The Juror


Emily Zilber is the Boston Museum of Fine Arts first Ronald L. and Anita C.   Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts. Since 2010, Zilber has been responsible for the MFA’s vibrant program of contemporary decorative arts, including guiding acquisitions and developing a presence for craft and design in the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art.

Zilber also oversees the Daphne and Peter Farago Gallery, a dedicated space for modern and contemporary craft, design, and decorative arts.  This gallery opened in September 2011 with "Crafting Contemporary: Selections from the Daphne Farago Collection."

She curated "New Blue-and-White", which focused on contemporary interpretations of blue-and-white traditions by artists across media (2013). Recent projects include the exhibitions "Nature, Sculpture, Abstraction and Clay: 100 Years of American Ceramics" (2015); “Maria Molteni: Second Hands” (2016); and “Crafted: Objects in Flux,” (2015), which explored the increasingly blurred boundaries between art, craft, and design.

Prior to joining the MFA, Zilber was Assistant Curator at Cranbrook Art Museum at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.  She has edited and written for numerous publications and speaks internationally on topics related to 20th and 21st-century decorative arts, craft, and design.  She is a founding member of the Boston-based consortium The Commonwealth of Craft and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Boston Society of Arts and Crafts.

Zilber holds a BA in art history from The University of Chicago and an MA from the Bard Graduate Center for Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture.

Emily Zilber