Stephen Burks

Chicago native, Stephen Burks is an industrial designer, whose innovative approach to design synthesizes craft, community, and industry. He has collaborated with artisans and craftspeople in over ten countries on six continents. His socially engaged practice seeks to broaden the limits of design consciousness by challenging who benefits from and participates in contemporary design. He has had solo exhibitions and led curatorial projects at the Studio Museum in Harlem (Stephen Burks Man Made, 2011), the Museum of Art & Design (Stephen Burks, Are You a Hybrid, 2011), and the High Museum of Art (Stephen Burks: Shelter in Place, 2022). Most recently, in the fall of 2023, Stephen Burks: Spirit Houses opened at Volume Gallery in Chicago and Stephen Burks: Shelter in Place (Nov 18 – April 14, 2024) traveled to the Philadelphia Museum of Art where Stephen became the first African American to receive the Collab Design Excellence Award.


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