• Executive Order 9066 at San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design

    Opens October 4 through January 4, 2015

    Organized by the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston, Massachusetts, the Museum of Craft and Design is the final stop of this traveling exhibition funded by the Windgate Foundation.

    Wendy Maruyama: Executive Order 9066 includes three integrated parts: the Tag Project, Executive Order 9066 and a selection of historical artifacts.

    The Tag Project consists of 120,000 replicas of the paper identification tags that Japanese American internees were forced to wear when they were being relocated. The tags are grouped into ten sculptural bundles and suspended from the ceiling, each bundle represents one of the camps. They evoke a powerful sense of the humiliation endured by the internees and the sheer numbers of those displaced.

    Executive Order 9066 involves a series of wall-mounted cabinets and sculptures referencing themes common in the interment camps. Maruyama’s pieces integrate photo transfers based on the documentary photographs of Dorothea Lange and Toyo Miyatake in conjunction with materials such as barbed wire, tarpaper and domestic objects.

    Maruyama’s addition of actual objects owned or made by the internees brings an intensely personal awareness to the impact of Executive Order 9066. Included objects range from actual suitcases used by families during their relocation to an array of items made from available materials in the camps.

    Organized by The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA

    Exhibit design: Ted Cohen

    The Museum of Craft and Design’s exhibitions and programs are generously supported by the Windgate Charitable Foundation and Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.

  • "Mickey MacIntosh" at ArtSD2011

    A new edition of Mickey MacIntosh will be released this year and the first of the 2011 edition will debut at this year's San Diego Contemporary Art Fair at the Bay Front Hilton Hotel September 2-4, 2011. For more information, go to http://artsandiego-fair.com/email_publicity/july_highlights_email.html

  • Furniture from the Permanent Collection February 13 — September 26, 2010

    Fuller Craft Museum is proud to present its first exhibition exclusively devoted to studio furniture from the Museum's permanent collection. This exhibition showcases a growing collection of works from emerging and master furniture artists.

    Highlights from the Permanent Collection
    February 13 — April 18, 2010

    A selection of the works from Fuller Craft Museum's permanent collection will be on display in the M. Tarlow Gallery. Works on display include special emphasis on ceramics and wood.

  • The New Materiality: Digital Dialogues at the Boundaries of Contemporary Craft May 29, 2010 — February 6, 2011

    Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Massachusetts

    Curated by Fo Wilson, The New Materiality: Digital Dialogues at the Boundaries of Contemporary Craft steps beyond the boundaries that currently exist among technology, art, and craft. The artists in this exhibition use new technologies in tandem with traditional craft materials – clay, glass, wood, metal and fiber – to forge new artistic directions.

    Digital video and audio, computerized design, and other technologies are viewed as new materials to be exploited, manipulated and co-opted to enrich artistic expression. The New Materiality: Digital Dialogues at the Boundaries of Craft examines this phenomenon and its impact on the world of contemporary craft.

    Sponsored by George Washington Toma and WGBH.


  • *Historical Woods of America Exhibition at Architectural Digest Home Show*

    My latest work is on view from March 18 - 21 2010 at the Architecture Digest Home Show in NYC as part of the Historical Woods of America Exhibition.

    The Historical Woods of America is an organization that tracks trees from significant historical sites across the country and saves the wood to be used for furniture, sculpture and turned objects.

    My piece, "Fractured", addresses the fragmentation of the Japanese American community during WWII and the effects of Executive Order 9066. The wood I used came from elm that was excavated from Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, and one of the founding fathers and principle author of the Declaration of Independence.


  • *Wendy Maruyama and Mira Nakashima at the Renwick in April 2010!*

    In conjunction with the exhibition, "Art of Gaman", Wendy Maruyama and Mira Nakashima will be lecturing on April 10 and 11, 2010. The Tag Project will take place at the Renwick on April 11 at 2 PM.


  • The Tag Project: "Poston" will be at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido

    My work will be part of an exhibition entitled "Material Matters: Works by the Allied Craftsmen of San Diego". The exhibition will be open until July 10, 2010.


  • Executive Order 9066 - Solo Exhibition 2009

    "Executive Order 9066" Solo Exhibition

    Wendy Maruyama's solo exhibition at the Richard and Dolly Maas Gallery at SUNY Purchase will open on January 12, 2009. The reception will be held on January 29th, with an opening lecture entitled "Japanese Roots, American Soil" by Mira Nakashima, furniture designer, and daughter of George Nakashima.

    The exhibition will be comprised of new works created during Maruyama's residency, along with earlier work produced in the past year and a half. The works trace the artists' exploration of ethnicity and identity, and conclude with the Executive Order 9066 series, which addresses the internment of Japanese Americans in the US during World War II. 120,000 Japanese Americans were evacuated and removed from their homes along the West Coast, including Mira Nakashima and her family, and Maruyama's maternal family members. Maruyama's works were profoundly influenced not only by her family history but the images taken by Dorothea Lange, who was working for the US Government Service in documenting the internment process.

    For more information, contact Dennis FitzGerald at dennis.fitzgerald@purchase.edu.

  • Wendy Maruyama has been selected to be an Artist in Residence at State University of New York, Purchase College. Her residency runs from September 4 - December 30, 2008. She is also teaching the "Master Class in Wood" there during this time.

  • Wendy Maruyama "Samplings" Workshop at Anderson Ranch Arts Center July 28 - August 8, 2008


  • Comic-Con

    "King of the Monsters" and "Angry Asian Women" are both being featured at Comic-Con's Art Show on July 23,24 25, 26 2008, at the San Diego Convention Center. You can see both pieces as you enter the main hall, to your right. Say "hello" to Godzilla, Devilman Lady, and Silene if you visit my pieces!

  • The Furniture Society Honors Maruyama, Weed by Anissa Kapsales

    From the Taunton Press Community Blog


  • Q&A with furniture designer Wendy Maruyama

    By Lauren Heist

    For more than 30 years, Wendy Maruyama has pushed the envelope of furniture design, creating pieces that combine Asian-inspired clean lines with an unusual artistic vision. And for more than 20 years, she’s been encouraging her furniture design students to do the same.

    Maruyama received her undergraduate degree in artisanry from Boston University in 1978 and her Masters of Fine Arts from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1980. Shortly after receiving finishing school herself, Maruyama began teaching others about the art of woodworking and furniture design, first at the Appalachain Center for Crafts in Smithville, TN, from 1980 to 1985, then at the California College of Arts and Crafts from 1985 to 1989, and since 1989, at San Diego State University.

    This June, the Furniture Society presented Maruyama with an Award of Distinction at their annual conference, honoring her lifetime achievement as a furniture designer and educator.

    Here, Maruyama talks about how designing furniture and teaching furniture design are labors of love.


  • Mixing it up at the Mingei 'Forms in Wood and Fiber' showcases works in different media

    By Robert L. Pincus
    ART CRITIC - San Diego Union Trib

    June 19, 2008

    Tables, a teahouse and a few works of art....

    “Forms in Wood and Fiber,” a second show at the Mingei curated by its director, Rob Sidner, provokes big questions. First among them: Why is one piece of furniture a work of art and another is simply a piece of nicely done craftsmanship? Second question: Why does art that tries really hard to be meaningful fall flat? All of those represented in the show have considerable skills in their medium. Many are members of a 38-year-old group known as California Fibers, whose members work in media as diverse as basketry, weaving and wood. Their output runs a gamut from bowls to figurative sculpture.

    The best of the work on view doesn't worry about being art with a capital A. They simply wed form to ideas better than much of what's included. Wendy Maruyama, who heads the woodworking and furniture design program at SDSU, shows why she
    is so highly regarded internationally with a piece like “Philip Cabinet” (1995). It is wall-mounted and finished in a burnished green. Inside, there's a box with a patterned door, like a secret compartment set within its elegantly finished shelves. The overarching effect is magnetic – mysteriously so.

    Her full-scale “Teahouse” is compelling, too. It takes traditional design and adds hand-rendered panels within, which function like paintings set within its walls. Other examples in wood simply don't come close. Brett Allen Hesser's “Game Table” is immaculately assembled, with inlaid ivory, but the design is showy, featuring too many effects and styles competing for your attention.

    In the arena of wall-works and sculptures, too many artists strain to whack you over the head with symbolism and tell you (in wall text) what they mean. One case: “Impulse” by Gail Fraser, a woven form loosely resembling a canoe, suspended from the ceiling. While well-made, the form is pretty pat and its metaphorical dimensions all too familiar. As she writes: “I think of myself in the form of a canoe or waterborne vessel on a journey through life.”

    No one doubts the sincerity of her sculpture and words. But sincerity isn't always enough to yield persuasive art. Unfortunately, many of the objects in the show underscore this point.

    Find this article at:

  • Opening on June 8, 2008, FORMS IN WOOD AND FIBER – Southern California New Work, features the work of six distinguished San Diego wood artists and California Fibers, an exemplary group of artist craftsmen from Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties. Recognizing the rich diversity of excellent wood and fiber artist craftsmen in this region, the exhibition is conceived as a lively conversation among peers and between two artistic media. Both fresh perspectives on traditional forms and cutting-edge contemporary expressions will be included in works of superior design and craftsmanship.

    Woodworkers in the exhibition are Professor Wendy Maruyama, internationally recognized Program Head of the Woodworking and Furniture Design Program at San Diego State University; Russ Filbeck, highly respected Associate Professor in the Cabinet and Furniture Technology Division at Palomar College in San Marcos; Patrick Edwards, renowned practitioner and teacher of traditional European marquetry (wood inlay); Del Cover, specialist in chair building with current work featuring architectural elements; Brett Hesser, youngest graduate of Leeds Design Workshops who concentrates on the application of fine wood veneers; and Dr. Gene Blickenstaff, admired for his innovative, translucent turned bowls of Norfolk Island Pine.


  • 2008 Award of Distinction from the Furniture Society - Wendy Maruyama

    Wendy Maruyama has influenced generations of makers both as a teacher and an artist. She is a 1978 graduate of the Boston University Program in Artisanry and received her Master of Fine Arts in 1980 from Rochester Institute of Technology. From 1985 to 1989 she was Head of the Woodworking and Furniture Design Program at California College of Arts and Crafts, and since 1989 has been a Professor in the Woodworking and Furniture Design Program at San Diego State University. Maruyama also taught at the Appalachian Center for Crafts, Smithville, TN from 1980 to 1985. Her work has been featured in exhibitions and collections nationwide for over 20 years, and reflects a tireless advocacy of furniture as a means of self expression.


  • Mickey Macintosh is now featured in "500 Chairs" by Lark Books.

    see slide show of featured chairs: s283.photobucket.com/albums/kk309/RayLa…

    to order yours NOW www.larkbooks.com/500

  • The Seat: Through Craft - April 1, 2008

    The Seat: an exhibition of chairs by 14 artists, opens April 1st, 2008 at Gallery Ho, Seocho Dong 1538-4, Seocho Gu, Korea (137-872). Curated by Park Chulyeon, the exhibition is a survey of furniture with a focus on varied materials and approaches to the concept of "The Seat". The exhibition runs from April 1-14th, with lectures by Wendy Maruyama, Thomas Hucker and Gail Fredell on April 2nd at 2 PM at Kyungwon University.

    See exhibition announcement in folder "exhibition announcements"

  • New West Coast Design - January 18-April 27, 2008

    Two new works, both with video, will be exhibited at "New West Coast Design" at the San Francisco Museum of Craft + Design. The exhibition opens January 18, 2008 and closes March 30th.

    I will also have a new "Kanzashi" piece in a satellite exhibition at Velvet DaVinci Gallery in San Francisco - this show is part of the "New West Coast Design" http://www.velvetdavinci.com/


    This exhibition will highlight a collection of the most exciting new designs for contemporary living currently emerging on the West Coast, including functional pieces for interiors, outdoor sports gear, and landscape design. The breadth of work to be displayed will emphasize multiplicity of materials and objects designed and fabricated by established and new artists in the field. Participating venues include: San Francisco Museum of Craft+Design, Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco Center for the Book, Museum of Craft and Folk Art, Bucheon Gallery and Art Works Downtown.

    Co-curators: Ted Cohen and Kathleen Hanna
    Exhibition Design: Ted Cohen

    January 18, 2008 through April 27, 2008

  • Mid-Career Retrospective" exhibition at the Fullerton College Gallery - January 22-February 22 2008


  • Inspired by China - October 28, 2006 to March 30, 2008

    "Vanity", the first major work with an embedded video, is now traveling in the exhibition, "Inspired by China". For more information on the exhibition and its founding institution, the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem MA, go to


  • Craft In America - PBS Series + Exhibition

    My chair, Mickey Macintosh, is traveling in this exhibition. For more information on the exhibition itself, go to www.craftinamerica.org