The Glassell Studio School presents insights from artists and other experts of the art world through this annual lecture series.

The Booker-Lowe Lecture Series is made possible by generous support from Nana Booker and M. David Lowe / Booker-Lowe Gallery.



Past Events in This Series

“A thread, a hair, a lineage”

Artist Sonya Clark addresses ancestral ties, historical legacies, and contemporary relationships through crafted materials, found objects, and collaborative actions.


AMBOS on the Road in Texas

Artist Tanya Aguiñiga shares findings from AMBOS: Art Made Between Opposite Sides, a project with the goal of humanizing border-crossing and bringing attention to communities on the U.S.–Mexico border.


Inside the Studio with Leonardo Drew

Contemporary American artist Leonardo Drew is known for creating reflective abstract sculptural works that play upon the dystopic tension between order and chaos. He visits for a free talk, open to the public.

Craft on Purpose

The ninth annual Booker-Lowe Lecture, organized by the Glassell Studio School, is a talk with artist Myra Mimlitsch-Gray, metalsmith, professor, and head of the metal program at SUNY-New Paltz.


The New Ceramic Absence

Garth Johnson, curator of ceramics at the Arizona State University Art Museum in Tempe, is a self-described craft activist who explores craft’s influence and relevance in the 21st century.


Making It in New York City: The Museum of Arts and Design—A Force for Cultural Change

Presented by Glenn Adamson, Nanette L. Laitman Director of the Museum of Arts and Design, New York Founded in 1956 as the nation’s flagship museum for craft, the Museum of Arts and Design remains a central venue for the celebration of skilled making and its role in modern life. In this lecture, Glenn Adamson shares his thoughts about the new directions he is helping to set for this important institution. In addition to providing insights into the way that a[…]


Sixth Annual Booker-Lowe Lecture “Ten Years Gone: Shifts and Developments in the Field of Craft”

Presented by Namita Gupta Wiggers, director and chief curator, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland. The past 10 years has witnessed significant shifts in how craft is examined, interpreted, documented, and practiced. This lecture explores the shifts and developments in the field of craft, with a specific focus on exhibitions and programs at Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Oregon. Through an examination of connections between the decorative arts and academic publishing, DIY and museums, the marketplace and education, this lecture[…]


For Now, Let’s Call It Art

The Fifth Annual Booker-Lowe Lecture "For Now, Let's Call It Art" Presented by Karyn Olivier Karyn Olivier is best known to Houston audiences through her large-scale, outdoor exhibition Inbound: Houston, in which she replaced 13 area billboards with photographs of the landscape directly behind the signs. In this lecture, Olivier discusses her use of sculpture, installation, public works, photography, and video to manipulate the familiar and investigate people's social interactions with everyday objects, spaces, and each other. Olivier has served as an artist-in-residence in[…]


The Fourth Annual Booker-Lowe Lecture: Presented by Sculptor Albert Paley

American metal sculptor Albert Paley discusses his life, his career, and the topic of public art. A reception follows the lecture. This event is open to the public. Admission is free. About the Artist Albert Paley’s work can be found in the MFAH collection as well as in the collections of museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He is the first metal sculptor to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Institute of Architects.[…]


Rolling in Mud: 40 Years of Ceramics

Third Annual Booker-Lowe Lecture Rolling in Mud: 40 Years of Ceramics Speaker: Peter Held Admission: Free Peter Held has curated more than 100 exhibitions, including six national traveling ceramics shows. He has written numerous articles on contemporary art and crafts, and he is the editor and essayist of seven books. Held earned a bachelor's degree in studio art at the State University of New York at Brockport, and a master's degree in museum administration at Oregon State University. He was a[…]