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The 2024 Winter Residency | Jan 2 – Feb 29, 2024 | Co-hosted by NextFab and the Museum for Art in Wood

To apply, click HERE.

The Museum for Art in Wood and NextFab launched the Winter Residency Program in 2021, and we’re enthusiastic about the upcoming fourth session. The program is designed for artists in Greater Philadelphia working in the medium of wood. We invite applications for the 2024 session from artists who work either solely in wood or other materials in combination with wood and demonstrate technical proficiency with woodworking equipment. Reflecting our mutual support of environmental stewardship, reclaimed wood must comprise at least fifty percent of the work during the residency. A jury of makers and educators will award one fellowship annually, and the residency culminates in a solo exhibition in the gallery at NextFab’s North Philadelphia location (1800 N. American Street). This residency is a collaboration between the Museum for Art in Wood and NextFab, a network of member-based maker spaces.



NextFab is a network of membership-based makerspaces that provide access to tools, technology, education, events, and services for makers and creatives. They offer a variety of education and startup programs, as well as professional design, production, and placemaking services for whatever your fabrication needs.


The Museum for Art in Wood is a museum of contemporary art, craft, and design in the material of wood. The Museum presents the work of emerging and established artists from the United States and abroad and offers thought-provoking exhibitions, a permanent collection of over 1,100 objects and works of art, publications and documentation, events and workshops, and a library with over 26,000 artist files, books, and documents that span the history of craft. The Museum also brings artists and researchers from around the world to Philadelphia every year to attend its unique Windgate Artist Residency Program.

If you have questions, please contact Katie Sorenson, Director of Outreach and Communications at [email protected].

Important dates:
Application available: August 15, 2023
Application deadline: October 18, 2023
Jury results, notification by email: Week of October 23, 2023
Artist acceptance: November 6, 2023
Winter Residency: January 2 – February 29, 2024
Residency Exhibition: March 7 – May 20, 2024
Artist Talk: March 15, 2024

2023 Winter Residency Fellow Micahel Ferrin


Michael Ferrin is an artist from Southwest Philadelphia. Working primarily in wood, he employs his training as a furniture maker and his education as an artist to explore the connection between spirituality and craft; relationship to place; and how power shapes, and is reinforced by narratives about craft history. Michael’s interests range from the influence of Muslim arts on European medieval design vocabulary to the visual landscape of Philadelphia’s public transit infrastructure. He has recently been incorporating Persian khatam marquetry into his work.








2022 Winter Residency Fellow Robert Aiosa


Portrait of Robert Aiosa by Rafael Soldi

Robert Aiosa: Working site-specifically and employing a mix of fine and construction-grade materials with highly detailed carving techniques, Aiosa investigates the built environment and its social, economic, and environmental impacts. Aiosa was born in 1982 in Smithtown, New York and currently lives and works in Philadelphia, PA. He earned his BFA from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia in 2005 and his MFA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2015. He joined the staff of renowned print atelier Graphicstudio at the University of South Florida, Tama as its Research Associate and Sculpture Fabricator. His work has been shown through the United States, most recently a solo exhibition at Sanger Gallery, Key West, FL, Skyway 20/21, Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg FL, and was included in the 2018 Florida Prize exhibition at the Orlando Museum of Art. He has been a recipient of many awards and fellowships including the Vermont Studio Center, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and Sculpture Space.





2021 Winter Residency Fellow Colin Pezzano


Colin Pezzano by DJ Dohar

Colin Pezzano graduated from the University of the Arts in 2014 with a BFA in Crafts. He maintains and relies heavily on craft practices mixed with humor and pathos to define his work. In the spring of 2015 Pezzano had his first solo show, titled Contain You, at Bridgette Mayer Gallery. In 2018, he had his second solo show, Still Life with Dead Game, at the Allen’s Lane Art Center. In 2020, Pezzano worked with the group Past Present Projects on a store-front window installation titled We’ve Never Met. He has also participated in group shows and juried exhibitions, attended residencies in the USA and Sweden, and is a Windgate Fellow. Pezzano maintains his practice in South Philadelphia in his basement studio.Pezzano’s work is defined by craft processes. By carving and shaping material he is able to connect actions and memories to the traditions of his predecessors and contribute to the collective knowledge of making. Since achieving his BFA, Pezzano has worked and taught in many different types of spaces including universities, makers spaces, personal studios, and commercial shops.




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