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. 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.

Jury Committee:
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)

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For the full press release click HERE.

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.