Claret Associates specializes in curatorial projects, collections research and documentation, and exhibit development and management.
NEWS: Nicole Nathan and Namita Gupta Wiggers to be honored at this year's NCECA conference, held in Portland in March.
REGIONAL AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE For extraordinary work emerging from the conference region to impact ceramic art, artists and learning Museum of Contemporary Craft (1937-2016) to be received by Namita Wiggers and Nicole Nathan.
Portland’s Museum of Contemporary Craft was the oldest institution dedicated to the exhibition and sale of modern craft in the US. Founded in 1937 by a group of dedicated women volunteers as Oregon Ceramic Studio, the Portland-based organization was known as Contemporary Crafts Gallery from 1964 until the early 2000s. From 2004 until 2012, Namita Gupta Wiggers served as Curator, responsible for leading the exhibition, collection, and programming prior to and following the museum’s integration with Pacific Northwest College of Art. From 2012-2014, she served as Director and Chief Curator. From 2006-2008, and 2012-2016, Nicole Nathan served first as Registrar, and later as the Curator of Collections and Deputy Director. Prior to the absorption of the museum’s archives and collection into the Center for Art and Culture at PNCA, Namita and Nicole curated more than 75 exhibitions, seven publications, and doubled the size of the collection, bringing national and international attention to connect local figures and their work to the growing field of ceramics history and craft exhibitions.