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Bonnie Campbell Lilienfeld

Assistant Director, Curatorial Affairs; Acting Chair, Division of Political and Military History

B.A., University of Chicago, 1984
Graduate work, George Mason University

Research Specialties: 

History of ceramics and glass made and used in America from 1600 to the present.

Role in Museum: 

Curator of the Ceramics & Glass collection

Acting Chair, Division of Political and Military History





Many Voices, One Nation, opened June 2017, Co-Curator

Giving in America, opened November 2016, Project Director and Curator

NMAH 50th Anniversary, 2014, Exhibitions Coordinator

American Stories exhibition, 2012-2015, Curator

Artifact Walls and History Highlights cases, 2008-2013, Project Director and Curator

Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964, 2005-2008, Co-Director

America on the Move, 2003, Co-Curator

Ceramics Displays, 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

Awards, Honors, and Special Recognition: 

Smithsonian's Palmer Leadership Development program, 2012

Senior Executive Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School, 2017

Blog Posts

Our "super" bowls February 1, 2013


Creating and Expanding the Nation, 1776-1900. In Many Voices, One Nation: Material Culture Reflections on Race and Migration in the United States, edited by Salazar-Porzio, Margaret, Joan Fragaszy Troyano, and Lauren Safranek.
Review of Art for the People: Decorated Stoneware from the Weitsman Collection, by John L. Scherer, Ceramics in America 2016.
My Ten Favorite Ceramic Objects from the National Museum of American History. In Ceramics in America 2014 edited by Robert Hunter.
“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.