Katie Lee Koven
Katie Lee Koven is Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art at Utah State University. Director/Curator Lee Koven has curated art exhibitions that bring attention to the underrepresented artists or artistic practices including the role of craft and applied arts in modern and contemporary art. Since 2012, she curated Black Mountain College: Shaping Craft + Design; New Narratives: Recent Works of University of Utah Faculty; Topographies: Recording Place – Mapping Surface, and Torqued & Twisted: Bentwood Today. Many of these exhibitions traveled nationally and internationally. She has also chaired international conferences on craft and design.
Prior to serving as the Executive Director of Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art she served as Director of the Mary Elizabeth Dee Shaw Gallery at Weber State University, Assistant Director of The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) at the University of North Carolina Asheville, and Assistant Director and Curator of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston. In addition to her curatorial work, she has organized international artist residencies, administered the national research grant programs, taught courses in art history and museum studies, and led the curriculum development team for the survey art history textbook Makers: A History of American Studio Craft. She serves on the national Association of Academic Museums & Galleries board and locally on the Summerfest Arts Faire board. Katie has a B.A. in Art History from the College of Charleston and an Intercultural M.A. in Art History from Richmond, The American International University in London.
Apart from work, Katie enjoys going to CrossFit, running, hiking and walking for exercise.