Visiting Artist Lecture October 21
For more than 35 years, Michigan-based fiber artist Gerhardt Knodel has explored the use of fabric to shape and redefine living spaces, while at the same time collecting textiles created by others in the field. He is the former director at Crandbrook Academy of Art where he also served as the Fibers Department head. Knodel's work with fibers includes installations, theater, architectural commissions, and the pictorial potential of weaving. In addition to being a practicing artist, Knodel also boasts an impressive collection of fibers arts from across the globe that he exhibited as "World Textiles From the Collection of Gerhardt Knodel" in 2008 at the Midland Center for the Arts in Saginaw, MI. He received his BFA from the University of California, Los Angeles and his MFA at California State University at Long Beach. In 1981, Knodel was the subject of a short, biographical film titled "Gerhardt Knodel: An Artist and His Work".