The 2022 Winter Residency: Robert Aiosa | Jan 3 – Feb 28, 2022 | Co-hosted by NextFab and the Center for Art in Wood


Join us for the Exhibition Talk with Robert Aiosa on Thursday, March 10, 2022 at 6:30 pm EST. To RSVP click HERE.

The Center for Art in Wood and NextFab are pleased to announce sculptor Robert Aiosa as the second annual Winter Residency Fellow. Launched in 2021, the program is designed for artists based in the Greater Philadelphia region who work in the medium of wood and demonstrate technical proficiency with woodworking equipment. The residency will run from January 3 through February 28, 2022, and culminates in a solo exhibition at NextFab (1800 N. American Street) on March 4, 2022.

The Winter Residency Program is a collaboration between the Center and NextFab, a network of membership-based maker spaces. Each year, the two organizations assemble a jury of makers and educators to award one fellowship to an artist in the region who works either solely in wood or other materials in combination with wood. The fellow receives a stipend for project materials and access to NextFab’s workshop space. Reflecting the Center and NextFab’s support of environmental stewardship, reclaimed wood must comprise at least 50 percent of the fellow’s work during the residency.

The Winter Residency Exhibition will go on display at NextFab from March 4 to May 22, 2022. Following the exhibition’s opening, the Center and NextFab will host an Artist Talk with Aiosa on March 10, where he’ll share insights into his creative process.



Portrait of Robert Aiosa by Rafael Soldi


Robert Aiosa: Working site-specifically and employing a mix of fine and construction-grade materials with highly detailed carving techniques, Aiosa investigates the built environment and its social, economic, and environmental impacts. Aiosa was born in 1982 in Smithtown, New York and currently lives and works in Philadelphia, PA. He earned his BFA from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia in 2005 and his MFA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2015. He joined the staff of renowned print atelier Graphicstudio at the University of South Florida, Tama as its Research Associate and Sculpture Fabricator. His work has been shown through the United States, most recently a solo exhibition at Sanger Gallery, Key West, FL, Skyway 20/21, Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg FL, and was included in the 2018 Florida Prize exhibition at the Orlando Museum of Art. He has been a recipient of many awards and fellowships including the Vermont Studio Center, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and Sculpture Space.



NextFab is a network of membership-based makerspaces that provide access to tools, technology, education, events, and services for makers and creatives. They offer a variety of education and startup programs, as well as professional design, production, and placemaking services for whatever your fabrication needs.


The Center for Art in Wood is a museum of contemporary art, craft, and design in the material of wood. The Center presents the work of emerging and established artists from the United States and abroad and offers thought-provoking exhibitions, a permanent collection of over 1,100 objects and works of art, publications and documentation, events and workshops, and a library with over 26,000 artist files, books, and documents that span the history of craft. The Center also brings artists and researchers from around the world to Philadelphia every year to attend its unique Windgate Artist Residency Program.

If you have questions, please contact Katie Sorenson, Community Engagement Manager at

Important dates:
Application available: August 1, 2021
Winter Residency Info Session: August 18, 2021
Application deadline: September 15, 2021 – EXTENDED to September 24, 2021
Jury results, notification by email: Week of October 4, 2021
Artist acceptance: October 15, 2021
Winter Residency: January 3 – February 28, 2022
Residency Exhibition: March 4 – May 22, 2022
Artist Talk: March 10, 2021

Applications for the 2023 Winter Residency will be available in August 2022.


2021 Winter Residency Fellow Colin Pezzano


Colin Pezzano by DJ Dohar

Colin Pezzano graduated from the 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.


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