Press Releases


Date Released: 12/4/2006

The current work of woodworker Francis Cape will be on exhibit at Purchase College December 4-January 7 in the Richard and Dolly Maass Gallery in the Art+Design Building. Cape is the fall semester artist-in-residence in the Purchase College School of Art+Design, and will show the work he has produced during his residency in the applied design program. An artist’s reception will be held on December 7 from 5-7 PM.

The Maass Gallery is open Monday-Friday, 9 AM-5 PM, and admission is free.

Purchase College, State University of New York, is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, N.Y.

Born in Portugal and trained as an expert woodworker, Francis Cape has earned an international reputation. At first look his work appears to consist of beautifully crafted wooden architectural structures and cabinets. Exhibited in a gallery setting, however, their facsimile nature creates a sense of ambiguity for the viewer in that his pieces are not functional. Conceptually based, his work has its roots in Minimalism and Pop and references both Shaker design and the Arts & Crafts movement in its elegant and deceptive simplicity. In this exhibition, Cape departs slightly from his usual approach, with a focus on designing and building furniture.

The School of Art+Design’s artist-in-residence program in applied designed hosts established makers of exceptional talent, who develop a body of work while participating in the education of Purchase students and in the life of the larger Purchase community. The program expands upon the conservatory environment and collaborative atmosphere that is the cornerstone of the Purchase educational experience. It provides students with the opportunity to observe an artist at work and to engage in dialogue with the artist in both studio and classroom. Through public lectures, workshops and exhibitions, the artist-in-residence program is a public resource center for the exchange and exploration of ideas relative to the contemporary cultural and social environment.