Juror Michael W. Monroe, Director Emeritus
Michael Monroe has been involved with the contemporary American studio craft movement for over 50 years. Prior to his current status as director emeritus of the Bellevue Arts Museum in Bellevue, Washington, Monroe served as its director. Previously he served as executive director of the American Craft Council and earlier was president of the Peter Joseph Gallery in New York City. For twenty-one years, 1974–1995, he was curator-in- charge of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery. Additionally he was professor of art and directed the Martin Mullen Fine Arts Gallery at the State University of New York, Oneonta. Monroe has authored publications, served as juror for numerous national and international competitions in all media, delivered lectures and organized exhibitions focusing on and issues relating to contemporary American craft and design. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Design in 1971 from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan and in 1967 graduated with a BS degree in art education from the University of Wisconsin. In Chicago, he attended the American Academy of Art and the School of the Art Institute.