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 AbstractionLink opens an external site. Previously, while a Curatorial Fellow at the UC Santa Barbara Art, Design, and Architecture Museum, she curated the contemporary art exhibition, Body MattersLink opens an external site. 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,”Link opens an external site The Journal of Modern Craft, 11:1 (March 2018), 17-25.

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

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