Welcome to the Wood Shed, the Center for Art in Wood's new home for virtual studio tours, artist talks, craft tutorials, and more.

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A Discussion with Windgate ITE Alumni


Celebrate and reflect on 25 years of the Center for Art in Wood's Windgage ITE artist residency program in this illuminating alumni panel discussion.

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Object Lesson: Nashay "Nyela" Antoinette Jones


Nashay "Nyela" Antoinette Jones interprets C.R. "Skip" Johnson's Spud, the Potato Peeler's Stool.

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Learn + Make + Explore


Artist Talks

Engaging conversations with the Center's artistic community

Object Lesson

Guests interpret objects from the Center's Collection

Studio Tours

Visit the creative spaces of the Center's artists and makers

Virtual Tour

The Center's registrar leads a virtual tour of the Collection

Home Crafts

The Center staff shares craft ideas you can do at home

Listening Room

The conversation continues in these short audio pieces.

Crafty Cocktails

Wind down in the Wood Shed with a specialty cocktail

Mindfulness

Explore breathing, meditation, yoga exercises, and more







Tour Our Current Exhibition


On View: October 23, 2020 – January 23, 2021 // Curator: Jennifer-Navva Milliken




In 1995, Albert LeCoff, co-founder and executive director emeritus of the Center for Art in Wood, launched the first residency program designed for artists working with the material of wood. That summer, five artists and a photojournalist—four from abroad and two from the United States—arrived in Philadelphia for eight intensive weeks of studio experimentation, collegiality, friendship, and creative stimulation. Conceived as an annual program, the residency grew, adding fellowships for scholars and students, and moved, from the rural George School in Newtown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, to the middle of Philadelphia.


Now in its 25th year, the Windgate International Turning Exchange Residency (known as "The ITE") is a sought after stop in the careers of artists interested in delving into the creative possibilities of wood, communing with peers, and making abundant piles of wood shavings. The relationships forged during these intensive eight weeks are enduring, extending far beyond the compressed time in Philadelphia's bustling Center City neighborhood. The alumnus body now numbers 166 artist, photojournalist, and scholar fellows, all of whom are notable in their fields. Though some of the fellows have passed, all remain close members of the Center for Art in Wood's family. In many cases, their works become part of the Center's permanent collection, and thus are held in the public trust for study and inspiration.


A selection of those works is on view in this exhibition, which marks the program's landmark year. As a whole, they tell a story of breakthroughs, collaborations, explorations, disruptions, and documentation. As the Center lays the groundwork for the next 25 years of the residency, it will be led by the same commitments to fostering exchange, passion, and knowledge for the expansive world of art in wood.



Celebrating 25 Years of Windgate ITE


Explore the rich history of the Center's annual artist residency program through our new interactive timeline portal. If you're a Windgate ITE Fellow, we want to hear from you! Please visit this page to share your stories and photos to help us grow our archive.


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Resources & Opportunities



FEATURED LISTENING


A grassroots organization founded "by artists for artists" in 1985, CERF+ supports craft artists and makers who have lost resources or revenue due to disaster—from hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods to terminal disease, studio fires, and global pandemics. In this short conversation, Cornelia Carey, Executive Director of CERF+, describes the organization's work to the Center's Artistic Director, Jennifer-Navva Milliken, and shares ways to help craft makers, whose livelihoods and practices are more vulnerable than ever in the time of COVID-19.