Fleur Bresler

Fleur Bresler

Fleur Bresler, Portrait

International craft collector, art patron, and recipient of the 2014 American Craft Council Aileen Osborn Webb Award for Philanthropy, Fleur Bresler attended Mount Vernon Jr. College, Maryland University, and George Washington University. Primarily interested in education, Bresler worked as a teacher, program director, and instructor before serving as the director of Security National Bank in Washington, DC. In her own words, Bresler has been collecting for as long as she can remember, from the barrettes and bobbles of her childhood to the internationally recognized craft art of today. Bresler started seriously collecting turned wood, but also has textiles, studio furniture, and glass in her extensive collection. As she says, “if it doesn’t move and it appeals to me, I’ll collect it.” Bresler’s interest in philanthropy and craft expands to not only collecting craft art, but also to preserving and promoting craft art and artists. She volunteered as a docent at the Renwick Gallery of American Art for many years and has also been an administrator or board member for numerous institutions, including the Wood Turning Center (president), James Renwick Alliance (board member), and the Mint Museum of Craft & Design (invitations chair). Bresler lives, collects, and volunteers in Rockville, Maryland.