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Rescheduled – 2019 Bob Stocksdale Award: Humaira Abid

July 23, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Rescheduled – The 2019 Bob Stocksdale International Excellence in Wood Award: Humaira Abid | Thurs, July 23, 2020 | 6:30 pm | Virtual Lecture Co-hosted by Winterthur Museum



Join us to celebrate the fourth year of the Bob Stocksdale International Excellence in Wood Award. Supported by an anonymous donor, this award is presented annually to an emerging or mid-career artist whose work, like Stocksdale’s, unites quality of craftsmanship and respect for materials. The 2019 recipient for the Bob Stocksdale International Excellence in Wood Award is Humaira Abid of Seattle, WA.

In commemoration of the 2019 Stocksdale Award, Emily Whitted, a current Lois F. McNeil Fellow in the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, will present a virtual lecture on Abid and renowned master woodturner Bob Stocksdale (1913–2003). Whitted will discuss Abid’s work in the context of the values embodied by Stocksdale, among them his quality of craftsmanship, respect for materials, and artistic innovation in the material of wood.

Abid works in the disciplines of woodcarving and traditional Mughal miniature painting. Through her depictions of objects and figures, Abid articulates themes that are often provocative and challenging, amplified by her manipulation of heritage practices and the materiality of wood. Her carved and painted works, known for their virtuosity and exquisite detail, have been exhibited in museums and galleries and documented in publications around the world.

Images above: Humaira Abid, Searching for Home, 2016-17. Photo: Adeel Ahmed. Bob Stocksdale, Snake Bowl, 1984. Photo: John Carlano


Image captions clockwise: Humaira Abid, Searching for Home (detail) and Leila, 2016-17. Pine wood, carved; red wood stain. Borders and Boundaries (detail), 2017. Barbed wire: Mahogany wood, carved. The World is Beautiful, and Dangerous Too (detail), 2017. Shoes: Pine wood carved; red wood stain. Composite image by the artist sourced from two photographs taken following anti-Muslim riots in Myanmar. AFP, March 29, 2013. From Fragments of Home Left Behind II, 2019-20. Pine wood, carved; wood stain, gouache, pigments on handmade wasli paper, Plexiglas. Photo: Adeel Ahmed

Humaira Abid

Humaira Abid was born and raised in Lahore, Pakistan. She immigrated to the United States in 2008 and now lives and works in Seattle, WA.

Abid received her BFA in sculpture and miniature painting from the National College of Arts, Lahore, in 2000. Her work has been reviewed by local, national, and international news media. Abid is the recipient of numerous honors, most recently the Artist Trust Innovator Award.

Photo: Steven Miller

Emily Whitted

Emily Whitted is a current Lois F. McNeil Fellow in the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture. She received her B.A from the University of Richmond in 2016. Her research interests include historic textiles, contemporary Appalachian craft, and the intersections of craft, gender, and social justice. Emily’s current thesis “The American-Made Stocking,” investigates the eighteenth-century knit stocking industry in Germantown, Pennsylvania,” and she will graduate this May with her Master’s degree in American Material Culture.



For more information, please contact Katie Sorenson, Community Engagement Manager, at [email protected] .


July 23, 2020
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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