Renowned Designer Michael Singer Returning to JMU

From: Public Affairs

Michael Singer

The opening reception for "Michael Singer: Designs for a Sustainable Future” will take place 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, at the Institute for Visual Studies in Room 208 of Roop Hall.

The exhibition presents some of the best-known works by Singer, an internationally recognized artist and designer, who will be present at the reception. Singer will be working with JMU students and faculty from a wide range of disciplines throughout this year.

In his work, Singer integrates community needs, sustainable building principles, land use planning, environmental responsibility and aesthetic design. He has developed a signature cross-disciplinary style, spawning new possibilities for architecture to meet the needs of the community.

The exhibit will run at IVS from Sept. 21 to Nov. 19.

Singer's first visit to JMU was in October 2009, when he gave the inaugural Stewardship of the Natural World Interdisciplinary Public Lecture.

Singer has received numerous awards, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. His work in the 1970s and 1980s focused on new possibilities for outdoor and indoor sculpture and contributed to the definition of site-specific art and the development of public places.

Since the 1990s, Singer's work has been transforming public art, architecture, landscape and planning projects into models for urban and ecological renewal. Among his projects are a massive waste recycling transfer station in Phoenix, a water-filtration riverine reclamation design in Grand Rapids, Mich., and a large interior sculpture garden design and installation at the Denver International Airport. To view images of Singer's work, check

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Sept. 17, 2010