Holly Gore

Holly Gore
Graduate Student


Areas of Concentration: Modern and contemporary art, American craft, design, and museum and exhibition histories
Faculty Advisor: Jenni Sorkin
Committee Members: E. Bruce Robertson, Swati Chattopadhyay
Dissertation: "Reinventing Work: Modernist Wood and Skilled Trade, 1940-1970"
M.A. Thesis: "Organic Form in the Functional Woodworks of Wharton Esherick" (Stanford University, completed 2013)


Holly Gore is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she studies modern and contemporary art with a focus on craft. Her research explores the intersections of art and labor. She is currently writing a dissertation, “Reinventing Work: Modernist Wood and Skilled Trade, 1940-1970,” which investigates how modernist woodworkers posited new forms of skilled labor and argues that in doing so, they brought explicit social content to their abstract works.

Holly's publications include a review of the exhibition, Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957 (caa.reviews, December 2016), and the essay, "Expanding the Field: Wendy Maruyama and Studio Furniture" (in A Long Engagement: Wendy Maruyama and Her Students, San Diego State University, 2015). Before coming to UCSB, Holly earned a Master’s degree at Stanford University and worked at the Cantor Center for the Visual Arts at Stanford.