Michael Radyk, Assistant Professor
Michael Radyk, Assistant Professor of Textiles at Kutztown University received his MFA in 2008 from the Rhode Island School of Design and his BFA from Tyler School of Art. He is a recipient of residencies from the Hambidge Center for the Arts and Sciences in Rabun Gap, Georgia and the Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, Oregon. His hand woven and embroidered work was exhibited in 2011 at the Common Wealth Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Madison, in a show called New Weave: Five Contemporary Weavers. In October of 2010 Michael’s digitally designed and woven textiles were exhibited in a show called Binary Fiction: Digital Weaving at Eisentrager-Howard Gallery, University of Nebraska in Lincoln at the Textile Society of America Symposia. Michael has also exhibited his work at Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show and the Joan Mondale Gallery at the Textile Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Michael was a visiting professor in Fabric Design at the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia from 2008-2010 and Professor of Fibers at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Savannah, Georgia, from 2010-2011.
Inspiration for teaching:
"As an academic and artist, I work to encourage interest and critical
thought by exposing students to the domains of the history and current
practice in the textile field as well as architecture, art and design
fields using a variety of films, discussions and presentations. My own
education has been extremely rewarding, and I strive to provide
students with the same experience."
"The making of woven cloth is at the core of my artistic practice. My
investigation into making cloth stems from those dualities inherent in
its value, structure, meaning, production, visual impact, craft and
history. What I hope to achieve in my cloth is an abstraction formed
around dualities. In the work and textiles I produce there is a
consistency of influences. As I weave my body around the halls of
museums or my eyes around architectural references and words, the
layering of their influences starts to overlap and under lap, touch
and diverge. Using a multilayered or mosaic-like approach to research
is how I work. Weaving together a sort of atlas of influence and
memory, my aim is to demonstrate the evocative power of images which
occur/recur, to expose their impact, their nature, to explain how they
function, how they infect one another."