Current Exhibition:


** To view BOTH of our current exhibitions and to take a virtual tour of our gallery, please click HERE!**

Rediscovering Emil Milan and His Circle of Influence

The Mid-Century designer craftsman Emil Milan described his work as functional sculpture.  His carved wooden objects for the home are works of art that represent the influence of Modern Design along with a reverence for wood and the skills necessary to shape it.   This landmark exhibition, being held nearly thirty years after his death, will introduce new information about, and insight into, the career of this important, yet often overlooked, maker.  For the first time, Milan’s work will be shown alongside pieces created by those whom he taught and influenced.  Milan showed artistic promise from an early age and, after serving in the military during World War II, used his G.I. Bill funds to enroll at the Art Students League in New York City.   Studying sculpture among some of the most important artists of the post war period, Milan combined the artistic energy of Modern Art with his exceptional wood carving skills and a desire to make art for everyday life.

Running November 7, 2014 to January 24, 2015,Rediscovering Emil Milan and His Circle of Influence will celebrate the life and work of this influential artist, maker and teacher.

Join us on January 17th at WHYY in Philadelphia for an educational symposium focused on Emil Milan titled,  Connecting Circles: The Art, Craft, and Design of Emil Milan.

For more details on this event,


Ron Fleming Retrospective

This year, we honored Ron Fleming, Founding Trustee of the Center and renowned sculptor, at our Annual Founders Fundraising Event.  Since 1986 Ron has been an active participant in the history and growth of the Center.  As a Founding Trustee he helped to sculpt the Center’s original mission, and also designed and executed the original logo and branding for the Center, then known as the Wood Turning Center.  Early on, Ron’s mastery of graphic design soon was reflected in his wood turned and carved vessels.  Living in a home botanical garden, developed by his wife Patti, Ron soon started painting on his original wood sculptures.  Now his works have been translated into sculptural, glass, and bronze of exquisite quality.  On the evening of November 8th, the Center honored Ron and his many contributions to the Center.

A portion of his incredible body of art work is on display in the back of our Gerry Lenfest Gallery.  All pieces in the slide show below are for sale through the Center.  If you are interested in purchasing a piece, please contact us at 215.923.8000 or


Center News:





The Center is reopening its Call to applicants for the role of 
2015 Windgate ITE photojournalist.  The deadline for this residency application is January 30, 2015.  To view more details on our Windgate ITE International Residency program and to apply, click HERE.

We are thrilled to announce that The Center has been awarded a new 3 year, $600,000 challenge grant by the Windgate Charitable Foundation. This challenge grant encourages donor giving by encouraging new and continued gifts. When a donor renews a previous gift to the Center, Windgate will double the gift with a 1 to 1 match. For every new or upgraded gift, Windgate will triple the gift with a 2 to 1 match.  To learn more about how you can help us meet our goals, CLICK HERE!

Past Exhibitions:


allTURNatives: Form + Spirit 2014
(August 01 – October 25 2014)

Celebrating the Center’s 19th year hosting the Windgate ITE International Residency program, the residents will work together for 2 months in Philadelphia to collaborate and focus on new directions in their work. The grand finale exhibition for the 2014 ITE program is the exhibit. This multidisciplinary exhibition will reflect each resident fellow’s experiences including objects produced before and during the residency. Three-dimensional work will be accompanied by photos, essays, films, and other documentation depicting the summer experience. Included will be each fellow’s statements about their personal and professional experiences.

To learn more or take a virtual tour of the exhibit, click HERE 

Bartram’s Boxes Remix
May 2 – July 19, 2014

Three years in the making, Bartram’s Boxes Remix is a collaborative project between the Center and Bartram’s Garden of Philadelphia (home of famed 18th  century explorer and botanist John Bartram). In the spirit of John Bartram’s    desire to share his passion for trees and other plants,  Bartram’s Boxes  Remix brings together artists who created works in wood and other materials from Bartram’s Garden. Artists were able to select from 13 types of wood from the Garden which fell during a wind storm over 3 years ago.
Bartram Boxes Remix continues a “Challenge” series initiated by the Center in 1987, which has provided emerging and established international artists with a dynamic forum for advancing new work.

View the exhibition online.