James Renwick Alliance for Craft Announces Jennifer Scanlan as New Executive Director

By East City Art Editorial Team on June 26, 2024
Jennifer Scanlan. Photograph by Erin Baiano
Jennifer Scanlan. Photograph by Erin Baiano

The James Renwick Alliance for Craft (JRACraft) welcomes curator and veteran arts professional Jennifer Scanlan as the new Executive Director. She is set to begin her role on July 8, 2024. This news comes after a months-long search by the board of directors spearheaded by board president, Rebecca Ravenal.

Scanlan brings to the job over two decades of experience in the arts, with a particular emphasis on contemporary craft. She joins the organization after most recently holding the title of Deputy Director at Craft Alliance in St. Louis, Missouri where she made substantial contributions to the organization’s growth and outreach efforts. Her career includes pivotal positions such as Curatorial and Exhibitions Director at  Oklahoma Contemporary, and Associate Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design. Jennifer has also worked internationally as an independent curator and consultant on exhibitions, public art projects, and publications. “I’m delighted to begin my new role as Executive Director of the James Renwick Alliance for Craft [and am] eager to build on JRACraft’s renowned history of programming and initiatives in the craft field,” says Scanlan on her new role.

The James Renwick Alliance for Craft (JRACraft) is a national not-for-profit organization based in Washington, DC with the mission of promoting education, connoisseurship, and the appreciation of American fine craft through public programming, trips, and support for artists and craft researchers. As an independent non-profit organization, JRACraft has provided more than $3 million to the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery – our nation’s showcase of contemporary American craft. In recent years, JRACraft has grown a reputation for providing robust public programs and for expanding its national audience.

Scanlan will lead the staff in upholding the excellent in-person and online programming for which the organization is recognized for. She will also focus her efforts on development and fundraising, as well as a strategic plan to continue developing JRACraft into the future. “[Scanlan’s] passion for and deep knowledge of contemporary craft will greatly enhance our mission. We’re very excited for this next chapter under Jennifer’s leadership!” says board president, Rebecca Ravenal.

Learn more at https://www.jracraft.org/jracraftnews/new-executive-director

[Source: JRACraft press release]