Integrated Technology & Design Department Instructor

Alejandro T. Acierto is an artist and musician whose work is largely informed by the breath, the voice, and the processes that enable them. Working with new media technologies, archival ephemera, and performance, his work has been presented nationally and internationally at the Film Society of the Lincoln Center, MCA Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Internationalen Ferienkurse für Neue Musik. He has worked as a teaching artist across Chicago and is on faculty in the departments of New Media and Moving Image at University of Illinois at Chicago.

 "I began making and working with code after I began to understand its possibilities. Working as an artist/programmer has pushed me personally and professionally to continue learning and tinkering with the objects I make."


Integrated Technology & Design Department Instructor

Nathan Aldredge is graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, with a BFA in Designed Objects. Specializing in product design and fabrication, his work possesses a common thread of a playful and interactive nature. 

"I learn by the act of making and try to find excitement in all aspects of life."


Fabricated 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!"



Casting & Molding Department Manager, Instructor

John Kurman first cast metal in shop class at the age of 13, and has never tired of it. He received a BA in Mathematics from Indiana University in 1980. After a career in computer programming, he became Bronze Casting Instructor at Harper College for ten years. He has worked in metal, glass, clay, wood, but prefers the fire arts. 

"Some people collect watches. I collect skills. I've always been a maker. It's not a choice. It's a compulsion".


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 professional 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."


Woodworking Department Instructor

Laura is engaged in an enduring love affair with tools. As a sculptor, Laura makes interactive objects that explore patterns in nature as well as the nature of human-object interaction (a fascination that explains, in part, her love for tools). She has shared the love with makers across the city: she developed and taught a woodworking program at Washington Park, managed the build shop/internship program for Redmoon Theater, and has served as a teaching artist for Marwen, Hyde Park Art Center, the Art Institute, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. She holds a BFA in Sculpture from Northern Illinois University, and an MFA in Sculpture from Miami of Ohio.

“I became a [maker of objects] because of my love for the natural world: its textures, its densities, its weights, and its surfaces. Tactility and heft are inspirations.”


Woodworking Department Manager, Instructor

Chicago native Erik Newman graduated with a BS Product Design, Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology in 1995 and since then has been engaged in a variety of design and craft projects. He has had his own workshop for over 15 years. He has been an instructor in the Designed Objects department at the School of the Art Institute Chicago since 2007 and has worked with The Museum of Jurassic Technology, Redmoon Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, The Neofuturists, as well as a range of private clients. He has developed a line of furniture that incorporates sustainable materials, frugal manufacturing, and efficient user assembly. He drives and frequently repairs a 1980 Volkswagen pickup truck.

"I’ve always wanted to design and build things since I was a little kid: push go-carts, semi-amphibious bicycles, etc. So I went to college to study mechanical engineering. It seemed that we weren’t designing and building anything, just doing math. Then I heard about Design...I ended up inheriting a bunch of woodworking tools. Somewhere along the line I made the artistic decision not to use any technology I didn’t understand; this has been a bit difficult but a lot of fun. I’ve always had some sort of shop, if I don’t have access to tools I feel quite helpless."


CIADC Founder, Executive Director
Fabricated Metalworking & Forging Department Manager, 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."


Fabricated Metalworking & Forging Department Instructor

Quentin is a Metal Shop fabricator  with a focus on design, forging, welding, steel and metal raising. 

Utilizing  ancient metal working techniques combined with modern fabrication tools. Quentin designs and builds metal, art , craft and percussion.  As a teacher Quentin helps aspiring artists and professionals to manifest their dreams in 3D.


Integrated Technology & Design Department Instructor

Colin Sherrell is known for being a rather exploratory artist that incorporates many aspects of art history, theory, conceptualism, craft, process, and his own personal life experiences into his art work. Sherrell feels the necessity to not limit himself to any one specific idea, material/medium or method. Working primarily as a sculptor, Sherrell works with wood, ceramic, metal, glass, stone, fur/hair, wax, books, found objects and much more. His processes are extensive, and he keeps his conceptual possibilities open for exploration. Sherrell’s work evolves from his interests in industry, nature, childhood, labor, love, life, family, and a variety of dualities. Sherrell has always felt the necessity to continue to push his education and exploratory nature by having an open mind and working in unexplored territories within his own work and experiences. Beyond primarily working in a three dimensional realm, he is also a painter, video artist, and a computer artist.

"Being a maker/artist wasn’t a choice it was natural calling. I am the son of an artist father and quilter mother, my sister is an interior designer, and my grandfather was a painter and window display installer. My whole life has been saturated with creativity and a drive for individual expression" 



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