Making a Seat at the Table: Women Transform Woodworking

Oct 4, 2019 – Jan 18, 2020

Guest curators: Laura Mays and Deirdre Visser

All over North America and in all kinds of genres, women are making fantastic work in wood. Understanding that woodworking has historically been a male-dominated field, this exhibition showcases work by women that demonstrates the breadth of contemporary woodworking and the ways these makers are both expanding the edges of the field and holding down the center. Making a Seat at the Table presents a diversity of objects made with a diversity of intentions: from small-batch products to one-off works, representing a range of technical approaches and scalesand referencingan approach to woodworking that is rooted in questions of craft, use, the body, and domesticity.

Making a Seat at the Table: Women Transform Woodworking will present works by 43 artists and makers from throughout North America:

Jennifer Anderson, Teresa Audet, Emily Bunker and Tiny WPA, Connie Chisholm, Vivian Chiu, Emma Chorostecki, Alex Clarke, Kate Davidson, Leigh Dotey, Heidi Earnshaw, Ashley Eriksmoen, Bec Evans, Annie Evelyn, Mollie Ferguson and Heather Trosdahl, Gail Fredell, Melanie Hamilton, BA Harrington, Katie Hudnall, Erin Irber, Laura Kishimoto, Yuri Kobayashi, Chris Lee, RH Lee and Would Works, Bowen Liu, Kristina Madsen, Sarah Marriage and A Workshop of Our Own, Heide Martin, Sarah Martin, Wendy Maruyama, Yvonne Mouser, Christy Oates, Jodie Prud’homme, SIOSI, Rosanne Somerson, Michaela Crie Stone, Katrina Tompkins, Briana Trujillo, Hannah Vaughan, Sarah Watlington, Leslie Webb, Folayemi Wilson, Kimberly Winkle, Kat Wong


First Fridays | Oct 4, Nov 1, Dec 6, Jan 3 | 5 – 9 PM

Gallery talk with the curators| Fri, Oct 4 | 6 – 7 PMfollowed by opening reception

Present Tense: 2019 American Craft Council Conference | Oct 10 – 12, 2019 | Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St., Philadelphia

The Center for Art in Wood’s participation schedule Fri, Oct 11

Panel: Making a Seat at the Table: Women Transform Woodworking with Jennifer-Navva Milliken | 10:30 – 11:30 AM | Loews Philadelphia Hotel

Workshop: Craft in Action with A Workshop of Our Own | 2:30 – 4:30 PM at the Center

Craft Mixer at the Center and the Clay Studio | 6 – 9 PM with an 8 PM tour of Making a Seat at the Table: Women Transform Woodworking

Young Artists Speaker Series: Emily Bunker | Wed, Oct 23 | 6 – 8 PM

CraftNOW Symposium | Nov 8 | 12 – 6 PM | PAFA, Rhoden Arts Center, 128 N. Broad St., Philadelphia | Free and open to the public.

Master Class: The Doorway Effect: Techniques for Enclosing Space and Memory with Sarah Marriage | Nov 14 - 15| 10 AM – 4 PM each day | A Workshop of Our Own, 1780 Union Ave, Baltimore, MD

Workshop: Marquetry Madness with Tara Bellofatto | Jan 11 – 12, 2020 | 10 AM – 4 PM each day | University of the Arts, 333 S. Broad St, Philadelphia

Making a Seat at the Table: Women Transform Woodworking is made possible with generous assistance from The Krenov Foundation, a grant from The Furniture Society through its EFASO program, and a Craft Research Grant from the Center for Craft.

The exhibition program at the Center is generously supported by the Cambium Giving Society of The Center for Art in Wood, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and Windgate Charitable Foundation. Corporate support is provided by Boomerang, Inc., Penn State Industries, Signarama Center City, and Sun-lite Corporation.

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  • Starting Friday, October 4th, 2019, repeats every day until Saturday, January 18, 2020 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm


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