Janet Echelman in Tampa, join us for coffee and discussion

World renowned artist whose experiential scultures have become focal points for civic life to visit Tampa.  (Space is limited, First 12 to sign up will be confirmed, others wait listed)

Janet Echelman sculpts at the scale of buildings and city blocks. Her work defies categorization, intersecting Sculpture, Architecture, Urban Design, Material Science, Structural & Aeronautical Engineering, and Computer Science. Echelman’s art transforms with wind and light, and shifts from being “an object you look at, into an experience you can get lost in”.

Using unlikely materials from aramid fiber to atomized water particles, Echelman combines ancient craft with computational design software to create artworks that have become focal points for urban life on five continents, from Singapore, Sydney, Shanghai, and Santiago, to Beijing, Boston, New York and London.  Permanent works in Porto (Portugal), Vancouver (Canada), San Francisco, West Hollywood, Phoenix, Eugene, Greensboro, Philadelphia, and Seattle transform daily with colored light.   

Echelman’s educational path has been nonlinear. After graduating from Harvard College, she lived in a Balinese village for 5 years, then completed separate graduate programs in Painting and in Psychology. Recipient of an honorary Doctorate from Tufts University, Echelman taught last year as Visiting Professor at MIT, and will teach next year at Princeton University.

Her TED talk "Taking Imagination Seriously" has been translated into 35 languages with more than two million views. Recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, Harvard Loeb Fellowship, Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellowship, and Fulbright Sr. Lectureship, Echelman received the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award in Visual Arts, honoring “the greatest innovators in America today.” In popular culture, Oprah ranked Echelman’s work #1 on her List of 50 Things That Make You Say Wow!, and Echelman was named an Architectural Digest Innovator for "changing the very essence of urban spaces."

Janet graduated from Harvard College in 1987 magna cum laude with highest honors in Visual & Environmental Studies. She served as a resident tutor at Adams House from 1992-99, and later returned as a Loeb Fellow at the Graduate School of Design, 2007-08. In January 2019, her nomination for election to the Board of Overseers was announced.

Note:  This is just a meet and greet and is neither a sponsorship nor endorsement by the Club or Holland & Knight of Ms. Echelman’s candidacy for the Harvard Board of Overseers.

Location:  Holland and Knight Offices, 100 North Tampa St, Suite 4100, Tampa, FL 33692

Time: 8:00AM - 9:00AM