Making a Seat at the Table: Women Transform Woodworking

October 4, 2019 – January 18, 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. We are seeking 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. Selected pieces need not take on all these concerns.



Please visit to submit your work for consideration.

The applications will be juried by:
Laura Mays and Deirdre Visser (co-authors of the associated book, exhibition curators)
Jennifer-Navva Milliken (Artistic Director, Center for Art in Wood)
Cheryl Riley (artist, art promoter, and designer)
Tom Loeser (designer/maker; Professor of Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI)

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Deadline for applications: April 15, 2019. Midnight, Mountain Time Zone
Notification of accepted and declined work: May 20, 2019
Delivery of work to Center for Art in Wood: September 24-26, 2019
Exhibition runs: October 4, 2019 – January 18, 2020
Work collected/return shipping: January 2020


  • Open to all self-identified women, including transwomen, in North America.
  • Work submitted must be original in design. If the work has been created in a school setting, please include in your artist’s statement a description of the nature of faculty involvement in the conception and execution of the work.
  • Collaborative work is accepted. Please include all artists’ names in the application.
  • Work must be available for the duration of the exhibition.

Making a Seat at the Table: Women Transform Woodworking is made possible with generous assistance from The Krenov Foundation and a grant from The Furniture Society through its EFASO program.

The exhibition program at the Center is generously supported by the Cambium Giving Society of The Center for Art in Wood, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and Windgate Charitable Foundation. Corporate support is provided by Boomerang, Inc., Penn State Industries, Signarama Center City, and Sun-lite Corporation.