Samantha De Tillio is a Brooklyn-based curator and writer who specializes in modern and contemporary craft. She is Assistant Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), and a regular contributor to "GLASS: The UrbanGlass Quarterly." Her current exhibition "Judith Leiber: Crafting a New York Story" is open at the Museum of Arts and Design through August 6, 2017, and her exhibition "Aaron Pexa: The Spoils of Annwn" is open through July 30 at UrbanGlass in Brooklyn.
In 2016, De Tillio curated "Sarah Zapata @ Marimekko," a site-specific installation, as well as the exhibitions "Crochet Coral Reef: TOXIC SEAS," and "Eye for Design" (co-curated with Elissa Auther) at MAD. Previously she worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian National Museums of Natural and American History, and the Thomas Cole National Historic Site.
De Tillio's current research is focused on contemporary glass , and the burgeoning world of glass and performance with thoughts on its origins during the nascent studio glass movement, such as Toots Zinsky's little known works in video. She is also interested in illuminating feminist and under-known art histories, and exploring works that engage ecology. She is fascinated by the blurring of life/work in artistic practice through the "curation" of self and specific place-making, as seen through practices like that of Andrea Zittel, Georgia O'Keeffe, and historically through artist colonies of the Arts and Crafts Movement, such as Byrdcliffe in Upstate New York, as well as the political commentary projected through a crafts lifestyle.
De Tillio's earlier research and writing on Arts and Crafts stained glass artist Charles Connick (1875-1945) was supported by the Cosmos Club's Young Scholars Fellowship Award, published by the "Journal of Stained Glass," and presented at the annual conference of the American Glass Guild.
She has a Master of Arts in the History of Decorative Arts from the Smithsonian Associates, Washington, DC, a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University at Albany with minors in Ancient Greek and Roman Civilizations, and Spanish, and is a member of the Glass Art Society, and the Association of Art Museum Curators. When she's not curating or writing about art, De Tillio can be found reading, traveling, spending time outdoors (in the city and Catskills), learning the art of herbalism, and fancying herself an amateur gardener by caring for her 35+ house plants with her blacksmith partner.