Dear Friend of the Center,
The Windgate ITE International Residency Program has just welcomed its 2018 Fellows to Philadelphia. Now in its twenty-third year, The Center for Art in Wood’s residency program has become the opportunity for artists and researchers seeking a deeper connection with wood.
Every year, the Center for Art in Wood awards eight prestigious Fellowships that foster creativity, innovation, and scholarship in the field of art in wood. Selected from a competitive pool of applicants from around the world, the ITE Fellows are made up of five artists, a student artist, a photojournalist, and a scholar. Comprising many different backgrounds, nationalities, and artistic approaches, this diverse group engages in a two-month communal residency experience that invites them to push the boundaries of their vision and skill. Throughout their time in Philadelphia, the ITE Fellows will focus on studio, engage in collaborations with their peers, and host an open-studio event that opens the door to their in-process investigations. The program culminates in the highly anticipated allTURNatives: Form and Spirit exhibition, which invites the public to view the discoveries made by the Fellows during their time on the program.
We had no idea how much wider the possibilities were. Only by letting our ideas of ourselves as artists be truly challenged, could we be open enough to find these possibilities. Only such an open, supportive, and well-resourced program as the ITE could have helped us to do this.
—Malcolm Martin, 2013 Windgate ITE Artist Fellow
Thanks to the generosity of the Windgate Charitable Foundation, an endowment fund has been established to ensure that this opportunity will continue to be available for researchers and artists like Malcolm for many years to come. But we need your help. The Center for Art in Wood depends on you in order to maintain the level of support it provides for its Fellows: from studio facilities at the University of the Arts (UArts) and NextFab makerspaces, cutting-edge tools and fine hardwoods, to housing and transportation.
The costs of the unique, all-inclusive Windgate ITE International Residency program are considerable. Though this year’s program is recognized by a grant from the NEA, we still need your support. Your donation will help ensure that artists will continue to have access to this invaluable opportunity.
Click here to find additional information about this year’s Windgate ITE Resident Fellows and a pledge. Will you join us in securing the future of this open, supportive, and well-resourced program? Our goal for 2018 is to reach $30,000. With your help, we can close the gap for this year.
If you have any questions regarding the 2018 Windgate ITE International Residency Program, please do not hesitate to contact me directly by email at Navva@CenterForArtinWood.org or 215.923.8000.
With deepest gratitude,
*pictured above from left: Cha Jongrye, Vivian Chiu, Jack Mauch, Michael Puryear, Morgan Hill, Christina Tamarez, Janine Wang Not pictured Seán Breen.
P.S. Your generous contribution at any level will be matched by The Windgate Challenge Grant, doubling the value of your donation and bringing us closer to this year’s goal of $200,000!
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