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Tyler Architecture Alum Keith Hartwig Highlighted as "Young Philadelphian shaping the future of the city's creative class" by phillyvoice.com

Author: Emily Furlong
Keith Hartwig

Keith Hartwig (BArch '11) has been picked as one of the "18 young Philadelphians shaping the future of the city's creative class" by phillyvoice.com. Hartwig was recently chosen for the Tyler 2014-2015 Distinguished Alumni Mentor Program and had his work, Human Visual Field, exhibited with alumna Paula Scher (BFA Illustration '70) this past summer 2015.

See the phillyvoice.com article about Hartwig below:

Occupation: Designer and project manager at Veyko, a design and fabrication firm in Northern Liberties. 

Age: 27

How he's making his mark: Most recently, Hartwig's work could be seen alongside Paula Scher's in the Temple University Tyler School of Art Contemporary Gallery as a collaboration with the famed graphic designer. In addition to creating metal and architectural installations for groups around the country with Veyko, Hartwig recently spent nearly a month in Bolivia with non-profit International Design Clinic. While there, he was the studio lead on the 'mobile maker- space' project, which allowed the non-profit Teatro Trono to teach students in El Alto fabrication and craftsmanship. Hartwig is also on one of several teams taking on the Design Philadelphia Pearl St. Passage Project. "Without giving too much away we are creating a participatory installation that allows users to modify and enhance the sculpture through physical engagement," he said.

Challenges: Promoting civic engagement and user participation in his work. "Work that premises itself upon such a dialogue is only successful if it can learn from and build off of engagement with the audience," Hartwig said. "I have been pushing myself and those I collaborate with to reconsider how public art can address cultural needs and create direct participation with communities."

Mantra: "Challenge convention."

To read the article in its entirety, please visit http://www.phillyvoice.com/18-young-people-philly-creative-class/.