John D. Mineck Furniture Fellowship
Congratulations to the 2017 Mineck Fellow, Jack Mauch!With the assistance of Andrew Glasgow (Asheville, NC), the Society of Arts and Crafts is pleased to recommend Jack Mauch as this year's Mineck Foundation Furniture Fellow.
Mauch is in a moment of transition, currently packing up his studio in Allston, Massachusetts and preparing for two upcoming residencies -- a Studio Fellowship at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship and a Windgate ITE Residency at the Center for Art in Wood -- which will bookend the fellowship period.
His application thoughtfully detailed the ways the Mineck Furniture Fellowship can fund three interrelated goals that would have an immediate and long-term impact on his career: to buy equipment that is necessary for his continued growth and independence; to undertake a course of study in digital fabrication technology; and to dedicate a period of time to the development of his current work that focuses on patterned veneer surfaces by exploring the possibilities focusing 3D modeling and CNC milling to aid in veneering compound-curved forms and complex geometry. Stay tuned for updates from Jack as he progresses through the fellowship. See Jack's furniture.
About the FellowshipThe John D. Mineck Foundation was formed in 2007 to award charitable and educational gifts reflecting John D. Mineck’s interests and values. John was a past President of the Society of Arts and Crafts Board of Trustees and a beloved member of Boston’s cultural community. He was a friend to everyone he met and it was always important to him to stay in touch with new and old friends alike — reaching out, offering to help, being supportive and engaged.
The Furniture Fellowship developed from John’s love for making fine furniture and the skill, passion, and dedication exhibited by those in the field. In an effort to support the craft that John loved and the people who make it, the John D. Mineck Foundation created this Fellowship to encourage and support a young-in-career furniture artist with the financial assistance to help them succeed in their journey. Through the generosity of the Foundation, we are able to award $25,000 annually to an artist who demonstrates skill and commitment to their craft.
This cohort represents the qualities John appreciated in the field: talent in making, exploration and growth of new ideas, and the importance of a community that supports each other. Their work demonstrates the possibilities in making — a variety of techniques, design aesthetics, and functional forms. The Society of Arts and Crafts would like to extend our gratitude to the John D. Mineck Foundation for making this Fellowship a possibility.