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BIO

Christopher Kurts is a storyteller and artist in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is the Coordinator for Kolaj Institute, where he has organized artist labs, residencies, workshops and forums which have often led to exhibitions and publications. In this role, Kurts acted as the Art Director for Kolaj Institute’s Oh, Money! Money! by Eleanor H. Porter, illustrated and interpreted by contemporary collage artists. His own work recently appeared in the exhibition, “Empty Columns are a Place to Dream” which debuted in August 2021 during the 53rd Annual Birr Vintage Week & Arts Festival in Birr, County Offaly, Ireland. In January 2022, Kolaj Institute published a book about the project and the exhibition traveled to the Knoxville Museum of Art in Knoxville, Tennessee. Kurts is also the co-founder and lead organizer for The Mystic Krewe of Scissors and Glue, a group of creatives in New Orleans who meet monthly to collage, converse and foster community. Along with the Krewe, Kurts helped organize “Unfamiliar Vegetables”, a group exhibition for Kolaj Fest New Orleans in July 2019, which was later published as a book.


SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 “Empty Columns are a Place to Dream”, January 2022, Knoxville Museum of Art in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA, curated by Ric Kasini Kadour

 “Empty Columns are a Place to Dream”, August 2021, 53rd Annual Birr Vintage Week & Arts Festival in Birr, County Offaly, Ireland, curated by Ric Kasini Kadour

“The Heart of a Dark Universe”, September 2019, Bar Redux, curated by Kevin Comarda

SELECT CURATORIAL & PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES

“Chaos To Order: Collaborative Collage in Performance”, August 2020, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art

“The Mystic Krewe of Scissors & Glue: An Art Show”, March 2020, The Domino

“The Lifting of the Veil: The Optimist’s Apocalypse”, October 2019, Artisan Bar & Cafe

 “Unfamiliar Vegetables”, July 2019, Artisan Bar & Cafe

SELECT PUBLICATIONS

Empty Columns Are a Place to Dream, featured artist, January 2022

Oh, Money! Money! by Eleanor H. Porter, art director, August 2021

The International Directory of Collage Communities, researcher, curator, and writer, October 2020

Unfamiliar Vegetables: Variations in Collage, organizer and curator, December 2020

Loner Magazine, issue #4, artist profile, June 2019

COLLECTIONS

The Schwitters’ Army Collection of Collage Art, MERZ Gallery, Sanquhar, Scotland

Postal Collage Project No. 10, Berkeley Commonplace, Berkeley, California, USA

Unfamiliar Vegetables, Kolaj Institute & MKSG, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA