Panel Discussions

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Beginning – Origins of the Furniture Society

10:15:00 AM -  11:15:00 AM

Moderated by Glenn Adamson. This panel/presentation/conversation seeks to document some of the particular stories that were part of the creation of the Furniture Society. The freeze moment is the first Steering Committee meeting, in Philadelphia on April 27-28, 1996. Individuals who participated at this meeting, which after two days of introductions, banter, discussion, emotion and […]

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Designing Relevant Products for Today’s Consumer

11:30:00 AM -  12:15:00 PM

Our discussion will cover the different types of products and strategies for sales success. Small-scale production structures including one off products all the way to the external sourcing of parts and products. We will take an in-depth look into the evolving landscape of both the making and selling of high end well crafted objects.

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Future of furniture from an educator’s perspective

01:30:00 PM -  02:45:00 PM

A presentation and discussion based on the vision and experience of furniture instructors in their development of a variety of furniture programs. Areas covered will be: alternative materials and techniques, new technologies and broadening the definition of “furniture”.

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On the Edge of your seat: Chairs for the 21st C. discussion

01:30:00 PM -  02:45:00 PM

Curators, critics, scholars, and makers bring different voices and perspectives to exhibitions of contemporary furniture. This panel discussion, which grew out of the current exhibition at the Center for Art in Wood, will examine the major concepts, challenges, and techniques posed by contemporary seating furniture. It will highlight the new ideas brought to the fore […]

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Building Community around Craft: An exploration of three models for contemporary makers

03:00:00 PM -  03:50:00 PM

The directors of three collaborative workshops explore themes in craft, teaching, and community building. Join Offerman Wood Shop, Pier 9 at Autodesk, and Off the Saw for an engaging conversation on new models for making in the 21st century.

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Seven at the Center: the 2016 Windgate ITE Fellows Collaboration Laboratory Panel Discussion

04:00:00 PM -  05:00:00 PM

The Center for Art in Wood awards seven prestigious fellowships for the annual Windgate ITE International Residency Program. These artists plan to collaborate in various ways during their first weeks of their residency. They will share the results of their investigations.

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Distinctive Company

01:15:00 PM -  02:30:00 PM

A conversation with recipients of the Furniture Society’s highest honor — the Award of Distinction. Wendell Castle, Edward S. Cooke, Jr., Michael Fortune, Thomas Hucker, William Keyser, Wendy Maruyama, Rosanne Somerson and Bebe Pritam Johnson will respond to questions posed by their peers about life, work, art and utility.

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Immersion: Residencies for the Furniture Maker

02:45:00 PM -  03:45:00 PM

Artist residency programs offer opportunity to explore ideas, techniques, technologies and ways of working, while also building community. This panel will highlight a selection of residency programs available to furniture makers. The panelists, all residency alumni, will share the role of residency programs on the development of their work and careers as furniture artists.

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

How Will You Be Remembered? Crafting Your Legacy

01:30:00 PM -  02:45:00 PM

Do you want to be known for a body of work; a new style or technique; for the students you taught; for helping another artist get started; or for supporting a good cause? What steps are you taking now to secure your legacy? And, what are you going to do with all your stuff?

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What’s the value of an ART degree?

01:30:00 PM -  02:45:00 PM

In times of tightening budgets and lower enrollments, Art and Design areas increasingly feel pressure to defend their worth to students, parents, and even their own institutions. A panel of faculty and students will explore the relevance of crafts education today and strategize on ways to define and articulate its unique value.

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#Craftswomen

03:00:00 PM -  05:00:00 PM

Furniture making has acquired an elevated status. New technologies and design practices have entered our production processes and are diversifying the workplace. The ‘Maker’ identity solidifies this emerging relationship between design and craft, and social media provides broad access to the surrounding narrative. #Craftswomen is organized in response to these shifts, as a space to […]

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