Rod Northcutt


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Rod Northcutt mixes the languages of biology, woodworking, and social theory to create sculptures, drawings, and site-specific installations that explore and illustrate social analogs between humans and the natural world. He received his MFA in sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and BFA in painting and drawing/biology from The University of North Texas.

He has exhibited nationally and internationally at the Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, Museum of Contemporary Art: Chicago, 1708 Gallery, Conduit Gallery, Fuller Craft Museum, DePaul University Museum of Art, Arlington Museum of Art, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, South Bend Museum of Art, and many others. He designs furniture and structures under the name of onesixtyfourth design and works collaboratively with green/sustainable design collectives including Material Exchange, Ethical Metalsmiths, and Experimental Station. Previous Teaching positions include the Rochester Institute of Technology, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, DePaul University, Columbia College, Wayne State University, The College for Creative Studies, and the University of Texas at El Paso.

In addition to his university work, he teaches traditional (non-electric) woodworking skills in a traveling classroom he designed and built for a course called, _______Unplugged (the blank is filled with Art, Craft, or Design depending on the venue). As a writer and researcher he has contributed art criticism (Chicago Reader), presents research on industry, craft and sustainability, and is completing 3-D Fundamentals: Design Strategies for Makers (book in progress).

Recent awards include a Hagley/Winterthur Research Fellowship, an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship, and an I-Park Environmental Art Grant.

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