Christopher Kurtz (b. 1975, Excelsior Springs, Missouri) is a sculptor based in Kingston, New York. He obtained a BFA from the NYSCC School of Art and Design at Alfred University, Alfred, New York, and participated in Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design Career Discovery Program. The son of a calligrapher who claimed he could spend a lifetime making work based on the letter of the alphabet, Kurtz feels similarly about working with wood. For Kurtz, wood “has the right balance of yielding and resisting, which suits my temperament.” He embraces the limitations of woodworking, seeing them as a creative challenge, referring specifically to “the expanding and contracting of the seasonal changes in wood, and the structural direction of the grain.” Nonetheless he feels the medium offers “endless forms and emotions.” Although wood remains his primary medium, he has begun to explore bronze casting as a way to extend his practice.