Michael Radyk

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Fiber Arts & Installation

Artist's Biography

Michael Radyk is an artist who explores woven textiles and the qualities inherent in their structure, production, design, craft, and history. He uses both the hand loom and Jacquard loom to produce his work. Michael designs, weaves, cuts, sculpts, and manipulates his textiles into both two and three-dimensional sculptural forms. Michael’s work involves the reinvention of manufactured materials and familiar textiles such as corduroy. He creates work that is based in place and material research using mainly recycled and repurposed materials both found and created by Michael. His work Swan Point is included in the Textile Collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Recent exhibitions include: “Structured,” Textile Center, Joan Mondale Gallery, Minneapolis, MN; the Invitational Biannual Exhibition, “International Fiber Art Fair,” Seoul Arts Center, Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul, South Korea; and a solo exhibition “Reemergence” the18th Annual Betsy Meyer Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA. He has an upcoming solo exhibition in 2022 at the Kellner Gallery, Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, Pa.

Michael has attended residencies at the Hambidge Artist Residency, Rabun Gap, GA, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA.

Michael received his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University’s Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning. He has taught at SCAD, RISD, Kutztown University, and the University of Georgia in Athens. He served as the Area Chair of Crafts and Textiles Area at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania from 2011-2016. He is the former Director of Education for the American Craft Council from 2016-2019 and was the founding Editor in Chief of the journal American Craft Inquiry.

Artist's Statement

The making of woven cloth is at the core of my artistic practice. In my work I use both the industrial Jacquard loom and the traditional hand loom in parallel research. This connective process activates both my textiles and structures to exploit their potential for sculptural surfaces and forms. My investigation into weaving and textiles is inspired by the qualities inherent in their structure, production, design, craft, and history. My work involves the reinvention of manufactured materials and familiar textiles such as corduroy. I create work that is based in place and material research using mainly recycled and repurposed materials I find or create.

I have been researching weft cut textiles including corduroy and fustian. Fustian is a fabric made by weaving two or more sets of wefts, or fillings. The word has come to represent a class of heavy cotton fabrics, some of which have pile surfaces, including moleskin, velveteen, and later renamed and rebranded as corduroy. In all fustians one of the sets of filling yarns is made up of floats (yarns that skip over two or more adjacent warp yarns). When a pile fabric is desired, the weft floats must be cut.

For me the fustian and corduroy textile structures represent an example of the early transition from home or cottage-based workshops to the consolidation to mills with industrial production and materials. As the Industrial Revolution expanded its reach both hand weaving and hand cut textiles were subverted. In England, the cutting of fustian had always tended to be a cottage industry, carried on in homes or small workshops close to weaving mills and manufacturers of the cloth. The cutting required a careful eye and a steady hand, but the fustian cutters were seen as unskilled labor.

My goal is to bring the artists hand and contemporary sensibility to the process of fustian cutting and weaving. I find inspiration in repurposing and the reinvention of a variety of industrial and machine-made materials I can integrate into my work. The ubiquitous nature of the materials I use are interesting to me because they usually defy desire and beauty: cotton, re-purposed plastic tape and gimp, recycled polyester, industrial dyed feathers, retro-reflective safety tape, phosphorescent and holographic tapes.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2022
Kellner Gallery, Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA

Land-Feels and Beachfront Properties, InLiquid at Two Commerce Square, Philadelphia, PA

2021
Reemergence, 18th Annual Betsy Meyer Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

2012
McLanahan Gallery, Penn State University, Altoona, PA

2011
Artist in Residence Exhibition, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR

2006
Solo Exhibition, Takashimaya, New York, NY

Two-Person
2007
Focus on Fiber: The Work of Michael Radyk and Timea Tihanyi, Two-Person Exhibition, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA

Group
2021
New Normal: Working Through Quarantine, Payne Gallery, Moravian University, Bethlehem, PA

2019
International Fiber Art Fair, Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul, South Korea (catalogue)

Structured, Joan Mondale & Studio Galleries, Textile Center, Minneapolis, MN

Focus: Fiber 2019, Kent State University Art Museum, Kent, OH (catalogue)

2018
Super Surfaces, In the Paper Gallery, Seoul, South Korea (catalogue)

Blue/Green: color/code/context, browngrotta arts, Wilton, CT (catalogue)

2017
Still Crazy After All These Years, 30th Anniversary Exhibition, browngrotta arts, Wilton, CT, (catalogue)

2016
Focus: Fiber 2016, Kent State University Museum, Kent, OH (catalogue)

2015
Influence and Evolution: Fiber Sculpture-Then and Now, browngrotta arts, SOFA, Chicago, IL

Somewhere Between Black & White, Harry Wood Gallery, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

The Constant Thread, Hambidge Center, Rabun Gap, GA

Influence and Evolution: Fiber Sculpture-then and now, browngrotta arts, Wilton, CT (catalogue)

2014
Focus: Fiber 2014, Erie Art Museum, Bacon Gallery, Erie, PA (catalogue)

Small Expressions, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA

Fibremen 4, International Exhibition, Kherson Museum, Kherson, Ukraine

International TECHstyle Art Biennial, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, San Jose, CA

Ebb & Flow Yardage Exhibition, Handweavers Guild of America, Convergence, Providence, RI

2013
Rijswijk Textile Biennial, Museum Rijswijk, Netherlands

National Fiber Directions 2013, Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, KS

Victory for Tyler; Victory for All, ICE Box Project Space, Crane Building, Philadelphia, PA

Faculty Biennial Exhibition, Miller Gallery, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. Kutztown, PA

2012
Inside/Outside the Box, ICE Box Project Space, Crane Building, Philadelphia, PA

Fiber Options: Material Explorations, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD

2011
New Weave: Five Contemporary Weavers, Common Wealth Gallery, School of Human Ecology, Design Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Fibremen 1, International Exhibition, Kherson Museum, Kherson, the Ukraine

2010
Binary Fiction: Digital Weaving, Eisentrager-Howard Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

34th Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Philadelphia, PA

New Fibers 2010, FAN Gallery, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI

ART Healing Lives, Textile Center, Joan Mondale Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

Materials: Hard & Soft, Greater Denton Arts Council, Center for the Visual Arts, Denton, TX

2009
Spotlight 2009, Clayton Gallery, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA

Extreme Threads: Works in Fiber, Stitch and Surface, Defoor Center, Atlanta, GA

2008
Inaugural Faculty Exhibition, Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

RISD Textiles: New Talent, New York Design Center, New York, NY

RISD MFA Thesis Show, Rhode Island Convention Center Providence, RI

Craft Forms International, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

2007
Content in Context, Sol Koffler Gallery, Providence, RI

Curatorial Projects

2018
Jiseon Lee Isbara: Displaced-Part 2, with Textiles Center, ACC-On View Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

Memory Persuaded: Jayden Moore, ACC-On View Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2014
ENGAGE: Color, Ritual, Material Studies, conference and exhibition, Miller Gallery, Kutztown, PA

Artist's Bibliography

2020
“Highlight,” TxP- Textile Plus Magazine, Netherlands, Summer 2020, issue 252. 46.

2019
“Moving On,” RISDXYZ, Providence, RI, Fall/Winter 2019/20. 90.

“International Fiber Art Fair,” catalogue, Seoul, South Korea, 2019. 12.

“Focus Fiber: Kent State University Museum,” catalogue, Kent, OH, 2019. 50-51.

2018
Radyk, Michael, "American Craft Inquiry," journal, Minneapolis, MN, 2016-18, Vol. 1-2.

Radyk, Michael, "Juror Statement-Burke Prize MAD Museum," New York, NY, 2018. 11.

Grotta, Tom, "Blue/Green:color/code/context,” catalogue, Wilton, CT, 2018. 90-91.

"Super Surfaces," catalogue, Seoul, South Korea, 2018. 34-35.

2017
Lee, Helen; Rooney, E. Ashley, "Artistry in Fiber, Vol. 2: Sculpture," 2017. 12, 150-151.

Lee, Helen; Rooney, E. Ashley, "Artistry in Fiber, Vol. 1: Wall Art," 2017. 150-151.

Grotta, Tom, “Still Crazy After All These Years,” catalogue, Wilton, CT, 2017. 124-125.

2015
Shales, Ezra, "Influence and Evolution: Fiber Sculpture…then and now," catalogue, Wilton, CT, 2015. 16, 122-125.

2014
Radyk, Michael, "ENGAGE: Color, Ritual, Material Studies," exhibition catalogue, Miller Gallery, Kutztown, PA

Fellowships & Residencies

2020
Hambidge Artist Residency, Rabun Gap, GA

2019 - 2020
Clothworkers’ Center for Textiles, London, UK

2019
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA

2010
Hambidge Artist Residency, Rabun Gap, GA

Oregon College of Art and Craft Residency Program, Portland, OR

Grants

2021
Illuminate the Arts Grant, City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, Philadelphia, PA

2020
Artist Relief Grant, Organized by United States Artists, Chicago, IL

2019
Gus Foundation Research Fellowship, Clothworkers’ Centre Archive, V & A, London, UK

2012 - 2016
College of Visual & Performing Arts Faculty Development Grant, Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA

2014
Kutztown University Foundation Grant for Engage Conference and Exhibition, Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA

2010
Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation Grant

Textile Society of America Presenter Symposium Grant, Lincoln, NE

Awards

2021
Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art and 18th Annual Betsy Meyer Exhibition, Main Line Art Center Gallery, Haverford, PA

2015
Presidents Prize, FOCUS; Fiber, Textile Art Alliance of the Cleveland Museum of Art, Erie Art Museum, Bacon Gallery, Erie, PA

2014
Award, Ebb and Flow Yardage, Handweavers Guild of America Convergence, Providence, RI

2008
Visionary Award of Excellence, Craft Forms International, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

Collections

Cleveland Museum of Art, Purchase with the Textile Alliance of the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
Special Collections Library, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Special Collections Library, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

Professional Experience

2016 - 2019
Director of Education, American Craft Council, Minneapolis, MN

Editor in Chief, American Craft Inquiry Journal, American Craft Council, Minneapolis, MN

2015
Workshop Instructor, Kent State University, Blossom Art Summer, Kent, OH

2012 - 2016
Crafts Area Head, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, Kutztown, PA

2011 - 2016
Associate Professor of Textiles, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, Kutztown, PA

2010 - 2011
Professor in Fibers, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Savannah, GA

2008 - 2010
Visiting Professor of Art, University of Georgia, Lamar Dodd School of Art, Athens, GA

2006 - 2008
Instructor in Textiles, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, RI

Lecturer, Guest Critic, Juror

2019
Awards Juror, American Craft Exposition, Evanston, IL

Fellowship Juror, Jerome Foundation Exhibition Grants, Textile Center, Minneapolis, MN

2018
Inaugural Selection Juror, Burke Prize for Craft, MAD Museum, New York, NY

Selection Juror, Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Philadelphia, PA

2017 - 2019
Juror and Organizer, Emerging Voices Awards, American Craft Council, Minneapolis, MN

2016
Juror, Rare Craft Awards, sponsored by Balvenie Distillery and Anthony Bourdain, New York, NY

2015
Lecture, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH

Lecture, Kent State University, Kent, OH

2013
Lecture, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Education

2008
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
MFA, Textiles

Brown University, Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning, Providence, RI
Certificate in Collegiate Teaching

1999
Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
BFA, Fibers & Material Studies, Art History Minor