October 4, 2019 - January 18, 2020
The Center for Art in Wood
In the first exhibition of its scope, the curators Deirdre Visser and Laura Mays present the breadth of perspectives and practices that North American women and women-identifying woodworkers in the furniture tradition are employing. Making a Seat at the Table—held on the centenary of women’s suffrage in the United States—showcases the profound skill, innovation, and creative vision of these makers. While acknowledging that woodworking has been and remains male-dominated, the exhibition focuses on the many ways these makers are both expanding the edges of the field and holding down the center. An exhibition of objects as well as process, and including long-established as well as emerging craftspeople, Making a Seat at the Table explores both the exquisitely crafted object and the community that is built around it. These makers are deploying their work to change models of education, production, entrepreneurship, distribution, and community-building, positioning craft as a tool to imagine and create a more sustainable, equitable, inclusive future.
Making a Seat at the Table: Women Transform Woodworking presents works by 43 artists and makers from throughout North America:
Emily Bunker and Tiny WPA
Mollie Ferguson and Heather Trosdahl
RH Lee and Would Works
Sarah Marriage and A Workshop of Our Own
Michaela Crie Stone
A committee of professionals in the art, design, woodworking, and furniture fields was responsible for jurying the selection of works for the exhibition: Co-curators and publication co-authors Laura Mays and Deirdre Visser; Tom Loeser, artist and professor of art and woodworking at the University of Wisconsin, Madison; Jennifer-Navva Milliken, Artistic Director for the Center for Art in Wood; and renowned New York-based artist, art promoter, and designer Cheryl R. Riley.
The Center invites the press for a preview of Making a Seat at the Table with curators Laura Mays and Deirdre Visser and the Center’s Artistic Director on Friday, October 4, 2019, 10:00 am – 12 pm. A reception will be held 5–9 pm that evening; a gallery talk with Mays, Visser, and several participating artists will be held 6–7 pm. Several programs are planned in conjunction with the exhibition, including a Young Artists Speakers Series lecture given by Emily Bunker on October 23 at 6 pm and a closing panel discussion featuring Making a Seat at the Table artists and makers on January 18, 2020.
First Fridays | October 4, November 1, December 6, January 3 | 5–9 pm
Gallery talk with curators Laura Mays and Deirdre Visser | Fri, October 4 | 6–7 pm followed by opening reception
Young Artists Speaker Series: Emily Bunker | Wed, October 23 | 6–8 pm
Marquetry 101 with Tara Inman-Bellofatto | Sat, January 11, and Sun, January 12 | 10 am – 4 pm
Closing day artists’ panel | Sat, January 18 | 2–4 pm
For more information please contact Katie Sorenson, at 215-923-8000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.