Current Exhibition:


Other Selections: Local Artists Respond to the Museum Collection
May 1 – July 18, 2015 

View the Press Release here.

The Center for Art in Wood embarks on new terrain with its spring exhibition, a collaboration with young, local artists who work in diverse media – drawing, sculpture, printmaking, video, and photography – everything, in fact, except wood. The 18 Philadelphia-based artists have selected one or more pieces from the Center’s Museum Collection to serve as a point of departure for new artwork, including animation, kinetic sculpture, book art, and large scale installations. In this exhibition and in other initiatives, the Center seeks to make the collection an engine for creative activity.

Artists: Jaime Alvarez, Todd Baldwin, Timothy Belknap, Marc Blumthal, Mark  Brosseau, Lewis Colburn, Patrick Coughlin, Marianne Dages, Christina P. Day, Leslie Friedman, Jason Gandy, James Johnson, Ryan McCartney, Alexis Nutini, Joanna Platt, Terri Saulin Frock, H. John Thompson, and Tamsen Wojtanowski

Join us on June 5th for the Art Expedition!  For more information, check out our Upcoming Events page.


Upcoming Exhibition:

2015 allTURNatives: Form + Spirit


Center News:


Join us for Windgate ITE Open Studio Day!

July 11, 2015: 10am-3pm

To register, visit our events page: CLICK HERE


Updated Exhibition Prospectus and International Call to Artists

The Center for Art in Wood has received requests for clarifications of our Chair prospectus, please see the updated application below.

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.

CLICK HERE for more information and application.

November 14, 2015: Annual Founders’ Fundraiser 

Take the Windgate Challenge!
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:

William Stoney Lamar (b. 1951) has contributed exceptional skill and vision to the world of wood turning for over 25 years. Stoney Lamar’s sculpture is created primarily through a unique approach to multi-axial lathe work, giving his pieces a distinct sense of line and movement unlike other works of turned wood. He lets the shape, color and modeling of the wood determine a piece’s finished appearance and employs paint and metal in his forms. Stoney Lamar is a founder of the American Association of Woodturners, teaches and lectures, and has served on the boards of the American Craft Council, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, and of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. The Center for Art in Wood is proud to present this retrospective, the final venue on the national tour, in our Gerry Lenfest Gallery.

 This exhibition, catalog, and tour are made possible by the generous support of many individuals and foundations across the country. The exhibition is organized by the Asheville Art Museum and guest curated by Andrew Glasgow.

A Sense of Balance: The Sculpture of Stoney Lamar Feb 6 – Apr 18, 2015

This exhibition is presented concurrently with Stoney Lamar: Standing forms at Snyderman-Works Galleries, which will be on view from March 6th through April 18, 2015.  (303 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106)

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.