UNTITLED. Art Fair 2015
In late November of 2015, two of our students were granted the opportunity to travel with Grand Rapids-based non-profit, SiTE:LAB, to the UNTITLED. Art Fair in Miami. While there, these two rockstar students assisted with the installation of artist Julie Schenkelberg’s massive piece, Lemurian Shift.
UNTITLED. is North America’s largest contemporary art fair, and runs congruently with the infamous Art Basel. During this time, which is now referred to as ‘Miami Art Week,’ the creative world and all of it’s entities show up to buy, sell, critique and represent various aspects of art & design. Eric and Ian both regularly volunteer with SiTE:LAB, but this experience was truly one of a kind – from planning and preparing in Grand Rapids, to transporting the artwork over a 22 hour road trip, to eventually contributing to the installation on South Beach – this was an opportunity similar to none for undergraduate students.
The two Collaborative Design students were also connected with other artists, galleries, and curators at the fair. After Julie was no longer in need of extra assistance (for the most part), SiTE:LAB founder Paul Amenta introduced Eric and Ian to the Chicago-based Carrie Secrist Gallery where they were able to assist with another installation, ultimately gaining both professional connections in the art world and learning valuable skills to further their creative potential.
“It was a collaborative effort working on my installation, Lumerian Shift during the Miami art week at the Untitled Fair. Eric and Ian’s involvement was instrumental in assembling the installation. They were present to offer their skills of organization, design and understanding of the artistic process. It was important to stay organized in a limited amount of space and time to assemble the installation. They efficiently arranged, pre-staged materials that were constructed on site into the sculpture. Their sensitivity to being present and ready to help, while watching me make a decision was effectively smooth for the whole process.”
- Class Title, Year
- Ian Culver, Eric Schroeder
- Paul Amenta, Julie Schenkelberg