American artist Wendell Castle has been a sculptor, designer and educator for over 5 decades. From the outset of his career, Castle has consistently challenged the boundaries of functional design, becoming renown for his superb craftsmanship, whimsically organic forms and original techniques for stack-laminating wood. Mr. Castle's work can be found in the permanent collections of over 50 museums world- wide. These include the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Arts and Design, and the Brooklyn Museum in New York; the Smithsonian's American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C.; The Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Detroit Art Institute, the Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, TX), the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institutions (New York, NY), the Victoria Albert Museum, London, England, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City, MO). He has been recognized many times over for his contributions to the design and art field in the United States, having received numerous awards, grants and honors for his accomplishments. These include four honorary doctoral degrees, several grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arts & Cultural Council of Rochester, The Eastman Medal from the University of Rochester, the Gold Medal Award and being named a Fellow by the American Craft Council, listing in Who's Who in American Art, the Golden Plate award from the American Academy of Achievement, the Visionaries award from the Museum of Art & Design, the Distinguished Achievement Award from the University of Kansas School of Fine Arts, The Award of Distinction from the Furniture Society, the Outstanding Achievement Award, from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, and the Lifetime Achievement Award For Excellence in Design from The Brooklyn Museum of Art. In addition to having a strong career as an artist, Mr. Castle has contributed to the education of others who aspire to be artists. He began teaching in 1960 at Kansas University and would later move to Rochester, New York to teach at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and the State University of New York at Brockport. From 1980-88, Wendell Castle operated his own art school at his studio in Scottsville, New York. Many of his students have gone on to teach and have successful careers in the arts and design field. He is currently on the staff of RIT as Artist-in-Residence and is asked to exhibit, lecture and teach at many educational institutions throughout the world.