The Center for Art in Wood is proud to present the Young Artist Speaker Series. Each semester a young artist is asked to share their work and speak about the transition from academia to an independent artist. The third installment in the series will feature artist Wit López taking place on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, from 6 – 8 pm. López will discuss their experiences developing their career, multidisciplinary practice, and the road that led them to work with the material of wood once again.
This event is free to the public. The Center for Art in Wood is a nonprofit arts organization. A suggested donation of $5 per person enables us to provide programs and exhibitions throughout the year.
For question please contact Community Engagement Manager Katie Sorenson at [email protected].
Wit López is a multidisciplinary maker, performer, cultural advocate, and public speaker based in Philadelphia, PA. As a performer, Wit uses movement, music, costuming, props, and storytelling to address issues that deeply impact their communities by harnessing themes like gender identity/gender fluidity, body image, disability, illness, hairiness, sexuality, Blackness, Latinidad, and class. They are a classically trained mezzo-soprano, flautist, and actor, with extensive training in West African dance, Afro-Puerto Rican dance, ballet, and modern. With their practice in craft, Wit designs installation experiences through furniture (new and upcycled), textiles, and home goods that prioritize the importance of comfort, accessibility, audience interaction, and warm memories for the artist and viewer.
In 2019, Wit was awarded an Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts for Visual Art for their practice in fiber art and woodworking. They are also one of 10 recipients of the Leeway Foundation Transformation Award for 2019. To support their curatorial work of organizing the QT Noir Arts Festival, Wit has received 2018 and 2019 Leeway Foundation Art and Change grants. As part of a cohort of 16, Wit was also part of the 7th cycle of Innovative Cultural Advocacy Fellows at CCCADI in Harlem, NY, in 2019.