Samantha De Tillio is a Brooklyn-based curator, art historian, and writer who specializes in modern and contemporary craft from the Arts and Crafts to today. She is Assistant Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), where she has curated or managed numerous exhibitions, produced and contributed to multiple catalogues, and is manager of MAD's acquisitions program. She is part of the curatorial team for Derrick Adams: Sanctuary working with guest curator Dexter Wimberly, and curator of Unpacking the Green Book: Travel and Segregation in Jim Crow America. Her recent exhibitions include Judith Leiber: Crafting a New York Story, Sarah Zapata @ Marimekko, a site-specific installation, Crochet Coral Reef: TOXIC SEAS, Eye for Design (co-curated with Elissa Auther), and Wendell Castle Remastered.
De Tillio is a glass specialist, who in addition to her work at MAD, maintains an active curatorial, writing, and speaking practice. She recently curated Aaron Pexa: The Spoils of Annwn at UrbanGlass in Brooklyn and is a regular contributor to GLASS: The UrbanGlass Quarterly. Her current research explores the myriad new avenues in contemporary glass, and she is interested in illuminating feminist and under-known art histories. She also has a background in Arts and Crafts stained glass and her research on 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.
De Tillio has a Master of Arts in Decorative Arts and Design History from the Smithsonian Associates with George Mason University, Washington, DC, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University at Albany with minors in Ancient Greek and Roman Civilizations, and Spanish. She has previously worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, and the Albany Institute of History and Art. She is a member of the Glass Art Society, and the Association of Art Museum Curators.
In her spare time, De Tillio enjoys hiking (particularly in the Catskills), roadtrips (through the National Park System), running, traveling, reading poetry, studying intersectional feminist theory, cooking and eating creative vegan food, and caring for her 40+ house plants with her blacksmith partner.