Woodlucker is a visual partnership and studio founded by Ann Wood and Dean Lucker in 1987, after graduating from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. This partnership is based on both individual and collaborative practices. Ann creates mixed media portraits and theatrical tableaus of mysterious beauty and solace whose identity is grounded in the timeless aesthetic and ethic of rural America. Dean’s work is driven by a passion for vernacular animated traditions which combine a personalized mythology to create mechanical storytelling. Their collaborative work combines a love for illustrated paper art and forgotten histories into engaging objects full of sentiment and longing.
Both Ann and Dean have won the notable individual artist fellowship from the Bush Foundation and numerous Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowships, a Jerome Fellowship and a Arts Midwest Fellowship. For their collaborative work exhibited at fine craft shows nationally they have received "best of show" awards at The Philadelphia Museum Show, The St. Louis Art Fair, Cherry Creek in Denver, The Plaza in Kansas City, Old Town in Chicago, Lakefront in Milwaukee and many more acknowledgments for their unique work.