Wayne Art Center Announces CraftForms 2023

October 16, 2023

Wayne Art Center is excited to announce the 28th anniversary of CraftForms, the International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Fine Craft and its’ 14th annual companion show, InGrained: Furniture, Sculpture and Woodturning by Pennsylvania Artists. The exhibitions will be open from December 2, 2023 through January 20, 2024.

Dedicated to enhancing the public’s awareness of fine contemporary craft, CraftForms 2023 provides an exquisite venue for established and emerging artists to share their creative endeavors with the Wayne Art Center community and the greater Philadelphia area. The exhibit features artists from 29 states and four countries, including Nigeria, Taiwin, Mexico and Israel. Works include basketry, ceramics, decorative fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, paper, wearable art and wood. With the guidance of a growing list of esteemed jurors, CraftForms has received notable recognition from the broader craft culture, both nationally and abroad.

Wayne Art Center is delighted to welcome juror Jean McLaughlin, the former Director of North Carolina’s Penland School of Craft. As a life-long advocate for artists, McLaughlin is currently exploring her own creative voice and giving back as a volunteer, consultant, writer and curator.

In conjunction with CraftForms 2023, Wayne Art Center will host InGrained, an exhibition showcasing works by 24 exceptional Pennsylvania artists, including loaned works by master craftsmen Wharton Esherick and George Nakasima. Curator Mark Sfirri is a highly regarded furniture maker, wood sculptor, and the former Director of Bucks County Community College’s Fine Woodworking Program. InGrained will be on view in the Ethel Sergeant Clark Smith Gallery.

Also on display in the Vidinghoff Lobby Gallery will be Attraction to Abstraction, Wayne Art Center’s annual juried exhibition of large abstract works. Juror Marianne Mitchell has shown works nationally and internationally, and is currently on the faculty at Wayne Art Center.

The success of CraftForms 2023 is made possible through the dedicated efforts of the CraftForms Committee and the support and generosity of local business sponsors, patrons, and event attendees. Funds raised benefit Wayne Art Center’s diverse array of arts education, outreach and exhibition programs for individuals of all ages, incomes and abilities.

CraftForms 2023 Schedule of Events

CraftForms 2023 Preview Party
Friday, December 1, 6-9 pm

CraftForms’ Juror & InGrained
Curator’s Talk & Meet the Artists

Saturday, December 2, 1-4 pm

Holiday Shopping Weekend
Friday, December 8, 5-8 pm,
Saturday, December 9, 10 am-5 pm
Sunday, December 10, 11 am- 4 pm

Mira Nakasima Lecture
Wednesday, December 13, 5:30-7 pm

Woodturning Demo with Janine Wang
Saturday, January 6, 2024 1-2:30 pm

InGrained Lecture with Mark Sfirri
& Miriam Carpenter
Wednesday, January 10, 2024, 5:30-7 pm

Patron Wine Pairing Dinner
Thursday, January, 18, 2024, 6 pm

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