Winter Residency

The Winter Residency
January 11 – March 1, 2021

The 2021 Winter Residency: Colin Pezzano | Gallery Talk | Thurs, March 11, 2021 | 6:30 pm | Virtual Gallery Talk Co-hosted by NextFab


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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.

The 2021 Winter Residency Fellow is artist Colin Pezzano.

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 runs from January through the first week of March, culminating with an exhibition of the completed project. The exhibition, presented in the gallery at North Philadelphia NextFab, will open on March 11th, with a virtual artist talk delivered that same evening.


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.


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, 2020
Application deadline: September 11, 2020 – EXTENDED to September 18, 2020
Jury results, notification by email: Week of October 5, 2020
Artist acceptance: October 16, 2020
Winter Residency: January 11 – March 1, 2021
Residency Exhibition: March 11 – 28, 2021
Artist Talk: March 11, 2021

Applications for the 2021 Winter Residency Program are now closed.  Details for the next cycle of applications will be available in the spring of 2021.

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