April 13 - May 30, 2012
“Current Student Work” showcases furniture and decorative objects created by participants in the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship’s flagship course, the Nine-Month Comprehensive. The students who are presently enrolled come from a wide array of backgrounds and experience, including fine arts management, cabinetmaking, engineering, climbing instruction, and health and human services. For many, this exhibition is the first opportunity to see their work in a professional setting. Commenting on the work in the exhibition, the Center’s director, Peter Korn, said “Exciting, fresh designs such as these can only happen when talented individuals explore a new medium, unburdened by ingrained assumptions about the limitations of material, function, and technique.”
Exhibitors in “Current Student Work” are Gregory Boll, from Indiana, Michael Danchak, from Connecticut, Ian Kirk, from Maine, Ryan Meacham, from Pennsylvania, Ted Newman, from Montana, Rob Opdyke, from Pennsylvania, Monica Raymond, from New Hampshire, Alex Roebuck, from Ontario, Arnd Seibert, from Germany, and Jerry Wilkins, from North Carolina.
The Nine-month Comprehensive program is designed for aspiring professional furniture makers and dedicated amateurs who seek in-depth training at the highest standard of excellence. Students complete eleven sequential projects that take them from woodworking fundamentals through the fine points of design and craftsmanship. The Lead Instructor for the course is Aled Lewis, a highly respected furniture maker from the U.K. Lewis is joined by twelve co-teachers who are experts in areas such as casework, finishing, carving, drawing, bending, veneering, and chair making.