PRESS AND MEDIA COVERAGE
The public art and design programs and artistic personnel of Community Architexts have received significant coverage in both local and national media for their work. Community Architexts founding artistic director, BJ Krivanek, was included in the inaugural exhbition at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum--Design Culture Now: The National Design Triennial--and the accompanying book, edited by Donald Albrecht, Ellen Lupton and Steven Skov Holt. In 2000, Krivanek was awarded a Visual Arts Fellowship from the Illinois Arts Council, given to mid-career artists in support of their work. In addition, Krivanek has also been received numerous awards for his work including; The Society for Environmental Graphic Design/ Honor Award (Washington, DC), National Endowment for the Arts/ Federal Design Achievement Award (Washington DC), American Center for Design/ Award--The 100 Show (Chicago, IL), and The Art Directors Club of New York, Gold Medal (New York, NY).
Our most recently completed project, Family Voices/Austin, has also appeared in The Chicago Tribune and The Chicago Reader. In covering Family Voices, Tribune writer Ellen Fox, noted "The corner of Chicago and Central Avenues is home to lots of commercial signsÉ But this week, three orange and yellow signs with inspirational or cryptic messages are scheduled to crop up over the sidewalks. The authors of the quotes are Austin's female residents. The idea for this temporary art project came from a male designer, BJ Krivanek, who wants to draw attention to the power of women's voices and a practical tool--signs--that can be used for economic improvement."
For additional coverage of previous works completed by Community Architexts and our community partners please see:
CR Packing Plant Site Project is a Work of Art, The Cedar Rapids Gazette (06.30.02 & 07.04.02)
Art People: Making the Unseen Seem Unavoidable, The Chicago Reader (08.02.02)
In Austin, Signs of Life, The Chicago Tribune (08.21.02).