UL's Hilliard University Art Museum will present 'Turning Wood Into Art: The Jane and Arthur Mason Collection' from Jan. 8, 2011 through March 20, 2011.

Turned-wood objects embody a provocative combination of the natural and the man-made. The dialog between an artist and the wood on the lathe is a balancing act between precise control and the forces of chance, a collaboration of hand, machine, mind, and matter. Indeed, the allure of a turned-wood piece resonates from the intersection of the material’s inherent beauty and the turner’s mastery of technique, concept, and form.

The field of woodturning has matured rapidly over the past two decades and has achieved an exciting level of quality, artistic expression, and technical innovation. Turning Wood Into Art showcases approximately sixty-five objects from the Mint Museum of Craft + Design’s, Jane and Arthur Mason Collection, one of the world’s foremost collections of contemporary wood sculpture. The exhibition features the work of forty artists from around the world, including Stephen Hogbin, Po Shun Leong, Hans Weissflög, James Prestini, Bob Stocksdale, Rude Osolnik, Edward Moulthrop, and Mel Lindquist, as well as the next generation of turners to emerge, like David Ellsworth and Mark Lindquist.

The showing here at The Hilliard University Art Museum is part of a national tour over two and a half years period, containing approximately sixty-five wood turned objects from the collection of the Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, North Carolina. The tour was developed and managed by Smith Kramer Fine Art Services, an exhibition tour development company in Kansas City, Missouri.

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