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WOOD: A Furniture Show

WOOD: A Furniture Show
Escondido Arts Partnership Municipal Gallery
Escondido, CA
January 9-February 7, 2015

Work by Craig Thibodeau

Work by Craig Thibodeau

An exhibition of fine furniture by Southern Californian artists including: Randy Bader, William Bardick, Lee Covill, Russ Filbeck, Brian Jackson, David Marr, McFinn Designs, Brian Murphy, David Ortega, Louis Plante, Aaron Radelow, Nouveau Designs, and Craig Thibodeau. Curated by Brian Murphy. For more information on the gallery or exhibition, visit their website here.

BAM Biennial 2014: Knock on Wood

BAM Biennial 2014: Knock on Wood
Bellevue Arts Museum
Bellevue, WA
October 31, 2015-March 29, 2015

Work by Seth Rolland

Work by Seth Rolland

In 2010, Bellevue Arts Museum launched the BAM Biennial, a juried exhibition occurring every two years that highlights the work of established and emerging Northwest artists and craftspeople. The third edition of the Bellevue Arts Museum Biennial, Knock on Wood, will focus on the versatile and challenging medium of wood. For each edition of the Biennial, the Museum designates a new focus of exploration, be it a specific medium, technique, process, or theme in art, craft, and design. This year BAM celebrates the long standing connection of wood to the Pacific Northwest. From First Nations' art to the logging industry, along with present concerns for creative sustainability, wood holds a special significance to the region. (more…)

Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft & Design, Midcentury and Today

Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft & Design, Midcentury and Today
Museum of Art & Design
New York, NY
April 28-September 27, 2015

Work by Vivian Beer

Work by Vivian Beer

Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft and Design, Midcentury and Today considers the important contributions of women to modernism in postwar visual culture, and features work by Vivian Beer, Furniture Society Advisory Board Member. In the 1950s and 60s, an era when painting, sculpture, and architecture were dominated by men, women had considerable impact in alternative materials such as textiles, ceramics, and metals. Largely unexamined in major art historical surveys, either due to their gender or choice of materials, these pioneering women achieved success and international recognition, laying the ground for the feminist movement that followed.

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Ma: Defining Space, Studio Furniture of Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji

Ma: Defining Space, Studio Furniture of Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
Morakami Museum and Japanese Gardens
Delray Beach, FL
September 30, 2014-January 18, 2015

Ma_DefiningSpace4-670x950A built-in storage system comprised of staggered shelves, chigai-dana, first appeared inside shoin-style homes in the Kamakura era (1192 – 1333), replacing the freestanding, portable bookcases that were used to store and display scrolls, books, tea utensils and other decorative objects. A companion to the tokonoma, an alcove in which hanging scrolls and other objects of art are decoratively displayed, chigai-dana is an integral part of Japanese domestic architecture. In its design, this timelessly elegant shelving and storage system accentuates the simple yet refined beauty of form and function that is the core of Japanese furniture design. This exhibition was organized by Mobilia Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (more…)

Wendy Maruyama: Executive Order 9066

Wendy Maruyama: Executive Order 9066
Museum of Craft & Design
San Francisco, CA
October 4, 2014-January 4, 2015

 

Work by Wendy Maruyama.

Work by Wendy Maruyama.

Organized by the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston, Massachusetts, the Museum of Craft and Design is the final stop of this traveling exhibition by Furniture Society AOD recipient, Wendy Maruyama.  For information about the museum, please visit their website here.

In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 authorizing the internment of tens of thousands of American citizens and resident aliens of Japanese ancestry.  Wendy Maruyama, a third generation Japanese-American and highly regarded artist/furniture maker based in San Diego, has created a compelling body of work examining this period in American history. (more…)

Craft Forms 2014

Craft Forms 2014
Wayne Art Center
Wayne, Pennsylvania
December 5, 2014-January 31, 2015

Work by Mark Del Guidice

Work by Mark Del Guidice

There will be several furniture pieces in the exhibition, many made by Furniture Society members.  This eagerly anticipated exhibition, celebrating its 20th milestone year, is dedicated to enhancing the public's awareness of fine contemporary craft while providing a venue for established and emerging artists to share their creative endeavors.  Craft Forms is internationally recognized as one of the premiere contemporary craft exhibitions.  The finest works of ceramics, wood, fiber, metal, glass, mixed medium and 3D printing are featured, supporting the Center’s mission of expanding the public’s awareness of fine contemporary crafts, and significantly benefiting all educational and outreach programs for children and adults. (more…)

New Territories: Laboratories for Design, Craft and Art in Latin America

New Territories: Laboratories for Design, Craft and Art in Latin America
Museum of Art & Design
New York City, NY
November 4, 2014-April 6, 2015

Work by Leo Capote

Work by Leo Capote

The term “new territories,” as evoked by Italian architect and designer Gaetano Pesce, refers to the state of making in today’s globalized society, a phenomenon that has helped to spur a confluence of art, design and craft. The exhibition New Territories: Laboratories for Design, Craft and Art in Latin America will examine this trend in several distinct cities throughout Latin America, where some of the most pertinent new directions in arts and design are emerging today. (more…)

Elements & Ethos: Works by Chris Martin and Mary Kline-Misol

Elements & Ethos: Works by Chris Martin and Mary Kline-Misol
Octagon Center for the Arts Gallery
Ames, IA
November 10-December 20, 2014

Work by Chris Martin

Work by Chris Martin

This exhibition will feature works by educator and furniture maker, Chris Martin and by Mary Kline-Misol. The opening reception is November 14, 2014 from 5-8pm. Octagon Center for the Arts is located at 427 Douglas Ave, Ames Iowa, 50010. For more information about this event or others at the center, call (515) 232-5331, or visit them on the web here.

Beyond Craft: Decorative Arts from the Leatrice S. and Melvin B. Eagle Collection

Beyond Craft: Decorative Arts from the Leatrice S. and Melvin B. Eagle Collection
The Mint Museum
Charlotte, NC
September 6, 2014-February 22, 2015

 

Work by Sam Maloof

Work by Sam Maloof

Beyond Craft: Decorative Arts from the Leatrice S. and Melvin B. Eagle Collection highlights important studio objects made from the mid-1960s to the 2000s, with a special focus on the 1960s–1980s, the collection’s great strength. The Eagle Collection offers an extraordinary opportunity for in-depth study of the foundational period of studio craft history as well as a look at how artists active then have transcended historical traditions to create a new paradigm today. (more…)

Schools of Thought III: North Bennet Street School

Schools of Thought III: North Bennet Street School
NH Furniture Masters Gallery
Concord, New Hampshire
November 14, 2014-March 10, 2015

Work by William Thomas

Work by William Thomas

The New Hampshire Furniture Masters Gallery is honored to present the third exhibition in its ‘Schools of Thought’ series, “Schools of Thought III: North Bennet Street School,” an examination of works by makers from this esteemed Boston program and the ways in which their education shaped their development as artists. Rooted in the traditional techniques of early American Furniture, the Cabinet and Furniture Program at the North Bennet Street School (NBSS) has been developing some of the finest craftspeople in America for over 125 years. (more…)