Bonnie Campbell Lilienfeld

Bonnie Campbell Lilienfeld

Assistant Director of Curatorial Affairs

B.A., University of Chicago, 1984

Research Specialties: 

History of ceramics and glass made and used in America from 1600 to the present; social and cultural history; immigration history.


Current Projects:

NMAH 50th Anniversary, 2014, Co-ordinator

Smithsonian Institution Migration Initiative, Curatorial team

American Stories exhibition, Curator

Artifact Walls and History Highlights cases, Project Director and Curator

Past Projects:
Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964, Co-Director
America on the Move, 2003, Co-Curator
Recent Ceramics Accessions Cases, 1992–1998, Decorated Pitchers in the 19th Century; Mary and Emily Healey, American China Painters; Beatrice Wood, The Mother of Dada; The Stoneware of Henry Remmey, III; American Modern for the Modern Bride; Russel Wright Dinnerware, Curator
Masters of Their Trade: Slave Potters in the South, 1996, Curator
About Faces: Ceramic Face Vessels in the South,1992, Curator

Blog Posts

Our "super" bowls February 1, 2013


“A New and Finer Era: Innovation, Expansion, and the Cambridge Tile Manufacturing Company,” in The Tile Heritage Journal, Spring 2003.

An article about a Kentucky tile making firm that donated some of its products to the Smithsonian in 1899.

“Both an Honor and an Advantage: American Art Potters and the Smithsonian” in Style 1900, Spring 2001.

An article on the relationship between the Smithsonian and art pottery makers in the late 19th and early 20th century.