2024 Windgate Arts Residency Program in Wood
The Windgate Arts Residency Program in Wood is a collegial experience in which the resident Fellows explore new work through research, exploration, and collaboration. The Museum for Art in Wood awards prestigious fellowships for the annual residency program, selecting from an international pool of applicants.
Manley Residency Placing
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I wrapped my year-long Sabbatical with a two month residency with the Museum for Art in Wood in Philadelphia, from June through the beginning of August. The 6 person residency culminates in a group exhibition, entitled Placing, of works mostly completed during our time in residence, and I showed 6 new pieces alongside my fellow residents.
I worked on two bodies of work there: The works shown (below) in the exhibition are a series of material studies, made from collected objects and materials from architectural salvage sites, all from the historic buildings of Philadelphia, and creating simple sculptural and semi-functional objects using and paying homage to those materials. The show is up at the Museum for Art in Wood through October
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The second body of work I began in Philadelphia was the first part of an ongoing series that will be shown at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft this coming January. It consists of a series of custom crates, made to fit objects solicited from he curatorial, mount making, preparatory, custodial, maintenance, and conservators tool collectors from museums and art spaces from around the country. This show will focus on the hidden labor and skilled trades that all happen behind the scenes of major collections and exhibition spaces. Donations from the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Fuller Craft Museum, The Mingei International Museum, the Wharton Esherick Museum, the Racine Art Museum, the Cooper Hewitt, and more are treated as art objects, or collectibles, or antiquities, or artifacts, and entered into a new “collection” to be considered in a new context, cognizant of those who have used these tools, and how integral they are to our experience with art and history. This show will run from January through May
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I am currently in an exhibition called Waiting Room: Craft and Wellness, at the San Diego Central Library Gallery, alongside other members of the Allied Craftsman organization. This show will be up through October 15 and features the work of 20 local artists.
The piece in this show is entitled Mutually Assured, and is a collaboration with Maggie Sasso, of Milwaukee Wisconsin.
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Manley Residency Collab
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Finally, I have a collaborative work made with the Ceramicist Beth Lo, on display in the exhibition, Tender Loving Care, at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, through the summer of 2025. This is an exhibitions of contemporary works and recent additions to the museum’s permanent collection. The work included was collected by the museum last fall, and the exhibition is a grouping of the museum’s contemporary works in the permanent collection.