Education: New Instructors for Fall 2016

In addition to offering teen courses and expanding our open studio hours on Sundays, Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center is very please to add two new instructors for the fall term – Micki LeMieux and Pat Rankin will both join the Casting & Molding Department.

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."

Micki will be teaching Intro to Casting (CST110-06) on Wednesday mornings, as well as Casting for Teens: Ages 12-14 (CST610-06) on Monday afternoons and Casting for Teens: Ages 15-17 (CST710-06) on Wednesday afternoons. For more info about Micki's artwork, please visit

Pat Rankin made his first series of bronze castings at 17; by the time he was turned 19 he was a part-time student and full-time apprentice at Richard Rush Studios, a museum exhibits creator with a world renowned reputation for innovation and quality workmanship. Pat attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1978-1982 taking three semesters in Foundry, and continued his work at Richard Rush for three more years.

"I became a maker of objects because of my ability to create whatever I wanted by applying past knowledge with new desires. I used wood, clay, glue whatever I had on hand to make things. All kinds of things, I love the materials, the smells of a studio and the feeling of bringing to life an idea."

Pat will be teaching Intro to Casting (CST110-06) on Saturday mornings. For more info about Pat's artwork, please visit

For info on the rest of our returning instructors please click here – and for our full Fall Term course listing, visit