HOWARD MEISTER (b. 1953)
Born October 31, 1953 in New York City. He is a fifth generation furniture maker. Joined the NYC gallery, Art Et Industrie in SoHo, in 1980, remaining with the gallery until its close in 1997, and was one of five core members who, during the 1980s and 90s, reinvigorated the artist-designed furniture genre in the USA. His furniture has been featured editorially in more than one hundred publications internationally; was selected for the redesign of the executive offices of Rolling Stone Magazine in New York, and was used as set decoration in the seminal 80s Hollywood film, Wall Street.
Howard Meister's art work has been exhibited and collected (as part of their permanent collections) by many museums and corporations worldwide; The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), The Art Institute of Chicago, The Brooklyn Museum, Queens Museum, The Art Museum of Rhode Island School of Design, The American Craft Museum (New York), The Beaux Arts Museum (Montreal, Canada), The Hudson River Museum, The Palm Beach Museum (Florida) as well as museums in North Carolina and Texas. Howard received the Metropolitan Home Design 100 Award in 1990 (Exhibited at the Citicorp Atrium, New York and Elements of Style). Howard has participated in exhibitions both collective and individual in New York City, Tokyo, London, Paris, Detroit, Osaka, Toronto, Chicago, San Francisco, Northampton, and Austin.
Since 1997, he has worked primarily in digitally manipulated photographic images and artist's books. Meister now lives in rural Massachusetts with his wife, Paula Zindler RN. They have a daughter, Caitlin, who is a voice over artist and photographer.