GEMS World Academy is a private K–12 school in Chicago’s Lakeshore East Community. The two-building vertical campus marries GEMS’ program with local requirements, creating a new model for a high-rise school in an arena of limited precedents. The use of state-of-the art technology enables students to collaborate with classrooms throughout the world, providing an international perspective on education.
The Lower School houses 660 students within 10 stories on a limited site. Juxtaposed against an adjacent park, the playful exterior is a modernist composition of interlacing colored panels and glass. The configuration responds to internal program elements while rationalizing the construction, allowing for fast-paced fabrication.
Organized to reduce travel times, the common areas are stacked centrally. Interior architecture is driven by flexibility, optimized floor area, connectivity, daylight and views. The design responds to the unique site constraints, provides a variety of spatial experiences, and makes strategic use of color and materials while maintaining a consistent approach to detailing.
The Lower School facility has been planned in conjunction with an Upper School that is to be constructed in a future phase. Distribution of grade levels and spaces between the two separate but proximate sites was determined during the master planning process. The two buildings, planned to serve a total of 2,100 students, maintain a unified approach to interior and exterior design, make provisions for internal drop offs to limit street traffic, and assist in stitching together the neighborhood by filling two vacant sites.
Mark Paul Smith, many know him as an incredible storyteller, mentor, and most of all a showman. He shares with us a few of his adventures and his newest book about love on the run with, Honey and Leonard.
His new book “Honey and Leonard” which is part romance novel for those you’ve leveled up in life. It offers wisdom and a glimmer of hope and perspective to those dealing with the stress of Dementia and Alzheimer’s.
I created and developed The Hope Gap Project for the Fort Wayne Museum of Art in fall of 2014. The Hope Gap Project will be highlighted at the Department of Education in Washington DC in Sept 2015, and will expand Nationally in the fall of 2015.
Cheyney Rose is a Senior from South Side High School. Cheyney shares her perspective on the Hope Gap Project and how the program has changed her life.
The Fort Wayne Museum of Art designed this program to inspire our Urban Youth to become the next generation of Creative Leaders in our Nation. With the help of the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, FWMoA is introducing former students with similar backgrounds that flourished due to their artistic talents, hard-work and the help of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.
This first interview with Cary Shafer while creating his work "Tilted Arch". Tilted Arch was commissioned by the Fort Wayne Museum of Art's and will be displayed in the Sculpture Court starting Fall of 2012. Cary Talks about his training, his career as we get a behind the scenes look at studio and his process.
Orignally Produced for the Fort Wayne Museum of Art
Steven Sorman is renowned for his complicated printmaking processes that result in lush and complex surfaces. Sorman’s prints are extremely detailed and full of vivid color.
Since 1970, over 80 one- artist exhibitions have featured Sorman’s work in galleries in Singapore, Sweden and the United States. In the 1970s, prestigious exhibits included the “Paper as Medium”, Smithsonian Institute; The National Print Exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum and the 13th International Biennial of Graphic Art in Ljubljana, Yugoslavia. His work is in the collections of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, The Netherlands; The Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, both in New York City; the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, among others. Sorman won the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Merit World Print III Award in 1980, the Rockefeller Foundation American Center Artist in Residence in Paris in 1982, and the 2nd Bharat Bhavan International Biennial of Prints Merit Award in 1991 (Bhopal, India).