CATCHING LIGHT: THE ART OF ARCHITECTURE

April 27 - May 26, 2018

Opening Reception: Sunday, April 29 from 1-4 PM

Heather Hancock and Jack Nixon collaborate on an exhibition that considers the architecture and design of our intertwined natural and man-made landscapes.

Heather Hancock uses the ancient medium of glass as a conceptual tool to explore contemporary ideas about mind, place and information. Alongside the hard lines and repetitive forms of our cityscape, Hancock notices the fluidity and constant transformations in our natural world. Our urbanscape invites a dialogue about re-imagining beauty. Living well in urban settings requires new ways of seeing beauty and staying connected to the natural world.

A native-born Chicagoan, Jack Nixon specializes in graphite drawings of Chicago landmarks and architectural details. He is interested in displaying the best of Chicago’s urban environment in a fine art manner that enlightens and educates residents and visitors to what we have as public decorative art, and what we could lose in our continuously changing cityscape through the examination, documentation, and display of Chicago's most beautiful and exceptional buildings and sculptural sites.

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Reflecting on Light, Architecture and Design Panel
Wednesday, May 16th at 6:30-8pm
From our individual dwellings to our shared city streets, we thrive in engaging environments. Join Heather Hancock for a conversation with Nate Kipnis, Principal, Kipnis Architecture, Jodi Mariano, Principal Urban Design, Teska Associates, Pam Daniels, Assistant Professor, NU Segal Design Program and Jeff Meeuwsen, Executive Director, Ragdale to consider the ways that art and design help us live well in the built world.

PANELIST BIOS

Jeffrey Meeuwsen is Executive Director of the Ragdale Foundation, a curator, and an award-winning mixed media artist. Prior to joining Ragdale, he served for ten years as the Executive Director of the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA), one of the nation’s largest, non-collecting contemporary arts centers. He led the institution in presenting more than 350 curatorial projects as well as arts education programs honored at the White House. Meeuwsen was also the Founding Executive Director of ArtPrize, the world's most attended arts event. He holds an MFA in visual arts, a BFA in sculpture and studio furniture, and a BBA in marketing and graphic design.

Pam Daniels is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Design Innovator in Residence at Northwestern University's Segal Design Institute. She co-leads a design practice called Welcome Industries, and is an avid participant in the entrepreneurial and maker movements in Chicago. Her work experience includes roles as a Director at IDEO and leading global operations as a Senior Vice President at Publicis/Starcom MediaVest Group. 

Her approach to design is passionately human-centered and spans disciplines. She is as happy monopolizing the laser cutter as she is designing a new course or re-imagining the future of food. She has been a speaker at Technori, Chicago Ideas Week, and The International Home & Housewares Show, and her work has been featured in The Chicago Tribune, Core77, Business Week, Design Engine, Modern Luxury Interiors, and Phaidon. 

Pam holds a Master of Product Design & Development Management from Northwestern University's McCormick School of Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in French from Tufts University. 

Jodi Mariano. Ms. Mariano’s backgrounds in landscape architecture and architecture have prepared her well to guide community urban design projects. Jodi brings a research-oriented, contextual approach to urban design, providing unique design solutions for our public and private sector clients.

Jodi has directed public processes which have resulted in useful master plans, successful funding applications and dynamic implementation projects. Her professional responsibilities range from concept planning through design, construction phase services, development approval and project installation.

Jodi is an instructor at the Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School at the Chicago Botanic Gardens where she teaches in the Garden Design Certificate Program.

Nate Kipnis. Principal Kipnis Architecture+Planning. Nathan Kipnis has spent his career practicing and promoting the importance of sustainability and energy efficiency in architectural design. A life-long interest was initially sparked during the 1973 energy crisis, and Mr. Kipnis designed his first solar home, located in Boulder, CO, when he was just 22 years old. The architectural work designed by Mr. Kipnis has been widely published both locally and nationally.  

Nathan Kipnis also lectures extensively on topics related to sustainable architectural design and renewable energy. He has been an invited speaker at numerous symposiums and conferences, including at national AIA conventions, the Chicago AIA, Archeworks, GreenBuild, The Midwest Renewable Energy Association, the Center for Green Technology in Chicago, and Northwestern University's “Green City Summer Institute,” as well as being one of the keynote speakers at the Mother Earth News Fair, among others.

Date: 
Friday, April 27, 2018 - 9:00am to Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 4:00pm