The New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association is presenting an exhibit of work by Jere Osgood, one of the preeminent artist craftsmen in America. This exhibition features a collection of furniture and other works in wood from Osgood’s career. It will be on view at the gallery in Concord, N.H. through Nov. 10.
A maker since the 1950s, Osgood also began teaching in 1962. He began his teaching career at the Rochester Institute of Technology and in 1975 went on to develop the Program in Artisanry at Boston University, a training initiative that was influential in the studio-furniture field. Osgood’s thoughtful design approach of relating to forms in the natural world, coupled with his excellent joinery, has led to the creation of furniture that is both familiar and innovative. At age 78, Osgood continues to work regularly in his home studio, according to the guild.
“The level of sophistication in Jere’s work, both technically and artistically, has inspired enthusiasts and makers in the studio furniture field for decades,” says gallery director Ted Blachly, who has worked with Osgood for many years.
Osgood’s works have been exhibited widely and are held in many public and private collections including the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; the American Craft Museum in New York; the Johnson Collection (Objects USA); the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American Art and the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, N.H. He has been named a Fellow of the American Crafts Council for his extraordinary contributions to the field and was recently given an Award of Distinction at the Furniture Society.
The Center for Art in Wood in Philadelphia recently concluded its exhibition, “allTURNatives: Form + Spirit 2014,” on Oct. 25. The multidisciplinary exhibition, held to celebrate the center’s 19th year hosting the Windgate ITE international residency program, featured collaborative works by the residents during their two-month stay in Philadelphia.
The Arkansas Arts Center will feature the sculpture of Stoney Lamar in the exhibition, “A Sense of Balance,” Oct. 24 through Jan. 18 at the Winthrop Rockefeller Gallery in Little Rock, Ark. The exhibit was organized by the Asheville Art Museum and guest-curated by Andrew Glasgow, former executive director of The Furniture Society and American Craft Council.
Winterthur raises funds
Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library announced the public phase of the Campaign for Winterthur, a $50 million initiative for strategic endowments during the next five years. It is the largest comprehensive campaign in Winterthur’s history.
“The comprehensive Campaign for Winterthur will sustain and enhance Winterthur’s position as a world-class institution by focusing on endowments in four key areas: collections, acquisitions and exhibitions; garden; library, and academic programs,” museum director David Roselle said in a statement. “The successful funding of these goals will carry us forward with a unified purpose as well as the critical support necessary for advancing our mission.”
This article originally appeared in the November 2014 issue.