Making a Seat at the Table: Women Transform Woodworking
October 4, 2019 – January 25, 2020
Curators: Laura Mays and Deirdre Visser
All over the country and in all kinds of genres, women are making fantastic work in wood. Understanding that the field has historically been dominated by males, this exhibition intends to showcase some of these women, to show the breadth of the current field of woodworking, and how these makers are both expanding the edges of the field and holding down the center. The exhibition will present a diversity of objects, made with a diversity of intentions—from small-batch products to one-off works, representing a range of technical approaches and scales.
Pieces included in this exhibition will reference an approach to woodworking that is rooted in questions of craft, use, the body, and domesticity.
The exhibition precedes a publication centering on the experiences of woman makers who are leading the field of fine woodworking.
Laura Mays and Deirdre Visser (co-authors of the associated book, exhibition curators)
Jennifer-Navva Milliken (Artistic Director, The Center for Art in Wood)
Cheryl Riley (artist, art promoter, and designer)
Tom Loeser (designer/maker; Professor of Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI)
Making a Seat at the Table: Women Transform Woodworking will present works by 43 artists and makers from throughout North America:
Jennifer Anderson, Teresa Audet, Connie Chisholm, Vivian Chiu, Emma Chorostecki, Alex Clarke, Kate Davidson, Leigh Dotey, Heidi Earnshaw, Ashley Eriksmoen, Bec Evans, Annie Evelyn, Mollie Ferguson and Heather Trosdahl, Gail Fredell, Melanie Hamilton, BA Harrington, Katie Hudnall, Erin Irber, Laura Kishimoto, Yuri Kobayashi, Chris Lee, RH Lee and Would Works, Bowen Liu, Kristina Madsen, Sarah Marriage and A Workshop of Our Own, Heide Martin, Sarah Martin, Wendy Maruyama, Yvonne Mouser, Christy Oates, Jodie Prud’homme, SIOSI, Rosanne Somerson, Michaela Crie Stone, Tiny WPA, Katrina Tompkins, Briana Trujillo, Hannah Vaughan, Sarah Watlington, Leslie Webb, Folayemi Wilson, Kimberly Winkle, Kat Wong
For more information on the exhibition and publication, visit http://www.womenwoodworking.org/.
For the full press release click HERE.
First Fridays | Oct 4, Nov 1, Dec 6, Jan 3 | 5–9 PM at the CenterGallery talk with the curators | Fri, Oct 4 | 6–7 PM followed
by opening reception at the Center
Present Tense: 2019 American Craft Council Conference
Oct 10–12, 2019 | Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St.,
The Center for Art in Wood’s participation* schedule:
Fri, Oct 11
Panel: Making a Seat at the Table: Women Transform
Woodworking with Jennifer-Navva Milliken | 10:30–11:30
AM | Loews Philadelphia Hotel