Ryan Paxton

Eli Whitney Museum

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Paxton’s unconventional background matches the unique spirit of the Eli Whitney Museum and Workshop. Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, he holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Oregon, Eugene, where he studied ceramics and worked as Ceramics Technician for the art department. In 2011 he moved to New York City with a backpack full of hand tools and a cot. He exhibited his artwork at the Cue Foundation in New York as well as in Fireproof Gallery, Brooklyn, among other venues. His experience at different woodshops culminated in his position as the Design Lead at Standard Transmission, where he oversaw the annual Macy’s Christmas window display at its flagship store in Manhattan. When he relocated to Connecticut in 2017, he began working as the Production Shop Manager at the Eli Whitney Workshop. The same year, Paxton co-founded LensCloud, a 3D scanning business based in Brooklyn, New York. He recently served as the Co-Creative-in-Residence at the New Haven Free Public Library, where he shared his skills in digital fabrication with the community. He is a passionate learner, collaborator, and educator.

Want to connect? Email- rp@eliwhitney.org

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