Christopher Kurtz (born 1975) grew up in Excelsior Springs, Missouri. He studied sculpture at the Kansas City Art Institute (1994-95), Landscape Architecture at The GSD at Harvard University (Career Discovery Program) (’98) and received a BFA in sculpture from The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in Alfred, New York (’98).
After college, he went on to work as the studio assistant to artist Martin Puryear. While working with Puryear, Christopher refined his woodworking skills and began maturing as an artist.
In 2005 Christopher set up his own studio in the Hudson Valley of New York State. Kurtz has always had a passion for furniture and began experimenting with design. In 2008 he expanded his studio practice to include studio furniture in addition to sculpture, where the two practices blur the lines between functional work and poetic conceptual statements.
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