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Residency program promotes use of reclaimed wood

Colin Pezzano working in his basement shop

Colin Pezzano working in his basement shop

Colin Pezzano, a graduate of Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, is the first fellow of the Winter Residency Program, established by the Center for Art in Wood and NextFab, a network of member-based maker spaces.

The program is for artists in Greater Philadelphia working in the medium of wood. In observing environmental stewardship, it is required that reclaimed wood comprises at least 50 percent of the work during the residency.

“We received many submissions from an outstanding pool of applicants, making this first year’s selection process an exceptionally difficult one. The Winter Residency selection committee sought an individual who works solely in wood or with wood in combination with other materials and demonstrates technical proficiency with woodworking equipment,” according to a statement provided by the organizations.

“Wrought Iron”, made from poplar and veneer. 

“Wrought Iron”, made from poplar and veneer. 

Pezzano, who works out of a basement studio in South Philadelphia, has worked and taught in makers spaces, personal studios and commercial shops. His work has been shown in several galleries and juried exhibitions. He’s attended residencies in the U.S. and Sweden, and is a Windgate Fellow.

The residency will run from Jan. 11 through Mar. 1,culminating with an exhibition of the completed project at NextFab’s gallery in North Philadelphia.

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This article was originally published in the December 2020 issue.

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