1960s and also organized a very important show of Venezuelan potters in 1963 at the American Craft Museum, backed by the Venezuelan industrialist and collector Hans Neuman, will speak about how they showed together, and talked about, studio craft and traditional craft at those events.