Curt Brill Artist Biography

Curt Brill Artist Biography

Born in 1952 in the Bronx, New York, Curt began his serious pursuit of an art career while attending Cornell University. It began with exhibitions at Cornell that showcased his drawings, ceramic work and silk screening. Even though drawing has been his first and enduring love, professionally he has been most noted for his 3 dimensional work. His ceramic pieces have been widely collected across the United States since the mid 1970's. He began his career in bronze in 1980, with pieces that were a direct outgrowth of his history with clay. The work has always been sensual, a direct response to the feel of the materials he has chosen to use. Being a people watcher with a keen eye by nature, and having a potent sense of humor and an easy demeanor, it is easy to see how his personal style has evolved. His work has now been met with wide appeal by individual collectors within the United States, Europe and Japan.

Born: October 18,1952, Bronx, New York

Education: BS Design Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Career:

  • Jan. 1974 - May 1974 Clay Instructor Cornell University
  • Sept. 1974 - Oct. 1976 Pottery Instructor Tucson Parks
  • Oct. 1976 - Jan. 1978 Pottery Instructor Pima College
  • Oct. 1976 - June 1977 Multi-media art instructor
  • Oct. 1977 Arizona Sonora Desert Museum ceramic consultant
  • Sept. 1978 Art Director Southern Arizona Clay
  • Sept. 1978 - June 1986 Artist in Education
  • National Endowment For The Arts
  • Jan.1988 - May 1989 Pottery Instructor Pima College

Professional Organizations:

  • Southern Arizona Clay and Glass
  • Tucson Museum of Art
  • Tucson Museum of Art Craft Guild
  • Arizona Designer Craftsmen
  • Long Island Craftman's Guild
  • American Craft Council
  • Tucson Festival Society
  • Santa Cruz Valley Art Association
  • Dinnerware Cooperative Gallery
  • National Sculpture Society
  • International Sculpture Center

Select Solo Shows:

  • 2012: Boone, North Carolina Turchin Center For The Arts 
  • 2009: Tucson International Airport
  • 2008: Downtown Tucson Main Library Plaza Monumental Installation
  • 2004: Tucson, Arizona University of Arizona Museum of Art
  • 1996: Tucson, Arizona Canyon Ranch Resort
  • 1993: Tucson, Arizona Tucson Museum of Art
  • 1992: Kumamoto, Japan Hondo Gallery
  • 1992: Fukuoka, Japan Diamar Department Store
  • 1992: Ooyano, Japan Amakusa Community Center
  • 1992: Sumoto, Japan Machi Community Center
  • 1990: Tubac, Arizona Tubac Center for theArts
  • 1989: Tucson, Arizona Pima Community College
  • 1987: Tucson, Arizona Tohono Chul Park
  • 1984: Tucson, Arizona Tucson Museum of Art
  • 1981: Tucson Arizona Pima Community College
  • 1978: Tucson, Arizona First National Bank
  • 1977: Tucson, Arizona Tucson Museum of Art
  • 1974: Ithaca, New York Cornell University

Select Group Shows:

  • 2015: Tucson Museum of Art Biennial
  • 2006: Wellington, Florida Palm Beach Sculpture Biennale
  • 2005: Chicago, Illinois Skokie Sculpture Park
  • 2004: San Antonio, Texas Sculptor's Dominion
  • 2000: Chicago, Illinois Navy Pier Sculpture Show
  • 2000: Chicago, Illinois 3D Chicago
  • 1998: Tucson, Arizona Jewish Community Center
  • 1993: Scottsdale, Arizona "Strokes of Genius ‘93"
  • Tucson, Arizona Tucson Museum of Art
  • 1992: Santa Fe, N.M. Edith Lambert Gallery
  • Kumamoto Japan "Art of the Nineties"
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • 1990: Tempe Arts Center "In Another Dimension"
  • Roswell Fine Art National Juried
  • Tempe Arts Center Contemporary Realism
  • 1988: Santa Cruz Valley Arts Association
  • Phoenix, Arizona Shemer Art Center
  • 1987: Tempe Arts Center
  • "In Celebration of Public Art"
  • "Fine Art For Fine Causes"
  • "Tucson Sculpture"
  • 1986: Tucson, Arizona "Sculptors of the Southwest"
  • Tucson, Arizona "Artists of the Southwest"
  • "Southwest Sculpture Competition
  • 1981: Scottsdale, Arizona Bullock's
  • Yuma, Arizona Yuma Fine Arts Center
  • 1979: Tucson Museum of Art
  • Scottsdale Center For The Arts
  • Phoenix, Arizona The Heard Museum
  • 1977: Tucson, Arizona University of Arizona

Select Invitational Shows:

  • 1999: Tucson, Arizona Tohono Chul 
  • 1992: Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • 1991: Yuma, Arizona "Twenty-fifth Annual Invitational"
  • 1988: Tucson, Arizona "Masks and Costumes"
  • 1985: Phoenix Art Museum
  • 1984: Phoenix Art Museum
  • Tucson Museum of Art
  • Scottsdale Center for the Arts
  • Atlanta, Georgia The Signature Shop
  • Springfield Illinois Art Association
  • Sedona Fine Art Center

Awards:

  • Tucson Museum of Art Purchase Award
  • Tucson Museum of Art Exhibition Award
  • Long Island Craftsman Honorable Mention
  • "Artists of the Southwest" Honorable Mention
  • Pima College Honorable Mention
  • "Sculptors of the Southwest" Honorable Mention
  • University of Arizona Award of Merit
  • Pima College Award of Merit
  • Santa Cruz Valley Art Award of Merit
  • Hicksville Hall of Fame
  • Roswell National Juried Best of Sculpture
  • "In Another Dimension" Juror's Award
  • Kumamoto Japan Best of Show
  • Tucson Museum of Art Juror's Award

Collections:

  • Cornell University
  • Tucson Museum of Art
  • Mint Museum of Art Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Texas Tech Museum of Art 
  • Allan and Betsey Harris Collection 
  • Halle Berry Collection
  • Anne and Denis Carroll Collection 
  • Roberta Snyder Collection 
  • Ansel Adams Collection
  • Allan Chasanoff Ceramic Collection
  • Canyon Ranch Resort Tucson, Arizona
  • Sunstone Cancer Treatment Center Tucson, Arizona
  • Tucson Jewish Community Center
  • Howard Conant - Head of the University of Arizona Art Department
  • Bob McMillan - Head of the University of Arizona Art Department
  • Andrew Maas - Director of the Tampa Museum of Art
  • Gerritt Cone - Curator Tucson Museum of Art
  • Merrill Mahaffey painter
  • Dupont Collection
  • Rhod Lauffer - Preparator Tucson Museum of Art
  • Alice Herman - Executive Director Tohono Chul Park

Artist Statement:

My search in the visual arts is for the hidden Human spirit. That small part that makes us each unique, yet finds us a common home. I have been a paid professional as well as an active volunteer in state run mental institutions, private and county run nursing homes and been a drug rehabilitation counselor. Overriding this vein is the love of movement and dance and the shear joy of a good laugh. These feelings find expression three - dimensionally in clay, plaster, wax and metal. In my pieces I first search for that bit of movement, then I search for the humor to help carry me through the piece, and in completion I search for serenity. My fortune lies in the knowledge that my audience has been like my work, ongoing.