About the Event:
The Furniture Society conference is now open. The non-profit organization representing, promoting, and connecting furniture makers, designers, collectors, curators, educators, and manufacturers from around the world, is presenting the conference June 8 - 10 in New Orleans.
After hosting a virtual event in 2022, the conference will feature live presentations and demonstrations in the morning, professional development in the afternoons including presentations by the Craft for a Greater Good with the Society's partner YAYA, and curated tours.
This year, the FS23 focuses on: Making Spaces: How Place Shapes Production, Living, and Community
Main Stage Presenters:
Rosanne Somerson — member of the American Craft Council’s College of Fellows, furniture designer/maker, educator, and former President of RISD Michael Puryear — 2023 Award of Distinction recipient, furniture maker, educator.
Lolis Eric Elie — writer and filmmaker
Mardi Gras Indians: Chief Howard Miller — President of the Indian Council & Eleanora (Rukiya) Brown — masking Indian Queen and Mixed-Media artist
Additional Presenters Include:
Aspen Golann — Furniture maker, educator, Mineck Award recipient, Founder of The Chairmakers Toolbox
Don MIller — TFS Board member, woodworker, instrument maker, educator
Chelsea Van Voorhis — Woodworker, veneer artist, shop manager at Community Workshop NOLA
Lydia Blackmore — Curator at The Historic New Orleans Collection
Amy Cantrell — Founder of BeLoved Ashville and so much more!
Ponkho Bermejo — Co-director, BeLoved Asheville
YAYA, Inc — creative and entrepreneurial programs for youth development, 2023 FS partner for Craft for a Greater Good
Thursday, June 8:
Meet & Greet, curated museum tour, dinner on your own, networking opportunities
Friday, June 9 & Saturday, June 10:
Presentations, demonstrations, professional development, mentorships, networking opportunities, Craft for a Greater Good with our partner YAYA, museum tours, and studio visits.
Friday, June 9:
Member’s exhibition and reception
Saturday June 10:
Award of Distinction luncheon to honor Michael Puryear
Conference pricing is $325 for members, $425 for non-members and $100 for students.
To register, click here.