About the Artist                                                                                                                                     
Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and raised in Schaumburg, Illinois, Curtis Frillmann studied at the University of Michigan,
the School of Art Institute of Chicago, and Center for Sustainability at Aquinas College.  Curtis has enjoyed a vigorous
exhibition schedule the past few years, where he has received numerous awards. Most recently, he has been
recognized for his recycled paintings, a series of environmentalist pieces that are painted on “canvas” of discarded
objects.  Curtis lived in Chicago for many years, and is currently a full time artist living in Grand Rapids, Michigan
with his wife, Kate, and their children, Laura and Paul.



     
     

     


     


     
 
 

 

 

 

 


    As technology alters the direction of our lives more everyday it has been difficult to hold to the conviction that the work of artists is some of the most important know to human-kind.  My belief in the presence of working artists, and in my own work, has grown as visual art is seen as more frivolous and inaccessible. Visual art is but one source of entertainment available to us, in no way privileged above video games or paint-ball tournaments.  Overlooked and under-appreciated by the great majority of us today art no longer represents a golden key to cultural ascendancy.  Yet I believe, as many still do, that the arts provide deep, enduring nourishment to our lives, nourishment without which we would struggle to flourish as a species.
    What drives me as an artist is the content or message of my artwork, and is a rationale for my use of unconventional materials such a recycled plastic, as well as my endeavor to incorporate poems I have written or phrases into my paintings.  Although I believe that I have something to say I disagree with the convention of the artist communicating to the viewer through their art.   As I work I begin to see the words and pictures transform.  They are no longer mine; they have become more universal. In that sense my paintings speak for themselves.  Having come from somewhere else, their poetic rantings rise from the canvas more organically.  As the artist, however, I do not give order to nature’s chaos.  We are responsible for the chaos around us, even as the civilized world has designs for order in it we still, unwittingly, contribute our energy to creating this chaos.  We cannot bring about order, but only uncover truth as it lives naturally in the universe.  So I work to uncover this truth. Once exposed this truth will not last long for us.  Yet, art exists in a different realm, a realm where truth and order, once removed from nature, are sustained and live for themselves. It is art when it retreats from this world and enters another; it draws you in and you can sense a depth and feel its loneliness.  I grapple with depth and feeling of distance in my exploration of landscape.  In this distance the land reflects our past, and is our conscience.  While my work shows an underlying concern for our environment, I seek always to reveal something beautiful, and express that how we treat the land is how we treat each other, that we can find in the land a foretelling of what kind of future we may have.

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Selected                      Associations
Exhibitions                   Urban Institute of Contemporary Art
                                    Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2011

                                    Upcycling! Creating More with Less
                                    Muskegon Museum of Art
                                    Muskegon, Michigan, 2011


                                    Iron Pastorals – Solo Exhibition
                                    360See Gallery
                                    Chicago, Illinois, 2009

                                    ArtPrize   
                                    Keeler Gallery, Fountain Street Church    
                                    Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2009
   
                                    Grand Opening Exhibition
                                    360See Gallery
                                    Chicago, Illinois, 2008

                                   
The Artist Project – part of Artropolis/ Art Chicago
                                    The Merchandise Mart
                                    Chicago, Illinois, 2008

                                    Live Coverage
Exhibition and Auction
                                   
Urban Institute of Contemporary Art
                                    Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2008

                                    Atlanta Youth Academy Benefit Art Auction
                                    Mason Murer Fine Art, Atlanta, Georgia, 2007


                                    Juried Exhibition, Muskegon Museum of Art
                                    Muskegon, Michigan, 2007

                                    West Michigan Area Show
                                    Juried Exhibition, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
                                    Kalamazoo, Michigan, 2007

                                    Festival Regional Art Competition,
                                    38th Annual Juried Exhibition, Grand Rapids Art Museum
                                    Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2007

                                    Michigan Fine Arts Competition
                                    26th Annual Juried Exhibition, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center,
                                    Birmingham, Michigan, 2007

                                    Celebration of the Arts
                                    34th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, First United Methodist Church,
                                    Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2007

                                    InnerScapes
                                    Group Show, Lowell Area Arts Council
                                    Lowell, Michigan, 2006

                                    78th Regional Exhibition
                                    Juried Exhibition, Muskegon Museum of Art
                                    Muskegon, Michigan, 2006

                                    West Michigan Area Show
                                    Juried Exhibition, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
                                    Kalamazoo, Michigan, 2006

                                    Postcards and Billboards – Solo Exhibition
                                    House On Main gallery
                                    Royal Oak, Michigan, 2006


                                    District 59 Fine Arts Festival
                                    Guest Artist, Holmes Junior High School
                                    Mount Prospect, Illinois 2006

                                    Celebration of the Arts
                                    33rd Annual Juried Art Exhibition, First United Methodist Church,
                                    Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2006

 
                                    All Michigan Juried Exhibition
                                    Rankin Art Gallery, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan, 2005

                                    Shadow Show – Group Exhibition
                                    Hungry Heart Cafe, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2005

                                    42nd Annual Juried Fine Art Exhibition
                                    Holland Area Arts Council, Holland, Michigan, 2005

                                    Festival Regional Art Competition, 36th Annual Juried Exhibition,
                                    Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2005

                                    Live Coverage
Exhibition and Auction, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art
                                    Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2005


                                    Reclamation
– Solo Exhibition, Parlor Galle
ry, Trinity United Methodist Church,
                                    Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2005

                                   
Celebration of the Arts, 32nd Annual Juried Art Exhibition, First United Methodist
                                    Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2005


                                    Between the Forest and the City
Solo Exhibition, Common Ground Coffee House,
                                    Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2004

                                    New Paintings – Solo Exhibition
, www.curtisfrillmann.com, On Line Gallery, 2004

                                    “Plein Air” paintings see the world
Solo Exhibition, Caribou Coffee,
                                    Chicago, Illinois, 1999

                                    Words and Pictures
Solo Exhibition, Spice Factory Lofts,
                                    Chicago, Illinois, 1998

                                    Sculptures and Drawings
Solo Exhibition, Caffé Fino,
                                    Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1992

                                    Regional Art Exhibition
, Harper College, Palatine, Illinois, 1985

                                   
Regional Art Exhibition, Schaumburg Public Library, Schaumburg, Illinois, 1985


Awards &                    
Guest Lecturer
Honors                         as part of Sustainability: A West Michigan Journey
                                    presented by the West MIchigan Symphony
                                   
Muskegon, Michigan, 2011

                                    Featured Artist
                                    Gen Art Collector's Circle Event   
                                    360See Gallery
                                    Chicago, Illinois, 2009


                                    Guest Lecturer
                    
                                   
Art Break Lecture Series                                                         
                                    Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
                                    Kalamazoo, Michigan, 2006


                                    Commission
                                    Holmes Junior High School, Mount Prospect, Illinois 2006
   

                                    Third Prize, 42nd Annual Juried Fine Art Exhibition
                                    Holland Area Arts Council, Holland, Michigan, 2005


                                    First Prize, Celebration of the Arts, 32nd Annual Juried Art Competition, First United
                                    Methodist Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2005

                                   
Guest Artist
                                    District 59 Fine Arts Festival
                                    Mount Prospect, Illinois 2005

                                    Commission, Caribou Coffee,
                                    Chicago, Illinois, 1999

                                    Commission, Alumni Corporation of Phi Gamma Delta,
                                   
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1991

                                    Finalist, School of Business Administration sculpture contest, University of Michigan,
                                    Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1988

                                    Scholarship, Texas Christian University, School of Fine Art, Fort Worth, Texas,1984


Publications                
Grand Rapids Press
                                    “UICA opens final show at Sheldon Gallery,” feature article
                                    by Molly Kimelman, April 15, 2011

                                    Muskegon Chronicle
                                    "Art Is Everywhere, New MMA Exhibit," feature article
                                    by Lisa Medendorp, February 17, 2011

                                    Gen Art Pulse
                                    “Art Therapy”  featured article and interview
                                    by Meredith Chamberlain, November 2009

                 
                                    Chicago Collection
                                    “Bucktown Art Gallery Spotlight,” feature article
                                    by Jordan Witkov, Winter 2008


                                    Grand Rapids Press
                                    “Eastertide: The mural of the story,” feature article
                                    by Paul R. Kopenkoskey, March 15, 2008


                                    Recoil Magazine
                                    “Artist- Curtis Frillmann,” feature article
                                    by Nicholas Stephenson, June, 2007

                                    Kalamazoo Gazette
                                    “Earth is focus of artist using recycled materials,” feature article
                                    by Nicholas Stephenson, April 22, 2007

                                    Kalamazoo Gazette
                                    “Treasures amid the jumble of area show,” feature article
                                    by Amy Sult Stevens, April 1, 2007

                                    Kalamazoo Gazette
                                    “Mix of themes highlight show,” Front-page headline article
                                    by William R Wood, March 24, 2007

                                    Grand Rapids Press
                                    “Artist, writer unite,” feature article
                                    by Gail Philbin, October 8, 2006

                                    Lowell Ledger
                                    “Arts council exhibit blends art, literature,” feature article
                                    by Dan Schneider, , September 13, 2006
  
                                    The Daily Herald “Artist to demonstrate his craft at show,” feature article
                                    By Sue Ter Maat, March 3, 2006


                                    The Holland Sentinel,  “Show winners chosen,” article
                                    September 29, 200


                                    Grand Rapids Press,  “Juror thrilled with art choices,” feature article
                                    by Sylvia Krissoff, January 29, 2005 

                                    On-the-Town Magazine,  “Finding Common Ground,” article,
                                    January 2005


Affiliations                   Curatorial Board, member
                                    Urban Institute of Contemporary Art
                                    the main curatorial body of this major contemporary art venue,
                                    Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2004 - present


Education                    Aquinas College, Center for Sustainability, Grand Rapids, Michigan 2010

                                    University of Michigan, School of Art and Design, Ann Arbor, Michigan 1992

                                    School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, 1986

© 2011 Curtis Frillmann