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Wendy Maruyama: The wildLIFE Project


The Center presents provocative works by three artists in the Gerry Lenfest Gallery.  Wendy Maruyama: The wildLIFE Projectaddresses poaching and the illegal ivory trade which has all but decimated the elephant and exemplifies the artist’s shift beyond traditional studio craft and education, to advocacy.  Elephants are memorialized in monumental form with sculpted heads ranging from 8 to 12 feet in height, and shrine-like cabinet forms.  All create layers of sensory experience for the viewer as does the use of video, incense and a bronze bell – set to ring throughout the day.

Wendy Maruyama: The WildLIFE Project is organized by Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and curated by Elizabeth Kozlowski. The exhibition is made possible through generous support by the Windgate Charitable Foundation.

This exhibit runs concurrently with the Dorothy Gill Barnes & Dona Look: Beyond the Trees exhibit.


Reception with Wendy Maruyama and Dorothy Gill Barnes | Thursday, March 3, 2016 | 6 – 7:30 PM

First Fridays | Feb 5, March 4*, April 1, 2016 | 5 – 8 PM.    

*Meet artists Wendy Maruyama and Dorothy Gill Barnes  at the March 4 First Friday

Gallery talk with Wendy Maruyama and Dorothy Gill Barnes Saturday, March 5, 2016 | 2 – 4:30 PM | followed by dinner with the artists, trustees and supporters.

Questions about our events? Please contact Fred Kaplan-Mayer, Director of Advancement at 215-923-8000 or

Exhibitions at the Center are generously supported by the Cambium Circle members of The Center for Art in Wood, The Bresler Family Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Samuel S. Fels Foundation, and Windgate Charitable Foundation. Corporate support provided by Penn State Industries and Signarama Center City Philadelphia