Julian LaVerdiere is a Production Designer and Artist living in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn NY.
LaVerdiere received his BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art in 1993 and MFA from the YALE Graduate School of Art, Sculpture program in 1995.
In 1996, LaVerdiere co-founded a design collective. to conceive and engineer sets and specialty props for fashion editorials, print advertising, trade shows, commercial television and feature film.
LaVerdiere Design LTD. founded in 2007 is membered with I.A.T.S.E. United Scenic Artists Local 829, and commercially represented by ICM PARTNERS in Los Angeles, California.
LaVerdiere has worked with commercial directors and fashion photographers including Richard Avedon, Mario Sorenti, Albert Watson, Jake Scott, Jordan Scott, Rocky Morton, Laurence Dunmore, Joe Carnahan, Carl Rinsch, Justin Timberlake, Kathryn Bigelow, and Wes Anderson.
LaVerdiere has exhibited his art publicly in galleries and museums, including solo exhibitions at; Andrew Kreps Gallery, Deitch Projects, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, No Limits Gallery Milan, and EverGreen Gallery Geneva, PS1/MOMA, MOCA-Miami, MOCA-Cleveland, Schick Gallery Skidmore College, and group museum exhibitions at MOCA-Tucson, The Tang, The Queens Museum of Art, Musee de Elysee Lausanne Switzerland, National Museum Of Natural History Lisbon Portugal, The Library of Congress Washington DC , The United Nations General Assembly building NYC,
In September 2001, LaVerdiere and fellow artist Paul Myoda, collaborated with a team of architects, public art organizations Creative Time, The Municipal Arts Society and The New York City Mayors Office, to create The Tribute in Light, an annual light memorial for the victims of the World Trade Center collapse.
In 2002 LaVerdiere received the Cooper Union Urban Visionary Award, was inducted into the Cooper Union alumni hall of fame for his contribution to the advancement of science and art, and elected to serve as an alumni council representative on The Cooper Union’s School of Art, Curriculum Committee, to advise on School pedagogy and protocol.
In 2010 LaVerdiere was invited by the National Capital Planning Commission to speak on the Beyond Granite: Global Approaches to Public Art, Placemaking, and National Commemoration Panel discussion at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in D.C.
In 2014 LaVerdiere received the Augustus Saint Gaudens Award for professional achievement in art
In 2017 LaVerdiere spoke on Monuments Myth and Meaning, a panel discussion regarding the removal of civil war monuments, held in Cooper Unions Great Hall
In 2019 Julian LaVerdiere and Erica Hohf received the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce’s “Building Brooklyn Award” for the renovation & restoration of Empire Engine19, featured by NewYork Magazine as “The Little Black FireHouse” where they live and work.
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