January 27–28, 2017
Museum of Art and Archeology
University of Missouri
Mizzou North, 115 Business Loop 70 West
Columbia, MO 65203

Friday, January 27, 2017
5:30–8:00 PM: Exhibition Opening Reception and Preview

Saturday, January 28, 2017
9:00–9:30 AM: Brunch (Provided on-site by the conference)
9:30–10:30 AM: Co-curators Jo Stealey and Kristin Schwain “From the Industrial Revolution to the Fine Art Museum: The History of Contemporary American Basketry”
10:45–11:15 AM: Meg Melanick “Fashioning Nantucket Mink: From Lightship Basket to Friendship Purse”
11:30 AM–12:00 PM: Rachel Straughn-Navarro “Unraveling Baskets: Authentic Experiences through Museum Studies”
12:00–1:00 PM: Lunch (Provided on-site by the conference)
1:00–4:00 PM: Discussion of the artwork in the Museum’s exhibition with the curators and artists attending the conference
1:00–3:00 PM: Museum Family Event: “Basket Bombing”
5:30–8:30 PM: RRR Party at The Tiger Hotel Ballroom

REGISTRATION (Deadline: January 15, 2017)
Register online ONLY at
by January 15, 2017

Columbia has a variety of hotels available. However, a block of rooms has been reserved at the Drury Inn Stadium Boulevard. To make your reservation please go to the following site: or call 1-800-325-0720. Please refer to number 2291609 when making your reservation. The block of rooms at the Drury Hotel will be held until December 27, 2016. Please make your reservation prior to this date to ensure room availability.

The website below contains additional hotel options, if you prefer to stay at another location.

This conference promises to be a very fun and informative weekend and we hope you can join us to launch the exhibition Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America, 2017-2020. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Jo Stealey at (660) 888-0969 or by email:

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We look forward to celebrating with you!



Photo Of Brown County Indiana White Oak Basketmaker Joe Bohall

Brown County, Indiana white oak basketmaker Joe Bohall

“Work Baskets and Tourism” by Jon Kay, Traditional Arts Indiana
Date: Saturday, February 11, 2017
Time: 5:00–6:30 PM
Location: 707 Mizzou North

Dr. Jon Kay is a Professor of Practice in Indiana University’s Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology. He directs Traditional Arts Indiana, the official statewide fold arts program, which was recognized with a 2013 Governor’s Arts Award for its work in documenting and promoting Indiana’s traditional arts. He serves as Curator of Folklife and Cultural Heritage at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures, where he conducts research, presents public programs, and produces exhibitions. Kay lectures on a wide range of topics related to folk art and material culture and hosts the periodic podcast Artisan Ancestors, which explores ways to research and understand the creative lives of people from the past.

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