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Craig Usher

New York, NY -, U.S.A.
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 Craig Usher




    >  (2010 - 2012), New York Studio School
    Masters  in  Fine  Art   :   Sculpture

    >  (2005 - 2009), SUNY Purchase School of Art+ Design
    Bachelors in Fine Art     :  Sculpture    
    Magna Cum Laude

    2015    " Raw Works" upcoming solo show ,Salem
    Art Works, Salem NY
    2014    "Paths"   ROCA Sculpture Park, Rockland County,
    "Portsmouth Museum Sculpture Exhibit" ,  Portsmouth Museum,
    Portsmouth Virginia
    2013     “25th
    Annual Sculpture in the
    Garden at North Carolina Botanical Garden” ,
    ofNorth      Carolina
    at Chapel Hill  (Merit Award
     “Placemaking “ ,  Arts Westchester, White Plains, NY
     2012  “Sculpture
    Exhibit”, Keene Arts, Keene, NY
    Sculpture Park A & A, Residency. Pabience,
    Poland. Created
    Public   Sculpture      for permanent inclusion to the
    “MFA Thesis Exhibition”, NY Studio School  New  York,
    “ Modern Art & The Romantic Landscape:
    Outdoor Sculpture at
    Wilderstein 2nd
     Annual”  Wilderstein
    Historic Site, Rhinebeck,
     “Sculpture On & Off the Walls”,  Arts Westchester, White
    “Craig Usher : Small Imaginings” ( solo
     Ossining Public Library, Ossining,
    2011  “Sculpture For
    Leonia” Leonia, NJ ( new
    inclusion to the sculpture park)
    Sculptors on Hudson/ Emerging Forms: Craig
    Usher and Malcolm MacDougall, A
    Public Art Exhibition Curated by Jim Bergesen”  Hastings on Hudson ,
    “SRAM Part Project ” Chicago, IL/ Las Vegas, NV
    Vermont Studio
    Center Residency (Sculpture), Partial Fellowship, Johnson, VT
    Troy and
    Holden Scholarship (Stone Carving), Summer Workshop,
    The Carving Studio
    and Sculpture Center, West Rutland, VT
    Sculpture Biennial.
    Art Society of Kingston”
    Kingston, NY
    “Modern Art & the
    Romantic Landscape: Outdoor
    Sculpture at Wilderstein” Wilderstein
    Historic Site, Rhinebeck, NY
    Usher ; Sculptures”  (solo
    show of 10 works), cast concrete and
    bronze figures. Greenburgh Public
    Library.Greenburgh, NY
    of Spring”
    Lyme Art Association.
    Old Lyme , CT
    Show of Heads” Limner
    Gallery. Hudson,
    2008   “Pier
    92 ‘Others’ Art Show”
      Pier 92, New
    York, NY
    “183 Annual Invitational Exhibition of
    American Art” National Academy Museum. New York  , NY

Selected Honors/ Awards/ Residencies
    International Residency Program , Beijing
    Visiting Artist Lecture , CAFA Central Academy of Fine Arts,
    Beijing, CHINA
    Visiting Artist Lecture  and Panel
    ,  Chengdu Academy
    of Art and Music,
    Chengdu  CHINA
     Visiting Artist Lecture and
    Winthrop University, NC
    Visiting Artist Lecture and
    University of North Carolina Greensboro, Greensboro , NC
    Merit Award Winner  , North Carolina Botanical Garden Sculpture
    Honored International Sculpture Residency at European
    Sculpture Park,
     2011 Vermont Studio Center Residency ,
    Partial Stipend,  VT
               Troy and Holden Stone
    Carving Scholarship   , VT

    Technical Abilities
    Welding including
    MIG, TIG, stick, gas; torch and
    plasma cutting; metal finishing, grinding and
    cutting; blacksmithing (
    competent in running a full metal shop);
    Foundry metal casting (5 years
    experience foundry work, able to
    maintain and run professionally a casting
    set up); Woodworking and
    construction including tables saw, circular saw,
    sanding operations, (
    competent in running and maintaining a complete wood
    shop); Mold
    making including plaster, rubber, investment, ceramic
    traditional clay and wax modeling portraiture; Masonry work
    concrete forms and casting; Sculpture Handling and installation
    including transportation and  on site assembling. Machine repair and
    Light Electrical Repair.Print Making :  Woodblock,
    Screenprint, Litho Experience. Painting
    :  Professional Scene
    experience, oil, acrylic, resin, compound experience. Custom
    Finishes, HLVP
    Spray Gun, and Sandblasting Operations. (Glass , Sand,
    Grit, etc.) Ceramics:  (competent to run full ceramic shop) mix glazes,
    run+ repair kilns, clay construction/adobe ,

Work experience
    > Lander Art Center (Jan 2015 - Jun 2015), Teacher/ Gallery Assistant
    Taught Sculpture Classes to Adults.
    Maintained kilns, firings, and ceramic
    Taught ceramic workshops.
    Assisted with Gallery and
    Educational Programming.

    > Black Walnut (Oct 2014 - Jan 2015), Fabricator
    Assistant to Carpenters and Foreman.
    Handled Distribution of materials and
    Assisted with building of sets , packing/shipping dept.
    with Painting Department to create scenery backdrops using custom finishes.

    > Benny English (Feb 2014 - Sep 2014), English Language Teacher
    Created Curriculum for students age 6-20
    Assisted with Management of
    Summer Program
    Taught English Language classes to large student groups

    > Penland School of Crafts (2010 - 2012 Summer Sessions -June-July-August), Teaching Assistant
    Assisted metal sculpture classes held for students aged 18-55
    Worked with
    instructors to implement new technique studies and class demos.
    Material Distribution and shop maintenance.

    > Sultz Fabrication (Sep. 2012 - Mar. 2014), Foreman/ Head Fabricator
    Head foreman for custom metal shop.
    Fabricated and finished various art
    Managed Purchase orders and Shop maintenance.

    > SUNY Purchase Continuing Education Program (Sep 2008 - Sep 2013), Teaching Assistant
    Assisted Bronze Sculpture Casting Class
    Maintained safety and material
    Assisted Lesson Planning and implementation.
    Equipment necessary for programming.
    Worked with students individually on
    safe tool usage procedure.

    > Snow Farm New England Craft Program ( - 2009 Summer Session), Art Instructor
    Taught Daily sculpture class to high school students. ( 20 per
    Planned and created exciting and educational art lessons.
    the distribution and maintenance of  materials and shop space.

    > New York Studio School (Sep. 2010 - May 2012), Ceramic Technician Assistant
    Oversaw Kiln Firings and maintenance.
    Assisted with Sculpture Equipment
    repair and relocation.
    Maintained Supply logs for professors.
    with a variety of students, instructing them on kiln usage and

    > New Projects L.L.C. (May 2009. - Oct 2009), Fabricator
    Fabricated and built various museum backdrops.
    Installed onsite
    Followed advanced plans for installation working with other
    team members and museum staff

    > RB Scrap and Iron (Sep. 2005 - Sep. 2006), Assistant Manager
    Welding duties for equipment repair.
    Managed Oxy- Propane Equipment and
    Diesel generators/ welders.
    Assisted Customer Interaction .