Anna Fariello

Anna Fariello

Research Associate Professor, Hunter Library; Director, Craft Revival Project

Anna Fariello, research associate professor at Hunter Library at Western Carolina University, provides expert commentary on matters involving Cherokee crafts and Appalachian crafts and culture, as well as museum curation. She also serves as director for the library’s Great Smoky Mountains digital archive. The project aims to create a collection of 6,000 digital items through an alliance among three regional partners: the archives of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Western Office of North Carolina Archives and History, and the Special Collections at Hunter Library.

Fariello serves and has served on a number of national and international panels and boards in museology and crafts in culture. The library’s Digital Collections resource was honored with the North Carolina Preservation Consortium’s 2015 Award for Preservation Excellence. She also was the 2010 recipient of the Brown-Hudson Folklore Award from the North Carolina Folklore Society. In 2013, she was among the awardees of the Outstanding Project Award from the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums.

The author of Cherokee PotteryCherokee Basketry and Cherokee Carving (in the series “From the Hands of our Elders”) and curator of multiple exhibitions on the history of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Fariello is a speaker in demand at craft events and museum science conferences.

She earned her master of fine arts degree from James Madison University, her master’s in museum studies and art history from Virginia Commonwealth University and a bachelor’s in art and art history from Rutgers University.

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