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.
Kurtz has gained international attention with his sculpture and studio furniture; and is included in several public and private collections. Christopher exhibits regularly in group exhibitions, solo shows, and Art Fairs around the world. He has been included in traveling museum exhibitions which include, “Loewe Craft Prize 2018” at The Design Museum, London; “Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art, Craft and Design” at The Museum of Art and Design (MAD) in New York City. Christopher has received numerous grants and awards and was recently selected as a finalist for the highly competitive Loewe International Craft Prize in 2018. He received the prestigious Louis Comfort Tiffany Award in 2005, and in 2007 he received a New York Foundation For the Arts (NYFA) Award (Lily Auchincloss fellow).
Kurtz has held a Visiting Faculty position at the Kansas City Art Institute, and is a regular guest artist and lecturer at the Rhode Island School of Design. He has lectured at many institutions such as Aichi Prefectural University of the Arts, Aichi Japan; Temple Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA; Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont; The California College of Arts and Crafts in San Francisco, California; The Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City Missouri; and Boscobel House and Gardens in Garrison, New York.
Christopher is represented by Patrick Parrish Gallery in New York City and currently lives and works in the Hudson Valley, New York.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
2018 Patrick Parrish Gallery New York, New York (upcoming) 2015 Belger Arts Center “Orchards” Kansas City, Missouri 2013 Hedge Gallery “Singularity” San Francisco, California 2012 Tomlinson Kong Contemporary “Longhand” New York, New York 2009 Artware Editions, New York, New York 2007 Matin Gallery, Los Angeles, California 2005 Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, New Mexico. Catalogue. 2004 Maiden Lane Exhibition Space “Foldings” New York, New York 1998 Alfred University “An Ellipsis Within a Parenthesis” Alfred, New York
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