Walking the Tightrope

Craig Nutt
Saturday, June 27, 2015 @ 11:30am - 12:15pm

Furniture makers often walk a thin line between a successful career and a disastrous one. This presentation will introduce you to the work of CERF+(Craft Emergency Relief Fund + Artists’ Emergency Resources) and will help you explore how the awareness of pitfalls, leveraging of resources, and application of your creativity can help you build a resilient career in the arts and keep you from falling off the tightrope.


A practicing studio furniture maker for over 35 years, Craig Nutt was one of the founding board members of the Furniture Society. Craig is the Director of Programs for the CERF+ (Craft Emergency Relief Fund + Artists' Emergency Resources), a national artists’ service organization whose mission is to safeguard and sustain the careers of craft artists and provide emergency resources that benefit all artists. He was active in CERF+’s response to Hurricane Sandy as well as in the organization’s efforts to build a culture of resiliency and effective emergency response in the arts sector. As a sculptor, furniture maker, and public artist, his work is in numerous public collections including the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum and the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. He was recently commissioned by the Metro Nashville Arts Commission to create a public artwork commemorating the 2010 Nashville flood as part of their Watermarks program.