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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.
The 2014 Windgate ITE International Resident Fellows are:
- Eric Adjetey Anang (Artist), Accra, Ghana
- Miriam Carpenter (Artist), PA, USA
- Jordan Gehman (Artist), CA, USA
- Reed Hansuld (Artist), Ontario, Canada
- Maggie Jackson (Scholar)
- Amber Johnston (Photojournalist), PA, USA
- Yuri Kobayashi (Artist), Japan
Eric Adjetey Anang is a Ghanaian sculptor and fantasy coffin carpenter. He was born in Teshie, Ghana, where he lives and works as manager of the Kane Kwei Carpentry Workshop. He was acknowledged as a “model for African urban youths” by the French Newspapers, Le Monde Diplomatique. Among his myriad accomplishments, he was: the subject of documentaries by Luis Nachbin in Brasil, Zoe Elliott-Shircore in Britain, and Philippe Lespinasse in France; he was a resident artist at the Oregon College of Art and Craft; and he was invited to the Gwangju Design Biennale in South Korea.
Miriam Carpenter is a wood carver and graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. She works as assistant designer to Mira Nakashima at George Nakashima Woodworker, S.A. inNew Hope,PA. She has participated in exhibitions at the Cooroora Institute inAustralia, Saskatchewan Craft Council inCanada and theWhartonEsherickMuseum in PA.
Jordan Gehman is Lead Sculpture Technician and an Instructor of Wood Sculpture at the Academy of Art University inSan Francisco. He earned an MFA in Woodworking and Furniture Design fromSan DiegoStateUniversity in CA, and a BFA from Maine College of Art inPortland. In 2012, he was a participant in the EMMA International Collaboration inSaskatchewan, and a presenter at the Furniture Society Conference @ MECA inMaine.
Reed Hansuld is a studio furniture maker from Toronto, Ontario, whose work focuses on finding a balance with modern style, high quality craft and function. He trained at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine and Conestoga College in Kitchener, Ontario. He served as a studio furniture maker intern for Michael Fortune in Lakefield, Ontario. He has participated in exhibitions in both the US and Canada, and contributed to magazines that include Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement.
Maggie Jackson (Scholar), NY, USA
Maggie Jackson is an award-winning independent scholar, journalist and author whose writings probe technology’s impact on humanity. A former Boston Globe contributing columnist, her essays and articles have appeared in the New York Times, Utne, Wall Street Journal and other publications worldwide. Her most recent book, Distracted, explores the science of attention and our culture of distraction. A graduate of Yale University and the London School of Economics with highest honors,Jackson currently is writing a book on the craftsmanship of considered thought in a digital age.
Amber Johnston earned an MFA in Imaging Arts/Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology, and a BFA from University of the Arts in PA. She teaches Digital Photography at the Fleisher Arts Memorial inPhiladelphia,PA. InPhiladelphia, her work has been featured (both solo and in two-person shows) in venues that include the Pop Up Gallery, The Lola and Space 2033.
Yuri Kobayashi is a teacher and critic in the Department of Furniture Design at the Rhode Island School of Design. She earned an MFA in Furniture Design and Woodworking fromSan DiegoStateUniversity in CA, and a BA in Architecture Design fromMusashinoArtUniversity inTokyo,Japan. Her work has been exhibited in venues that include the 701 Center for Contemporary Art in SC,LeighYawkeyWoodsonArt Museum inWausau,WI, and Penland Gallery in NC.
Rediscovering Emil Milan and His Circle of Influence
(November 07, 2014 – January 24, 2015)
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.