October 25, 2013 – January 5, 2014
NEW! Encore presentation from January 15 – February 23, 2014
Designer Joey Ruiter pushes the limits of what is required for an object to function, searching for new ways of thinking about materials, scale, manufacturing processes, and function. His design meets everyday needs in surprising ways, such as a motorcycle with no visible mechanical parts, or a powerboat that makes no noise. The prototypes he creates challenge established expectations and help people start imagining what is possible.
Founder and design lead of jruiter + studio, Ruiter sold his first office chair design before he earned his diploma from Kendall College of Art and Design in 2000. He won his first Best of NeoCon® Gold award just two years later.
About the Michigan Artist Series
Throughout its 100-year history, the Grand Rapids Art Museum has featured the work of Michigan artists in its exhibition program. This tradition is now formalized into the Michigan Artist Series, to be presented in galleries throughout the Museum, which highlights the work of living artists or designers working in diverse media who reside in the state.