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.
Wendy Stayman has combined her career as a museum conservator/collections administrator with working as a furniture maker. Her furniture is classically elegant, often based upon historical forms and styles. She combines woods with decorative materials and, in her commissioned pieces, seeks to integrate the object into its intended surroundings. While working on this bench, she noted, “I am designing the bench to be beautiful and elegant in a quiet way, to prevent interference with the works of art