American maker Christopher Kurtz (born 1975) studied sculpture at the Kansas City Art Institute (1994-95), Landscape Architecture at The GSD at Harvard University (Career Discovery Program) (’98) and subsequently obtained a BFA in sculpture from The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in Alfred, New York (’98). Working for a time as the studio assistant to artist Martin Puryear, in 2005 Christopher set up his own studio in the Hudson Valley of New York State. 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 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. He 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).