Introducing the Keynote for the 2018 Conference
Vivian Beer, Keynote Lecture
Vivian Beer is a furniture designer/maker based in New England. Her sleek, abstracted metal and concrete furniture combines the aesthetic sensibilities of contemporary design, craft, and sculpture to create objects that alter viewers’ expectations of and interface with the domestic landscape. With a strong foundation in contemporary furniture design, her research into the history of American industry, architecture, and transportation adds intellectual rigor and specificity to her work. Her Infrastructure, Streamline and Anchored Candy series are physical manifestations of the cultural and industrial history of her materials even as they serve as intellectual bridges for their users, bringing them to a new way of conceiving the built world through a luxurious deployment of the senses.
Her work is included in the collections of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, MFA Boston, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Museum of Arts and Design, Currier Museum of Art, Gregg Museum of Art and Design, and public art collections of University of Maine Orono, Davidson College and the cities of Portland ME, Arlington VA and Cambridge MA. She holds a MFA from Cranbrook Academy and received their 2016 Alumni Achievement Award. Beer has won numerous awards and residencies including the Ellen DeGeneres Design Challenge, John D. Mineck Furniture Fellowship, Penland School of Crafts Residency, multiple Windgate Artist Residencies, Museum of Glass, Pilchuck, a Research Fellowship at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, and was recently named a 2016 United States Artist Fellow.
2018 Speaker Line-Up
Stay tuned, we will be announcing the full line-up soon!