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‘Fearless Furniture’ Opens at the State Museum, Oct. 5

September 24, 2013 Leave a comment
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Indiana State Museum. staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Bruce Williams
Indiana State Museum

Daring designs and unparalleled artisanship best describe the fine art furniture presented in Fearless Furniture, the first juried exhibition of its kind opening to the public on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 at the Indiana State Museum.

Thirty benches, tables, chairs, clocks and more will be featured in this remarkable range of spirited designs by 21 juried and three invited artists all with Indiana connections.

“The show illustrates not only the immensely diverse talent associated with our state, but also the artists’ fearless approaches to making a living from something they love doing,” said Indiana State Museum Decorative Arts and Furniture Curator David Buchanan.

Fearless Furniture will feature several designs that will excite your imagination, including a very modern red aluminum concept chair titled Star Chair, designed by Indianapolis-based furniture maker Glen Fuller and Fluxus, a poplar, glass and steel table inspired by the ebb and flow of the White River by Ball State University Assistant Professor Dustin Headley.

Buchanan tapped internationally-renowned furniture designer Wendy Maruyama to jury the exhibition. As part of the judging criteria, all of the artists needed to have an Indiana connection: either as a native or current resident of the state or trained at one of Indiana’s well-known design programs. Applications were submitted from across the country with the final selection including artists from as far away as Hawaii and Maine.

Maruyama will present a lecture at the museum on Friday, Oct. 11 at 4 p.m. followed by a reception celebrating the opening of the exhibition. Both events are free and open to the public. Due to limited seating, please RSVP to the museum at 317.232.1637.

For more details on the exhibition, please call Indiana State Museum Fine Arts Curator and exhibit spokesman Mark Ruschman at 317-232-1633, or visit the museum Web site at