The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms Welcomes Director of Collections and Preservation


The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms is delighted to welcome Jonathan Clancy as its new Director of Collections and Preservation. In this newly created position, Clancy will guide the development, conservation and care of the museum’s administrative, library and permanent collections. He will oversee exhibition activities, including curation of the museum’s 2020 exhibition highlighting new research on Gustav Stickley’s early factory, and manage preservation projects across the Museum’s campus.


A 30-acre National Historic Landmark and historic house museum in Parsippany, New Jersey, the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms was the early 20th century country estate of Gustav Stickley. A designer, publisher and leader of the American Arts and Crafts movement, Stickley established a home-furnishings empire around the movement’s aesthetic and is still known today for the Craftsman style which he popularized. Stickley developed Craftsman Farms to be an embodiment of the movement’s ideals. Rescued from private development in 1989, the property is owned by the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills and operated by the nonprofit Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2019.


In recent months, Clancy has served as a collections consultant to the museum, and in that capacity, steered the development of the new Stickley Museum Library, which will open in 2020 and encompass the museum’s collection of rare and reference books, magazine and catalogs. Clancy played an instrumental role in establishing the museum’s Scholars Symposium, now in its 10th year, and co-curated an exhibition of original furnishings to mark the 100th anniversary of Gustav Stickley’s sale of Craftsman Farms in 2017.


“Jonathan Clancy has been a longtime friend to the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms,” said Executive Director Vonda Givens. “Through his guidance and expertise, the museum has originated groundbreaking programs and important exhibitions and will soon open a new research library. Dynamic leadership is vital in guiding the museum in its 31st year—a new era. We are thrilled to have him join us as the Director of Collections and Preservation.”



Jonathan Clancy is an author, educator, and curator who received his doctorate in art history in 2008 from the Graduate Center. Formerly Director of the MA in American Fine and Decorative Arts program at Sotheby’s, he left in 2017 to form an advisory group. As an independent consultant, he has worked with private clients and institutions on collection management, exhibition planning, label writing and research, and valuation.


His publications include Beauty in Common Things: American Art and Crafts Pottery from the Two Red Roses Foundation (with Martin Eidelberg), Arts and Crafts Metalwork from the Collection of the Two Red Roses Foundation, as well as contributions to Frans Wildenhain 1950-75: Creative and Commercial American Ceramics at Mid-Century, and Jason Jacques Gallery 30 for 30: Thirty Years on the Hunt. His articles have appeared in numerous journals including The Journal of Modern Craft, The Journal of Design History, and American Art among others.

23 February 2020



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