Italian-born artist Harry Bertoia (1915-1978) came to America at the age of 15 to study. He was educated at the famous Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. He was best known for his sculpture, but also designed furniture and jewelry. His hand-crafted surfaces combine an interest in modern, mass-produced industrial materials and a sensitivity to color. Eastman Kodak Company donated one of seven pieces Bertoia had originally designed for Kodak's World's Fair Pavillion (1964) to RIT.