As a designer, visual artist, technologist, and educator, Bo Rodda has uniquely cultivated a trans-disciplinary background by integrating traditional arts, the sciences, digital interactive and visual design, industrial design, in addition to extensive research into high performance and sustainable design. His work has been shown widely and as an instructor, he was taught several notable trans-disciplinary research studios with collaborative partners including Argonne National Laboratory, the Kavli Institute of Cosmological Physics, the University of Chicago and the Adler Planetarium. He is currently instructing the GFRY Design Studio at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, investigating pervasive/ ubiquitous computing in the urban environment.
Ben has actively been exhibiting original works that blur the boundaries between sculpture, architecture, and interior design since 1999. Stagl earned his MFA from the School of the Art Institute in 2011, where he studied Digital Fabrication techniques. His continued presence as an Industrial Designer, and New Media Artist has earned him numerous honors and inclusions in publications ranging from: The Oregonian, the Chicago Sun Times, and the New York Times.
Kuan Wen Chiu
Chiu earned his Bachelor of Art in Economics from National Taipei University in 2007, and his Master of Design at School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012. His practice discovers design potentials and details through observation of the rituals of everyday life. This examination helps to reveal the true nature and innate beauty of objects. Chiu works as a Designer in Product Development at West Supply.
Jason is an [a]rchitect, designer, and strategist that believes that good design comes from the collision of experimentation, intuition, and artful constraints. Collaboration is central to his work as an independent design consultant, and founding member of Chicago's research & design laboratory, ChiLab, where they explore contemporary issues through furniture, architecture and technology.
In the last two years, Jason's work has been featured in print editions of The New York Times, Fast Company Magazine, and online editions of Forbes, ArchDaily, Dezeen, and Wired.
Alex is a conceptual artist, writer and performer from Oregon. After riding his bicycle to Chicago in 2011, he received his MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2013. His artwork has been shown nationally from Boston to Seattle and featured in publications such as Art F City, Crain’s Business Journal, Yahoo News and most recently the Chicago Reader. As a writer he has interviewed prominent artists including Ai Weiwei and Robert Storr. Alex has an upcoming project with the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Max is a creative who spent five years in Cornell University’s Department of Architecture, Art, and Planning. Max freelances 3D work for various clients, rapid prototypes, and has an army of contacts who help out with thin-film PV, 3D printing, and anything else needed to bring projects to rapid reality while maintaining quality. Max splits time between NYC and Chicago.
James J. Riviello
Director of Glassworks at Andrew Pearson Industries, received his BFA in Glass from Tyler School of Art, and his MFA from Southern Illinois University. Over the past 20 years, he has dedicated much of his career to teaching glassmaking, and helping create several educational glass centers and art school studios. Since 2009, he has been focused on creating a new niche in the design industry for glass artisans. “21st century technology combined with the creativity of glass artists, has huge potential for art, design, and architecture of the future.” - JJ