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Call for Entries: Wharton Esherick Museum 27th Annual Juried Woodworking Exhibition Wharton Esher­ick Museum

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2020 Theme: Wood and…” For the 27th year of the Wharton Esher­ick Museum’s annual juried wood­work­ing exhi­bi­tion, we invite you to share inno­v­a­tive works of art, craft, and design that show­case wood and at least one other medium.

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THE CHAL­LENGE

Although the name Wharton Esher­ick is nearly synony­mous with wood, across his career Esher­ick used a wide array of mate­ri­als, like metal and paint, with both inno­va­tion and sensi­tiv­ity. Esherick’s first forays into wood took place while he was primar­ily a painter. Creat­ing patterned frames that comple­mented his paint­ings, Esher­ick began to under­stand how two care­fully chosen mate­ri­als working together create artwork with reso­nance beyond the sum of its parts. His paint­ing Mary (1922) frames an expres­sion­is­tic render­ing of his daugh­ter with wood carved to mirror Esherick’s own brushstrokes.

An inter­est in how wood combines with other mate­ri­als can be seen through­out Esherick’s career. The tightly latticed leather strap­ping on the Hessian Hills Chair (1924) is inti­mately woven around an elegant, atten­u­ated wooden frame, while the thick canvas belting on the Hammer Handle Chair (1938) proves a perfect coun­ter­point for Esherick’s trans­for­ma­tion of ready­made tools into func­tional furni­ture for the Hedgerow Theatre. Wood in conver­sa­tion with aluminum, stone, fiber, and paper can all be found in Esherick’s diverse reper­toire, and even the very archi­tec­ture of Esherick’s home and studio is a bril­liant marriage between wood and other materials.

For the 27th year of the Wharton Esher­ick Museum’s annual juried wood­work­ing exhi­bi­tion, we invite you to share inno­v­a­tive works of art, craft, and design that show­case wood and at least one other medium. Whether func­tional or sculp­tural, each submis­sion should reflect the way Esher­ick worked across a vast spec­trum of mate­ri­als and prac­tices as well as his outside the box thinking.

We want to know how you might complete the phrase wood and…”

Wood and glass? Wood and plastic? Wood and silver? The possi­bil­i­ties are endless!

SELEC­TION

Jurors Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez, Pres­i­dent Emer­i­tus of the North Bennet Street School and Saman­tha deTil­lio, Curator of Collec­tions at the Museum of Arts and Design, along with Emily Zilber, the Wharton Esher­ick Museum’s Direc­tor of Cura­to­r­ial Affairs and Strate­gic Part­ner­ships, will select the final­ists for the exhi­bi­tion from the images submit­ted using a blind jury process. It is strongly recom­mended that you submit high-quality images to ensure the jury sees your piece at its best.

The compe­ti­tion is open to both emerg­ing and estab­lished makers. Entered works should creatively pair wood with at least one other mate­r­ial and be avail­able for the dura­tion of the exhi­bi­tion. Jurors will eval­u­ate the submis­sions based on inven­tive approaches to the prompt, crafts­man­ship and tech­ni­cal profi­ciency, aesthet­ics, and other consid­er­a­tions as deter­mined by the jury.

Dead­line: January 42021

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