Update: The Center is closed until further notice, in compliance with the latest COVID-19 developments
As of March 16, 2020, the Center is currently closed to the public, effective immediately. We are acting in compliance with the latest CDC guidelines and with the most recent Philadelphia Department of Health advisory. The Center will be closed for at least four weeks and will reopen per the guidance of local and federal authorities. We invite you to visit our website for updates, browse our online store, and visit our various social media platforms for special online offerings throughout this period. Thank you for your support during this time. We support all efforts aimed at keeping our community healthy and well.
The Center for Art in Wood interprets, nurtures, and champions creative engagement and expansion of art, craft, and design in wood to enhance the public’s understanding and appreciation of it.
We achieve this mission through our:
– Collaborative Residencies
– Programming and Events
– Research Library, and
What We Do
The Center offers activities from within several different program areas, including the Gerry Lenfest Gallery, the permanent collection, The Fleur & Charles Bresler Research Library, the Len Scherock Museum Store, and The Earl Powell Artist Research Files.
The Center displays wood art on site and in traveling exhibitions. Our Windgate ITE International Residency Program has involved over 100 international residents as it continues through its third decade. The Museum Collection contains over 1,200 objects from around the world, ranging from functional, every-day objects to contemporary sculptures. Our research library consists of over 25,000 images, artists’ files, and books that help preserve the exciting history of wood turning and woodworking and their continuing evolution as a contemporary art form.
Every year, the Center mounts 4-5 exhibitions which serve as the central programming focus during the time of their presentations. For instance, the Center publishes catalogues and books around many exhibitions and offers special events that correspond with each show. The Center comes alive during Old City District‘s notable First Fridays, which are the perfect opportunity for exhibition openings and events.
From the first exhibition Turned Object Show in 1981, which was documented in A Gallery of Turned Objects, to the major publication Emil Milan: Midcentury Master, the Center has maintained a commitment to the documentation of its programs and research. These efforts have taken shape in many forms, from books to digital media and online resources that are available to the public. Visit our publications page, here.