Preserving the artist's heritage
Mark Sfirri
Interviewed in 2012
Sponsored by James A. Michener Art Museum
Jean Stevens and Cathy Young, Docents
Gilbert Winner, Videographer
Zoriana Siokalo, Advisor

1978    MFA Rhode Island School of Design
1974    BFA Rhode Island School of Design

2011    Aughinbaugh Gallery, Messiah College, Grantham PA, “A View From Left Field: The Art and Craft of Mark Sfirri,” solo retrospective   exhibition
2011    Minneapolis Institute of Art, “Conversations with Wood,” Minneapolis MN
2010    The Renwick Gallery (Smithsonian), “A Revolution in Wood: The Bresler Collection,” Washington DC
2009    James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA, “Twenty Years of Collecting”
2008    Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY, “Permanent Collection”
2007    Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock AR, “Craft in America”
2006    Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton MA, “The Edges of Grace”
2006    Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville KY “Turning 20-Still Evolving”
2005    CERF, “Human Form”, fundraising event
2004    Ironwood Gallery, Ridgefield CT, “Boys of Summer”
2003    Tercera Gallery, Palo Alto CA, “The Mark & Mikey Show”, 10th Anniversary
2003    Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia PA, “Cabinets of Curiosities”
2002    Musee du Bugey-Valromey, France, “Dream Wood, Wrought Wood”
Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis MN, " Wood Turning in North America Since 1930" also- Renwick Gallery and Yale University Art Gallery
2001    Memorial Art Gallery, ASU, Tempe AZ “Furniture 2001:A Cultural Odyssey”
Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte NC, "Turning Wood into Art: Mason "
2000    The Arkansas Craft Center, Little Rock AR, “Living With Form, Horn Collection”
1999    Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven CT, "Please Be Seated"
1998    James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown PA, "Bucks County Woodworkers"
1997    Berman Museum of Art, Ursinus College, Collegeville PA, "Curator's Focus”    
1996    Renwick Gallery, Washington DC, "A Madcap Tea Party", benefit  
1995    Los Angeles Craft + Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles CA, “Turned Objects”
1993    Sansar Gallery, Washington DC, "The Mark and Mikey Show”
1993    RI School of Design Museum, Providence RI, "Conservation by Design"
1993    Hagley Museum, Wilmington DE, "Art from the Lathe", WTC event
Port of History Museum, Philadelphia PA, “International Turned Objects Show”
1991    Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia PA, "Philadelphia Woodworkers"
1989    Sansar Gallery, Washington DC, "Solo Exhibit"
1989    Fort Wayne Museum of Art, "Artful Objects: Recent American Craft"
1988    Port of History Museum, Philadelphia PA, "International Turned Objects Show"
1988    American Craft Museum, New York NY, "Bewitched by Craft", benefit
1986    Workbench Gallery, New York NY, "Fresh"
1983    Port of History Museum, Philadelphia PA, "Furniture by Philadelphia     Woodworkers"
1977    American Craft Museum, New York NY, "Young Americans"

2011        Renwick Gallery, Washington DC, lecture-Grand Salon, Distinguished Artists Series   
2011    “Wharton Esherick and the Birth of the American Modern,” lecture on the Prints of Wharton Esherick for the symposium at UPENN
2011    “Collaboration 2011,” Bowral Australia, only invited artist from North America
2011    Fairhope History Museum and Fairhope Public Library, Fairhope AL, lectures on the life and work of Wharton Esherick
2009    “The Influence of Philadelphia Area Furniture Makers on the Studio Furniture Movement Since 1925”, Philadelphia Invitational Furniture Show, Lecture
2009    American Association of Woodturners conference, Albuquerque NM, demonstrator
2008    “The Work of Wharton Esherick,” Wayne Art Center, Wayne PA, lecture
2008    Aha Hana Lima Workshop sponsored by Hawai’i Craftsmen, Honolulu HI
2008    Master Class and demonstration, Galway Ireland
2008    Furniture Society Conference, Purchase NY, demonstrator
2007    CollaboratioNZ, international collaborative conference, Whangeri NZ, invited
2007 & 04    American Association of Woodturners Conference, Portland OR, demonstrator
2006    Penland School of Arts & Crafts, Penland NC, Workshop “Spoonerisms”
2006    Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond VA, Visiting Artist
2005    Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle ME, Workshop
2003    “Annual Irish Woodturning Conference”, Dublin Ireland, Demonstrator
2002    "Symposium II", Yale University, New Haven CT, panelist
2001-03    “The Furniture Society Annual Conference”, lecturer/demonstrator
2000 & 03    Artistic Woodturning Worldwide 2000", conference, France, demonstrator
1999    "Assoc. of Woodturners of Great Britain Conference", demonstrator
1999    "Please Be Seated", Yale University, New Haven CT, lecturer
1998-99    Puy St. Martin, France, two-week workshop, government sponsored
1998    Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Gatlinburg TN, workshop
1998    “Professionalism in Craft,” Philadelphia Furniture Show, lecture
1997    "World Turning Conference", Ursinus College, Collegeville PA, lecturer
1993-96    The American Association of Woodturners annual conferences, demonstrator
1992-2000    "Woodworking and Design", Saskatoon Saskatchewan, demonstrator
1993    Renwick Gallery  (Smithsonian Institution), Washington DC, lecturer,
1990    "Yuma Art Symposium", Yuma AZ, demonstrator
1989    Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle ME, workshop
1988    Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield CT, workshop
1978    Penland School of Crafts, Penland NC, workshop

Lectured and demonstrated woodturning and woodworking design and techniques throughout the US, Canada, France, Ireland, England, New Zealand, and Australia

2011    Visiting Artist, Indiana University of PA, Collectors of Wood Art (CWA) grant
2010    Distinguished Educator Award, Renwick Alliance (Renwick Gallery-Smithsonian)
2008 & 03    Visiting Artist Grant, Collectors of Wood Art, Rhode Island School of Design
2007    Gold Curators Award, “Craftforms 2007,” Wayne Art Center, Wayne PA
2006    Curators Award, “Craftforms 2006”, Wayne Art Center, Wayne PA
1998 & 93    NICHE Award Finalist
1997    Bucks County Community College- Cultural Incentive Grant
1987    Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Fellowship- Crafts
1987    Bucks County Community College- Professional Achievement Award- Faculty

2012    Juror, Fairhope Art Festival, Fairhope Alabama
2011    Juror, Philadelphia Craft Show, Philadelphia PA
2010    Guest Curator for exhibit “Wharton Esherick and the Birth of the American Modern” at the University of Pennsylvania
2008    Curator “Across the Grain” exhibition, Wayne Art Center, Wayne PA
2006-10    Founding member of the Professional Outreach Program (POP) of the American Association of Woodturners (AAW)
2003    Furniture Society Annual Conference, Philadelphia PA, co-chair programming committee
2001    “Canes and Walking Sticks,” Wharton Esherick Museum, Paoli PA, juror
1999-2012    Co-founder and Co-organizer of the Echo Lake Collaborative Conferences held annually at Bucks County Community College (14th year)
1999    Juror, “Woodturning,” Abington Arts Center, Abington PA
1993    Juror, Creative Crafts Council Biennial Exhibition, Washington DC

Has been researching the life and work of Wharton Esherick since 2006. Authored or coauthored
six articles about Wharton Esherick for The Journal of Modern Craft, and Woodwork.  

    The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, DC
    The Museum of Arts & Design (formerly the American Craft Museum) NY NY
    Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven CT
    The Minneapolis Institute of Art
    The Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte NC
    The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles CA
    Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh PA    
    The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu HI
    Long Beach Museum, Long Beach CA     
    Musee de Bugey-Valromey, Lochieu France
    The Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit MI
    The Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia PA
    Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg TN
    Saskatchewan Arts Board, Saskatoon SK Canada
    James A. Michener Art Museum, New Hope PA
    Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock AR
    Temple Judea Museum of Keneseth Israel, Elkin's Park PA
    Louisville Slugger Museum, Louisville KY
    Mars Corporation, Corporate Office, Langley MD
    Messiah College,  Grantham PA

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