Artist in Residence

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.

Love is love, but business is business
I lived between a Cop and a Social Worker for 5 years. I had no political opinion that whole time. It wasn’t that they argued, they were capable of having intelligent discussions, but I felt that the détente was fragile and me picking a side might upset the apple cart. They understood my concerns and until the social worker started running for office, my political stance was never brought up. There is one other place that politics should never come ...
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Success is an Iceberg
I love Facebook pages. I am a member of several for various things (too boring to mention) but I also join artistic Facebook pages. One is administered here locally by Helen Parsons called Spokane Art Calls. Never met the lady but she runs a tight ship as pages go and she posts pictures and memes all the time to keep her page feed fresh and relevant to our news feeds. She recently posted the picture featured on the right (click ...
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Pudding on my shoes
Some days, life is a bowl of pudding and you are trying to swim in it. I gave myself a break today; well, kind of. I didn’t want to get out of bed this morning. We all have those days. I gave myself an extra hour, I have that luxury. It was hard to get up though and I got dressed and put on my “Carpe the F#@& out of this Diem” socks and went reluctantly to the gym. I ...
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Wasted Opportunities
I write with a heavy heart today, a gentle talent went home. Bob Walton was a wonderful man and a generous mentor to many artists. I had known this man for most of my 50 years and he captured the mountains and light on canvas in ways that Thomas Kinkade could only dream of. I was raised around artists, they were my uncles, aunts, surrogate grandparents and friends. Not everyone gets that chance, to be around all that talent and ...
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Competition is fine but always remember, We are in this together.
Just before I was given the residency, I was juried into an amazing national organization of Women Artists. They arrange for competitions for its members but they also support each other with knowledge and networking. I had been trying to join the organization and was encouraged to do so by a member I saw on a regular basis. I tried to jury in 4 times before receiving acceptance. During my efforts, I grabbed at the chance to have another member ...
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Teaching others; a lesson in humility
In the residency program, I am required to offer 2 classes per session. Here is the good news, I get paid an hourly for standing up in-front of people and telling them how I do it. The bad news is, sometimes they don’t need you as much as they think. Here I am, with 3 eager students. Each one of them clutching their untouched boxes of pastels. One with a brand-new set of hand rolled Jack Richeson. Oooo, so pretty! ...
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Pastels vs Chalk and other questions; discussing your medium and being nice too.
One of my favorite authors, Dick Frances, wrote a book about an artist. He actually wrote at least two but the one I’m thinking of was an acrylic painter. His family was faintly appalled with his vocation but were even more embarrassed with his choice of medium, “Not oils but those frightfully common acrylics.” The Character went on to explain to the reader how amazingly versatile acrylic was and that he was sure Michael Angelo would have killed for them ...
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Time Out for Prep
There are times that the muse sits on my shoulder and tickles, itches, pulls and tears at my ears. “Hey!” She says, “Pay attention to me!” I can envision each step of the next project to the point where I feel the pastel in my hand stroking the surface of my painting and clearly see the color laying down for me. I know the size, the underpainting, and even the frame I will use for the image. I rush into ...
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Don’t Court the Muse, Create!!
Boy was I surprised when I was awarded the residency. I had just recently moved to Spokane and needed a way to feel connected to the local community. I’ve been watching Spokane Art Calls on Facebook and when the residency application popped up, I decided here was an opportunity that shouldn’t be missed. I put the appropriate information together and applied. Then with unpacking, doing art shows and sorting out my new life; promptly forgot about it. You could have ...
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