Rod McCormick is a professor of Crafts in the College of Art, Media & Design at the University of the Arts. He received his BFA from Tyler School of Art in 1974 and his MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 1978.
Rod is a metalsmith, sculptor and jeweler. His original passion was for metal (copper, bronze, aluminum, steel, silver, gold) and for metalworking (fabrication, hammering, casting, chasing, repoussé, soldering, welding). Since 1990 he has also been involved with the application of computer-aided design and computer-aided making to the work of the individual craftsperson, and now much of his work is executed using digital processes such as 3D printing and rapid prototyping. He draws his inspiration from process—from 19th century sheet metal patternmaking as well as contemporary 3D computer modeling programs. His current work is jewelry—sensuous forms designed digitally and made of acrylic resin using an EnvisonTEC Perfactory® 3D printer.
He has received many honors including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship Grant. He is a three-time Finalist (Discipline Winner) for a PEW Fellowship in the Arts.
He has lectured at Massachusetts College of Art, State University of New York at New Paltz, Cranbrook Academy, Washington State University, Towson University, and Kendall College of Art and Design, among others.
Exhibitions include solo shows at John Elder Gallery, New York City and at Design Arts Gallery and Drexel University, as well as group shows at the American Craft Museum, New York City; Leo Kaplan Modern Gallery, New York City; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at the State University of New York, New Paltz, N.Y.; and Velvet da Vinci Gallery, San Francisco.
Above: (Self-portrait) computer rendering of 3D laser scan.
Class Schedule, Spring 2015
|M||04:00PM - 06:50PM||3D Computer Modeling|
|F||10:00AM - 04:20PM||Metal Casting Exploration|
|-||Crafts Ind Study|