Mark Sfirri selected to receive CWA Lifetime Achievement Award
Maker, Teacher, Scholar. Mark will receive his award at the CWA Forum in Little Rock. .
Mark Sfirri is the 2012 recipient of the CWA Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition for his creativity as an artist, his innovative approach to his work, as well as his reputation as a teacher and as a scholar on the subject of wood artists including Wharton Esherick. He has played a central role in the development of the wood art field. Sfirri studied furniture-making under Tage Frid at Rhode Island School of Design, where he started experimenting with ways to incorporate woodturning into furniture. Sfirri has worked primarily in wood in his forty-year career and creates furniture, utilitarian objects, and sculpture. He is noted for his pioneering work in multi-axis woodturning. Sfirri has taught at Bucks County Community College since 1981 and coordinates the Fine Woodworking programs there. He has taught workshops throughout the United States as well as Canada, England, Ireland, France, New Zealand, and Australia. The James Renwick Alliance of the Smithsonian Institution recognized his teaching in 2010 by awarding him a national Distinguished Educator Award. Over the past decade he has published a dozen articles on design, technique, and history. Five of them focus on the life and work of Wharton Esherick. Sfirri presented a paper on the prints of Wharton Esherick for the symposium, Wharton Esherick and the Birth of the American Modern, held at the University of Pennsylvania in 2010. He was a guest curator for the accompanying exhibit.