American Craft Editor Karen Olson Brings New Vision to Magazine

American Craft Editor Karen Olson Brings New Vision to Magazine

We’re thrilled to welcome Karen, whose direction is helping shape our redesigned publication.

Published on Thursday, February 11, 2021.
American Craft magazine editor Karen Olson

The American Craft Council is pleased to introduce Karen Olson, who joined our team in fall 2020 as editor of American Craft magazine. In addition to leading our most recent December/January issue, Karen has also been guiding American Craft through an exciting redesign. Under her leadership, our upcoming issues will not only feature a fresh, modern look but will also focus on telling the stories of the people, processes, and materials behind craft in our nation.

In addition, Karen writes about art, health, and environment, maintains a boutique coaching business, and is a guide for Museum Sage. Prior to joining the ACC team, she was editor-in-chief of Public Art Review and Utne Reader. She has also worked as a bookstore manager and wildland firefighter. Karen holds a BA in art history and literature, an MA in creative writing, and an MFA in fiction, and she’s taught writing at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Colorado State University, and Northern Arizona University. Learn more about Karen on her website.

As editor, Karen is helping re-envision American Craft for our contemporary moment. Starting with our Spring 2021 issue—which will arrive in our members’ mailboxes later this month—the publication will be released in four thematic issues per year and feature stories that reveal how craft and its artists shape American life. In the year ahead, we’ll explore themes of Nourish, Flourish, Kinship, and Wonder, and we’re thrilled to have Karen’s insights and experience guiding the content for each issue.

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