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Craig Usher



Email: crushersteel@gmail.com
URL: http://www.craigusher.net

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 Craig Usher
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E-mail:        craig.usher6@gmail.com

Website:    www.craigusher.net

    

Education
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    >  (2010 - 2012), New York Studio School
    Masters  in  Fine  Art   :   Sculpture
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    >  (2005 - 2009), SUNY Purchase School of Art+ Design
    Bachelors in Fine Art     :  Sculpture    
    
    Magna Cum Laude

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

Selected Honors/ Awards/ Residencies
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    2014
    SHANGYUAN ART MUSEUM
    International Residency Program , Beijing
    CHINA
    
    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
    Panel,
    Winthrop University, NC
    
    Visiting Artist Lecture and
    Panel,
    University of North Carolina Greensboro, Greensboro , NC
    
    2013
    Merit Award Winner  , North Carolina Botanical Garden Sculpture
    Show,
    NC
    
     2012
    Honored International Sculpture Residency at European
    Sculpture Park,
    Poland
    
     2011 Vermont Studio Center Residency ,
    Partial Stipend,  VT
    
               Troy and Holden Stone
    Carving Scholarship   , VT

Qualifications
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    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
    shell;
    traditional clay and wax modeling portraiture; Masonry work
    including
    concrete forms and casting; Sculpture Handling and installation
    including transportation and  on site assembling. Machine repair and
    Maintenance,
    Light Electrical Repair.Print Making :  Woodblock,
    Screenprint, Litho Experience. Painting
    :  Professional Scene
    Shop
    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
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    > Lander Art Center (Jan 2015 - Jun 2015), Teacher/ Gallery Assistant
    Taught Sculpture Classes to Adults.
    Maintained kilns, firings, and ceramic
    equipment.
    Taught ceramic workshops.
    Assisted with Gallery and
    Educational Programming.
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    > Black Walnut (Oct 2014 - Jan 2015), Fabricator
    Assistant to Carpenters and Foreman.
    Handled Distribution of materials and
    products.
    Assisted with building of sets , packing/shipping dept.
    Worked
    with Painting Department to create scenery backdrops using custom finishes.
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    > 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
    daily.
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    > 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.
    Managed
    Material Distribution and shop maintenance.
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    > Sultz Fabrication (Sep. 2012 - Mar. 2014), Foreman/ Head Fabricator
    Head foreman for custom metal shop.
    Fabricated and finished various art
    projects.
    Managed Purchase orders and Shop maintenance.
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    > SUNY Purchase Continuing Education Program (Sep 2008 - Sep 2013), Teaching Assistant
    Assisted Bronze Sculpture Casting Class
    Maintained safety and material
    requirements.
    Assisted Lesson Planning and implementation.
    Upkept
    Equipment necessary for programming.
    Worked with students individually on
    safe tool usage procedure.
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    > Snow Farm New England Craft Program ( - 2009 Summer Session), Art Instructor
    Taught Daily sculpture class to high school students. ( 20 per
    class)
    Planned and created exciting and educational art lessons.
    Handled
    the distribution and maintenance of  materials and shop space.
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    > 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.
    Worked
    with a variety of students, instructing them on kiln usage and
    requirements.
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    > New Projects L.L.C. (May 2009. - Oct 2009), Fabricator
    Fabricated and built various museum backdrops.
    Installed onsite
    exhibitions.
    Followed advanced plans for installation working with other
    team members and museum staff
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    > 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 .