Education

2002 BFA with distinction: Painting, California College of the Arts (formerly CCAC)

Principal Instructors:  Franklin Williams, Mark Eanes, Christopher Brown.

1990 BA: History of Art, University of California at Berkeley

1988-89 Universitaet zu Goettingen, Germany

1986-87 Scuola di Lingua e Cultura per Stranieri, Florence, Italy

 

Gallery Representation and Affiliations:

kasia kay art projects, Chicago IL

Toomey-Tourell Fine Art, San Francisco, CA

SCAPE Gallery, Corona del Mar, CA

Water Street Gallery, Douglas, MI

Atelier Bleu Acier, Tampa FL

 

Select Solo Exhibitions

2013 KIM CURTIS (to benefit Prairie Rivers Network) Murphy gallery at YMCA. Urbana, IL

2011 “Kim Curtis”, the University Club, Chicago, IL  

2009 “Perception” kasia kay art projects gallery, Chicago, IL

2008  “Disruption” kasia kay art projects gallery, Chicago, IL

2007  “DRIVE: New Work by Kim Curtis”, kasia kay art projects gallery, Chicago, IL

2006 “Yellow Evening; New Work by Kim Curtis” kasia kay art projects gallery, Chicago IL

“Two Years in the Midwest”, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, Urbana IL

2003  “ Kim Curtis”, Isabelle Percy West Gallery, Oakland, CA

 

Select Group Exhibitions

2013 Donation to Waterkeeper Alliance annual auction, Park City, UT

2012 “Mixed Messages”, Water Street Gallery, Douglas, MI

2011  “First Impressions”, Water Street Gallery Douglas, MI  

         Art Chicago, kasia kay art projects gallery  

         “Off the Wall, Off the Floor” Walnut Ink Gallery, Michigan City, MI  

         “Pastoral” Kim Curtis and SJ Hart at the Tryon Barn Michigan City, MI

2010 Art Chicago, kasia kay art projects gallery

2009 NEXT, Chicago:  Featured Artist, kasia kay art projects gallery

         GloBall, curated fundraising auction for the Renaissance Society, Chicago IL

         Summer exhibition, kasia kay art projects gallery

2008 Winter exhibition, kasia kay art projects gallery

          AQUA, Miami FL kasiakay art projects gallery

          National Organization for Women (NOW) fundraising auction

2007  “New Editions”, Bleu Acier Gallery, Tampa, FL

         “Notions of Wilderness” curated by Catherine Forster, kasia kay art projects gallery, Chicago, IL

         Bridge Art Fair, Chicago, IL, represented by kasia kay art projects

2006  Summer Gallery Exhibition, kasia kay art projects gallery, Chicago, IL

         SCOPE New York 2006, represented by kasia kay art projects

         “Entre Chien et Loup”, Bleu Acier Gallery, Tampa FL

         “Atmospheric”, kasia kay art projects gallery, Chicago IL

2006  Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago curated auction

2005 TOJO Art Gallery, Chicago, IL

         Springfield Art Association “The Modern Landscape” Springfield,   IL                 

         Woman Made Gallery, Juried Members’ Show, Chicago, IL                               

         New Visions Gallery “Culture and Agriculture” Marshfield, WI

2004  National Small Works Juried Exhibition, Schoharie, NY                    

         Springer Cultural Center Juried Exhibition Series, Champaign, IL

2003 Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco, CA

         The Public, San Francisco, CA

         Green Couch Staging and Design, San Francisco, CA

 

Select Private Collections                               

Morgan Stanley Investments, Madison Street, Chicago, IL

Carle Hospital, Champaign-Urbana IL

Jon “Cody” Sokolski, CEO, One Main Development, Champaign, IL

Matti Bunzl, Artistic Director, Chicago Humanities Festival

Inger Stole & Bob McChesney, Dept. of Communications, UIUC and Host: “MediaMatters” WILL radio

Dr. Adam Tooze & Dr. Becky Conekin, Cambridge University/London College of Fashion, UK

Kasia Kay, Owner; kasia kay art projects gallery, Chicago IL

 

Publications

Studio Visit magazine, Open Studios Press, volume eight (Winter 2009)

Chicago Reader,  blog feature “Morning Art” Sept. 15, 2009

Disruption, exhibition catalogue, kasia kay art projects gallery, Chicago IL

MoonLit, Journal of New Poetry, Chicago, IL: Cover Art

True-Eye magazine, volume 4: www.true-eye.net

Her Mark, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL

 

Reviews                

Art Talk Chicago  Sept. 15, 2009 by Anna Rathman

Chicago Tribune  April 25, 2008 by Alan Artner

Chicago Tribune  June 6, 2007 by Alan Artner

Time Out Chicago  issue 54, March 9-16 2006 by Josh Tyson

 

Awards/Honors    

2011 Large grant award from Sustainable Arts Foundation, San Francisco, CA

2007 Critics’ Choice, Chicago Tribune for “Drive” at kasia kay art projects gallery

         National Small Works Exhibition, Schoharie, NY:

         Florence French Alumni Scholarship, California College of Arts and Crafts   (three years)

         Academic Scholarship, California College of Arts and Crafts (three years)

 

Related Experience

2016-present Instructor, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Dept. of Theatre

1995-2001  Master Craftsperson, San Francisco Opera Costume Shop: Constructed armor, masks, jewelry and animals for Costume   Department.

1990-2003 Professional Costume Design and Construction