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October 7, 2016 @ 12:00 am - January 13, 2017 @ 11:55 pm

[Photo above: Derek Reeverts, Buying the Farm, Earthenware, mixed media, 2016, and (right) Katie Susko, Bud Vase, 2016, from The Clay Studio’s Small Favors submissions]

The Center for Art in Wood is happy to announce our collaboration with The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, for our Len Scherock Museum Store ExhibitionSMALL FAVORS: THINK INSIDE THE BOX

SMALL FAVORS: THINK INSIDE THE BOX engages artists’ creativity in new and exciting ways with the challenge of making pieces on a very small scale. For some artists, the work they create is similar to what they normally make but at a reduced scale. Others use it as an opportunity to break away from what they create in their daily studio practice. Regardless of this choice, the works exhibited are incredibly varied in material, form, and aesthetics. Though small in scale the artworks created for this exhibition are huge in impact. Each work is exhibited in a four-inch plexiglass wall mounted cube. SMALL FAVORS: THINK INSIDE THE BOX will be on view from March 3 – May 27, 2017

Conceived of in 2006 by The Clay Studio, SMALL FAVORS: THINK INSIDE THE BOX grew out The Clay Studio’s efforts to offer accessible, high-quality artworks that appeal to art enthusiasts of all ages: for seasoned collectors who are challenged for space it allows them to continue to collect work by artists they love. For young art collectors it provides a financially accessible entry point.

It is our hope that offering a juried and invitational exhibition of this kind brings to light new and established makers and broadens the audience we reach through the display of these unique works of art. NOTE: Collaborations with artists working in clay is highly encouraged–please indicate if your submission is a collaboration by providing information for yourself and the collaborating clay artist.

A complete application consists of the following:

  • Artist contact information
  • Brief Artist statement that addresses the inspiration for your work; effect of chosen materials on your process; what you wanted to accomplish.
  • Up to three digital images (.jpeg files) no more than three pieces maximum. Images must be of works available for inclusion in this exhibition with no measurement exceeding 3.75” Corresponding image information: title, medium, size, and date
  • $25 Application Fee
  • The entry fee is non-refundable and The Center reserves the right to use images for educational or publicity purposes. All applications become the property of the Center and will not be returned.
Submission of application will be available through Slideroom- click here starting October 7, 2016. Applications will be accepted through January 13, 2017. No paper applications will be accepted.

Applications are due on January 13, 2017

Notifications to artists will go out by January 27, 2017

Artwork is due to arrive to The Center for Art in Wood no later than February 10, 2017

The exhibition will be on view from March 3 – May 27, 2017

The Jurors

Albert LeCoff co-founded The Center for Art in Wood in 1986 as a not-for-profit arts and education organization dedicated to promoting public understanding and appreciation of wood art and the experienced and emerging artists of the field. LeCoff, an experienced wood turner, organizes exhibitions, publications (over 25 to-date), educational events, gallery talks and an annual summer residency program called the Windgate ITE International Residency Program featuring international artists, scholars and photojournalists based at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA.  In 2011, the organization changed its name to The Center for Art in Wood and moved to a busy Old City, Philadelphia location.  The name change reflects the breadth and depth of wood art that artists make and that the Center follows and encourages through installations.

Christine Lee is a Senior Sustainability Scholar of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and Assistant Professor in Wood/Sustainability of the School of Art at Arizona State University. She received her M.F.A. from San Diego State University in Furniture Design and Woodworking and her B.S.A from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. She has a multidisciplinary practice straddling art, design and sustainability. Lee has participated in exhibits at venues including the Traver Gallery in Seattle, San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design, the Museum of Arts and Design in NYC, the Bellevue Arts Museum, the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston, the Society of Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, the Aspen Art Museum, the Racine Art Museum, and the ASU Art Museum. She has been awarded residences at places such as Recology, Purchase College, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Arizona State University, Center for Turning and Furniture Design at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the Oregon College of Art and Craft, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Workshop Residence, and Djerassi. She is currently a resident artist at the City of Phoenix 27th Avenue Solid Waste Management Facility Transfer Station.

Michael McMillan is Associate Curator at Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts, where he has been on the curatorial staff since 2012. Passionate about the future trajectory of contemporary craft-based media, he has also written for American Woodturner, Metalsmith, and the National Basketry Organization Quarterly Review. In addition, Michael speaks on matters of contemporary craft and has been profiled in The Crafts Report (now Handmade Business). He continues to seek opportunities in exhibition, collection, and publicity realms for the celebration of the handmade.

Selection Process and Details All work selected for inclusion in this exhibition must be available for sale with The Center for Art in Wood receiving a 50% commission for all work sold and paying for the return shipment of any unsold work providing the work is being shipped to a US address. The Center for Art in Wood will not cover the cost of international return shipping, the artist is responsible for any international shipping cost. The retail cost shall not exceed $980.  A $20 surcharge will be added to the retail price of all selected works to cover the cost of the SMALL FAVORS: THINK INSIDE THE BOX plexi-cube.

For questions please contact Lori Reece, Director of Administration and Sales [email protected] 215 923 8000


October 7, 2016 @ 12:00 am
January 13, 2017 @ 11:55 pm
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