Moran, Abrons, Fure, and Miller Awarded Adrian Smith Prize for 2017 Ragdale Ring competition for “LIVING PICTURE”

Moran, Abrons, Fure, and Miller Awarded Adrian Smith Prize for 2017 Ragdale Ring competition for “LIVING PICTURE”

Assistant Professors Thom Moran, Ellie Abrons, Adam Fure, and Meredith Miller of T+E+A+M win the 2017 Adrian Smith Prize for the fifth annual Ragdale Ring competition, hosted by the Ragdale artists’ residency in Lake Forest, Illinois with support from Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture. T+E+A+M’s winning design “LIVING PICTURE” is a contemporary interpretation of the original Ragdale Ring garden theater originally designed by architect Howard Van Doren Shaw in 1912.

T+E+A+M will receive a $15,000 production grant to fund the project as well as studio space, room, and board for up to 10 individuals for 18 days. They will build the temporary outdoor theater during their residency from May 22 through June 9, 2017 where concerts, performances, and other public events will be held for the summer season.

From T+E+A+M:

LIVING PICTURE makes a scene.

Historical elements from the original Ragdale Ring appear on lightweight objects stacked and spread throughout the grounds. Blending a historic scene with its contemporary counterpart, Living Picture recreates Howard Van Doren Shaw’s 1912 garden stage design—the low limestone wall, columns topped with fruit baskets, and the lush landscape of trees and hedges that formed the stage’s proscenium, wings, and backdrop—as digital imagery nestled among the trees and buildings of the Ragdale estate. The effect is a vivid visual space where images and objects overlap, align, and misregister. Members of the audience become performers as they weave between the scenic objects and sit on platforms at their base. A taller grouping of objects draws attention toward the stage where the historic imagery merges with the natural surrounds, placing the performer in a state of theatrical suspension—between past and present, between reality and artifice.

“We are thrilled to receive the Adrian Smith Prize for the 2017 Ragdale Ring. In its short history, this competition has produced an exciting series of experimental projects, and we’re honored to join the ranks of past winners. We look forward to our residency, meeting the other fellows, and watching our project come to life through public programming.” – T+E+A+M

The Adrian Smith Prize for the 2017 Ragdale Ring is sponsored by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, a world-renowned firm headquartered in Chicago which is dedicated to the design of high-performance, energy-efficient and sustainable architecture on an international scale. This year’s jury was Adrian Smith (Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture), Greg Corso and Molly Hunker (SPORTS), Zurich Esposito (AIA Chicago), Regin Igloria and Jeffrey Meeuwsen (Ragdale Foundation), Phillip Rosborough (Rosborough Partners, Inc.), and Anna Arellanes Wirth (von Weise Associates).

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