Society of Arts + Crafts Names Brigitte Martin Executive Director
Society of Arts + Crafts (SA+C) has selected Brigitte Martin as Executive Director, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). She began her tenure on March 1, 2019.
A long-time member of the craft industry, Ms. Martin most recently served as Executive Director of the Furniture Society in Illinois, where she worked to promote the art of furniture making. She founded both Craft Think Tank, a meeting of American and Canadian craft industry leaders, and crafthaus, a social media networking platform that supports and provides services to craft artists. Ms. Martin also established Luke & Eloy Gallery, a Pittsburgh-based retail gallery for fine craft. Prior to moving to the United States, she held positions at Gallery Michael Werner and Sotheby’s, both in Cologne, Germany.
An accomplished author, Ms. Martin was the Gold Medal winner of the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards for her book, Humor in Craft. She has also authored a multitude of articles for American Craft magazine, of which she is also Editor at large. Ms. Martin has served as Board President for the Society of North American Goldsmiths and is a frequent public speaker at various international symposiums. She often lends her expertise as a judge, most recently adjudicating the CraftBoston 2018 Spring and Winter shows. A Fulbright Scholarship recipient, Ms. Martin studied hotel management in her native country of Germany before embarking on an apprenticeship with Master Goldsmith Ulrike Brunsmann.
In making the announcement, SA+C Board President Jennifer Rayburn said, “When we interviewed Brigitte, we were impressed by her analytical and thoughtful knowledge of craft, its place in society, and its potential. She’s visionary in outlining opportunities to expand the reach of craft, which dovetails perfectly with the Society of Arts + Crafts’ mission of education. With our new home in the Seaport, we’re no longer a little walk-in gallery, we are a serious organization with intentions to grow.”
“I’ve seen our field from all sides—as an executive director, a board member, a community organizer, a curator, a writer and editor, a strategic planner, and a customer,” said Ms. Martin. “I’ve met a lot of interesting artists doing exciting work, which keeps craft relevant for modern audiences. I will bring those experiences and insights to SA+C.”
“ACG would like to thank search committee chairs, Michael King and Paulette Werger, for their dedication and congratulate Brigitte Martin on her appointment as the new Executive Director of Society of Arts + Crafts,” said ACG Vice President Wyona Lynch-McWhite. “We are confident that Ms. Martin’s experience in the craft industry, dedication to community support for artists, and unique point of view will be an asset to SA+C and help amplify the impact of its work.”