MFA, Textiles, Rhode island School of Design BFA, Tyler School of Art
Michael Radyk is an artist who has focused his practice on both industrial weaving and handweaving. Radyk’s approach highlights his aim of expressing his multilayered sources of inspiration, meaning, metaphor, and research. Using primarily recycled, repurposed, and industrially made materials, Radyk weaves, cuts, and manipulates his textiles into both two and three-dimensional forms.
Radyk’s work is included in the Textile Collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art. He has exhibited throughout the United States and internationally. Exhibitions include: Somewhere Between Black & White, Harry Wood Gallery, Arizona State University; Influence and Evolution: Fiber Sculpture-then and now, Brown Grotto Arts; Fibremen 4, International Exhibition, Kherson Museum, Kherson, Ukraine; New Weave: Five Contemporary Weavers, Common Wealth Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Madison; Binary Fiction: Digital Weaving, Eisentrager-Howard Gallery, University of Nebraska; and a solo exhibition at the McLanahan Gallery, Penn State University. Upcoming exhibitions include: Blue/Green: color/code/context, Brown Grotto Arts in 2018, and The Invitational Biannual Exhibition 2019, International Fiber Art Fair, Seoul Arts Center, South Korea.
Radyk received his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and developed his interest in education and teaching while at RISD and Brown University’s Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning. He has spent the last ten years exhibiting his work, producing both handwoven and Jacquard textiles and sculptures, teaching at various institutions, and serving as Chair of the Crafts Area at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania before becoming Director of Education for the American Craft Council and Editor in Chief of the journal American Craft Inquiry.