Charles Rennie Mackintosh: The Frank Lloyd Wright of Scotland
June 7, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of his birth, Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s reputation as an architect and designer stands higher than it ever did during his lifetime. Like Wright, his direct American contemporary, Mackintosh and his designer wife, Margaret Macdonald, transformed buildings and interior architecture, turning from the claustrophobic stuffiness of Victorian clutter to elegant, simple, dramatic designs that have extraordinary contemporary appeal. Tony Jones, Nerman Family President at Kansas City Art Institute, was previously Director of the Glasgow School of Art ( designed by Mackintosh ), tells the astonishing and rather tragic tale of his work and life.
Tony Jones, ᴄʙᴇ, is the Nerman Family President of the Kansas City Art Institute. He is an internationally known arts administrator, broadcaster, educator, exhibition curator and historian of art, architecture and design, as well as a consultant on higher education and the arts. A citizen of both Britain and the United States, he was educated at Goldsmith’s College in London and the Newport College of Art in Wales as a sculptor, painter, and art historian. He came to the U.S. for postgraduate study as a Fulbright Scholar. He was appointed president of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1986, serving in that capacity until 1991, when he took a position as director of the Royal College of Art in London. He returned to SAIC in 1996 and served as president until 2012, when he was named chancellor and president-emeritus.
Conferred the title Commander of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in 2003, Professor Jones holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, six honorary doctorates, and an array of international honors. He was conferred the Austrian Knight’s Cross for services to education in Europe, elected an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects, and received the Distinguished Service Award of the American Lawyers for the Arts. He is a former two-term national chairman of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design, a consortium of which KCAI is a member. In 2011, an historic landmark building in downtown Chicago was named Jones Hall in his honor.
In addition to numerous books and articles, Jones has scripted and hosted several television series and radio programs for the BBC. Jones is also president of the Sir James Dyson Educational Foundation in America, co-chair of the Royal College of Art Foundation, and international ambassador of the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts.
The event is free and open to the public; however, e-tickets are required.
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