CraftNOW symposium 2020 Cultures of Making takes place 2:00–5:00 PM ET October 30th and November 6th
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Exploration, Experimentation, Collaboration: 25 Years of the Windgate International Residency Program
A discussion with The Center for Art in Wood Artistic Director, Jennifer-Navva Milliken
Max Brosi, Ireland—Artist Fellow, ITE 2017
Stefano Catalani, US—Scholar Fellow, ITE 2010
Vivian Chiu, US—Artist Fellow, ITE 2018
Betty Scarpino, US—Artist Fellow, ITE 1999; Photojournalist Fellow, ITE 2016
Jennifer-Navva Milliken, Artistic Director of the Center for Art in Wood
Founded in 1995, the Windgate International Turning Exchange (ITE) is a uniquely collaborative arts residency program. For two summer months, artists and researchers from around the world live, work, ideate, and create together in the clamorous center of Philadelphia. Together, they share knowledge and skill, but also form lasting bonds that extend beyond the residency. During this tumultuous time, breakthroughs, intense bursts of creativity, material and conceptual experimentations, and collaborations occur. Significantly, this singular place-based experience engages a wide community, beyond the participating fellows—from children enjoying interactive and touchable works in the culminating exhibition of residency work, to collectors seeking to expand their art holdings.
In the spirit of CraftNOW’s 2020 theme, Cultures of Making, the panel discussion, featuring past fellows of the residency program, explores the before, during, and after experiences sparked by the ITE. It offers a window into this legendary program, which is now a benchmark for artists seeking to deepen their engagement with the material of wood. The panel accompanies the Center’s concurrent exhibition marking 25 years of the Windgate ITE program.
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