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Woodworking Department Manager, Instructor
Andrew Barco is a sculptor and designer living and working in Chicago, IL. With a BA in intellectual History from Wesleyan University, an MFA in Sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and craft study at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, his work engages seriously and playfully with the long human history of making. He seeks ways this history intersects pressing concerns of the contemporary moment, often through something as simple as a pun, an anecdote, or a story from particular site or landscape. His work has been presented as large-scale installations at prominent Chicago exhibition spaces such as Threewalls, Experimental Sound Studio, and Heaven Gallery. His work has also been encountered as performance projects at the Arnold Arboretum in Boston, the Rapid Pulse International Performance Festival in Chicago, and Rosekill, in Rosendale, NY, and elsewhere. Andrew is currently a Hatch Resident Artist at the Chicago Artist Coalition.
Casting & Molding Department Instructor, Metalworking & Forging Department Instructor
Jasper Goodrich is an artist that explores making through iteration, systems, play, and belief that magic can happen when making takes on a life of its own and follows its own decisions. It is like climbing a tree too fast. Ideas and forms pick up elements of each other as they collide. His sculptures and images show how ideas interact and effect each other through their use. This is a world of sequences, rhythm, spirituality, myth, intuition, big feelings, and fantasy. Jasper works in a wide variety of mediums including sculpture, painting, photography, and printmaking.
Jasper holds a BS in Art from Skidmore College and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has worked in a variety of sectors in the arts on both the administrative and fabrication side, working in artist studios, galleries, museums, and his own fabrication studio. He has attended residencies and classes at Ox-Bow School of the Art, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Anderson Ranch Arts Center and has exhibited in Chicago, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New York.
Casting & Molding Department Manager, Instructor
When Julia was four years old her favorite book to read was “Inside Outside Upside Down.” Forty something years later she found CIADC and the casting process and now she lives out the story every week with mold-making, cold-casting and foundry. When she’s not on the third floor at CIADC she’s working with young children and their families in a birth-to-five program.
Woodworking Department Instructor
Kierstin Siegl is an artist and furniture maker living in Chicago, IL. With a special interest in Early American and Mid-Century Modern Design traditions, she makes furniture, tools, and household items as a way to enact and interrogate values perpetuated in the built environment. She holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia.
CIADC Founder, Executive Director
Metalworking & Forging Department Instructor
Matthew received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He worked in a variety of capacities, from R&D and industrial engineering, to consumer product design and development in the sporting goods industry. Matthew found the right balance of technical design, creativity, and hands-on in 3D art. In 2002, he left the corporate world to focus on developing his art-furniture and sculpture practice. He began teaching sculpture at a community art center where he headed the Metal Sculpture Department for nearly 13 years. Matthew is author of Patina: 300+ Coloration Effects for Jewelers & Metalsmiths (Interweave, 2014), and is founder of the Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center.
"Growing up in rural Upstate New York, I had plenty of opportunity to take things apart. I was fascinated by all things mechanical and trying to understand how and why they were made. This grew into an interest in design and engineering. I was fortunate from childhood through my college days to have mentors that taught the value of mechanical aptitude - the understanding how things work, design of objects, manufacturing processes, and hands-on building. Making creative objects couples both the technical and creative sides of who I am."
Technology & Design Department Manager, Instructor
Michael has devoted his life to creating original concepts that expand boundaries. Studying Product Design at Columbia College Chicago meant exposure to new processes, and with new processes came big discoveries. By far the biggest of these discoveries was the ease and precision of digital fabrication. No longer were the limits of creation defined by the ability of the hands. Quickly dreaming up new projects and having the means to make them a reality meant there were no limits to what could be done. The true power behind his process lies in the overlapping of making techniques, all resulting in unique approaches to familiar objects.
Casting & Molding Department Instructor
Micki LeMieux creates public outdoor sculpture and fine art. She received a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1991. She began working professionally making specialty props and prototypes for TV, theater and commercial companies, including: The Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC, Levi Strauss, and Steppenwolf Theater. She has nationally exhibited her artwork in galleries and outdoor settings.
"I see myself as an observer. I view the earth and the individual as one living organism. I am in love with form, and we are all an extension of form. I am a sculptor and object maker because it is in my DNA. Creating connects me with nature and life."
Metalworking & Forging Department Manager, Instructor
Olivia Jade Juarez is an artist with concentrations in metalworking and pattern development. She holds a BFA from Alfred University and has since worked in the Sculpture Department at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Theaster Gates Studio, and Vivian Beer Studio Works. Her current studio practice ranges from digital design, sewing, felting, forging and steel fabrication. Newly settled in Chicago, she splits her time between creating sculpture pieces for exhibition, and home décor objects.
Metalworking & Forging Department Instructor
Sarah Holden received her MFA in Studio Art with a focus in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and her BFA in Crafts/Material Studies and Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University. Sarah exhibits her one-of-a-kind jewelry and sculpture both nationally and internationally and is represented by Quirk Gallery, Heidi Lowe Gallery, Penland Gallery, Equinox Gallery, The Baltimore Jewelry Center and Contemporary Craft. Sarah currently lives in Chicago where she maintains her studio practice and explores Chicago with her two-year-old daughter Hazel and her husband Dave.
"I learned to be a maker from my mother and father. My dad was constantly renovating our house, building a new shed or welding together creative carts to pull behind his tractor. My mother taught me how to sew, how to draw, how to cook and how to find creative solutions to problems around the house. I got serious about making when I decided to go to art school, where I learned how to turn my creativity into a profession. I became a maker because it excites me! I worked in the corporate world for seven years before getting serious about the arts. Working in an office was never enough for me. I've always wanted to get my hands dirty!"
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