Call for Entries: Wharton Esherick Museum 27th Annual Juried Woodworking Exhibition

Call for Entries: Wharton Esherick Museum 27th Annual Juried Woodworking Exhibition

This Deadline Expired: Monday, January 4, 2021

Deadline: January 4, 2021

2020 Theme: Wood and … 

THE CHALLENGE
Although the name Wharton Esherick is nearly synonymous with wood, across his career Esherick used a wide array of materials, like metal and paint, with both innovation and sensitivity. Esherick’s first forays into wood took place while he was primarily a painter. Creating patterned frames that complemented his paintings, Esherick began to understand how two carefully chosen materials working together create artwork with resonance beyond the sum of its parts. His painting Mary (1922) frames an expressionistic rendering of his daughter with wood carved to mirror Esherick’s own brushstrokes.

An interest in how wood combines with other materials can be seen throughout Esherick’s career. The tightly latticed leather strapping on the Hessian Hills Chair (1924) is intimately woven around an elegant, attenuated wooden frame, while the thick canvas belting on the Hammer Handle Chair (1938) proves a perfect counterpoint for Esherick’s transformation of readymade tools into functional furniture for the Hedgerow Theatre. Wood in conversation with aluminum, stone, fiber, and paper can all be found in Esherick’s diverse repertoire, and even the very architecture of Esherick’s home and the studio is a brilliant marriage between wood and other materials.

For the 27th year of the Wharton Esherick Museum’s annual juried woodworking exhibition, they invite you to share innovative works of art, craft, and design that showcase wood and at least one other medium. Whether functional or sculptural, each submission should reflect the way Esherick worked across a vast spectrum of materials and practices as well as his outside the box thinking.

The museum wants to know how you might complete the phrase “wood and…”

Wood and glass? Wood and plastic? Wood and silver? The possibilities are endless!

SELECTION
Jurors Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez, President Emeritus of the North Bennet Street School and Samantha deTillio, Curator of Collections at the Museum of Arts and Design, along with Emily Zilber, the Wharton Esherick Museum’s Director of Curatorial Affairs and Strategic Partnerships, will select the finalists for the exhibition from the images submitted using a blind jury process. It is strongly recommended that you submit high-quality images to ensure the jury sees your piece at its best.

The competition is open to both emerging and established makers. Entered works should creatively pair wood with at least one other material and be available for the duration of the exhibition. Jurors will evaluate the submissions based on inventive approaches to the prompt, craftsmanship and technical proficiency, aesthetics, and other considerations as determined by the jury.

 

Contact Information:

Email: katie@whartonesherickmuseum.org

Call: (610) 644-5822

For more information visit https://whartonesherickmuseum.org/programs/the-27th-annual-juried-woodworking-exhibition/

 

Arlene Love
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Gillian Pokalo is an artist from the Philadelphia area, whose original, architecture-inspired mono prints employ combinations of fine art printmaking and mixed media techniques with her silk screen photography…

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