Applications for our 2020 residency program are now being accepted.

2019 Artist in Residence Winning Artist: T Kurtz

The Spokane Art School is pleased to announce T Kurtz as the first artist selected for the new Artist in Residence program. Ms. Kurtz started her residence in March and will have an exhibition of her work at the Spokane Art School Gallery in October 2019.

T Kurtz has had a long history in the art world. For many years, she managed the art business for her mother’s professional fine art career as she attended shows and exhibitions across the country. T considers this to have been the College of Art Exposure, and coupled with her Art degree from Washington State University as well as her years in gallery sales, she knows what makes fine art and how to do it.

While she understands and has worked in various media, pastels are her main love for the richness of the pigments and the delicacy of line.

Artist in Residence Blog: Updates from T Kurtz

T Kurtz will be providing us with updates throughout her residency. You can find her posts here and on Facebook where they will be updated regularly.
The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in this blog belong solely to the Spokane Art School Artist-in-Residence, and not necessarily to the Spokane Art School.

I am an overachiever, almost
I did my taxes today. That’s right, January 13th and my part is done. I’m an over achiever. Actually I’m not, an over achiever that is. I’m pretty lazy when it comes to book work. Owning your own business generates a lot of paperwork and the more successful you are, the more trees are felled to support it. I say I’m lazy because the proof of it is right there in my records and it tells me things that I ...
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Memory is a funny thing
Memory is a funny thing. Which is kinda scary when we consider how much we rely on it. We use it to tie our shoes, write our name, add and subtract; the list is long and scientists have been studying it for centuries. I actually suffered from memory loss once, three months were completely wiped clean. I forgot names of good friends, places I had known like the back of my hand, and valuable experiences like my husband graduating from ...
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Why do I even bother?
2019, A banana was taped to a wall with duct tape and sold for $120,000. The artist ate the banana and the business that bought the art just put up another banana in its place. 1980’s, A group of people tape a sheet up at a party and throw paint and food at it. They submit it to a prestigious art show where it wins first prize and sells for more than anything else at the auction. 1962 a print ...
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It’s professional, not personal
I just spent 8 hours in a car with my best girlfriend for a trip I could have avoided. The time wasn’t a waste, we had a good time and saw some lovely country but we both could have been doing something else with our time, together. We drove to one of my galleries to pick up my work. The gallery closes for the winter and is only open by appointment. The gallery owner and I had spoken about the ...
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Is art an investment?
I used to work in a gallery and it was right after the 80’s print frenzy. People were no longer buying art to hide under the bed as an investment. They were purchasing to hang on their walls and I would get the same question over and over: "Is this a good investment?" You are going to meet buyers who are going to ask you that. What I think they are really asking is, "Why is your work worth buying?" ...
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High mileage and check engine lights.
I hunker down in my bed, surrounded by crumpled tissue discards and empty pill packets. My new studio calls to me and all I can do is weakly consider what projects I can start. Each morning I do a self-assessment, hopeful that this is over; to find it isn’t. The plight of the self-employed, do you wait it out or spend the money visiting a doctor? One year I fought through during an art show: unloaded and set up by ...
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A tidy mind and all that jazz.
There are those who will tell you that a tidy space is the sign of a disorganized mind. I don’t agree. If you had asked me this 25 years ago, I would have answered differently. I have learned a few things since then. Your mind wanders as you clean, you don’t really need all of it to do the dishes. Folding laundry can be a zen thing as well and you can get into a deep, calm space while doing ...
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Revisiting the idea of mentorship
I was out yesterday at a craft fair as a patron. I don’t get to do that very often. When I do, I find myself watching people. Probably because that is what you do from the vendor's chair: people-watch, I mean. There was this elderly lady getting up from the lunch table and her daughter helped her zip up her coat. At that moment I flashed back to my mother helping me zip mine, and me helping my son, and ...
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I am a bed maker
I am a bed maker. I wasn’t always, actually; I never used to do it. Make my bed, I mean. Why should you? You are just going to mess it up again. It will only be made for a few hours, what is the point? I started doing it when I re-acquainted myself with a friend, Leah. She was going through a time of change and we would talk. One thing we discussed was the proper way to begin each ...
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Saying No, Defining boundaries.
People in your life think it’s romantic to know an artist. They are impressed by what you do, or they love your work but they don’t always understand what professional means. Heck, they don’t understand that any creative work takes time, financial resources and energy from the creator. Maybe it is because our grandmothers used to make so much for us when we were growing up. Perhaps we are taught then that people make things to just give away. The ...
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