Marvin and Michelle Shafer are members of the American Craft Council displaying their work at many shows across the country. They are also members of the Illinois Artisans Program and participate in many art fairs in the mid-west as well as selling to many top galleries and museum shops throughout the United States. Q3 Art Inc. Has been creating unique, original, and affordable products in the Chicago Illinois area for over 20 years!
The company was founded in 1988 by Marvin Shafer (BFA 1968, University of Illinois, Champaign), a goldsmith and sculptor with over 30 years of working experience as a commission artist and teacher. He was on the faculty of Roosevelt University (Chicago, IL) and the Evanston Art Center (Evanston, IL) 1972-1976. As a freelance artist he has created thousands of one-of-a-kind pieces of art for corporations and individuals. A few of the recipients include Carson Pirie Scott & Co., Jim Beam Corp, Illinois Masonic hospital, Morristown Memorial Hospital (NJ), UMass Memorial Hospital, Hugh Hefner, George Carlin, the Upjohn family and Christian MacArther.
In 1991, Michelle Shafer, with a background in metal smithing, jewelry and design, began streamlining the look, adding niobium accents and broadening the color palette from 10 shades to over 40. She continues to do a tremendous amount of the product design as well as color selection and coordination work.