T he Center for Art in Wood's 40/30 Anniversary
      1976 - 2016/
1986 - 2016
40 Years of Vision/ 30 Years of Programming

Turning Points                  January 2016

Dick Goldberg, 
Board President:
President's message 
2015 has been an amazing year for the Center. We showcased significant exhibitions including the sculpture of Stoney Lamar, with a retrospective and recent work; a display of work by emerging artists in fields including wood art and other craft endeavors which was inspired by our permanent collection; and a show featuring the magnificent work of our Windgate ITE Fellows. 
The culmination of these displays was an exhibition honoring American Craft Council Fellows from Philadelphia. 
Albert LeCoff,  
Co-Founder & Executive Director: Reflecting as We Move Forward
Every year at the Center is special to me, defined by the exhibitions, Windgate ITE International Residency, and programs we've sponsored or on which we have partnered. 2015 wraps up a very successful year of exhibits, but 2016 will be very special for me and Center co-founder, my brother, Alan. Exciting exhibitions await you!

Next year marks my 40th anniversary of programming and symposiums, always with Alan's assistance.  

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Back to the Future
A look back at key exhibitions, programs, publications and symposia from The Center for Art in Wood's history 

40 Years of Vision
Woodturning Symposium: Philosophy and Practice 
The George School 
March 26-March 28, 1976 
30 Years of Programming 
International Turned Objects Show (ITOS) 
September 17 - November 13, 1988  
Quick Links
Last Days
Current Exhibition: 
First Fridays 
The Gerry Lenfest Gallery and the Len Scherock Museum Store are open 10AM-8PM on First Fridays. 
Join us on 
Feb. 5, Mar. 4, and April 1

For more information, please contact Fred Kaplan-Mayer, Director of Advancement at 215-923-8000 or fred@centerforartinwood.org 
First exhibition of the new year and special events
February 5 - April 23, 2016

running concurrently with

ExclusiveClick here for background material and feedback from Dorothy Gill Barnes & Dona Look
Dona Look
Reception with Wendy Maruyama and Dorothy Gill Barnes | Thursday, March 3, 2016 | 6 - 7:30 PM
Meet artists Wendy Maruyama and Dorothy Gill Barnes at the March 4th, First Friday 
First Friday | March 4 | 5 - 8 PM. 
Dorothy Gill Barnes
Gallery Talk with Wendy Maruyama and  Dorothy Gill Barnes
| Saturday, March 5, 2016 | 2 - 4:30 PM | followed by dinner with the artists, trustees and supporters. 
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This exhibition was held at the Port of History Museum and marked The Center for Art in Wood's (then the Wood Turning Center's) first major survey exhibition of international lathe turned objects.  
Upcoming Exhibitions:
Continuing a Legacy 
Announcing the Bob Stocksdale Award for Excellence in Wood  
The Center's Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the establishment of the annual Bob Stocksdale Award for Excellence in Wood in 2016.
Calling all Artists: 
CWA-sponsored Exhibition at SOFA CHICAGO 2016

Collectors of Wood Art is pleased to announce: "WHY WOOD? Contemporary Practice in a Timeless Material", a curated exhibition of contemporary art in wood, to be on display at SOFA Chicago November 3 - 6, 2016. 
Click here for more information and for the application link. 
In the News...
Winner! The Center receives prestigious, international award for its  Bartram's Boxes Remix publication

Critical acclaim for the  Art In Wood exhibition:  click here for the full article. 
Thomas Hine, Contributing Art Critic, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Paying Tribute

In Memoriam  
Dave Hardy 
In Memoriam
Siegfried Schreiber 
George Nakashima's
Altars of Peace
Larger than life: A giant in the field and his dream for the world

The late George Nakashima's work was featured in our recent  Art In Wood exhbition. 
Click here
, to learn about his most ambitious work, known as the Altars of Peace, and the Center's little known link to this amazing undertaking.
The Center honors 
Robin Rice 
Robin Rice - 15 year Anniversary as Professional Volunteer

The Board of Trustees is deeply grateful to Robin for her dedicated service to the Center. A summary of her contributions follows:  

2015 - Chair, Exhibitions Committee ongoing

2013 - Curator - Susan Hagen: Social Studies, The Center for Art in Wood

2010 - Curator - Magic Realism: Material Illusions, Wood Turning Center

2008 - Curatorial Essay Challenge VII: dysFUNctional, Wood Turning Center
2004 - Curator - Lincoln Seitzman: Illusions in Wood 1984-2004, Wood Turning Center


2002 - ITE Photojournalist/Scholar
2001 Essayist - Challenge VI-Roots: Insights & Inspirations in Contemporary Turned Objects, Wood Turning Center

Robin's 2002 collaborator/Windgate ITE Nail Fetish for the ITE sculpture is included in the Center's museum collection and the 2005 Connections: International Turning Exchange 1995-2005 and the 2011 Turning to Art in Wood: A Creative Journey publications. 

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