Tim’s work has been honored by every major national and international design competition and is included in the permanent collections of several museums in Europe and the United States. He is a judge for design competitions and speaks at universities, conferences and events on the value of design in business. Tim served three years as President of the American Institute of Graphic Arts Chicago – the professional association for design. Under his leadership, AIGA Chicago produced 28 events and programs each year and represented 1,600 Chicago members. Tim currently serves on the Board of Directors of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art.
Tim’s faculty bio can be viewed at SAIC.
Tim also led the restructuring of member communication, which included developing an annual program and re-designing and rebuilding the AIGA website to include a wider range of content, structural and back-end capabilities.
He broadened the focus and expanded the reach of programming to 28 events and programs per year including a new business series which took an executive look at how companies utilize design. The program included CEOs from Playboy, Lettuce Entertain You, Vosges Haut Chocolate and Threadless as well as top executives from Office Max, Motorola, Converse and CB2. Under Tim’s leadership, membership increased by nearly 50% to over 1,600 members.
Inspired by the impulse to collect and informed by living with the work of Outsider Artists created by William Hawkins, Aldo Piacenza, SL Jones, Eugene Von Bruenchenhein and Charlie Willeto, among others, Tim discovered a desire to create – to make large scale assemblages by hand.
He has been quietly transforming found signs and scrap wood – often from the city streets of Chicago – into a body of sculptural work. These assemblages recall European churches and ocean going vessels but have the feel of the industrious American Midwest – rough hewn, crude and utilitarian.
His work is exhibited, most recently at the South Shore Arts Center, and is in select private collections. Visit timbruce-assemblages.com to see a selection of sculptural work.