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Sculptor kicks off Anderson Ranch artist series

Staff report

The Anderson Ranch Arts Center will host the first featured artist of the 2014 Featured Artists Series, Wendell Castle, in conversation with Michael Golec at 12:30 p.m. on July 10 in Schermer Meeting Hall.

Castle is a celebrated sculptor, designer, furniture maker and educator and has been for over five decades. Golec is the associate professor of the history of design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

“We are exceptionally pleased to invite Wendell and Michael for a conversation at Anderson Ranch,” Executive Director Nancy Wilhelms said. “Wendell’s work is an inspiration to the ranch community, especially as woodworking and furniture design are integral components of our programming.”



Often considered the father of the art-furniture movement, Castle is known for challenging the traditional boundaries of functional design and craftsmanship. From the outset of his career, Castle has been celebrated for his noteworthy ability, whimsical forms and original techniques for stack-laminating wood.

“I’ve had the opportunity to experience Wendell Castle and Michael Golec in discussion before,” Wilhelms said. “Attendees are in for a thought-provoking conversation about creativity, art-making and professional practice.”




Castle is found in the permanent collections of over 50 museums worldwide. These include the Museum of Modern Art (New York), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), the Montreal Museum of Decorative Arts (Montreal), the Victoria and Albert Museum (London) and others.

Castle has received numerous awards, grants and honors, and his accomplishments are recognizable in the design and art field. These include four honorary doctoral degrees, several grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester, the Visionaries award from the Museum of Art & Design and more.

Castle is currently a staff member of the Rochester Institute of Technology and exhibits, lectures and teaches at many educational institutions throughout the world.

Golec was the 2010-11 Anschutz distinguished fellow in American studies at Princeton University. He is the author of “Brillo Box Archive: Aesthetics, Design, and Art” (Dartmouth College Press, 2008) and co-editor of “Relearning from Las Vegas” (University of Minnesota Press, 2009). Golec has published articles and reviews in Design and Culture, Journal of Design History, Design Issues, Senses and Society, Cultural Critique, American Quarterly and Homes Cultures.

Castle’s participation in the Featured Artists Series is sponsored by Evan Snyderman and Zesty Meyers/R & Co., New York. Additional support is provided by Rona and Jeff Citrin.