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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Object Lesson with Cairo-based Ahmed Abdelazim


Object Lesson is a monthly First Friday speaker series that open's wide the cases of the Center’s Museum Collection through the perspectives of individuals creating fresh dialogues. See more Artist Talks



Wood & Body curatorial talk with Jennifer-Navva Milliken


Join us for a talk with Artistic Director and Curator Jennifer-Navva Milliken to learn about her thinking behind the exhibition Wood + Body: Expressions of Contemporary Jewelry. See more Artist Talks



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: February 12 – July 24, 2021 // Guest Curator: Glenn Adamson




For over 30 years, furniture designer and maker Tom Loeser has been imagining new ways for the body, furniture, and space to interact. Known for his investigations into unconventional, welcoming furniture forms, Loeser asks, "If the furniture we sit on every day were totally different, how might our lives be different, too?"


Loeser is intrigued by the balance between form and function. In the exhibition, we see Folding Chairs, an early series of colorful, post-Modern objects that perform double duty as chair and as wall art. We also view more recent experimentations in furniture, made by joining natural-edge slabs of wood with the handles of antique tools, and interactive stools that can be turned and tumbled. Finally, we see playful illustrations of chairs that examine the form from every angle. With these shape-shifting works, Loeser addresses the age-old question of whether furniture could be art. His answer is yes, but it can still be furniture too.

Welcome to the world of Tom Loeser. Please, please, please... enjoy the show!



About the Artist

Tom Loeser designs and builds one-of-a-kind functional and dysfunctional objects. Though he seeks new form and meaning through his work, the history of design and object-making is always his starting point. He holds a BA from Haverford College, a BFA from Boston University, and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Loeser was head of the wood/furniture area in the Department of Art at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, from 1991 to 2020.


Loeser is the recipient of four Visual Artist Fellowship Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and an NEA Creative Artist Exchange Fellowship. His work has been featured in many national and international exhibitions and his work is held in the collections of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and Museum of Arts and Design (New York, NY); Rhode Island School of Design Museum (Providence, RI); Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Houston, TX); and many others. He was elected to the American Craft Council College of Fellows in 2012.




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.


Explore the timeline




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.