Thursday, April 02, 2015

Center for Art in Wood: Call for Chairs (open to all media)

Deadline: July 3, 2015 {RECEIVE} or {EMAIL}

Call for Chairs
Center for Art in Wood
The Furniture Society

Philadelphia, PA
May 1–July 23, 2016

The Center for Art in Wood, in Philadelphia, PA, US, is partnering with The Furniture Society to organize an exhibition that showcases contemporary seating. The jurors will consider chairs, stools, and benches of all kinds — functional, sculptural and conceptual. Pieces submitted for consideration should be produced since 2000 and have a basis in wood either in actual practice or theory. All media will be considered.

Artists are encouraged to imagine, dream, and experiment. Collaborations are welcome, as are videos, installations, and performances. The concept of seating should be pondered and dissected with an eye toward the needs and the nature of the 21st century.

The exhibition will run May 1–July 23, 2016 at The Center for Art in Wood, concurrent with The Furniture Society’s annual conference, which meets next year in Philadelphia. Selected works will be included in an accompanying full color publication and must be available for the length of the show. All makers will be notified in advance if a national tour can be organized.

Nicholas R. Bell, the Fleur and Charles Bresler Senior Curator of American Craft and Decorative Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, with research interests in American craft, decorative art in America from the 17th–21st centuries, folk and self-taught art, and theories of material culture.

Ben Colman, Assistant Curator, Florence Griswold Museum, where his focus is the history of American painting, decorative arts and craft.

Hank Gilpin, full-time furniture maker, interior designer, and landscape designer

Susie Silbert, New York based curator, writer, and historian with a background in craft and design

ENTRY FEE (for up to 3 works/proposals)
$30, current members of the Center and/or The Furniture Society
$40, non-members
$30, artist who also submits a new or renewed membership to the Center ($55) or The Furniture Society ($65)
$25, students with ID

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The Center for Art in Wood
141 N. 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106