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In it’s second year, The Furni­ture Soci­ety’s EFASO Program encour­ages and promotes the exhi­bi­tion of furni­ture through the provi­sion of grants to help offset the cost of ship­ping furni­ture and sculptural objects.

2020 EFASO Grant Winners

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Individual Recipient

Teresa Audet

Teresa Audet is an artist and furni­ture maker in Minneapo­lis, MN. She holds a BFA in Furni­ture Design from the Minneapo­lis College of Art and Design and studied at the Mount Fuji School of Fine Wood­work­ing in Yamanashi, Japan. Her exhi­bi­tions include the 2019 group show Making a Seat at the Table: Women Trans­form Wood­work­ing,” presented at Philadelphia’s Center for Art in Wood. She received a 2019 Artist Initia­tive Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, has been awarded artist resi­den­cies nation­wide, and serves as the Arts and Program Manager for the Minneapo­lis Art Lending Library. 

Teresa will be exhibit­ing at The Phipps Galleries, May 8 — June 142020

Learn more at tere​saaudet​.com.

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Individual Recipient

Annie Evelyn

Joy, laugh­ter, and the unex­pected are at the heart of Annie Evelyn’s work. Employ­ing a range of mate­ri­als (hand­made paper flowers to Swarovski Crys­tals) and processes (tessel­lat­ing metal pieces to create soft uphol­stered seating or embed­ding fresh cut flowers to add aroma), Evelyn uses furniture’s inher­ent inter­ac­tive qual­i­ties and rela­tion­ships to the human body to create new and surprising experiences.

From 2014 – 2017 Evelyn was an artist in resi­dence at the Penland School of Craft in North Carolina and in 2016 was awarded The John D. Mineck Furni­ture Fellow­ship. She received both her BFA and MFA from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Evelyn has taught at RISD, Parsons — The New School, Ander­son Ranch, Haystack Moun­tain School, Penland School of Craft, and others. Her work has been featured on the cover of Amer­i­can Craft Maga­zine and published in Laura Housely’s book, The Inde­pen­dent Design Guide. She has been awarded Windgate Furni­ture resi­den­cies at the Indiana Univer­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia (2011), the Univer­sity of Wiscon­sin-Madison (2018), and San Diego State Univer­sity (upcom­ing-2020). In 2018 Evelyn was final­ist for the Burke Prize for contem­po­rary craft and her work was included in an exhi­bi­tion at the Museum of Art and Design (MAD). Currently Evelyn is the Wornick Distin­guished Visit­ing Profes­sor in the Furni­ture Depart­ment of Cali­for­nia College of the Arts.

Annie will be exhibit­ing at The Strohl Art Center, June 27-July 202020

Learn more at annieeve​lyn​.com

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Institutional Recipient

Center for Furniture Craftsmanship

The mission of the Center for Furni­ture Crafts­man­ship is to provide the best possi­ble educa­tion for people who want to design and build func­tional, beau­ti­ful, and expres­sive work out of wood to the highest stan­dard of crafts­man­ship. At the heart of the Center’s mission is the belief that design and crafts­man­ship are deeply mean­ing­ful expres­sions of the human spirit. They contribute to indi­vid­ual fulfill­ment and inform the larger culture.

Our programs are for novice, inter­me­di­ate, and advanced wood­work­ers who seek an inspir­ing learn­ing expe­ri­ence in a supportive environment.

The Center for Furni­ture Crafts­man­ship, Messler Gallery, will exhibit New Work by Faculty June 12 — Septem­ber 162020

Learn more at wood​school​.org

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Institutional Recipient

Houston Center for Contempory Craft

Houston Center for Contem­po­rary Craft (HCCC) is a nonprofit visual arts center dedi­cated to advanc­ing educa­tion about the process, product, and history of craft. HCCC provides exhi­bi­tion, studio, and garden spaces to support the work of local and national artists and serves as a resource for artists, educa­tors, and the commu­nity at large.

The Houston Center for Contem­po­rary Craft will exhibit Break­ing from Tradi­tion: Contem­po­rary Approaches to the Deco­ra­tive Arts, April 18-June 212020

Learn More at craft​hous​ton​.org

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Institutional Recipient

San Diego State University

University Gallery at The School of Art and Design

SDSU’s Univer­sity Gallery is a crit­i­cal part of the educa­tional and commu­nity outreach efforts of the School of Art + Design. The Gallery hosts trav­el­ing exhi­bi­tions, student exhi­bi­tions, and curated exhi­bi­tion. All of these events greatly enrich the educa­tional expe­ri­ences of our students through expo­sure to a wide range of art and design prac­tices. These exhi­bi­tions also allow for the School to better engage the larger arts commu­nity of San Diego, bring­ing members to the campus to see the work of our amazing students, faculty, and artists from around the world.

The Univer­sity Gallery at The School of Art + Design, at San Diego State Univer­sity, will exhibit Windgate Artist-in-Resi­dence: Ten Year Retro­spec­tive, August 31 — October 192020

Learn more at art​.sdsu​.edu