Craft in America: Identity

Craft in America: Identity

Fri, 12/27/2019 - 10:00pm - 11:00pm

Wendy Maruyama

In this episode meet RIT alumni and furniture maker Wendy Maruyama, who shares her craft and the challenges related to her deafness and disability. 

Craft in America, the Peabody Award-winning documentary series discovering the beauty, significance and relevance of handmade objects and the artists who make them, kicks off its 10th season on Friday, December 27, 2019. At 10 p.m. the series presents Identity, which explores how artists challenge accepted norms of gender, race, culture and place, offering truer expressions of their experience in this world. The episode includes: Diego Romero, a potter living and working in Santa Fe, NM, a member of the Cochiti Pueblo tribe; contemporary photographer Cara Romero, a member of the Chemehuevi Indian Tribe of the Chemehuevi Reservation of the Mojave Desert, CA; and Cristina Córdova, sculptor, lives and works at Penland, far from her birthplace, Puerto Rico.

Identity also features Wendy Maruyama, furniture maker and educator. Born an American of Japanese heritage, Maruyama nurtures her artistic talent as a highly accomplished woodworker and furniture designer in a field dominated by men, and in the process, surmounts challenges related to her deafness and disability. Maruyama is one of the first two women to receive a Masters of Fine Arts in Furniture Design at the Rochester Institute of Technology and has been a professor of woodworking and furniture design for over thirty years. She has exhibited work nationally and internationally, with solo and group shows at The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA, Savannah College of Art and Design, GA, and the Fuller Museum of Craft, MA, among others. Her work can be found in many national and international museum collections and is represented by the Sparks Gallery, San Diego, CA.

This special is part of Move to Include, a partnership betweenWXXI and the Golisano Foundation designed to promote inclusion for people with intellectual and physical disabilities. Through programming and special events, WXXI and the Golisano Foundation look to build a more inclusive community by inspiring and motivating people to embrace different abilities and include all people in every aspect of community life.