MFA Wood/Furniture Visiting Artists

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Recent visits, lectures, critiques by noted artists include:

Thomas Huang, studio furniture maker who combines traditional woods with bamboo, gave a one-day, hands-on workshop in how to work with bamboo, in addition to a lecture and one-on-one individual critiques.

Arthur Ganson, noted for humorous kinetic sculptures, came for group discussions in the Wood studio and conducted critiques.

Robert Parke-Harrison, environmentalist working in photo, sculpture media, came and engaged students with critiques, plus gave a public lecture for the entire college.

Los Angeles artists, David Thorne and Julia Meltzer, makers of prize-winning art documentaries and winners of Rockefeller, Guggenheim, Fulbright Grants, and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, conducted critiques and presented their new work to the college community. Their work appeared in the 2009 Whitney Biennial.

Renee Cox, New York performance artist, gave a public lecture and conducted critiques.

Scheduled to speak to CVPA in Spring ‘10 is Janet Koplos, noted arts writer and senior editor at American Craft Magazine. Previously, she wrote and edited for Art in America.  She is co-authoring with Bruce Metcalf the forthcoming book 20th Century American Studio Crafts to be published by The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design and University of North Carolina Press.

Last fall the Wood Program had a one-day, hands-on workshop on timber-framing which got everyone's juices going for large scale joinery.

The Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA invited our grads to join an afternoon get-together/talk with Gary Knox Bennett. The famed California artist had much to say about the current studio furniture scene, and everyone came home with plenty to think about.

The Fuller Craft Museum has offered many of our graduates and faculty opportunities for exhibition and participation in workshops. In addition, several Wood Program grads have been employed at the Fuller as installers and exhibition coordinators.

UMD Wood graduate students visited the studio of furniture maker David Richardson, and heard about his experiences as a designer/builder.

Wood grad students also enjoyed a stimulating lecture by Patrick Dougherty, maker of fantastic, large scale structures from twigs.