Wendell Castle

Father of the art furniture movement, Wendell Castle has been a sculptor, designer, and educator for more than four decades. An influential artist, his work has led to the development of handcrafted, modern designer furniture as a major art form and his name is revered above all others in the field.
His bold and graceful pieces, often organic, and sometimes whimsical, are crafted from rare and beautiful hardwoods, plastics, veneers, and metals in a timeless contemporary style. His expression of color and exotic materials are synonymous with the Wendell Castle name.
Born and educated in Kansas, Castle moved to Rochester, New York in 1961 and taught at the School for American Craftsmen. He is currently Artist-in-Residence at the school and maintains his art studio in nearby Scottsville. Internationally lauded for his contributions to the American art and design field, his numerous awards and honors include:
  • 2007 – Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Design
    Brooklyn Museum of Art/ Modernism
  • 1999 – Master of the Medium
    The James Renwick Alliance of the National Museum of American Art
  • 1994 – Visionaries of the American Craft Movement
    American Craft Museum
  • 1973-1988 – Visual Artists Fellowship Grant, and three other grants
    National Endowment for the Arts
In 1998 Wendell founded The Wendell Castle Collection as an avenue to deliver his sculptural vision to a broader audience. Hand-crafted in the workshop created by Wendell Castle, each piece is made by world-class craftsmen and women, and upholds the artistic ideals of Wendell Castle.
Father of the art furniture movement, Wendell Castle has been a sculptor, designer, and educator for more than four decades. An influential artist, his work has led to the development of handcrafted, modern designer furniture as a major art form and his name is revered above all others in the field.
His bold and graceful pieces, often organic, and sometimes whimsical, are crafted from rare and beautiful hardwoods, plastics, veneers, and metals in a timeless contemporary style. His expression of color and exotic materials are synonymous with the Wendell Castle name.
Born and educated in Kansas, Castle moved to Rochester, New York in 1961 and taught at the School for American Craftsmen. He is currently Artist-in-Residence at the school and maintains his art studio in nearby Scottsville. Internationally lauded for his contributions to the American art and design field, his numerous awards and honors include:
  • 2007 – Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Design
    Brooklyn Museum of Art/ Modernism
  • 1999 – Master of the Medium
    The James Renwick Alliance of the National Museum of American Art
  • 1994 – Visionaries of the American Craft Movement
    American Craft Museum
  • 1973-1988 – Visual Artists Fellowship Grant, and three other grants
    National Endowment for the Arts
In 1998 Wendell founded The Wendell Castle Collection as an avenue to deliver his sculptural vision to a broader audience. Hand-crafted in the workshop created by Wendell Castle, each piece is made by world-class craftsmen and women, and upholds the artistic ideals of Wendell Castle.
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