R. Thomas Tedrowe, Jr., a furniture designer and sculpture who has been featured on HGTV’s “Modern Masters” series and has been building beautiful objects in wood for more than 25 years, will exhibit his new work at the Purchase College Richard & Dolly Maass Gallery through June 18. Mr. Tedrowe was artist-in-residence in applied design at the Purchase College School of Art+Design this spring, and the pieces on exhibit were created during his residency.
The Maass Gallery, located in the Art+Design Building, is open M-F,
9 AM-5 PM. Admission is free. For more information, call 914-251-6750.
Purchase College, State University of New York, is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, N.Y.
As part of his residency, Mr. Tedrowe has also been the guest lecturer for the Spring 2007 Master Class in Applied Design offered by the School of Art+Design.
All of Mr. Tedrowe’s pieces are original in design, drawing from diverse influences in classical and contemporary art forms. His style incorporates an expert knowledge of wood, emphasizing wood’s natural characteristics of grain and color. “My designs center on a strong historical sense of world art and architecture, meticulous craftsmanship and the use of exotic woods,” he explains.
He holds a master of fine arts in furniture design from the Rhode Island School of Design and a bachelor of fine arts in sculpture from the Herron School of Art, Indiana University. Professionally, he has produced a wide range of work, from residential or corporate furnishings to specialty items such as mystery boxes, outdoor sculpture and harps. He produces handmade, one-of-a-kind pieces by utilizing a combination of modern and traditional technologies. The result is furnishings intended to maintain their heirloom quality throughout generations.
“As an artist I employ multiple motives in the conception and execution of my work,” he says. “I incorporate a sense of humor, such as visual puns or ironic titles. I also interpret architectural motifs in wood and play with proportion, geometric pattern and contrasting materials. My goal is to further understand past and present design approaches and aspects of manufacturing and to combine them with my own ideas to produce fine contemporary furniture with historical references.
“I continue to develop my repertoire to include a broader base of both traditional and modern stylistic expression and technique,” he adds. “Through this development I am able produce furniture with a well-founded personal design and fine structural integrity.”
Mr. Tedrowe’s work has been featured in galleries nationwide and published in several books. A founding member of the Furniture Society, he has received several awards for his designs.
The School of Art+Design’s artist-in-residence program in applied design hosts established makers of exceptional talent, who develop a body of work while participating in the education of Purchase students and in the life of the larger Purchase community. The program expands upon the conservatory environment and collaborative atmosphere that is the cornerstone of the Purchase educational experience. It provides students with the opportunity to observe an artist at work and to engage in dialogue with the artist in both studio and classroom. Through public lectures, workshops and exhibitions, the artist-in-residence program is a public resource center for the exchange and exploration of ideas relative to the contemporary cultural and social environment.