Mark Sfirri is a professor in, and coordinator of, the Fine Woodworking Programs at Bucks County Community College in Newtown PA since 1981. Mark was trained in furniture design at Rhode Island School of Design where he received both his BFA and MFA. Although that experience was mainly in the area of furniture, he also developed an interest in wood turning then.
Mark Sfirri has been selected, by the Renwick Alliance (support group for the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution), to receive a Distinguished Educator Award for 2010. He is only the second recipient of this award in the wood medium.
Mark’s work can be seen in the permanent collections of 16 major museums, mostly in the US, including the Renwick Gallery, Yale University Art Gallery, Museum of Art and Design, Carnegie Museum of Art, Minneapolis Museum of Art, and the Mint Museum of Craft + Design, to name a few. He’s lectured and demonstrated in over 100 workshops and symposia throughout the United States, France, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, and Australia. He has juried or curated 18 exhibitions. Mark has published ten articles on design, technique and history for a variety of woodworking related publications. Since 2006 Sfirri has been researching the life and work of woodworker Wharton Esherick. He has authored five articles about him for Woodwork and Journal of Modern Craft.