Rondell Crier 813A Winding Hills Lane Apt • Hixson, Tennessee 37343 • Tel: (504) 259-2428 WORK EXPERIENCE: 2002 - Present YA/YA, Inc., New Orleans, LA - Creative Director Responsibilities include upholding the mission and artistic excellence of the organization with the Executive Director. Duties include planning and implementing programs, serving as an artist mentor to youth artists, creating promotional graphics, and developing commercial arts ventures. Supervise all general programs, special projects, and client-based commissions. Role includes management of creative staff, mentoring interns in the arts, production, and administration. 2000 – 2002 WhyFive Studio, New Orleans, LA – Co-Founder/Designer Co-founder of WhyFive Studio, a commercial design arts firm established by four YA/YA alumni, secured contracts to design products, animated web sites, and logos. 1996 – 2002 Mark Mussman Carpentry, New Orleans, LA - Woodworker Apprenticed with Mark Mussman, a master-craftsmen, for a year and later returned in 1998 as a woodworker and installer, creating molding, furniture, framing, and finishing work for New Orleans Uptown shotgun house renovations contracts. 1997 – 1998 Apache Signs, Houston, TX - Industrial Sign Builder/Installer Designed and installed outdoor commercial signs and trained for six months in constructing, plotting, crane and forklift operation, and installation. 1996 – 1997 Greg's Stuff T-shirts, New Orleans, LA – Silkscreen Artist Operated four and six-color carousel printing equipment and silk-screened t-shirts 1991 – 1996 YA/YA Inc., New Orleans, LA – YA/YA Artist Worked on hundreds of YA/YA commissions, designed for Swatch, United Nations, and represented YA/YA in Japan, Germany, Italy, Holland, and numerous cities around the United States while participated as a guild artist member. EDUCATION: 1994 – 1996 Delgado Community College, New Orleans, LA - Illustration A.A. Degree 1993 - 1994 Dillard University, New Orleans, LA - Visual Arts Major Summer 1994 School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL - Computer Graphics Apprenticeships: Duncan Sculpture Chattanooga, TN September 2009 – Present apprenticed with metal sculpture artist Isaac Duncan III. Currently training in welding, material preparation, and sculpture installation. Stone Wood Metal Houston Spring 1998 apprenticed with a furniture artist working with stone, wood and metal. Cultural Arts Center Chicago, Il Summer 1994 worked as senior apprentice artist in a Fashion Design Tent: Designed and made hats and constructed hand sewn wearable art with found objects, for Gallery 37. Fabric Workshop Philadelphia, PA Spring 1994 trained in repeat designed and silk-screening of fabric. Commissioned Artworks/Productions/Exhibits: Under-Standing Water Houston, TX September 2010 commissioned by Diverse Works Art to create “After Disaster, which is a sculptural installation is composed of a 4ft x 6ft water faucet made of salvaged wood and materials with over 4,000 postcard photographs pouring from the faucet’s mouth. The photographs are documentation shots from the home of the artist’s mother being rebuilt, and shots of the devastation throughout New Orleans after hurricane Katrina. Guggenheim Museum New York, NY December 2009 commissioned by Works in Process to produce character sculptures for Guggenheim’s annual Peter and the Wolf production. Produced two original artworks, mentored youth participants, and co- managed overall project and installation. Floodwall Project New Orleans, LA January 2006 – April 2009 contracted by artist Jana Napoli for technical support with project. Support included: Documenting, photographing, and cataloging 700+ artwork items, design and construction of prototypes and final artwork, and management of exhibit installations. Installations: Liberty Bridge-New York, NY January 2007. Louisiana State Museum–Baton Rouge, LA July 2007. Clifton Cultural Arts Center-Cincinnati, Oh August 2008. Prospect One- New Orleans, LA October 2008. German Immigration Museum-Bremerhaven, Germany January 2009. Contemporary Art Museum-New Orleans, LA April 2009. On Piety New Orleans, LA October 2008 exhibited “On The Street” a two-part cinéma vérité installation consisting of a life-sized profile of a vehicle projecting a documented video drive through of the hurricane Katrina Lower Ninth Ward devastation. The installation also exhibited at the New Orleans Contemporary Art Center April 2009. Waiting for Gadot New Orleans, LA November 2007 contracted by Creative Time and artist Paul Chan to fabricate props for "Waiting for Gadot" production. Studio Atelier Napoli New Orleans, LA May 2004 designed and built custom kitchen island and bookcase. Jazz and Heritage Festival New Orleans, LA March 1999 designed and painted a 25’ square canvas for Francofête celebration. Design Partners New Orleans, LA May 1995 designed poster for Violence Prevention Campaign. Swatch, Ltd. Switzerland 1994-1995 collaborated with other YA/YA artists and seven foreign artists to redesign the United Nations General Assembly room in celebration of their 50th year anniversary. Swatch Watch Company Switzerland 1993-1994 designed faces of two YA/YA- Swatch watches for Spring 95 collection. Alessandro Mendini Milano, Italy 1996-1997 commissioned to design and create a sculptural chair. National Assembly of State Arts Agencies Washington DC October 1994 designed cover and interior graphics for "Part of the Solution: Creative Alternatives for Youth” book. Curator/Speaking Engagements/Presenter: Festival Production– New Orleans, LA 2008 Served as juror for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival - Congo Square Marketplace. On Piety Exhibit - New Orleans, LA 2008 Co-curator of On Piety, a parallel venue to the Prospect.1 International Contemporary Art Biennial, showcasing several multidisciplinary installations by New Orleans’ visual and performing artists. Partners for Livable Communities – Tuscaloosa, Al 2007 conducted YA/YA showcase and presentation. Arts Council of New Orleans – New Orleans, LA 2005 served on the Jefferson Parish youth arts programming grants committee. Urban Youth Forum – San Francisco, CA 2005 speaker/presenter on youth entrepreneurship panel. Partners for Livable Communities – Battlecreek, MI 2005 conducted YA/YA showcase and presentation. Coming Up Taller Awards – Tampa Bay, FL 1999 YA/YA showcase presentation.
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