Norman Teague


Norman Teague is a Chicago based designer and educator focuses on design projects and pedagogy that address the complexity of urbanism and the history of communities.  Teague’s practice focuses on have includes community engagement, consumer products, fashion, public arts/sculpture, performances, installations work and retail space. He works with common, locally-sourced building materials, found objects to build objects and spaces that allow for attention to the need for educating less fortunate black and latinos communities with more of the design, marketing and entrepreneur processes and how those could transform the landscape of the communities.

Working with local artists, fabricators and handymen to think and create objects and spaces that explore simplicity, fun, honesty and cleverness as it relates to the culture of the client and their surroundings allowing activities within that space to determine the space.

In 2012, Teague worked with Theaster Gates and John Preus on 12 Ballads for Huguenot House dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel, Germany, which enabled material transfer from a south side nieghborhood to Kassel Germany’s abandoned building. He also served as lead craftsman and co-founder of the Design Apprenticeship Program at the University of Chicago’s Arts Incubator. His retail ventures have included partnerships with Leaders1354, The Silver Room, The Exchange Cafe, Redmoon Theater and The Art Institute of Chicago. Recently completing a public space Titled Sounding Bronzeville at Wild Life Coridors along the outskirts of Chicagos Lakes Shore Drive in collaboration with Fo Wilson and Chris Buchakjian. Teague holds a BA in Product Design from Columbia College, Chicago, and a Master of Fine Arts in Designed Objects from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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