Idustrial designer, illustrator, model maker, sculptor
1449 Indaingrass Lane, Grayslake, Illinois 60030
Cell (best to contact me) 847-456-3919, home/studio 847-543-1212
Education and training
Eisenhower High School-graduated 1980.
Michigan State University-1980 to 1982- undergraduate studies in veterinary medicine.
Macomb Community College-1982 to 1986-commercial art and illustration.
Center for Creative Studies-1983 to 1986- industrial design focused on environmental, product, and transportation design. Program strongly focused on design, rendering, and model making skills. Multidisciplinary elective studies.
Continuing education and seminar work-painting, figurative painting, portraiture, ceramics, welding, blacksmithing, glass blowing, woodworking, and model making.
Work experience-most recent maj0r museum projects–
Museum of Science and Industry Chicago, Ill.– senior exhibit designer, design staff October2006 thorugh March 2008. redesigned the Henry Crown Space Center- installed spring of 2008. Also design work for renewal project of signature museum exhibits-Aviation Gallery and collection, Yesterday’s Mainstreet, the Coal Mine Experience, and numerous smaller museum projects.
Betty Brinn Children’s Museum– (exhibit opened April 1 2006) sole designer for “Artastic!”, quarter million dollar arts exhibit introducing the fine arts (theater, music, dance, puppetry, painting, sculpture, and language arts) to children, ages 2 to 10. Duties include initial blue-sky conceptuals and illustrations for fundraising, interpreting education team’s master plan and suggesting, then refining, potential interactive for each art, translating to build-able properties, producing cad drawings for RFP, refining and redesign where necessary to accommodate budgetary consideration, graphic treatments, and prototyping mechanistics for interactives. Additionally, several other production commissions for this project including figure illustrations (Adobe Illustrator) for revolving drum mix and match pillar as well as design and fabrication of marionette stage with several custom designed, hand made marionettes and a shadow puppet theater, puppets, and associated architecture. Also work for Betty Brinn on projects: My Body Works, GE Imagination Station, On Demand News Studio.
Work experience- museum projects–
Pier Wisconsin, -Freshwater Lake Ecology and Maritime Museum in Milwaukee Wisconsin (new building currently under construction)-sole exhibit designer-duties same range as “Artistic” above, working with education team, interpreting experience master plan, creating blue sky concepts through cads.
Weis Earth Science Museum-(University of Wisconsin, Appleton-finished 2003)-through Derse Exhibits- lead exhibit designer-original concepts, renderings, and presentation illustrations.
Museum of Science and Industry- exhibit designer, illustrator- Active Experience Master plan project (plan for revision of several MSI signature exhibits) interacted directly with Michael Devine, creative director, and museum department heads, generate original concepts and exciting illustrations for presentation, based on department head input, to board of directors and for fundraising.
Paul Bluestone and Associates- illustration and design work for several proposed projects, including Philadelphia Zoo Big Cat House, and Alaskan Salmon and Fisheries Museum
John G Shedd Aquarium– 1988-1989-contract designer commissioned for initial concepts, illustrations, space models, and sculptural studies for the (at the time, new) Marine Mammal Pavilion. Several subsequent illustration and design projects for same.
Work experience-exhibit, trade show, illustration and model making, fine art
Monkeyhaus Design-my freelance design consultancy-2000 to 2006, 2008 to present-
–Tradeshow, environmental and display, presentation models or illustration-Exhibit Marketing Partners, Centre Pointe Exhibits, Exhibit by Design, Giltspure, Kitzing, MG Design, General Exhibits, Derse Exhibits, Design Agency, Classica Exhibits, the Prairie Conservancy
–Commercial and residential architectural illustration-Philip Leboy Architects, Patterson Home builders, Great America Theme Park, Museum of science and Industry, Prairie Crossing
–Models, sculptures, fine illustration-Abbott Laboratories, Lincoln Park Zoo, Foreign Candies, Favorite Brands, Quaker Oats, Gatorade, Niles East, MGI, Northeastern University, Nabisco, Imperial Graphics, Edible works of art.
–Murals and portraiture– Sunset Homes, American Association of Maxillary and Oral Surgeons, Don Johnson Company, numerous private commissions.
-Fine Art– Impressionist figurative oils, landscapes, and still lifes in numerous private collections- represented by the Milward Farrell Gallery of Madison Wisconsin.
Book illustration-Don Johnson Company (original concepts and illustrations for six children’s books on history and classical literature “I am Vellejo”, “Border Crossing”, “On Strike!”, “King Lear”, “Macbeth”, “Romeo and Juliet”
Work experience-full time staff positions
George P Johnson– 1983 to 1984- Apprentice designer, model maker
Design Origins-1984 to 1985- Apprentice designer, model maker
General Motors Design Staff-1985-Contract designer for “Expo “86” (General Motors pavilion for 1986 World Fair in Vancouver, British Columbia)
Exhibit Productions-1986- Staff Designer and Model Maker
Design Agency-1986 to 1988-Staff designer model maker, detailer
Exhibit by design-1993 to 2000- senior designer, model maker, and detailer
Additional pertinent skills
Impressionist oil painter– classically trained (still training) in traditional 19 century and modern impressionist school oil painting. I’m represented by the Milward Farrell Gallery of Madison Wisconsin who carries my figurative pieces, landscapes and still lifes, currently selling between $2000 and $4000 ea. I, additionally, teach drawing and painting.
Furniture making– I’ve designed and build several pieces of furniture in the Arts and Crafts style, all fine hardwoods, including a full library, and mantle with hidden storage, as well as having completed several furniture commissions.
Ceramics– wheel-thrown vessels and functional ware in high fire porcelain, under the auspices of Monkeyhaus Pottery.
Training in Blacksmithing, hot glass, and several other sculptural media