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Chris McMullen

12455 20th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98168, U.S.A.
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Phone: 206.696.4711

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Chris McMullen has been working from his Seattle studio since 2000. A fascination with industrial process and a background in Graphic Communication has led to a body of work consisting of machine-like, interactive sculptures.

In 2009 he received a 4Culture Individual Artist Project Grant and an Artist Trust Grants for Artists Projects (GAP) as well as a Juror’s Choice Award for his donation to the Pratt Fine Arts Center’s 27th Annual Fine Art Auction in Seattle, WA. and a Merit Award of Excellence for his donation to PONCHO’s 8th Annual Invitational Fine Art Auction.

As well as creating sculpture, he was invited to teach a class in Creative Mechanical Movement at Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle, WA in summer of 2009 and has also been a guest speaker for The Seattle Metals Guild.

His work has been permanently installed in Redmond Washington’s City Hall as part of the city’s collection and in the Science Museum of Oklahoma.

Chris' work has been exhibited locally in the Redmond Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, the Bellevue Sculpture Exhibition, Bumbershoot, Fetherston Gallery, Grey Gallery and Lounge and Fulcrum Gallery as well as being featured  nationally in California, Nevada and Texas.
His work can be found at


2011        Bumbershoot, Seattle, WA

2010        4Culture Individual Artist Project Grant, Seattle, WA
2009        Artist Trust 2009 Grants for Artist Projects (GAP), Seattle, WA

2009        Bumbershoot, Seattle, WA
2007        Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, Indio, CA
2006        Bumbershoot, Seattle, WA
2005        Burning Man LLC., San Francisco, CA

2009        Redmond City Hall, Redmond, WA
2008        Science Museum of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK
2004        Macpherson Construction & Design LLC, Sammamish, WA


2010    June-Oct.    10th Biennial Bellwether Artwalk, Bellevue, WA
2010    May            
Maker Faire, San Mateo Fairgrounds, San Mateo, CA
2008    March          Flash Forward: Coupling VI, Ouch My Eye, Seattle WA
2007    August         Redmond Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Redmond, WA
2006    June            Bellevue Sculpture Exhibition, Bellevue, WA
           March          Art Outside, Austin, TX

2008    July           Modern Convenience, Grey Gallery and Lounge, Seattle, WA
2002    August       Process Physics, Vital 5 Productions, Seattle, WA
           February    Industry, Forgotten Works Gallery, Seattle, WA
2001    July           Industry, Secluded Alley Works, Seattle, WA


2011    September    Project, Winston Wächter Fine Art, Seattle WA

               August         •Not To Scale, Smoke Farm, Arlington, WA

               May              Gallery (206), Occidental Park, Seattle, WA

                                     Maker Faire, San Mateo Fairgrounds, San Mateo, CA

               February      The Chair Project, Seattle Design Center, Seattle, WA

2010    October         Art Outside, Apache Pass, Austin, TX

              May               Maker Faire, San Mateo Fairgrounds, San Mateo, CA

              February      The Official Ouch My Eye 2nd Annual International Invitational, Seattle, WA
2009    September   Bumbershoot, Seattle, WA
2009    June            The Heavens Reflect Our Labors, Fulcrum Gallery, Tacoma, WA
2008    June            Artopia, Georgetown, Seattle, WA
           May             Maker Faire, San Mateo Fairgrounds, San Mateo, CA
           March          Art Outside, Austin, TX
           January       GO!, Grey Gallery and Lounge, Seattle, WA
2007    June            Artopia, Georgetown, WA
           April            Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, Indio CA
2006    August         Bumbershoot, Seattle WA
           July             One Night Stand, Ballard Fetherston Gallery, Seattle, WA
2005    September   Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Sea-Tac, WA
2005    September   Burning Man Festival, Black Rock Desert, NV
           August         Dorkbots at the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
           July             The Henry Bash, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
           March          Georgetown Invasion, All City Coffee, Seattle, WA
2004    August         COCA, Seattle, WA
2003    November    Art at Work, Tacoma, WA
           August         Bumbershoot, Seattle, WA
           August         Man:Made: Witness the mundane transformed, Colorgraphics, Seattle, WA
           August         Dorkbots at COCA, Seattle, WA
           June            Urban Art Installations at The Woolworth Windows, Tacoma, WA
2002    September   Consequence, Bemis Building, Seattle, WA
2001    November    Art at the Bemis, Bemis Building, Seattle, WA
           October       Seclusion, Secluded Alley Works, Monroe, WA
           September   Brewtown Arts, Georgetown, WA


2009      September   Merit Award of Excellence, 8th Annual PONCHO Invitational
                                Fine Art Auction, Grow Art, Seattle, WA
2009      May             Juror’s Choice Award, Pratt Fine Arts Center’s 27th Annual
                                Fine Art Auction, Seattle, WA
2009      June            Instructed Creative Mechanical Movement class at Pratt Fine
                                Arts Center in Seattle, WA in summer of 2009
             January       Seattle Metals Guild Lecture Series, Guest Speaker, Seattle, WA
2006      May             Dorkbots, Guest speaker, Seattle, WA Chapter
2003      August         Dorkbots opening reception, Guest speaker, Seattle, WA Chapter
2000-02                    Sculpture Studio Coordinator/Monitor, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA   


- Wilkins, Matt. "McMullens Machines," Video for MTV's Seattle Scene: B-Sides Docs About Seattle (2010)

- Miller, Brian. “Touch My Crankshaft,” Seattle Weekly (June 24, 2009)
- Lang, Kirk. “Lecture by Chris McMullen,” Seattle Metals Guild (March/April 2009)
- Farr, Sheila. “Clever kinetic sculptures and witty one liners,”  The Seattle Times review (August 1, 2008)
- City of Bellevue Arts Commission. " Bellevue Sculpture Exhibition 2006," Catalogue (June 17, 2006)
- Martin, Nick. " Seattle 's "Machine" a metaphor in motion for Burning Man fest,"The Seattle Times
  (August 6, 2005)
- Catalini, Stefano. "The Last Judgement Project," Catalogue (August 2003)
- Muse, Alexandra. "Man:Made: Witness the mundane transformed:Art show at Colorgraphics,"
  Catalogue (August 6, 2003)
- Fefer, Mark D. "Process Physics," Seattle Weekly (August 1, 2002)
- Esquivel, Karla. "Chris McMullen's 3-D Physics at Vital 5," Tablet (July 25-August 7, 2002)

- Associates Degree of Applied Science in Graphic Communication from Truckee Meadows
  Community College, Reno, Nevada
- One Year of animation study at The Art Institute of Seattle, Washington
- Continuing study in Sculpture at Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, Washington