Textile artist Max L. Lenderman earned a Bachelor's degree from Indiana State University and Master of Fine Arts in ceramics and textiles from the University of Kansas. He came to RIT in 1973 to teach at the School for American Crafts. Prior to this, he was chair of the weaving department at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Lenderman taught at RIT for 34 years and retired in 2007. He is known for his sculptural and conceptual wall hangings. His large hanging piece Mysterious Landscape was inspired by the autumn colors of the wooded areas around campus.