Catherine Futter, Juror
Director of Curatorial Affairs, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO
Catherine Futter is the Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO. Futter has curated a number of permanent collection installations of European and American art from medieval to the present, organized exhibitions that highlight living artists, and also has led the museum’s efforts to spark an area conversation about creating a cultural district in midtown Kansas City. Futter’s specialty is with European and American Decorative arts from 1850-present, and she has previously held positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Yale Center for British Art, and the Chrysler Museum of Art.
Futter’s major curatorial achievements include Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at World’s Fairs, 1851-1939, Jump In! Architecture Workshop as well as Ferran Adrià: Notes on Creativity and A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America. She has been critical in bringing contemporary artists into the Nelson-Atkins programs with celebrated and innovative exhibitions such as Resting Places Living Things: Designs by Michael Cross; Forever, an installation by Clare Twomey; The Future of Yesterday: Photographs of Architectural Remains of World’s Fairs by Ives Maes; and Presence & Absence: New Works by Tom Price. Futter also is a member of the museum’s Strategic Leadership Group, and she was a Fellow in 2014 with the Center for Curatorial Leadership.
The Masur Museum of Art’s Annual Juried Competition showcases contemporary artists throughout the United States of America working in any medium. This long running juried competition also showcases some of America’s best curatorial talent. Recent jurors include: Joel Parsons, Clough-Hanson Gallery at Rhodes College; Gia Hamilton, Joan Mitchell Center; Holly Hughes, Albright-Knox Art Gallery; Sandra Firmin, Colorado University Art Museum; Kelly Shindler, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis; George Shackelford, Kimbell Art Museum; Liza Simone, Phantom Galleries, Los Angeles; Alison Greene, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; David Houston, currently Bo Bartlett Center; and Miranda Lash, currently Speed Art Museum.