2009 International Turning Exchange Residency Program Comes to Moore

For Immediate Release
June 11, 2009

(Philadelphia, PA) The Wood Turning Center is proud to announce the 2009 International Turning Exchange (ITE) Resident Fellows. 2009 marks the fourteenth year the Center has sponsored this residency program. Five artists and a visiting scholar have been selected by the 2009 ITE Selection Committee: Gail Brown, Independent Curator, Philadelphia, PA, Doug Finkel, artist/educator, Richmond, VA, Jack Larimore, artist/educator, Philadelphia, PA, and Mark Sfirri, artist/educator, New Hope, PA. 
Residents for 2009 include:

• Derek Bencomo, artist, US
• David M. Bender, artist, US
• Jerome Blanc, artist, Switzerland
• Robert Lyon, artist, US
• Howard Risatti, scholar, US
• Leah Woods, furniture maker, US
• Photojournalist - TBD

In addition, The Wood Turning Center is proud to announce the 2010 International Turning Exchange (ITE) Resident Fellows. These resident fellows have been selected by the 2010 ITE Selection Committee: Gail Brown, Independent Curator, Philadelphia, PA, Doug Finkel, artist/educator, Richmond, VA, Jack Larimore, artist/educator, Philadelphia, PA, and Mark Sfirri, artist/educator, New Hope, PA.  Residents selected (to date) for the 2010 ITE Residency include: Luc De Roo, Belgium; Irene Grafert, Denmark; Julie Heryet, United Kingdom; Won Joo Park, South Korea and Derek Weidman, US.

Applications for all 2011 and 2012 ITE residency positions are due by October 1, 2009.  For further information on the ITE program and the application process, visit:  www.woodturningcenter.org/itemenu.html

Information about the 2009 ITE Resident Fellows: 

Derek Bencomo – Artist, US
After working with wood for 20 years, Derek recently had to close his shop and cease working due to nerve damage. The complexity of his work focused on the bottom of the piece- where one had to pick up and examine the detail. During this time he entered into a new direction where his work has no top, nor bottom focus. The timing for ITE couldn’t be better for Derek, he is regaining strength in his arm and re opening his shop. He hopes this opportunity will help him share his years of experience with wood working and provide himself insight from others to get his current ideas from paper to completion.  

David M. Bender – Artist, US
David Bender pushes boundaries by re working the traditional application of materials. Continually questioning the perceptions of material allows him freedom of application and experimentation with the final work. Through the ITE residency David hopes to learn additional skills and influences from the artists to further his craft.  Ideally, he hopes, they too will be challenged by his own processes and concepts in order for their growth to be equally enjoyable and diverse as his will be.

Jerome Blanc – Artist, Switzerland
After training as a cabinet maker in Geneva, Jerome Blanc discovered woodturning in Australia in 2000. His work is based in constant dialogue with the matter while his creations ally aesthetics with technical difficulty resulting in a stripped and elegant design. The ITE residency appealed to Jerome as a means to work in a radically different way, free from his daily routines and open to new horizons of rich human and professional experiences as well as a great source of joy and motivation.

Robert F. Lyon – Wood Turner, US
Robert Lyon is looking for his ITE residency to continue to blur the distinction between art and craft in his wok while expanding his conceptual ideas through the use of larger turnings in an installation format.  Environmental fragility, memory, beauty, and cultural identity are reoccurring themes in his work. He wishes to expand through the collaborative process as a way of generating new methods of working and thinking for his own future inspiration, as well share with his own students.

Howard Risatti- Scholar, US
Howard Risatti is Emeritus Professor of Contemporary Art and Critical Theory in the Department of Art History at Virginia Commonwealth University where he also was Chair of the Department of Craft/Material Studies from 2001-05.  Before receiving his PhD in art history from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, he earned BM and MM Degrees in music and is ABD in music theory and composition. His latest book, A Theory of Craft: Function and Aesthetic Expression, was published by the University of North Carolina Press in October 2007. 

Leah Woods – Furniture Maker, US
Leah Woods will immerse herself in reexamining and challenging her process – the ITE will give her the chance to explore her concepts using different technique while the summer’s timeframe will challenge her to work in a different scale. She explores issues relating to fashion, function, and gender and is currently seeking to find a balance – using graphic and conceptual images of women’s clothing, physical elements of women’s clothing, with issues of how and for what purpose furniture functions.

The 2009 ITE Program:

The ITE participants begin their residency in Philadelphia on June 1, 2009. They will live, travel, and work independently and collaboratively from June until the first week of August.  Typical activities include visits to museums, nature areas, historic sites, and public and private collections of art.  Sponsored by the Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia, and hosted by the University of the Arts (UArts), the residency will focus on research, discussions, studio work, experiments, and collaborations. 

On Saturday July 18, the ITE Residents invite the public into Moore’s wood studio for Open Studio Day.  Visitors can participate in discussions and watch demonstrations as the residents share their skills and talk about their evolving work.  This event is an ‘open studio’ event that takes place from 10 am until 4 pm at the College. You can come early and stay for lunch or arrive in time for lunch and spend the afternoon with the artists. Donations of $10 are requested for the event (without lunch) or $20 donation includes lunch.  An RSVP is required for anyone wishing to join the Residents for lunch. Contact the Wood Turning Center for location 215-923-8000, email info@woodturningcenter.org or visit www.woodturningcenter.org.

The grand finale to the 2009 ITE program is the exhibit, allTURNatives: Form + Spirit 2009, at the Wood Turning Center from August 7th through September 19th.  This multi-disciplinary exhibit reflects the residents’ experiences including objects produced before and during the residency.  Three-dimensional work will be accompanied by photos and/or films depicting the summer experience and the artists’ statements about their experiences and work process. The opening reception and gallery talk takes place on First Friday, August 7, 2008.  During the afternoon of Saturday, August 8, the artists will present a detailed gallery talk about their work and the ITE experience.  The First Friday reception and Saturday afternoon discussions are free and open to the public.  

At its Old City Philadelphia location, the Center features international contemporary wood art in changing exhibits, a permanent collection showing the breadth of wood art, a research library, and an eclectic mix of merchandise in the Museum Store. The Center is open Tuesday – Friday, 10am – 5pm and Saturday 12pm – 5pm. Admission is free. Donations support the Center’s educational programming. For more information, please call 215-923-8000, email info@woodturningcenter.org or visit www.woodturningcenter.org.

Programming at the Center is supported in part by generous funding from the following Foundations, Sponsors and Cambium Circle Members: Joel Assouline, Lee Bender and Carol Schilling, Fleur Bresler, Bruce and Eleanor Heister, Henry Jordan, Bruce Kaiser, Jerome and Deena Kaplan, Stephen C. Keeble and Karen Depew, Tim and Sheryl Kochman, Len and Norma Klorfine, Herb and Mae Kurtz, Alan LeCoff, Albert and Tina LeCoff, Ed Levy, Judson Randall, Greg and Regina Rhoa, National Endowment for the Arts; Pennsylvania Council on the Arts; Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission; Philadelphia Cultural Fund; anonymous foundation, and Friends of the Wood Turning Center. Corporate Sponsors include Oneway Manufacturing, Packard Woodworks, Penn State Industries, rakovaBRECKERgallery and Stubby Lathe USA, Inc.

Wood Turning Center is an art and educational organization whose mission is the encouragement and enhancement of individuals creating art from wood and other materials with a primary focus on turned and carved wood objects, and promoting public appreciation of such art.


Moore College of Art & Design educates students for inspiring careers in art and design. Founded in 1848, Moore is the nation's first and only women's art college. Moore's career-focused environment and professionally active faculty form a dynamic community in the heart of Philadelphia's cultural district. The College offers nine Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees for women. A coeducational Graduate Studies program was launching in summer, 2009. In addition, Moore provides many valuable opportunities in the arts through The Galleries at Moore, a Continuing Education Certificate program for adults, the acclaimed Youth Art Program for girls and boys grades 1-12, The Art Shop and the Sculpture Park. For more information about Moore, visit www.moore.edu.

June 5, 2009
The Wood Turning Center is proud to announce the 2009 International Turning Exchange (ITE) Resident Fellows. 2009 marks the fourteenth year the Center has sponsored this residency program.

Published on June 11th, 2009