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: "Aspirational Structures: Institutional Building in Wood, 1943-1969"
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. She is currently writing a dissertation on modernist woodworking that investigates how and why postwar designers, sculptors, and educators staged tactile encounters with wood. 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). Her curated exhibition, Body Matters: Contemporary Art from the Collection opened at the Art, Design & Architecture Museum, UC Santa Barbara in July of 2017. This Fall, Holly will hold a Windgate internship at the Asheville Museum of Art. While in Asheville, she looks forward to working with the Museum craft collections and researching a dissertation chapter on woodworking at Black Mountain College.