Educational Grants

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Furniture Society Educational Grants Program

The Furniture Society Educational Grants Program promotes excellence in the furniture field through financial scholarship assistance for professional development or for special projects of an educational nature that relate to the applicant’s career development. The program is open to all current members of the Furniture Society.

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Each year, the Scholarship opportunities offered through the Furniture Society take a different form from professional development grants to special project grants to scholarships. Targeting furniture makers in the broadest sense, these varied initiatives are designed to enhance career development opportunities for Furniture Society members.

2019 Educational Grants Program Scholarship Winners Announced!

Workshop Partnerships
For 2019, the Furniture Society Educational Grants Program entered into multi-year Workshop Partnerships with four US-based educational institutions:

  • Anderson Ranch Arts Center
  • Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
  • Haystack Mountain School of Crafts
  • Peters Valley School of Craft.

The goal of these partnerships is to promote excellence in the furniture field through professional development and supporting projects of an educational nature. Each FS Workshop Partnership Scholarship is designed to highlight an opportunity particular and unique to the partnering institution.

The Furniture Society is very pleased to announce the 2019 recipients of these awards:

Holly Gore (Arrowmont)
Holly Gore writes at the intersection of modern and contemporary art, material culture, and artistic labor. A Ph.D. Candidate at the University of California, Santa Barbara, her dissertation, “Reinventing Work: Modernist Wood and Skilled Trade, 1940-1970,” analyzes woodworkers Mary (Molly) Gregory, Isamu Noguchi, George Nakashima and James Blain (J.B.) Blunk. She can be found on Instagram @ucsbhaa




Jamie Herman (Anderson Ranch)
Raised in Ohio, Jamie received a degree in anthropology before moving to New England to attended the Vermont Woodworking School and study furniture design. Since then, he’s continued making studio furniture pieces that straddle the line between sculpture and function while exploring the limits of what he can make with wood. Jamie can be found on Instagram @jhstudiofurniture




Martin Hernandez (Haystack)
Martin is a technical skill specialist, object maker, and mixed media artist. His work considers the influence that traditional craftsmanship and hands skills have on objects. Working between the realms of sculpture, fine furniture, and visual art, Martin make things that express refinement, technical prowess, and intent.




Leigh Dotey (Peters Valley)
Leigh Dotey is a designer and maker based in Toronto and Philadelphia. Relying on both traditional and digital modes of making for the experimental and transformative results they bring, Leigh creates lasting objects with a thoughtful consideration towards the spaces they occupy.




For Complete details: 2019 TFS Educational Grants Winners Announced (PDF format)

Please see the chart below for details of the scholarships offered.

Questions?  Email (use FS Educational Grants Question in the subject line).