Eleven benches, crafted by local and regional furniture artists, not only furnish the galleries but also provide an important link between the Museum and New England artists. The Museum has commissioned benches by Silas Kopf, Kristina Madsen, Dale Broholm, Hank Gilpin, Judy Kensley McKie, Rick Wrigley, Polly Cassel, Rosanne Somerson, Mark Del Guidice, Wendy Stayman, and Jason Berg.
Widely regarded as one of the country’s finest furniture makers and marquetry artists, Rick Wrigley creates work that is both traditional and classic. He has spent extensive time looking at nineteenth-century American furniture as well as the twentieth-century furniture of Frank Lloyd Wright. The Smith Bench is powerful in its classic simplicity and quiet beauty. The seating area is made of two matched planks of bubinga, separated by a honey-colored marquetry inset of American sycamore.