Associate Dean and Associate Professor
Ceramics

Chad D. Curtis

Chad Curtis is an artist and educator who is motivated by politics of the environment, land use, climate change and the evolution of these relationships over time. Visually, Curtis’s work references traditional notions of the sublime landscape and monumental beauty such as vast open spaces, the horizon, trees and mountains. These landscapes represent the very same desires that helped fuel the westward expansion and Manifest Destiny of the United States. In similar ways, digital technology is fueling a worldwide expansion with an equally devastating impact on humanity and the environment.
 
Through a range of processes and materials, including the intersection of traditional methods of making with digital fabrication, Curtis’s work consistently pushes the boundaries of craft-based practices, strengthening, challenging and redefining these traditions and helping forge a path for other artists to do the same. He is passionate about this identity and aims to grow it into a more inclusive and expansive space.
 
MFA, NYSCC at Alfred University, 2002
BFA, Minnesota State University, Mankato, 1997 

 

Image credit: Temple University Photography / Joseph V. Labolito