History of the Digital Atelier
The Digital Atelier began as a Research and Development component of the Johnson Atelier, a nonprofit sculpture institution, which was founded by J. Seward Johnson, Jr. in 1974. In 1998, the Digital Atelier was established with the purpose to expand the availability of 3D technology to artists for use in creating large scale and complex sculpture. As part of the nonprofit mission, the goal of Johnson Atelier and Digital Atelier was to adapt the technology typically used in commercial industry in order to advance techniques available to manufacture art. Since its inception, the Digital Atelier has been on the forefront of developing laser scanning, CNC milling and coating technologies that specifically cater to artists, architects, museum and the entertainment industry.
In 2011, the Digital Atelier transitioned to a separate business and a private company that I am pleased to operate with an extraordinary team; many who have over 25 years’ experience in the development of this organization.
Throughout my career of collaborating with artists and the 3D industry, it has been my objective to bring technology into hands of artists, so it might open up a new approach to making sculpture. That reality now exists as the speed and ease with which a small scale object can be transformed into a monumental work has been dramatically influenced through the application of 3D technology. Much of what was formerly done by hand and took months, if not years; is now possible to accomplish in weeks with fewer steps and less labor. The options made available by the Digital Atelier have changed how artists make sculpture and also influenced other fields such as museum conservation, architectural construction and set design. Working in tandem with these other industries has opened a dialog that continues to serve the advancement of tools and materials developed and made available on the market today.
On behalf of our seasoned staff; the Digital Atelier is proud to offer the perfect marriage of art and technology. We look forward to the opportunity to discuss how we might partner with you on your next project.