Heidi Nasstrom Evans

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Title:
Adjunct Professional Lecturer of Decorative Arts & Design History
Office:
Smithsonian, Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive, SW, Washington, DC

Bio

Dr. Nasstrom Evans specializes in American and European visual culture from the industrial revolution to the present day (1750-2017).  She is particularly interested in the Simple Life Movement in the United States, Great Britain, and Europe (1870-1930)—the subject of her doctoral dissertation—its relation to 19th-century design reform movements, such as the Arts & Crafts and Aesthetic Movement, and the
way those movements evolved into Modernism at the turn-of- the-century and throughout the 20th & 21st century.

She was Interim Director of the Smithsonian-Corcoran/GWU Masters Program in Decorative Arts and Design History in 2016-2017, was formerly Assistant Chair, and has taught at the program since its inception in 1996.

When she is not teaching, researching, and writing about design history, Dr. Nasstrom Evans enjoys walking her dog on the beach, spending time with her family, knitting, cooking, and lifting heavy weights.

 


Current Research & Projects

Current projects include:

  • The development of a crowd sourced, community art project titled, “Mile Long Green Space,” in Rehoboth Beach, DE and Bethesda, MD
  • A Delmarva Arts and Crafts column for the Rehoboth Beach newspaper, the Cape Gazette
  • Building on her earlier study of the mid-century modern community, Hollin Hills, VA, with a complimentary study of mid-century modern homes in Rehoboth-by- the-Sea, DE

In addition to teaching at the Corcoran, Dr. Nasstrom Evans teaches online humanities classes at University of Maryland, University College.

 


Distinctions

  • 2007 Henry Allen Moe Prize, New York State Historical Association for “Jane Byrd McCall Whitehead: Cofounder of the Byrdcliffe Art School,” in Nancy Green, et. al., Byrdcliffe: An American Arts and Crafts Colony, exhib. cat., Ithaca, NY: Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, 2004
  • James Renwick Predoctoral Fellowship in American Craft, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC, 2005 – 2006
  • Robert Lee Gill Fellowship, Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library, Delaware, 2000

 


Publications

Author:

  • “Through the Eyes of a Child,” 2016 Washington Winter Antiques Show Catalog, pp, 50-55, published in print and online at http://www.afamag.com/index.php?option=com_zoo&task=item&item_id... &category_id=9&Itemid=102#50
  • French Paintings at the National Gallery of Art, Family Guide, 2013, published in print and online at http://www.nga.gov/content/dam/ngaweb/Education/learning-resources/Guide... french.pdf
  • American Art at the National Gallery of Art, Family Guide, 2011, published in print and online at https://www.nga.gov/kids/guide_american.pdf
  • “Live in the country with faith”: Jane and Ralph Whitehead, the Simple Life Movement, and Arts and Crafts in the United States, England, and on the Continent, 1870-1930,’ Ph.D. diss., University of Maryland, College Park, May 2008
  • “Jane Byrd McCall Whitehead: Cofounder of the Byrdcliffe Art School,” in Nancy Green, et. al. Byrdcliffe: An American Arts and Crafts Colony, exhib. cat. (Ithaca, NY: Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, 2004)
  • “Jane Byrd McCall Whitehead’s Idealized Visions about Simple Living and Arts and Crafts,” exhib. cat., Georgia Museum of Art, 2004, published in print and online at www.tfaoi.com/aa/5aa/5aa34.htm - also exhibition curator

Supervisor/Editor, 2002 – 2006; Coordinator, 1997 – 2002, Newsletter of the Decorative Arts Society, Inc., New York, New York

 


Education

BA, State University of New York at Albany
BFA in Restoration of Applied Arts, Fashion Institute of Technology
MA in History of Decorative Arts, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum/Parsons School of Design
Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies, University of Maryland at College Park
PhD in American Studies, University of Maryland at College Park