The Center for Art in Wood

9 Feb 2021


Bayt al-Suheymi, interior with wood-turned mashrabiya, Cairo, Egypt.

The Center for Art in Wood (CAW) is a museum focused on art, craft, and design in the material of wood. Its permanent collection comprises roughly 1,200 objects, including turned objects, sculpture, studio furniture, works on paper, video, and more. In addition to its collection and rotating gallery space, it houses a research library, hosts artist residencies, and organizes The Wood Shed, a website for virtual studio tours, artist talks, craft tutorials, and more. In 2020, CAW received a Project grant for The Mashrabiya Project, an exhibition and publication that contemplates the mashrabiya, a defining element of Islamic visual culture that features elaborate geometric wooden latticework comprising thousands of individual lathe-turned pieces.