One-of-a-kind exhibition will elevate the work of women in chairmaking

“Seating Assignment: Women in Contemporary Chairmaking and Craft Education” will feature designs from 15 female artists.

Splitscreen on left a person is working on a wooden rocking chair on a wooden table with tools behind them in a workshop. On the right, a wooden upholstered chair with pink fabric and gold tacks bordering the fabric are against a white backdrop.

Aspen Golann’s “Little Pink Armchair” isn’t the only type of chair the artist can craft.

Photo courtesy of Sawtooth School for Visual Art

A new exhibition in Winston-Salem will draw attention to the designs of 15 nationally acclaimed female furniture makers. Salem College and Sawtooth School for Visual Art are collaborating to present “Seating Assignment: Women in Contemporary Chairmaking and Craft Education.”

The idea came from Rebecca Juliette-Duex, Sawtooth’s 2023 Gondring Resident in Woodworking. She found that women designers are not equitably featured in the Sutton Initiative for Design Education (SIDE) Chair Library at Salem College — even though the resource primarily serves female art + design students.

A presentation Juliette-Duex curated for students evolved into a full exhibit to showcase designs from female designers and makers. Two artists will also craft new pieces for the show.

“Seating Assignment” opens Saturday, March 23 in Sawtooth’s Eleanor and Egbert Davis Gallery. A reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. It will run through May 11.