RIT Artist in Residence, and father of the art furniture movement, Wendell Castle recently received the first Visionary Award from the 2014 Smithsonian Craft Festival. Castle shares this honor with RIT’s other Artist in Residence, Albert Paley.

The Visionary Award celebrates artists who have risen to the pinnacle of sculptural arts and design, who have works in major museums and who have demonstrated distinction, creativity, artistry and vision in their respective mediums.

Castle currently teaches an annual semester-long Masters Seminar in the Industrial Design department, where he speaks with students from a variety of majors about design, furniture, and how to make it in the business. Castle also runs a studio in Scottsville, New York where, with the help of his team of craftsmen, he produces his wood, fiberglass, and metal work.

Congratulations Wendell Castle on receiving this prestigious award!

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