Kevin Box graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and now resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His background as an art foundry production manager enabled him to pioneer a unique process that transforms delicate paper into museum quality metals. From the beginning of Box’s career he received recognition from other artists and collectors alike with his unique and refreshing style. In 2004 he was elected as the youngest member of the National Sculptors Guild and was recognized by Southwest Art Magazine as one of the top 21 artists under 31 in the southwest. Over the years he has perfected his unique approach and applied it to complex design collaborations with world renowned origami masters. Kevin and his wife Jennifer Box, created Origami in the Garden in 2013, the first exhibition opened at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden in 2014 and the exhibition has been inspiring Botanical Gardens throughout the United States every since.
Jennifer Box started dancing at the age of five. She trained under the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater then received her Bachelor and Masters Degree from New York University in Dance Education and Nonprofit Administration. During her years as a Modern and West African dancer in New York City she performed, choreographed and created some of her own costuming. In 2006 Jennifer married Kevin Box in Santa Fe, New Mexico and soon they began working together. In 2013 Jennifer and Kevin created the exhibition “Origami in the Garden” and many of the artworks within it. Their first collaboration was “Isadora’s Dress” inspired by Jennifers long passion for dance.
Robert J. Lang is recognized as one of the foremost origami artists in the world as well as a pioneer in computational origami and the development of formal design algorithms for folding. With a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Caltech, he has, during the course of work at NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Spectra Diode Laboratories, and JDS Uniphase, authored or co-authored over 100 papers and 50 patents in lasers and optoelectronics as well as authoring, co-authoring, or editing 14 books and a CD-ROM on origami. He is a full-time artist, lecturer and consultant on origami and its applications to engineering problems but keeps his toes in the world of lasers, most recently as the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics from 2007–2010. He received Caltech’s highest honor, the Distinguished Alumni Award, in 2009 and was elected a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society in 2013. Roberts TED Talk “Flapping Birds and Space Telescopes” has been viewed over 2 million times.
Michael G. LaFosse is best known as a paper maker and paper folding artist. He has been practicing the art of Origami for over 40 years, and has been teaching Origami for over 30. Michael is internationally regarded as one of the top origami masters in the world today. Born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, he was fascinated by seashells and studied to become a biologist. This is evident in his works – many of which have been shown in the Louvre in Paris, and several of which are currently on display at the Art & Nature Center’s Idea Studios at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem.
Beth Johnson has been folding paper for many years and began designing her own origami models in 2010. Beth offers private tutoring, group classes and workshops on Origami and her own folded paper techniques. Beth provides folding instructions for some of her designs on her website, making Origami more accessible to all.
Te Jui Fu graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art with degrees in marketing, Graphic Design and Fine art. Throughout his career he has been an art gallery curator, director, associate and owner. Te Jui Fu’s origami pieces are part of numerous museum collections around the country. His work has been featured in origami magazines, and he starred in the documentary “Folding Largest Origami Dragon in the World“ which premiered in 2009.