BLKHaUS STUDIOS: FO WILSON & NORMAN TEAGUE
LEAD BACK ALLEY JAZZ ARTISTS
Founded by Norman Teague and Fo Wilson in 2017, BLKHaUS is a Chicago-based, socially focused design studio dedicated to using design as an agent of change. BLKHaUS seeks to uplift and transform communities of color and to seat them at tables of power, where they will influence contemporary urban and social design. As makers and educators, BLKHaUS also strives, through their work and presence in the design profession, to instigate greater inclusion of black and brown narratives in the history of design, and to promote design’s relevance to contemporary communities of color. Their projects have included Sounding Bronzeville, a public gathering space in the Burnham Wildlife Corridor; curating CONNECT Hyde Park & CONNECT South Shore designed-objects exhibitions; and custom music festival pavilions for Solange Knowles/Saint Heron Records.
NORMAN TEAGUE (Principal) holds a MFA in Designed Objects from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA in Industrial Design from Columbia College Chicago. He was awarded the Claire Rosen and Samuel Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists in 2015 and is a creative collaborator with the exhibition design team of Ralph Applebaum & Associates (NY) and Chicago-based Civic Projects for the Obama Presidential Center scheduled to open in
FO WILSON (Principal) earned her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and a MBA from New York University. She is an Associate Professor at Columbia College Chicago and serves on the Board of Trustees of the American Craft Council. She was awarded a 3Arts award in 2015 and a Graham Foundation for the Fine Arts award in 2016. Her design work is held in the collection of the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum.