We Are . . .

collectors, artists, educators, gallery and museum professionals and others who share a passion for contemporary American craft.

The JRA is a vibrant group of art enthusiasts, collectors, artists, educators, students and art professionals who share a passion for contemporary American craft.  Our members enjoy a diverse year round schedule of programs including, social events, educational lectures and tours, and art-inspired excursions.

We are committed to advancing scholarship, education and public appreciation of craft art as well as promoting individual achievements of excellence and innovation in the craft field.  As an independent non-profit organization, the JRA has provided more than $3 million for acquisitions, exhibitions, public programs, and publications to Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery – our nation’s showcase of contemporary American craft.

Become a part of the JRA family and experience all that we have to offer.


Our Mission

The James Renwick Alliance is an independent national non-profit organization that celebrates the achievements of America’s craft artists and fosters scholarship, education, connoisseurship and public appreciation of craft art. Founded in 1982, the Alliance fulfills its mission through public programs, educational trips, publications, recognition of craft artists, and financial support of museums and other non-profit organizations, including the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.


Board and Staff

The James Renwick Alliance is a volunteer-led, non-profit organization. We accomplish our goals through the determined efforts of paid staff and an active, working board and membership.

Jaimianne Amicucci
James Renwick Alliance Director
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Emily Schimmel
James Renwick Alliance Office Manager
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Board Officers
Michele A. Manatt, President
J.G. Harrington, Treasurer

Board Members
Toni Alaimo
Sharon Buchanan
Elizabeth Doyle
Marilyn Falik
Kathy Furlong
J.G. Harrington
Reba Immergut
Shirley Jacobs
Cass Johnson
Leslie Lane
Mallory Lawson
Anne Mehringer
Ann Miller
Nikki O'Neill
Geraldine Ostrove
Amanda Phillips
Lynda Slayen
Tim Tate
Andrea Uravitch