June 12, 2015 at 10:00am

Educational Endeavor

In an exciting and educational endeavor, Millikin University's Bronze Man Books has collaborated with author David Jameson, owner of ArchiTech Gallery of Architectural Art in Chicago, Ill., to publish "Everyday Modern: The Industrial Design of Alfonso Iannelli."

In conjunction with the new publication, Millikin University's Art Department has designed an exhibition of the groundbreaking industrial designs of the Iannelli Studios.

Alfonso Iannelli is most famous for his sculptural work commissioned by architect Frank Lloyd Wright for the Midway Gardens project in Chicago in 1914. Iannelli Studios maintained a long and illustrious business in industrial design throughout the 1930s, 40s and 50s, including contract design work for the Mueller Company in Decatur, Ill.

The exhibition will include original drawings, documents, blue prints, photographs and objects related to the industrial designs of the Iannelli Studios for companies such as Oster, Parker Pens and Wahl Eversharp. These unique artifacts are loaned from major Chicago collections.

The exhibit and book will debut on Saturday, Aug. 29, at Millikin University's Perkinson Art Gallery in Kirkland Fine Arts Center; the event, starting at 3 p.m., is free and open to the public. The exhibit will be available to travel to other venues and solicitations.

For questions regarding the book release or to reserve the exhibit for future dates, please contact Ed Walker, Millikin associate professor of art, at ewalker@millikin.edu.

Millikin Art Department and Bronze Man Books students were actively engaged in the editing, design and production process for both the book and the exhibit. Students have worked closely with Professor Walker and Dr. Randy Brooks, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Millikin, as well as Millikin alumnus Eric O'Malley '94. O'Malley has been instrumental in securing the connection with David Jameson as well as other collectors of Iannelli's work in the Chicago area.

"Making the connections for an Iannelli book and exhibition came naturally to me once I saw the relationship between Decatur's Mueller Company and Iannelli," said Walker. "The opportunity to collaborate with Millikin alumnus Eric O'Malley and our student-owned publishing company, Bronze Man Books, is a great example of Performance Learning."

The exhibit will be available from Aug. 24 through Oct. 24, 2015.

"My passion for architecture and design has its roots from my time as a student at Millikin University," said Eric O'Malley. "It seems only fitting that the idea for the publication, 'Everyday Modern: The Industrial Design of Alfonso Iannelli,' and its accompanying exhibit of original artworks was born out of a visit back to my alma mater in 2013. I feel extremely lucky to be able to work with my mentor, Edwin Walker, and Bronze Man Books, to give something back to the place where my passion for this material was born."

Bronze Man Books is a student-owned and operated press that was established in spring 2006. It is located on Millikin University's campus in Decatur, Ill. For more information, please call 217.424.6264 or visit bronzemanbooks.com.

Millikin's Art Department is an ideal facility that offers excellent opportunities for students to grow and develop their artistic talents. For more information, visit millikin.edu/art.