My name is Jack Elliott, an associate professor at Cornell University where I teach studios on design and conduct research on environmental issues in the built environment. Since I began at Cornell in 1998, I use the designed object or building, situated in a real-world context, to stimulate discourse, pull technology, and create impactful interventions. I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics with a minor in sculpture at the University of Alberta (1978), as well as two Master’s degrees, one in architecture (1991) and one in product design (1993) from the University of Calgary.
Over the years, I have garnered numerous distinctions for my teaching, research, and design. Most recently, I have been receiving recognitions for my sculptural works as well, including a 2019 Trustees Award from the Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY, a 2018 Visiting Artist in Residence at the American Academy in Rome, a 2017 New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship, 2015 Atkinson Center for Sustainable Futures Residency Fellowship at Cornell, the 2014 Leon Andrus Award for Best in Show from the Adkins Arboretum, and the 2013 Award of Excellence, also from the Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY.
I am originally from rural Alberta in western Canada where I grew up close to nature, enjoying camping, skiing and hiking. My sculptural endeavors began in my undergraduate years as a minor field of study, working under Peter Hide and Neil Fiertel at the University of Alberta and apprenticing with Gary Jones, a contemporary sculptor working in Edmonton. After a lengthy hiatus, sculpture returned to my practice, as my rustic studio furniture became non-functional, large-scale abstract expressions in wood.