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A photograph of Stephen Burks sitting next to his sculpture.

The Ancestors, 2022, Stephen Burks (American, b. 1969)


Collab: Design Excellence Awards 2023

Saturday, November 18,
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EST

Join us for a panel discussion led by industrial designer Stephen Burks, 2023 Collab Design Excellence Award honoree, with Philadelphia-based creatives, including visual artist ruby onyinyechi amanze, and filmmaker Sosena Solomon.

In conversation with curator Alisa Chiles, the panelists will discuss their unique approaches to navigating the art world as artists and designers of color.

With Burks’s exhibition Stephen Burks: Shelter in Place as a backdrop, they will also talk about how they draw inspiration for their work from cultural heritage and diverse strategies for using art to address social issues.

Stay for Friday Lounge after the panel.


The 2023 Collab Design Excellence Award is sponsored by Amuneal and Poor Richard’s Charitable Trust, Roche Bobois, DEDON, Eileen Tognini Design, Haworth, Marguerite Rodgers Interior Design, Millésimé, Minima, and Rago Wright Auctions.

This event is part of the Collab program series.

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