First Prize in Craft at Art of the State!

I was honored this past Sunday to receive First Prize in Craft at The State Museum of Pennsylvania for my walnut and birds eye maple cabinet.

Art of the State is a juried exhibition showcasing the talent, creativity and diversity of the state’s established and emerging artists.  I was proud to have two pieces in this exhibit, selected from over 1,600 submissions.

The exhibit is open now until September 13th, and more information about visiting the State Museum of Pennsylvania can be found here.

the award-winning cabinet made of black walnut and birds eye maple

Pennsylvania Art of the State 2015

Two of my pieces were selected for Pennsylvania Art of the State 2015, a statewide juried exhibition taking place this summer at The State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg.

The two pieces selected for this exhibition are (left to right): Negotiated Peace (formerly Echo & Narcissus) and an untitled walnut and bird's eye maple cabinet.  

Watch for more information on this exhibit sometime in early June.

Why Are There Arrows Sticking Out of This Cabinet?

You may recall a curvy two-piece ensemble that I debuted in late 2014, named Echo and Narcissus.  In early 2015, after some frustration with certain aspects of the wall cabinet, Echo, I was inspired to make some changes to the cabinet that expressed that frustration.  The image at left clearly describes those changes.  For anyone interested in more specifics about how the new piece was actually made, the recipe (or as much of it as I'm willing to reveal) is as follows:

  • (1) finely crafted and detailed cabinet and mirror ensemble

  • frustration, a healthy pinch

  • (3) handmade arrows w/ broadheads

  • (1) longbow

  • a drill press

I'm calling the new piece Negotiated Peace (formerly Echo & Narcissus).  For more images, visit my Gallery page.

The decision to change the piece was not an easy one.  I debated with myself for days, stressed, didn't sleep.  The thought of potentially destroying something I had created was scary, but so very intriguing. In the end, that inner voice won out, the one that kept saying "you know I'm right, quit fooling yourself and do it."  The funny thing about that voice: it's always right.


Making Meaning, An Artist's Discussion at the Fuller Craft Museum

I'm thrilled and honored to announce that I will be participating in an artist's discussion at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts on Sunday, January 25th.  The discussion is part of the Fuller Craft Museum's 2014 Biennial Members Exhibition.  My walnut and bird's eye maple cabinet was selected to be part of this exhibition.

Along 5 other artists whose work was part of the exhibition, I'll be discussing how I build meaning into my work.  If you're in the Boston area this weekend, I believe this will be an interesting and entertaining event.  For details about the discussion, visit the Fuller Craft Museum's website here