Illustrator, Painter, Designer, Professional Creative, Photographer, Curator, Other
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Chris Arnold was born in Columbia, Missouri in 1977. He earned a B.F.A. in Studio Art from the University of Missouri, Columbia in 2002, and an M.F.A. in Illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2007. Chris Arnold is an award winning Chicago based artist who is represented worldwide and is a distinguished faculty member at the Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago (2009 Teacher of the Year) and the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). Over the last decade of Arnold’s professional art and illustration career, he has had work featured in nine one-man exhibitions and included in over fifty group shows worldwide. Recent exhibitions featuring his works have been held at Gallery 350, Chicago, Illinois, 2010; Karen Solem Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, 2010; Hubner Bokform Gallery, Halmstad, Sweden, 2010; The Hive Gallery, Los Angeles, California, 2009; and at the Third Floor Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri, 2008. Arnold’s artwork and illustrations have also been featured in these selected publications and advertising campaigns: St. Louis Magazine, Powder Magazine, ReDivider, Los Angeles Journal, Vox Magazine, Charleston Magazine, Sauce Magazine, Savannah Magazine; Powerade, Banana Republic, Walgreens, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Special Olympics, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
The universe is a beautifully simple and complex place. As an artist and illustrator, my intention is to capture various moments in time that reflect any form of conceptual consideration. Through the combination of different sequences, I am then hopeful to begin a dialogue with virtually any audience. It is through this visual conversation new knowledge can be communicated and the learning process continues. I strive to convey limitless possibilities to my viewers by drawing on a combination of my own understanding while evoking a response from those who can be a witness. My process is deliberate and designed to open up the psyche of all who view my artworks to the possibility that they are entitled to new knowledge. I consider myself both a fine artist and a dedicated educator.
The Tower of the Empire State Building bisects the Arch in Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza.
Landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted and architect Calvert Vaux created the framework for this continuing work-in-progress as the Civil War ended, 25 years before the Arch, 65 years before the Tower, 105 years before the Mirador, and 145 years before I stumbled across it.
In starting the “Grand Army Plaza” group here at Brooklyn Arts Project, I hope to share ideas on how to raise public awareness to protect and promote this View as an historic visual corridor. Development threatens to eclipse the view.
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