Wendell Castle (American, b.1932) is a renowned designer and sculptor, and is recognized as father of the American Studio Furniture movement. Castle studied at the University of Kansas, earning his BFA in industrial design in 1958, and his MFA in 1961. He soon moved to New York, and began teaching at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s School of American Craftsmen, where he is currently an artist in residence. He opened the Wendell Castle School in 1980.
Known for his elegant, often whimsical work, his pieces are characterized by bold color and his use of a variety of different materials, including wood, metals, plastics, and veneers. Castle is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Visual Artists Fellowship Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Visionaries of the American Craft Movement award from the American Craft Museum, a Master of the Medium award from The James Renwick Alliance of the National Museum of American Art, and a Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Design from the Brooklyn Museum of Art.