FROM FERROUS TO FINE at Idyllwild Arts
I will be teaching a week long workshop at Idyllwild Arts in California this summer, June 15 - 19. The workshop will focus on the use of steel in jewelry. Students will learn small-scale welding on wire & sheet, silver & gold soldering on steel, surface techniques, and finishes. Sign up before April 15th and receive a 5% discount. You can also get discounts ($50 off) for bringing a friend or family member. Contact Idyllwild regarding registration and discounts.
The Jackalope Collective at SIERAAD International Art Jewelry Fair
As you might recall, I am one of a group of ten American art jewelers that will be going to Amsterdam in November to exhibit at the SIERAAD International Art Jewelry Fair. I want to thank everyone that has already donated and shown us support. Setting up this campaign was fun and we worked hard to come up with incentives that would be unique and desirable for folks. Many of the group members are newly out of graduate school and participating in a show of this caliber is a huge financial risk. Each one of us have committed to participating and we will be paying for the booth, our airfare to Amsterdam, housing while we're there, as well as the expenses of making the work we will be exhibiting. If you haven't given yet, please check out the campaign incentives and see if there is anything that tempts you! Your assistance in funding the booth cost will allow us to focus on the other aspects of getting there, making new work, & having a spectacular experience!
Click here to go to the campaign website and donate!
If you have questions about why our exhibiting at SIERAAD is important to the American art jewelry community, please read these curatorial statements by Rachel Timmins and Jillian Moore. They have been such amazing advocates for all of us involved and their committment to the growth of the greater American art jewelry field is inspiring. I definitely am looking at this opportunity as a way to address issues within our community, how we educate our audiences, and how we determine the future of craft by exploring new avenues.
You can learn more about all of the members of the Jackalope Collective and their work through profiles that two of our members have been publishing on blogs. Liz Steiner has been posting a series of interviews on her blog while Katja Toporski has been posting profiles through Crafthaus.
Update on "Fabricated" at the Target Gallery
The opening reception was this past Thursday, Valentine's Day, and I am happy to announce that I got a great Valentine's Day gift: Best in Show! You can still catch the exhibition as it is open until March 3rd.
"FROM FERROUS TO FINE" WORKSHOP AT PENLAND SCHOOL OF CRAFTS - SUMMER 2013
I will be teaching a workshop at the Penland School of Crafts during the summer of 2013, Session 3: June 23rd - July 5th. The class "From
Ferrous to Fine" will look at steel from a jewelry mindset.
FABRICATED: AN EXHIBITION OF WEARABLE ART AT THE TORPEDO FACTORY
My work will be a part of the exhibition Fabricated: An Exhibition of Wearable Art at the Torpedo Factory's Target Gallery. The show, juried by Rachel Timmins, will run from February 2 - March 3, 2013. Opening reception on February 14th, 6 - 8pm. Follow the link here to the Target Gallery calendar: www.torpedofactory.org/galleries/target…
FORGING THE SPOON WORKSHOP - JANUARY 2013
If you are in the Austin, Texas area, join me for a weekend workshop at the
Creative Side Jewelry Academy on January 5 - 6, 2013 from 10am - 6pm.
I will be teaching a hands-on workshop on how to forge a spoon. We will
explore different hammer blows, tapering, thickening, splitting, sinking,
planishing, texturing, and other surface finishing methods. The workshop
will end with an Ice Cream Social, the perfect way for us to test our
creations! Follow the link here:www.creativeside.org/classes/details/24…
NEW WORKS: APRIL WOOD REVIEWED IN SCULPTURE MAGAZINE
My solo exhibition New Works: April Wood at the Austin Museum of Art was reviewed in the November 2012 issue of Sculpture magazine. The link is www.sculpture.org/documents/scmag12/nov…
NEW WORKS: APRIL WOOD AT AUSTIN MUSEUM OF ART
New Works: April Wood is a solo exhibition on view at the Gatehouse Gallery of the Austin Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria. The show will run from August 24 - December 2, 2012. Laguna Gloria is a beautiful location, situated on the edge of Lake Austin on 12 acres. The property was built as an Italian style villa for the Austin heiress Clara Driscoll in 1914. It became the Laguna Gloria Art Museum in 1961 and home of the Austin Museum of Art in 1992. I will be giving an artist talk in the gallery on August 25th at 2pm to discuss my work and my process. The link for the show is www.amoa-arthouse.org/2012/new-works/
MARYLAND STATE ART COUNCIL GRANT 2012
I am pleased to announce that I am a recipient of a $3000 Maryland State Art Council Individual Artist Award in the Crafts Category!
UPCOMING - Sensory Overload Exhibition
Come check out my work in the upcoming group exhibition at Gallery 31 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. The show runs from July 7th until August 1st with the opening reception on Thursday July 8th from 5 - 7 pm. The artists featured in this exhibition explore the physical senses within their work in a variety of ways. Follow these links to learn more about the exhibition & the gallery.
AVAM MELTING POT: FOOD SALON
Saturday March 20th from 11:30 - 8:30 the American Visionary Art Museum presents Melting Pot: A Food Salon. This day of hands-on workshops, demos, & speakers is in conjunction with the AVAM's exhibit Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
I will be giving a rubber mold-making & chocolate casting demo titled "How to Make Your Own Chocolate Kisses" from 2:30 - 3:30 in the Barn. From 7 - 8 pm there will be a panel discussion focusing on the future of food and why we should be thinking more about what we eat. Panelists include Antonia Demas (President of the Food Studies Institute), Damian Mosley (writer, food scholar, & cook), Brian Hughes (organic farmer), & Psyche Williams-Forson (professor & author).
The AVAM is located at 800 Key Highway in Baltimore.
MARYLAND STATE ART COUNCIL ARTIST GRANT
I recently received a Maryland State Art Council Individual Artist Grant for Works on Paper. This is the second year I have received an Art Council Grant; last year I received a larger grant for Sculpture.
UPCOMING- A Complex Weave Symposium with Eleanor Heartney
A Complex Weave: Women and Identity in Contemporary Arts Symposium with Keynote Speaker Eleanor Heartney
Center for the Arts Lecture Hall Room 2032
Friday, April 9, 1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Eleanor Heartney is a contributing editor to Art in America and Artpress and author of numerous articles and books on contemporary art, including After the Revolution: Women who Transformed Contemporary Art (co-author) and Art and Today. She has written for many major art publications including Art News, the New Art Examiner, Sculpture, the Washington Post, and the New York Times. She received the College Art Association’s Frank Jewett Mather Award for distinction in art criticism in 1992 and was honored by the French government as a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2008. Other speakers at the symposium will be artists whose work can be viewed in the Complex Weave exhibition, including Blanka Amezkua, Helène Aylon, Siona Benjamin, and Sonya Clark.
A COMPLEX WEAVE: Women & Identity in Contemporary Art
February 12 - April 17 (Closed Sunday, March 14 - Sunday, March 21)
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Co-curated by Dr. Martin Rosenberg of Rutgers University, Camden and Dr. J. Susan Isaacs of Towson University. This exhibition presents the work of 16 artists of diverse backgrounds who address aspects of identity, including nationality, ethnicity, gender, and religion. Media includes sculpture, time-based, painting, prints, fibers, and photography. Artists include: Blanka Amezkua, Sarah Amos, Helène Aylon, Siona Benjamin, Sonya Clark, Zöe Charlton, Annet Couwenberg, Lalla Essaydi, Judy Gelles, Sharon Harper, Julie Haris, Fujiko Isamura, Tatiana Parcero, Philemona Williamson, Flo Oy Wong, and April Wood. Co-sponsored by the College of Fine Arts and Communication, the College of Liberal Arts, the Departments of Women’s Studies and Art + Design, Art History, Art Education and the Women’s Center.
SURFACE DESIGN JOURNAL- Fall 2009 Cover & feature
My work was the cover and a feature article in the Fall 2009 issue of Surface Design Journal, the preeminent fibers magazine in the US. J. Susan Isaacs wrote "April Wood: A Body Explored" for the magazine, highlighting the combination of alternate fiber materials like animal gut within my metal work. Back issues of the magazine can be ordered here
AMBIGUOUS BODIES - GOUCHER COLLEGE
Ambiguous Bodies, an art exhibition exploring different interpretations of the human body, will be presented at Goucher College’s Silber Art Gallery in the Athenaeum from Tuesday, November 3, through Sunday, December 13.
This exhibit, which is free and open to the public, can be viewed Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. An artist's reception will be held Thursday, November 19, at 6 p.m. in the Silber Art Gallery. Call 410-337-6477 for more information.
The human body can be interpreted in diverse ways. In the exhibition Ambiguous Bodies, 10 artists employ the idea of ambiguity, dismantling notions of the classical and the ideal form, while simultaneously broadening the scope of the human form to include differences of beauty, race, sexuality, and gender.