About the Artist

Theoretical Aesthetic RE!SEARCHRobert Delutri's professional experience includes working at the University of Minnesota and the private sector in management, teaching and training positions. He has taught courses on Aesthetics and Creative Problem Solving at the University of Minnesota's Student Center and the Minnetonka Center for the Arts.

Delutri's 'Research' explores the interface between ART - SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY. He established his 1st StudioLab in St. Paul in 1974, has worked with numerous galleries, including the Swanson Gallery in Edina and has sold and exhibited his Theoretical Aesthetic Research™ throughout the Midwest. Delutri’s Work is currently represented by the Dow Art Gallery in St. Paul.

He served on the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota Museum of American Art for nearly three years in the late 90's and served as Co-Chair of the Museum's Artists Forum during that time. He also provided an Educational and interactive Art – Science & Technology Exhibit at the Wonders of Technology Venue at the Minnesota State Fair for 10 years, from 1996 to 2006, where he engaged tens of thousands of people in creating large scale works of Art. His work has been profiled on several television stations, newspapers and Minnesota Public Radio. And prior to being commissioned to Design the Tekne Award, Delutri designed and created the Laser Award for the Minnesota High Tech Council and has been creating the Tekne Award sculptures every year for the past 19 years.

Delutri's ‘Research’ is manifested as Mixed Media Paintings, Drawings, Photography, Sculpture, Collage and ‘POETEXT™ Constructs’. Delutri’s ongoing ‘Research’ can also be ‘Followed’ on Social Media: @delutri via Instagram & Twitter and his websites: www.Delutri.art and www.Delutri.com.


The Tekne Award Sculpture was conceived to symbolize Technology, not as a product or end in itself, but as a manifestation of an ever evolving and dynamic process that is never finished or completed. Indeed, there can be no foreseeable end point to what we can learn, know, discover, create or innovate...Each sculpture incorporates a unique piece of glass that has been hand fractured and mounted behind a steel Tekne 't' logo. Each sculpture is unique in that each peice of handmade glass exhibits distinctive characteristics of shape, color, bubbles and swirls in the color and density that are the result of the process of pouring the molten, handmade glass and then fracturing each piece.

- Robert Delutri