Dear Friend of the Center,
In the summer of 2019, Windgate International Residency Program finished its twenty-fourth run. This unique residency program, organized by the Center for Art in Wood and offered annually to artists and researchers seeking a deeper connection with the material of wood, is renowned for fostering creativity and excellence in this exciting and diverse field.
Every year, the Center for Art in Wood awards eight prestigious residency Fellowships that fuel imagination, innovation, and scholarship in art in wood. Selected from a competitive pool of applicants from around the world, the Fellows are made up of five artists, a student artist, a visual documentarian, and a researcher. Coming together from different nationalities, languages, and artistic approaches, the Fellows engage in a two-month communal residency experience that challenges them to push the boundaries of their vision and skill. The Fellows will focus on their studio work, engage in collaboration and discourse with their peers, and host an open-studio event that invites the public to view and discuss their in-process inquiries. The program culminates in the highly anticipated allTURNatives: Form + Spirit exhibition, which unveils the insights, breakthroughs, and progress made by the Fellows during their time on the residency.
The Windgate International residency program is such a gift! For two months we get to live and work right in the center of a lively city, next to talented makers from all over the world, who become our friends as well as our inspirations. I’ve enjoyed this experience so much that I’m back a second time, this time in a different role.
—Amy Forsyth, 2016 and 2019 Windgate Residency Fellow
Thanks to the generous support of the Windgate Foundation, an endowment fund has been established to ensure that this opportunity will continue to be available for researchers and artists like Amy for many years to come.
But we need your help. The Center for Art in Wood depends on you in order to continue providing all-inclusive support to the Fellows: from studio facilities at the University of the Arts (UArts) and NextFab maker-spaces, cutting-edge tools, and raw hardwoods, to housing, transportation, and opportunities to meet important collectors and influential artists while viewing the best in art, craft, and design this abundant region has to offer.
The costs of the Windgate International Residency program are considerable and mounting. Though the 2019 program was recognized by a grant from the NEA, we still need your support for the next group of Fellows. Your donation will help ensure that artists will continue to have access to this exceptional opportunity.
For information about the 2019 Windgate Resident Fellows please click HERE.
Will you join us in securing the future of this inspirational program, which contributes so much to the developing field of art in wood?
If you have any questions regarding the Windgate Residency Program, please do not hesitate to contact me directly by email at Navva@CenterForArtinWood.org or 215.923.8000, ext. 100.
With appreciation and gratitude,
*Pictured above, from left: Hartmut Rademann, Per Brandstedt, Jacob Zimmerman, Amy Forsyth, Ellie Richards, Heide Martin, Joshua Enck. Not pictured: John-Duane Kingsley.
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