2008 Award of Distinction Recipient
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.