Kate Lydon is the Director of Exhibitions at the Society for Contemporary Craft (SCC) in Pittsburgh, PA. She oversees the organization and installation of exhibitions presented at SCC’s main Strip District gallery and at the BNY Mellon satellite gallery in downtown. She participates in all decisions regarding exhibition development including the selection of work, touring of exhibitions and the development of public programming. Kate has more than 27-years of experience at SCC and offers a strong working knowledge of the contemporary craft field. Kate received dual degrees in Art History and French at Denison University in Granville, OH and her master’s degree from the Archival, Museum and Editing Program at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Prior to joining SCC, Kate served as registrar for The Frick Art & Historical Center in Pittsburgh and exhibitions coordinator at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. She has participated as a juror for numerous art shows and competitions including the 2014 Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington, DC and Craftboston 2013, The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA. She joined the Board of Governors of Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN in 2006.
Kate will be giving a lecture about her career at the Society for Contemporary Crafts, where she has helped organize over 200 exhibitions that have included work from more than 2,240 artists. She will speak about the community impact of art and the meaningful experiences that help transform communities through creativity. Kate’s talk will shed light on SCC’s exhibitions, including the 2014 exhibition ENOUGH Violence: Artists Speak Out and the current, socially engaged project Mindful: Exploring Mental Health through Art. Her talk will also touch upon her own personal journey through involvement with SCC and how they are changing the perception of contemporary craft.