Professor Glenn Adamson

Professor Glenn Adamson

Professorial Fellow

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Professor Glenn Adamson

Curator and writer Professor Glenn Adamson is a Professorial Fellow at UCA.

Professor Glenn Adamson


Glenn will be researching his specialisms in craft, design history and contemporary art at the university, and passing on his knowledge to academics and students to assist them with their own research practice and development.

Between 2013 and 2016, he was the Director of the Museum of Arts and Design, and was previously Head of Research and Head of Graduate Studies at the V&A. In 2017, he curated the Beazley Designs of the Year exhibition at the Design Museum, London, and co-curated Things of Beauty Growing: British Studio Pottery at the Yale Center for British Art, which later moved to the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. He also curated Shoulder to the Wheel, at UCA’s Crafts Study Centre in Farnham.

He has written several publications over the years, including Fewer, Better Things: The Hidden Wisdom of Objects (2018), Art in the Making (2016, co-authored with Julia Bryan Wilson), Invention of Craft (2013), Postmodernism: Style and Subversion, 1970 to 1990 (2011), The Craft Reader (2010), and Thinking Through Craft (2007).

Glenn has a BA in Art History from Cornell University, and from Yale University gained an MA in Art History, a PhD in Art History and was awarded a Henry S. McNeil Fellowship in American Decorative Art History.