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2008 Award of Distinction Recipient

Furni­ture Maker, Educator

Ms. Maruya­ma’s award was presented June 19, 2008 by Alphonse Matia, Senior Critic, Grad­u­ate Program in Furni­ture Design, Rhode Island School of Design.


Wendy Maruyama has influ­enced gener­a­tions of makers both as a teacher and an artist. She is a 1978 grad­u­ate of the Boston Univer­sity Program in Arti­sanry and received her Master of Fine Arts in 1980 from Rochester Insti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy. From 1985 to 1989 she was Head of the Wood­work­ing and Furni­ture Design Program at Cali­for­nia College of Arts and Crafts, and since 1989 has been a Profes­sor in the Wood­work­ing and Furni­ture Design Program at San Diego State Univer­sity. Maruyama also taught at the Appalachian Center for Crafts, Smithville, TN from 1980 to 1985, and has estab­lished exchange programs in Korea, Japan and Scan­di­navia. She has been recog­nized by grants and awards from the National Endow­ment for the Arts, the Fulbright Program, and the Amer­i­can Crafts Council. Her work has been featured in exhi­bi­tions and collec­tions nation­wide for over 20 years, and reflects a tire­less advo­cacy of furni­ture as a means of self expression.