Master Artists - Design

YoungArts’ master artists are some of the most distinguished and accomplished artists in their fields. These master artists support YoungArts’ mission to cultivate and inspire the next generation of artists by graciously lending their time and expertise to work with YoungArts participants in each of our ten disciplines.  Spending time with these master artists in an intimate setting, YoungArts participants come away with inspiring and life-changing experiences.

YoungArts master artists serve in a wide variety of capacities: as discipline coordinators, national reviewers, selection panelists, master teachers, editors and curators.  These master artists, each at different points in their careers and with unique perspectives on their art form, represent the myriad of versions of what it means to be a successful artist, and have helped many students understand what it takes to make a career and find fulfillment in the arts.

SELECT MASTER ARTISTS IN DESIGN

Paola Antonelli | Paola Antonelli is one of the world's foremost design experts and was recently rated as one of the top one hundred most powerful people in the world of art by Art Review. She is a curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art, where she curated the exhibition "Humble Masterpieces" to great acclaim. She has been a contributing editor for Domus magazine and the design editor for Abitare. A lecturer at Harvard's Graduate School of Design, she is also the author of MoMA's Objects of Design and Safe: Design Takes on Risk.

Michael Arad | Michael Arad’s design for the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site, titled “Reflecting Absence,” was selected from among more than 5,000 entries submitted in an international competition. A partner of the New York firm of Handel Architects, Mr. Arad also has worked for Kohn Pedersen Fox and the Design Department of the New York City Housing Authority. Mr. Arad's honors include the Young Architects Award of the American Institute of Architects, the AIA Presidential Citation and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's the Liberty Award for Artistic Leadership.

Jacob Brillhart | Architect and painter Jacob Brillhart is an Assistant Professor at the University of Miami School of Architecture. He is the founder of Jacob Brillhart Architect, P.A. Recently, Brillhart was nominated as a finalist for the 2010 Rome Prize in Architecture.

Julietta Cheung | Julietta Cheung is an artist, writer and designer. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Art at Florida State University. She holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. While there, she was the recipient of the New Artist Trustee's Merit Scholarship and the Betsy Karp MFA Award. 

Cecilia Dean | After graduating from Barnard College in New York, Cecilia Dean co-founded the now iconic publication Visionaire, which aims to bridge the gap between fashion and other fields of creativity. Editor of the magazine, she also co-founded the twin publications V and V Man. Dean created MOVE! with David Colman and is a frequent contributor to The New York Times. Prior to her editorial and artistic career, she was one of the most prominent models in the 1980s, posing for Karl Lagerfeld, Peter Lindbergh and Mario Testino, among others.

Frank O. Gehry | Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry is the principal of the architecture firm of Frank O. Gehry & Associates. Frank Gehry's designs, which explore the possibilities inherent both in the methods of constructing and assembling architecture and in the formal composition of architectural forms, have been built or proposed all across the United States. Gehry is the recipient of the Arnold W. Brunner Award of the American Institute of Arts and Sciences (1983) and of numerous local and national design awards. Gehry's best-known works include the titanium covered Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain; MIT's Ray and Maria Stata Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts; Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles and the New World Center in Miami Beach. Current commissions include The YoungArts Campus and Facebook's headquarters.

Haas Brothers | Design duo and fraternal twins Nikolai and Simon Haas explore aesthetic and formal themes related to nature, science fiction, sexuality, psychedelia and color theory. They have designed costumes for Lady Gaga, added their artistic touches to the Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles, and collaborated with Versace. Their mastery and unique use of materials ranging from brass, bronze, porcelain and fur to highly technical resins and polyurethane, matched with their insatiable curiosity and remarkable visual intelligence, sets them apart as artists. The Haas Brothers currently live and work in Los Angeles, California.

Patrick Hazari | Patrick Hazari is Manager of Design and Capital Projects at Friends of the High Line in New York. Prior to his work with Friends of the High Line, Patrick was a designer at Weiss/Manfredi, where he worked on the award-winning Barnard College Diana Center in New York as well as a number of competition proposals. His Urban Projections (2007) was awarded first place in the Agent for Human Interaction Competition and exhibited at the Royal Academy in London, and his Creation/Refection: An Investigation of Path and Process (2006) and Urban Palimpsest: Peck Slip Waterfront (2008) were selected for exhibition at the Center for Architecture in New York for the Emerging New York Architects Biennial International Ideas Competition. Patrick has been published in 306090 10: Decoration (Princeton Architectural Press, 2006). He was the art director and editor for Designing the High Line: Gansevoort Street to 30th Street (Friends of the High Line, 2009), a book that documents the design of the High Line.

James Kaliardos | James Kaliardos has collaborated with photographers Annie Leibovitz, Steven Klein, David Sims, Steven Meisel, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Peter Lindbergh, Mario Testino, Paolo Roversi, Richard Burbridge, and the late Richard Avedon, Irving Penn and Helmut Newton. He co-founded the art and fashion publication Visionaire in 1991, a uniquely creative outlet for hundreds of artists, as well as the culture and fashion magazines V Man and V. In 1996, he also founded the New York based Innocent Theater Company, which produces both new works and revivals of classics with an infusion of art and fashion.

Karelle Levy | Karelle Levy was born in Paris and raised in Miami. She studied textile design at Rhode Island School of Design, which led to the beginning of knitting fabrics as wearable garments and costumes. As a performance artist, she cultivated the first pieces of knitted couture and ready-to-wear fashion collections called KRELwear. As Levy’s textiles evolved, her art developed into large-scale, site-specific installations and two-dimensional works including set design for Chromatics at The Gusman Theater, installation at Clyde Butcher Gallery, Fat Village Project, David Castillo Gallery and Blackall Studios London. Her awards include Best Local Fashion Designer in the Miami New Times (2005 & 2010), Style Wars National Champion (2008) and Gen Art Fresh Faces of Fashion (2004). KRELwear has also garnered praise in The New York Times, Women’s Wear Daily, Lucky, Ocean Drive, 944 Magazine, and the Miami Herald

Dr. Winifred Elysse Newman | Dr. Newman was a Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and has received additional fellowships from Harvard and the Graham Foundation among others.  Currently she is an Associate Professor at FIU and has taught at Harvard University, Washington University in St. Louis, and the University of Tennessee.  She has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Architectural Education and is a partner in FieldOffice, LLC.

Helen Maria Nugent | Helen Maria Nugent is the Founding Director of the Designed Objects program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is also a practicing designer
and a partner at HAELO Design, an independent studio based in Chicago, IL. The work of HAELO Design has been selected for the 2nd Istanbul8 Design Biennial, and was included in the CHGO DSGN show at the Chicago Cultural Center. 

Eric Peterson | Eric Peterson is an instructor for the Department of Architecture at Florida International University where he teaches introductory design studios for Architecture, Interior Architecture and Landscape Architecture students and advanced design studios for Architecture and Furniture Design students. He manages a Fabrication Lab that teaches students how to build models, furniture, installations, fabrication prototypes and test assemblies using both traditional and computer actuated tools and equipment. 

Emily Pilloton | Emily Pilloton is an industrial designer, writer and critic. Trained in architecture at UC Berkeley and product design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she started Project H in 2007 to provide a conduit and catalyst for humanitarian design. She has written for publications including ID, GOOD, and ReadyMade, and is the author of a book on "the industrial design revolution."

Terence Riley | Terence Riley is a founding partner of K/R (Keenen/Riley, 1984), an architectural studio well known for its designs for art museums, galleries, artists and collectors. Terence served as the Philip Johnson Chief Curator for Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art (1991-2006), where he curated critical exhibitions on both historical figures, including Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe, as well as contemporary architects, including Rem Koolhaas, Jacques Herzog and Pierre DeMeuron, and Bernard Tschumi.  From 2006 until 2010, Riley was director and design consultant for the Miami Art Museum (MAM), leading the institution through a transformative process of planning and designing a new waterfront facility.

Roberto Rovira | Roberto Rovira is principal of Studio Roberto Rovira, Associate Professor, and former chair of Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design at Florida International University. Roberto completed a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University in 1990, and a Masters in Landscape Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). As a professionally Registered Landscape Architect he combines his knowledge from landscape architecture, engineering, technology, and fine art, to work at various scales and collaborate with interdisciplinary practitioners, community, city, state, and government organizations. Roberto has been lead designer in national and international projects in the U. S., Latin America, and the Middle East, and his work ranges from installations to urban projects. He has been recognized by the Architectural League with the 2015 Emerging Voice award, by FIU as one of its Top Scholars in 2009, by the American Institute of Architects as Landscape Architect of the Year in 2007, and in over 10 open and public international competitions, including 1st Place in the Miami Monument Competition in 2005.

Ryan Hartley Smith | 2002 YoungArts winner in Visual Arts | Ryan Hartley Smith is a designer who creates narrative images for publications, theater and dance productions, and gallery spaces. He has worked with clients such as Upworthy, ProPublica, The Southern Poverty Law Center, Hermes of Paris, Queens College Civil Rights Archives, The Juilliard School, Miami New World Symphony, APICS Magazine, I Live Here QNS, The Brooklyn Community Pride Center, I'm From Driftwood, Noise Box Music Ensemble, MJM Music PL, Corpus Christie Music, The Equus Projects, Park Blvd. Productions, Malanga Dance Projects, The Borscht Film Festival and Young Audiences of Maryland. In 2014 he was granted a BRIC: Media Arts Fellowship. Smith is currently a professor at CUNY Queens College where he teaches Color and Design courses. 

Chat Travieso | 2003 YoungArts winner in Visual Arts and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts | Chat is a Brooklyn-based artist, designer, and educator. He creates socially engaged architectural public art. His past work has been commissioned by or organized in collaboration with The Architectural League of New York, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Design Trust for Public Space, and the NYC Department of Transportation. His recent honors include a USA YoungArts Fellowship, the Matthew J. Quinn Prize from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, and a Community Arts Fund Grant from the Brooklyn Arts Council. He is currently a Smack Mellon Studio Program Artist and a recipient of a New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellowship as part of his Smack Mellon residency.

YoungArts would also like to thank our extraordinary group of discipline coordinators, national reviewers and selection panelists in the Design discipline.