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.
"The research that I will undertake is of interest to many woodworkers and furniture makers, and I am committed to documenting and presenting the results of this study to the field at large through a blog, video, article, presentation or a combination these. I will also seek to teach a course or workshop to share any new techniques I develop as a result of my research." - Jack Mauch, excerpt from application letter
We are grateful to Andrew Glasgow's expertise in choosing this year's winner. His expertise in contemporary craft including furniture has been honed throughout the years as he actively engages in the field. He has served as Executive Director of the American Craft Council and the Furniture Society, Curator of Decorative Arts at the Birmingham Museum of Art, Curator of Education and later, Curator of Special Programs and Collections at the Southern Highland Craft Guild, and Assistant Director at Blue Spiral 1 Gallery. He continues to curate and write about craft independently, and advises and serves on a number of boards related to craft and arts, including United States Artists. Learn more about the John D. Mineck Fellowship.
The Society is excited to share an update on past winners.From Annie Evelyn (2016)
In the last year since winning the John D. Mineck Fellowship Annie Evelyn was selected to represent the Furniture Society at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair and had her first solo show at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. The fellowship allowed Evelyn to purchase the tools and materials necessary to create a new body of work that incorporated new experimental processes. Finishing up her residency at the Penland School of Crafts in August she will travel to New Orleans to help facilitate an artist residency with Court 13 Arts (an offshoot of the organization who made Beasts of the Southern Wild) and then head to Wisconsin for a Windgate Residency at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
From Sarah Marriage (2015)
I have been working on launching my Mineck funded project, A Workshop of Our Own (WOO). We have a 6,400 sqft professional woodshop dedicated to educating and supporting women in the field of furniture making. I recently received a Grit Fund grant for WOO, from The Contemporary with additional support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Robert W Deutsch Foundation. I am teaching two workshops at craft schools this summer: one at Anderson Ranch Arts Center and another at Penland School of Crafts. In addition to teaching and administrating at WOO, I've been sneaking in my own furniture making time, and have several commissions on the schedule for the rest of the year.
From Bart Niswonger (2011)
I have continued to explore the layers of mediation between myself as the designer and my computer controlled router as the tool. There are several layers of software involved and increasingly I have been subverting that software to my own aims, often by writing small programs to randomly generate geometry or toolpaths. In June I was able to take those ideas from the more or less flat world of 3-axis routers, where the tool is always perpendicular to the table of the machine, into the world of 4-axis in which the part is rotated about the X axis while the tool moves along the X, Y, and Z axis, not unlike a lathe. ShopBot loaned me the machine and I demo'd the work in Kansas City at the joint American Association of Woodturners and Furniture Society Conference.
From Libby Schrum (2010)
After being featured in the Grovewood Rocks! exhibition last summer at the Grovewood Gallery in Asheville, NC, my Rolig Rocker began the new year as part of a group show at the Messler Gallery in Rockport, Maine. In March, I participated in my fifth Architectural Digest Design Show. Most recently, I was one of two artists featured at NoRo Gallery in Rockland, Maine. At NoRo, I introduced two new sizes of the Siblings bench and am working on ways to market the benches to art galleries, educational institutions and other organizations interested purchasing high end, well-crafted benches for use in public spaces. I am also developing a campaign to market and build a wider audience for STUDIOcation. STUDIOcation is a unique opportunity to vacation in Camden, Maine, experiencing all the excellent food, shopping, outdoors and culture that the Midcoast offers while spending one-on-one time in the woodshop designing and building your own table. My work and STUDIOcation were both featured in Take Magazine at the end of June.
The Society would also like to share that we are approaching our one-year anniversary in our new location, 100 Pier Four Blvd in Boston's Seaport District. We invite the extending Mineck Family to visit our new galleries and support the work of American artists in a variety of media, including wood furniture and home decor.