Conversations: ILLUMINATION

June 30, @6PM

Bellevue Arts Museum

The machine initiates with an idea, its core source of energy. The ancient Greeks defined ennoia as an idea, concept, or thought engaged in the mind. Laced with intent, it can hint at purpose or outline a strategy. No idea germinates on its own: sown in fertile soil, it emerges from the strata of previously conceived thoughts, plans, and actions. Additional components must be engineered for the idea to be effectuated; together, these parts form an apparatus: the Future Machine. The idea is the genesis, the initial spark that ignites the plan into action.

Ryan Smith

- Ryan is President and Creative Director of LightArt, a lighting manufacturer based in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle. Smith has an extensive background in architecture and design. His mentorship with Dale Chihuly guided him to start his own studio, Grey Design, with his wife Ahna Holder, which would ultimately become LightArt. Ten years later, Smith and his team at LightArt provide designers with unique, hand-crafted lighting solutions to fit projects of all shapes and sizes.

Dylan Neuwirth

- Dylan is a contemporary artist working with light, space, and interactive technologies. He has participated in numerous international solo, two-person, and group exhibitions. His work is in private and institutional collections, and has appeared in Brooklyn Magazine, Artslant, Artsy, New American Paintings, artnet, The Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Beautiful/Decay, WIRED, and VICE. He executed projects across North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia as a Project Manager with the Chihuly Studio from 2007-2017 and is currently the Creative Director of Western Neon. He lives and works in Seattle, Washington.

Brandyn Callahan

- Brandyn is a glassmaker who uses his years of experience producing work for other artists and designers to help render his own functional, clean designs in glass. Although Brandyn frequently travels to teach, demonstrate, and explore, all of the work is designed and produced in Seattle, Washington.

Dave Rosencrans

- is a native Washington resident and an active maven/connector in development of our region's future machine. He has provided direction at the intersection of creativity and commerce, holding leadership positions at vanguard Northwest organizations such as KCMU Radio (now KEXP), Sub Pop Records, EMP Museum (now MoPOP) and Chihuly Studio. Additionally, his private consultancy offers small business and design expertise to many companies, including Electric Coffin. Currently, Dave is Director of Operations for Ecotope, a leading research, design, and policy team delivering energy efficiency for the built environment.

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