Andrew Bearnot (MFA, University of Chicago) is a materialist: he thinks with and through the substance of things. Informed by a background in material science (BS, Brown University) and glass (BFA, Rhode Island School of Design), Bearnot explores moments of transcendence in the everyday. After completing his undergraduate degrees, Bearnot helped establish and coordinate the Brown/RISD Dual-Degree Program. He was awarded fellowships from Fulbright and the American-Scandinavian Foundation for research on glass-making traditions in Sweden and Denmark. While completing his MFA, Bearnot received a Graduate Collaboration Grant from the Arts, Science, & Culture Initiative for his ongoing project Molecular Movement. He is currently a Post-MFA teaching fellow at the University of Chicago and artist-in-residence at the Hyde Park Arts Center.

Bearnot is also currently a studio artist at the Museum of Art and Design (MAD) in Columbus Circle, New York and will be working on view to the public in MAD's 6th floor artist studio every Friday from February through May 2018.