Christian Schiess

Neon & Light Department Head
Teaching Since: 2000
Involved Since: 2000
Department(s): Neon & Light
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Christian Schiess is a San Francisco Bay area artist originally from New Mexico. His art utilizes a variety of materials including luminous and kinetic materials to create permanent sculptures, assemblages, and site specific installations. His education spans several disciplines and institutions that include a B.A. from Univ. of New Mexico- Albuquerque, in Anthropology; a B.F.A. in Visual Arts from the Univ. of San Francisco, S.F., CA, and an M.F.A. in Sculpture from Mills College, Oakland, CA. Additionally, he completed a Fulbright Fellowship at the Royal College of Art in London, UK, and is the author of the book “The Light Artist Anthology.” His awards include a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, an NEA/AFI Grant, three NEA/Western States Regional Media Arts Fellowships, several artist-in-residencies including the San Francisco Exploratorium, the Bristol Exploratory England, and a New York State Council on the Arts residency at Binghamton, NY. He has been chosen twice as a visiting guest artist in Sculpture at the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. Currently, he is on the faculty and Department Head of the Neon & Light department at The Crucible.

Learn more about Christian’s work as an artist-in-residence at the Exploratorium.
Learn more about Christian’s book The Light Artist Anthologyhere.