Guest Curators

We want to say thank you to our outgoing Guest Curator, Donald Cosentino! If you missed a chance to see his fantastic artifacts, please stop by the Guest Curator Archive Page. You can also examine all of our past Guest Curator’s as well.

Welcome to our Guest Curator, Clodagh Brennan Harvey!

Clodagh Brennan Harvey is now living in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She received her Ph.D. in Folklore and Mythology from the University of California, Los Angeles (1987). She has taught courses in Irish and American folklore, the Irish storytelling tradition, and specialized courses on aspects of Irish tradition at the college/university level and through continuing education programs. She was an instructor of English Composition at the university level and served as Managing Editor for Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society (2000-2003).

Her research interests include popular and traditional storytelling (Irish and American), the ‘heritage industry’, and mural art in Ireland and the U.S. She received a Research Attachment to the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum (1993) to study contemporary storytelling and a Cultural Traditions Fellowship from the Community Relations Council of Northern Ireland (1994-1995) to research Northern Irish heritage attractions. In 1994-1995 she served as project manager for the then-Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland (DOE/NI), coordinating a province wide storytelling competition in N.I.’s primary and secondary schools. She has published articles on both the Irish and American storytelling traditions and questions of ‘heritage’; she is the author of Contemporary Irish Traditional Narrative: The English Language Tradition (University of California Press, 1992).

Since retiring in 2012, she has turned her hand once again to fiddle playing and poetry writing. Her poems have appeared in Irish poetry anthologies and online journals and have been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize (2015) and the Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing (2017).

If you are a folklorist or a collector of folklore/popular culture artifacts, please consider becoming a Guest Curator. Your objects will be highlighted here on a rotating basis.

All we ask is that the objects be yours, you have a photograph of the objects, and all or most of the information about the object (see the guidelines below, for more details).

Guest Curator Guidelines:

1. Artifacts must fall within the subject of our website (folklore, folk art, popular culture, etc).

2. Artifacts must be a part of your own personal collection.

3. Submissions must be limited to no more than five artifacts.

4. Submissions must contain a photograph of the artifact, as well as the title, purpose, country of origin, culture , materials, and dimensions of the artifact.

5. We also would like your photograph and a brief biography to accompany the collection.

Please contact, and write Guest Curator in the subject line for further information or with any questions. We cannot wait to highlight your collection!