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Donald Fortescue
2002 3rd Place recipient

Education

1993–95     Master of Creative Arts (Sculpture), University of Wollongong, Australia

1986–87     Associate Diploma Visual Arts (Design in Wood), Canberra School of Art, Australian National University

1975–79     Bachelor of Science (Honors in Botany), University of New South Wales, Sydney

Employment

2008–present     Professor, California College of the Arts, San Francisco

1997–2009     Chair of the Furniture Program, California College of the Arts, San Francisco

1997–2007     Associate Professor, California College of the Arts, San Francisco

1994–96     Head of Furniture Design, Jam Factory Craft and Design Centre, Adelaide, Australia

1988–94     Self-employed furniture designer and maker, Australia

1983–86     Freelance botanical researcher and illustrator. Clients included the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney; New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service; Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra; CSIRO, Canberra

1979-82     Botanical researcher and illustrator. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, Australia.

Selected honors and awards

2006     Inaugural Education Fellow, For-Site Foundation, San Francisco

2002     Virginia A. Groot Foundation Award

2001     Experimental Design Award, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

1999     Professional development grant, Visual Arts and Crafts Fund of the Australia Council

1994     Professional development grant, ACT Arts and Special Events, Canberra, Australia

1993     Australia Council residency, Green Street Studios, New York

1990     Traveling grant, Commonwealth Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Canberra, Australia

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship, Canberra, Australia

1987     Craft training grant, Visual Arts and Craft Board of the Australia Council

Public collections

Museum of Arts and Design, New York

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, North Carolina

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Wollongong City Gallery, Australia

Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

Powerhouse Museum, Sydney

Selected solo exhibitions

2009     Genius Loci, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma, California (catalog)

2005     Metaphor and Magnitude, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

2003     Permutations, John Elder Gallery, New York

2001     Experimental Design Award, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (catalog)

Correspondence, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart, Australia

Empty Vessels, John Elder Gallery, New York

1995     aGROUND, Jam Factory Craft and Design Centre, Adelaide; Canberra Contemporary Art Space; and Wollongong City Gallery, Australia (catalog)

Selected group exhibitions

United States

2011     The New Materiality: Digital Dialogues at the Boundaries of Contemporary Craft. Milwaukee Art Museum.

Breaking Ranks: Human/Nature. Headlands Center for the Arts.

Family Tree – Fine Woodworking in Northern California. Petaluma Art Center.

2010     The New Materiality: Digital Dialogues at the Boundaries of Contemporary Craft. Fuller Museum of Craft, Boston (catalog)

2008     Permanently MAD: Revealing the Collection, Museum of Arts and Design, New York

Bay Area Now 5, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (catalog)

2007     Shy Boy, She Devil, and Isis: The Art of Conceptual Craft, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (catalog)

CCA at 100: Innovation by Design, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

CCA Sculpture Selections, Sculpturesite Gallery, San Francisco

2006     The Sensuous Curve, Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco

2005     Convergence, Oceanside Museum of Art, San Diego; San Francisco Museum of Craft + Design; and SOFA, Chicago (catalog)

2002     . . . and Extreme Pattern, John Elder Gallery, New York

Visual Perspectives: 14 Years of the Virginia A. Groot Foundation, Groot Foundation Space, Chicago (catalog)

2001     SOFA (Sculpture, Objects, and Functional Art), Armory, New York

2000     Form Follows, Design Gallery, University of California, Davis

1998      lights-ON, John Elder Gallery, New York

SOFA (Sculpture, Objects, and Functional Art), Navy Pier, Chicago

1997     Design Australia: Westweek 1997, Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles

1994–96      SOFA (Sculpture, Objects, and Functional Art), Navy Pier, Chicago

International

1998     The Somatic Object, Dr. Earl Lu Gallery, Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore

1997     The Somatic Object, National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan (catalog)

1994      Art of the Object (Craft Australia touring exhibition of South America), Montevideo; São Paulo; and Santiago (catalog)

Australia

2007     Integration: The Nature of Objects, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney

2005     Transformations: The Language of Craft, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (catalog)

1997     The Somatic Object, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney

1996       New Furniture, Jam Factory Craft and Design Centre, Adelaide

South Australia: Crucible of Design, Jam Factory Craft and Design Centre, Adelaide (catalog)

1991–92     The Light Fantastic, Canberra Contemporary Art Space; Distelfink Gallery, Melbourne; and Sturt Craft Centre Gallery, Mittagong (catalog)

Selected professional experience

2010     Artist in residence, Ceramics Program, California College of the Arts

2009     Artist in residence, College of Fine Arts, University of NSW, Sydney

Artist in residence, School of Art, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia

2006     Artist in residence, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, Colorado

2001     Artist in residence, School of Art, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia

1997     Emigrated to the United States

1995–96     Study tour of the United States, including artist in residence at the Australia Council’s Studio, Green Street, New York (4 months)

1991     Churchill Fellowship. Research in Japan and the United Kingdom (7 months)

1982–83      Traveling and working in Japan (19 months)

Selected bibliography

Adamson, Glenn. “Donald Fortescue,” American Craft vol. 61, no. 3, 2001: 56–59

Cochrane, Grace. The Crafts Movement in Australia: A History, UNSW Press, 1992: 399–400

Fortescue, Christopher. “Aground: A Review,” Object vol. 2, no. 95, 1995: 17–18

Fortescue, Donald. “What Does It Take to Make It in the USA?” in Shifting Foundations: The Collected Papers of the Designing Futures Forum, Craftwest, Australia, 2003

Ioannou, Norris. Masters of Their Craft, Craftsman House, 1997

Kelsey, John, and Rick Mastelli, eds. Furniture Studio: The Heart of the Functional Arts, Furniture Society, 1999: 30

Lavine, John. “Donald Fortescue: Maker, Teacher,” Woodwork no. 111, 2008

Lockwood, Ken, ed. Artfile, Craft Arts International, 1992: 290–91

Martin, Stacy. “Doing It Naturally,” San Francisco Bay Guardian, July 16–22, 2008

Outlaw, Anne. “Re:furnishing Memory,” Broadsheet vol. 24, no. 3, 1995: 23

Porges, Maria. “The Sensuous Curve,” American Craft vol. 66, no. 5, 2006: 74–75

Raffan, Richard. “Design for Living,” Craft Arts no. 19, July–September, 1990: 64–66

Rowley, Sue, ed. Craft and Contemporary Theory, Allen and Unwin, 1997

Zimmer, Jenny, ed. Contemporary Craft Review 1: Collected Essays on Issues and Themes in Contemporary Craft, Craft Victoria, 1996: 21–23

 

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