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Opening for Extra-Human: The Art of Michael Ferris

November 5, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Opening for Extra-Human: The Art of Michael Ferris | Fri. November 5, 2021 | 5 – 8 pm EDT | In-Person Event

The Center for Art in Wood invites you to celebrate the opening of its new exhibition, Extra-Human: The Art of Michael Ferris on the evening of Friday, November 5.

The larger-than-life figurative sculptures of Bronx-based artist Michael Ferris embody a rich fusion of cultural and artistic traditions. Trained as a painter, Ferris embraced sculpture twenty-five years ago and developed an inlay technique inspired by intarsia woodworking from his Middle-Eastern heritage. Ferris’s unique approach to this historical process involves the reclaiming of discarded wood, a method informed by his environmental concerns. He further expands this traditional practice through the use of pigmented grout, which yields a color palette that contrasts with wood’s natural hues.

Michael Ferris’s work has been exhibited widely at museums across the nation and his work can be found in public collections at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, CA; Illinois State Museum in Springfield, IL; and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR. Extra-Human, which is guest-curated by Suzanne Ramljak, is the first museum solo exhibition of the artist’s career to be presented on the East Coast.

This event is free to the public. The Center for Art in Wood interprets, nurtures, and champions creative engagement and expansion of art, craft, and design in wood to enhance the public’s understanding and appreciation of it. A suggested donation of $5 per person enables us to provide programs and exhibitions throughout the year.


For questions, contact Katie Sorenson, Senior Manager of Partnerships and Engagement, at [email protected]


Toufic, 2010. Recycled wood and acrylic pigmented grout. Photo: Courtesy of the artist


November 5, 2021
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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The Center for Art in Wood
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