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Nonie Gadsden

Nonie Gadsden is the Katharine Lane Weems Senior Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA). She earned her B.A. from Yale College and her M.A. from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture at the University of Delaware.

At the MFA, she is responsible for a wide range of artwork including decorative arts and sculpture from North, Central and South America, from ancient times through the 20th century. She actively participated in the planning and installation of the MFA’s award-winning Art of the Americas Wing comprised of 53 galleries featuring the arts of North, Central and South America (opened 2010). Her exhibitions include “Collecting Stories: The Invention of Folk Art” (2021), “Women Take the Floor” (2019), “Boston Made: Arts and Crafts Jewelry and Metalwork” (2018), “Nature, Sculpture, Abstraction and Clay: 100 Years of American Ceramics” (2015), and “A New and Native Beauty: The Art and Craft of Greene & Greene,” (2009).

In addition to numerous essays, articles and book reviews, Gadsden is the author of Art and Reform: Sara Galner, the Saturday Evening Girls and the Paul Revere Pottery (2006) and Louis Comfort Tiffany: Parakeets Window (2018), and co-author of Boston Arts and Crafts Jewelry: Frank Gardner Hale and His Circle (2018) and MFA Highlights: American Decorative Arts and Sculpture (2007).

She heads the Collections Committee of the Nichols House Museum on Boston’s Beacon Hill, serves as a Governor for the Decorative Arts Trust, and is a member of the Council of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts.