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Philadelphia, PA: The Center for Art in Wood and NextFab are pleased to announce the inaugural Fellow of the Winter Residency Program. This residency is designed for artists in Greater Philadelphia working in the medium of wood. Reflecting our mutual support of environmental stewardship, reclaimed wood must comprise at least fifty percent of the work during the residency. This initiative is a collaboration between the Center for Art in Wood and NextFab, a network of member-based maker spaces.
We received a many submissions from an outstanding pool of applicants, making this first year’s selection process an exceptionally difficult one. The Winter Residency Selection Committee sought an individual who works solely in wood or with wood in combination with other materials and demonstrates technical proficiency with woodworking equipment. Members of the selection committee are Leila Cartier, Executive Director of CraftNOW Philadelphia, Melissa Guglielmo, NextFab North Philadelphia Location Manager and Jewelry Supervisor, Ryan Hyde, Assistant Director of Member Services, Nashay Jones, Interdisciplinary Artist and Educator, and Jennifer-Navva Milliken, Artistic Director of the Center for Art in Wood.
The Residency will run January 11 through March 1, 2021, culminating with an exhibition of the completed project. The exhibition, presented in the gallery at North Philadelphia NextFab, will open on March 4th, with a virtual artist talk delivered at the Center for Art in Wood on March 10th.
The 2021 Winter Residency Fellow is artist Colin Pezzano. Pezzano graduated from University of the Arts in 2014 with a BFA in Crafts. He maintains and relies heavily on craft practices mixed with humor and pathos to define his work. In the spring of 2015 Pezzano had his first solo show, titled Contain You, at Bridgette Mayer Gallery. In 2018, he had his second solo show, Still Life with Dead Game, at the Allen’s Lane Art Center. In 2020, Pezzano worked with the group Past Present Projects on a store-front window installation titled We’ve Never Met. He has also participated in group shows and juried exhibitions, attended residencies in the USA and Sweden, and is a Windgate Fellow. Pezzano maintains his practice in South Philadelphia in his basement studio.
Pezzano’s work is defined by craft processes. By carving and shaping material he is able to connect actions and memories to the traditions of his predecessors and contribute to the collective knowledge of making. Since achieving his BFA, Pezzano has worked and taught in many different types of spaces including universities, makers spaces, personal studios, and commercial shops.