Holly Gore

Holly Gore
Graduate Student


Areas of Concentration: Modern and contemporary art; American modernisms; craft and design; artistic labor
Faculty Advisor: Jenni Sorkin
Committee Members: E. Bruce Robertson, Swati Chattopadhyay
Dissertation: "Reinventing Work: Modernist Wood and Skilled Trade, 1930-1970"
M.A. Thesis: "Organic Form in the Functional Woodworks of Wharton Esherick" (Stanford University, completed 2013)


Holly Gore is a Ph.D. Candidate specializing in modern and contemporary art with a focus on American craft. Her current research focuses on the intersections of modernist art and design with skilled manual labor. Her dissertation, “Reinventing Work: Modernist Wood and Skilled Trade, 1930-1970,” investigates twentieth-century artists and designers as they used their performance of woodworking as a means to enacting American citizenship. The project is supported by a Luce Fellowship in American Art, a Project Grant from the Center for Craft, and a Margaret Mallory Graduate Fellowship.

In fall, 2019, Holly was the Furniture Society Resident Writer at the Arrowmont School for Arts and Crafts. As a 2017-18 Windgate Curatorial Fellow at the Asheville Art Museum, she curated the multimedia exhibition, Crafting Abstraction . Previously, while a Curatorial Fellow at the UC Santa Barbara Art, Design, and Architecture Museum, she curated the contemporary art exhibition, Body Matters . Holly has presented her research at the symposia, Shared Ground: Cross-Disciplinary Approaches to Craft Studies (2018) at Bard Graduate Center; and Long Shadows: Tradition, Influence, and Persistence in Modern Craft (2017) at Yale University.


Entries on Pablo Helguera and Suzanne Lacy, Mobilizing Pedagogy: Two Social Practice Projects in the Americas by Pablo Helguera and Suzanne Lacy with Pilar Riaño-Alcalá. (Amherst, MA: Amherst College Press, 2018), 16-17, 48-51.

Holly Gore. "Art/Work: J. B. Blunk, Isamu Noguchi, and the Intersections of Sculpture and Skilled Labor,” The Journal of Modern Craft, 11:1 (March 2018), 17-25 .

Holly Gore. Exhibition Review, Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957, by Helen Molesworth at the Hammer Museum, caa.reviews, December 15, 2016 .

Holly Gore. “Expanding the Field: Wendy Maruyama and Studio Furniture.” A Long Engagement: Wendy Maruyama and Her Students. San Diego: San Diego State University Department of Art and Design, 2015 .