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Andy Buck

Professor

School for American Crafts
College of Art and Design

Andy Buck

Professor

School for American Crafts
College of Art and Design

Education

BA, Virginia Commonwealth University; MFA, Rhode Island School of Design


Areas of Expertise

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Shows/Exhibits/Installations
Buck, Andy. World Wood Day. Mar. 2019. Open Air Museum, Graz, Austria. Exhibit.
Buck, Andy. Solo Exhibition, "Receipt". Feb. 2019. Patton-Mallott Gallery, Anderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass/Aspen. Exhibit.
Buck, Andy. Bauhaus Seen. Jun. 2019. Carbondale Arts, Carbondale, CO. Exhibit.
Buck, Andy. 66th Rochester Finger Lakes Exhibition. Jul. 2019. Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester. Exhibit.
Buck, Andy. Featured Artist. May 2019. Arbor Tech Tools, Rochester. Exhibit.
Buck, Andy. "Minding the Gap" Research and Creativity Exhibition. Mar. 2017. University Gallery, RIT, Rochester. Exhibit.
Buck, Andy. "New Work". Oct. 2017. Foyer Gallery, School of Art & Design, Australian National University, Canberra. Exhibit.
Buck, Andy. "Inside Stories"/ Solo Exhibition. Nov. 2017. Gallery NAGA, Boston. Exhibit.
Buck, Andy. Featured Work. 20 Nov. 2014. SOFA Exposition, Navy Pier- Represented by Aspen Grove Gallery & Anderson Ranch Art Center, Chicago. Exhibit.
Buck, Andy. Spring Exhibition. 29 May 2014. Pritam & Eames, East Hampton, NY. Exhibit.
Buck, Andy. "Across the Grain": Highlights from the Collection. Apr. 2013. Fuller Museum, Brockton, MA. Exhibit.
Buck, Andy. New Furniture. May 2013. Pritam & Eames, East Hampton, NY. Exhibit.
National/International Competition Award Winner
Buck, Andy. Memorial Art Gallery. Edler Louis D\'Amanda Award. Rochester, New York, 2019.
Museum Collection Acquisition
Buck, Andy. Seeing Spots. Wood, Paint. Racine Museum of Art. (2019).
Buck, Andy. "Hampelmann". Wood, Paint. International Wood Culture Society. (2019).
Buck, Andy. Totem. Wood, Paint. Australian National University. (2017).
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Buck, Andy. "Slappin' On the Paint"." Brown Bag Lecture Series. CIAS, RIT. Rochester, NY. 1 Mar. 2017. Lecture.
Buck, Andy. "Visiting Critic Lecture." Winter Lecture Series. Anderson Ranch Art Center. Snowmass, CO. 5 Dec. 2017. Lecture.
Buck, Andy. "Artist Talk." School of Art and Design. Australian National University. Canberra, AU. 20 Sep. 2017. Lecture.
Buck, Andy. "Creating Volume and Form." Public Lecture Series, Schemer Meeting Hall. Anderson Ranch Art Center. Snowmass, CO. 8 Jun. 2014. Lecture.
Buck, Andy and Michael Rogers. "Artist Collaboration." Art Department. University of Wisconsin. Steven's Point, WI. 10 Feb. 2014. Lecture.
Full Length Book
Buck, Andy and Carl Adamshick. Receipt. 1 ed. Sandpoint, ID: Lost Horse Press, 2017. Print.
Invited Article/Publication
Buck, Andy. "A Personal Look Behind the Sketches and Thoughts of an Artist." Post Rochester. (2017). Print.
Kiley, Rich. "Author Spotlight: Andy Buck." Athenaeum. (2017). Print.
Installation/Exhibit/Performance
Buck, Andy. “Mr. Red in international traveling exhibition.” Boxes and Their Makers. Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton,MA. 21 Aug. 2010 - 31 Oct. 2011. Exhibition.
Buck, Andy. EMMA International Collaboration, in conjunction with Saskatchewan Craft Council. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada. 26 July - 2 Aug. 2010. Invited Exhibition/Collaboration.
Buck, Andy. Carved Headboard, Invitational Exhibition. Pritam & Eames The Gallery of Original Furniture. East Hampton, NY. May 2010. Exhibition.
Buck, Andy. Walled Mirrors, in Invitational Exhibition. Pritam & Eames The Gallery of Original Furniture. East Hampton, NY. Oct. 2010. Exhibition.
Formal Presentation
Buck, Andy. “Creating Volume and Form in Wood.” Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Snowmass Village, CO. June 2010. Invited Lecture/Workshop.

Currently Teaching

CWFD-213
3 Credits
This is a course required for majors and open to non-majors at RIT, covering beginning woodworking techniques, and the design process as it relates to the material. Topics include the use of select hand tools, woodworking power tools, the basic properties of wood as a material, and the fundamental processes of wood fabrication. The course includes prescribed projects based on in-class contact hours. In this course students will develop the fundamentals of working with wood. **Fee: There is a materials fee required for this course and an additional course fee applied via student account. **
CWFD-302
6 Credits
This is the second of a two-semester sequential class covering intermediate techniques and aesthetics of woodworking. Topics covered include the design process, advanced hand and power tool joinery, intermediate machine processes, veneering, drawer, door and solid wood carcase design and construction and CAD/CAM/CNC technology. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course**
CWFD-498
1 - 6 Credits
The Furniture Design Internship will provide students with the option to work in the furniture design or furniture manufacturing field. Students may apply for internships to businesses based on the availability of positions and business job needs. Students must obtain permission of an instructor and complete the Internship Permission Form to enroll.
CWFD-501
6 Credits
This is the first of a two-semester sequential class covering advanced techniques and aesthetics of woodworking. Topics covered include the design process, advanced woodworking processes, conceptually driven design and construction, development of a capstone project proposal and CAD/CAM/CNC.**Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course**
CWFD-502
3 Credits
This is the second of a two-semester sequential class covering advanced techniques and aesthetics of woodworking. Topics covered include the design process, advanced woodworking processes, professional presentations, conceptually driven design and construction, and the creation of a capstone body of work. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course**
CWFD-511
3 Credits
This course will provide students with fundamental techniques necessary to design and fabricate refined hand carved vessels and other wooden objects. Participants in this course will gain an understanding of the inherent properties of wood, identifying assets and limitations of the material as they design and build. Students will develop skills to formalize individual design ideas for presentation, planning and construction. Topics will include lumber selection, the safe and proper use of machinery and portable power tools, the care and use of gouges, spokeshaves, and other sharp-edged hand tools, as well as sanding and wood finishing, and will support the focus on craftsmanship, technical knowledge and design development. **Fee: There is a materials fee required for this course and an additional course fee applied via SFS bill. See course notes for course fee information. **
CWFD-599
1 - 6 Credits
Furniture Design Independent Study will provide students with the ability to study in a specialized area with an individual faculty member. Students, with the assistance of a faculty adviser will propose a course of study. Furniture Design students must obtain permission of an instructor and complete the Independent Study Form to enroll.
CWFD-601
6 Credits
Furniture Design Graduate Studio covers the advanced aesthetics and techniques of woodworking and culminating in the master’s thesis. This program is structured on the basis of the individual student’s needs, interests and background preparation as they may be determined through faculty counseling. There will be a strengthening of woodworking techniques, design fundamentals and encouragement of personal expression. The student will be encouraged to evaluate new techniques, materials and concepts. This repeatable course leads to the master’s thesis, proposed by the student and approved by the faculty. Lab fee is required.
CWFD-607
3 Credits
This course will provide students with fundamental techniques necessary to design and fabricate refined hand carved vessels and other wooden objects. Participants in this course will gain an understanding of the inherent properties of wood, identifying assets and limitations of the material as they design and build. Students will develop skills to formalize individual design ideas for presentation, planning and construction. Topics will include lumber selection, the safe and proper use of machinery and portable power tools, the care and use of gouges, spokeshaves and other sharp-edged hand tools, as well as sanding and wood finishing. Demonstrations, presentations, discussions, critiques, as well as individual meetings with students, will support the focus on craftsmanship, technical knowledge and design development. **Fee: There is a materials fee required for this course and an additional course fee applied via student account. See course notes for course fee information**
CWFD-698
1 - 6 Credits
The Furniture Design Internship will provide students with the option to work in the furniture design or furniture manufacturing field. Students may apply for internships to businesses based on the availability of positions and business job needs. Students must obtain permission of an instructor and complete the Internship Permission Form to enroll. Registration with co-op and placement office also required.
CWFD-799
1 - 6 Credits
Furniture Design Independent Study will provide students with the ability to study in a specialized area with an individual faculty member. Students, with the assistance of a faculty adviser will propose a course of study. Furniture Design students must obtain permission of an instructor and complete the Independent Study Form to enroll.**NOTE: Student must have a minimum 3.0 GPA **
CWFD-887
0 Credits
Cooperative Education will provide Furniture Design students with hands-on experience in their field, directly related to a student’s major with an established studio or related business. Students will need to apply for co-ops, and interview as part of the selection process, based on available positions posted by the Co-op and Career Services Office, or found through the students’ own research. In programs where co-op is a degree requirement, students must obtain permission of their program or graduate director prior to enrollment. Co-ops are typically paid work experience, and can be part-time (150-479 total hours within the term), or full-time (480+ hours within the term). Co-ops may be one or two consecutive terms - fall, spring, or summer – with department permission.
IDEA-708
3 Credits
This course will provide students with the opportunity to visit with professional working artists from various disciplines in the arts and design. Through in-person and virtual studio visits students will engage in live discussions relating to each artist’s studio practice. Topics discussed will include the development of creative inspiration and source materials, work methods, techniques and process for studio practice, and professional and business practice. Introductions and discussions with a range of creative artists and designers will lead to a broader understanding of creative problem solving, contemporary issues in art and design, and the development of a business acumen in art and design.
IDEA-713
3 Credits
This course will engage students in aesthetic research through field trips to museums, galleries and other locations of significance to the art and design fields. Through in person examinations of art, architecture and design, students will gain an awareness of the historical and cultural context of a range of significant creative work. Participants in this immersive course will be expected to gather visual references and source material in support of a personal aesthetic, design philosophy and studio practice. Location(s) of field trip excursions will be determined by the instructor.
STAR-649
3 Credits
This course will focus selected contemporary issues in the field of fine arts and crafts including specific artists, trends, practices, theory, or criticism. A topic course description will be published each term the course is offered. This course can be retaken but individual topics may not.
STAR-714
3 Credits
Creative flow, having an endless stream of ideas, alternatives, and choices for solutions, helps creative work evolve and reach more advanced levels. In this course students develop appropriate skills and strategies to generate ideas and develop them effectively into a cohesive body of work.
STAR-790
3 Credits
This is the first of two courses designed to advance a student towards completion of their thesis. Students will work independently on their approved proposal while meeting on a regular basis with their committee chair. Students are required to meet at least twice with their full committee during the semester.
STAR-890
6 Credits
For this final thesis course students continue working with their committee to evaluate work produced, and select the work to be exhibited. In addition, students will work with gallery coordinators and curators to install and exhibit their final body of work. Students are expected to defend their work to the committee through an oral defense and a written document.
STAR-892
0 Credits
The Studio Arts Continuation of Thesis course provides student additional semester(s) to complete their thesis research, project, and thesis document.

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