Adam John Manley is Associate Professor of Furniture Design and Woodworking at San Diego State University, and has taught full time at Maine College of Art and UMass Dartmouth, and as adjunct at University of New Hampshire. He has also taught extensively at Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Penland School of Craft, and Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Adam has been an artist in residence at UW Madison, where he was a Windgate Fellow, the Haystack Open studio Residency, the Lanesboro residency in Southern Minnesota, and the Museum for Art in Wood, in Philadelphia. Adam sits on the board of directors for the Furniture Society, where he served as board president from 2020-2022. He is currently also on the board of the Emma International Collaboration, a Saskatchewan Canada based non-profit that hosts a biennial collaborative residency event in northern Saskatchewan. Adam has developed a unique voice that blends functional construction methodologies, material exploration, and a focus on the conceptual potential embodied within craft, furniture, and functional familiar objects. Adam has taught at numerous institutions, from colleges to craft schools, and continued to develop his ideas and work in an ever-evolving way. Adam’s work has addressed issues relating to our unique sense of place and how familiar functional objects link us to that sense, humor, individual and universal relationships to furniture, and, more recently, the relationship between furniture and the historical objects used to inflict violence on others throughout time. Adam has exhibited his work nationally and been part of events and exhibitions related to “World Wood Day”, an event hosted by the International Wood Cultures Society, in both Nepal and Cambodia. Adam is the co-founder, along with colleague Kerianne Quick, of the contemporary craft zine/journal, CRAFT DESERT, a publication which is nationally recognized in the field. That collaboration has also yielded a successful national exhibition of over 60 artists from across the country at City Gallery, in the Spring of 2022, and will continue to morph into more ambitious projects and events.