About Me

Curtis Pittman

Artist Statement

Places on Earth are uniquely defined by their physical, social, and cultural contexts.  My work seeks to capture these unique qualities and bring them to life. My skills as a designer are multi-disciplinary in both art and architecture and I am passionately dedicated to improving the built environment for humanity through art.  My work fosters stronger communities by connecting people socially, spiritually, and intellectually.

My passion for the built environment is complimented by my fascinations with nature.  I am a skilled observer and have a great appreciation for the wholeness of nature and the harmony of its patterns.  As Davinci once wrote, “man will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple, more direct than does Nature; because in her inventions nothing is lacking and nothing is superfluous.”  If you study my work carefully, you will notice that similar to nature, there is a purity of form and a complimentary relationship of the parts to the whole.

My work is interwoven into the spirit of a place both physically and emotionally.  It is engrained into its story and highlights the splendor that surrounds it.  It brings awareness to the invisible weave of culture, engages the senses, and harmonizes the coming together of the natural vs the built.

Professional Experience

I am trained in both art and architecture by some of the more notable visionaries of our time and the influences of both disciplines is evident in my work.  Upon graduating from Penn State University’s architecture program in 2004, I worked with architectural design teams on theaters, performing art centers, and healthcare projects in both NYC and Portland.  In 2011 I was hired to work on public art projects full-time in collaboration with locally known international artist, Ed Carpenter.  While working with Ed, I was project manager for his last (7) six-figure public art commissions and collaborated with him on all facets of his process from concept design through installation.

In May 2016 I embarked on a career as a full-time professional artist.  In this time, I have completed two six-figure public art commissions, one for Scottsdale Public Art and the other for Michigan State University.  Both projects are iconic, placemaking works that have built the foundation of personal discovery for me as an artist.

Advancing My Work

I am searching for opportunities that require a re-interpretation of approach and development of my skills.  I have had success in large scale exterior work and am eager to diversify my portfolio. My design philosophy is adaptable and fits nicely into a variety of contexts, including interior space.  As I diversify my work, I will be exploring new materials and methods of fabrication.  Finding new discoveries through my work is what inspires me as an artist.  A new canvas will lead to new discoveries and propel my designs to a new paradigm of imaginative thought.