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Herron School of Art and Design announces inaugural Tennant Furniture Artisan Lecture

  • Feb. 10, 2016


INDIANAPOLIS -- Furniture designer Don Miller, associate professor of crafts at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, will provide the first artist's talk in the new Phillip Tennant Furniture Artisan Lecture series sponsored by the Herron School of Art and Design.

The series is named in honor of the founding instructor of Herron's Furniture Design Program, professor Phillip Tennant, who retired in 2013. Donors James W. and Nancy C. Smith created the endowment that will fund an annual visiting artist-scholar from a field related to furniture design and fabrication.

The inaugural artist's talk will take place at 6 p.m. Feb. 16 in Room 144 of Eskenazi Hall, 735 W. New York St. on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Miller's talk, "Bending the Grid," will center on his life as a woodworker and an educator, exploring the need to create. It will include a visual presentation he described as "some inspiration, some risks and failures, but mostly … the work that continues to challenge me to start the next piece."

The Herron Furniture Design program serves students who seek extensive studio experience with an emphasis on professional, fine-art furniture making. Students have the latest computer-assisted and 3-D modeling and building equipment available to them via the Think It Make It Lab. The program also emphasizes critical thinking skills, refinement of intellectual and creative processes, and traditional aspects of the furniture designer's craft.

Furniture by Don Miller

Furniture by Don Miller

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