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Schools of Thought II: East Coast Contemporaries Exhibit
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NH Furniture Masters Gallery
49 South Main St.
Concord, NH 03301


Wheelchair accessible
Schools of Thought II: East Coast Contemporaries Exhibit
Saturday, Aug. 16
10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Sheri Keniston

The world of contemporary studio furniture has, in large part, been defined by artists who graduated from three renowned programs on the east coast: Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and Boston University’s Program in Artisanry. These programs shared an intertwined history and a philosophy towards design that continues to shape the landscape of modern American furniture design.
In the second exhibition of their “Schools of Thought” series, the New Hampshire Furniture Masters will examine the work of makers from these three programs and the ways in which their education shaped their development as artists.
The resurgent interest in American craft after World War II led to the creation of the School of American Craftsman at RIT in 1949 and the blossoming of the studio furniture movement in the US. The subsequent creation of furniture programs at RISD and Boston University by RIT faculty and alumni spread the gospel of quality craftsmanship and unbounded design that are the hallmarks of these programs. Freed from the constraints of traditional American design, graduates of these programs have become some of the leading voices in contemporary studio furniture. “Schools of Thought II: East Coast Contemporaries” includes work by current Furniture Masters Jon Brooks, Gail Fredell, Garrett Hack, David Lamb, David Leach and A. Thomas Walsh. Pictured is “Spud Point,” (2011) by Gail Fredell 33"h x 12"w x 55"l Dyed ash frame, pickled white oak base, quarter sawn oak top, steel details Photo credit: Steve Mann
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