Katie Nartonis is the founder of The Nartonis Project and is a curator, filmmaker, and 20th century design specialist. With over 15 years experience in the high-end design field, Nartonis is currently acting Director of the respected veteran design gallery Converso in Los Angeles. Converso has a sister gallery in Tribeca in New York City, and is based out of Chicago.
In the Spring of 2018 Nartonis curated the show “Nature: Human Nature” at Loft at Liz’s in Hollywood which features the work over a dozen artists and makers including Charles Hollis Jones, The Sam Maloof Studio and Pamela Weir-Quiton.
Before joining Converso, Nartonis was Consignment Director, 20th Century Design at Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills. Nartonis has worked at Bonhams' 20th Century Decorative Art Department and at Los Angeles Modern Auctions. She is currently co-authoring a book on maker Jack Rogers Hopkins show, and curating a museum show of his work. In addition, she is in the early stages of curating a show on the late legendary printmaker Carol Summers.
The Nartonis Project is dedicated to telling well-crafted stories about the West Coast art scene. Through multiple platforms such as film, curated gallery shows, lecture, and pop-up events we intend to be a rich resource on the history of California Design, and its central artistic figures, both past and present. We are committed to telling the story of the work and life of those artists, thinkers, and makers who have created the post-war scene or are part of it now. In a world yearning for a connection to ideas and objects of substance, our goal is to provide that bridge.