Katie Nartonis, Founder of The Nartonis Project, is a curator, filmmaker, and 20th century design specialist with over 15 years experience in the auction field. Currently curating the Jack Rogers Hopkins show, and most recently Consignment Director, 20th Century Design at Heritage Auctions Beverly Hills, Nartonis has worked at Bonhams' 20th Century Decorative Art Department and Los Angeles Modern Auctions. She is passionate about the work of post-war California studio artists and craftsmen and founded the Bonhams Design Lecture series in 2008, of which the inaugural Sam Maloof and Otto Heino event prompted praise from Los Angeles Magazine, "Bonhams and Butterfields brings together two West Coast giants...the design equivalent of a Rolling Stones Concert." The lecture series has since featured legendary California craftspeople and artists such as Larry Bell, Garry Knox-Bennett, Arthur Espenet Carpenter III, Michael Cooper, Gere Kavanaugh, Syd Mead, and John Nyquist. Previous to her auction career, she worked in film and television, including the Academy Award winning short film, "The Accountant."
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.