Kim Curtis

Kim Curtis

Champaign, IL, United States

About Kim Curtis

Originally from California, Kim Curtis designed and constructed costumes throughout the San Francisco
Bay area and the US for fifteen years including a six-year stint co-running the Costume Crafts
department for the San Francisco Opera. At SFO Curtis created the armor, masks, jewelry,
head-dresses and animals for some of the world's most renowned designers and performers.

In 2003 she moved to Illinois and began a parallel career in Painting. Her work can be seen in collections both stateside and abroad.

Curtis currently teaches in the Department of Theatre at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and continues to work in theater, fine art and illustration from her studio in Urbana, IL.


Ms. Curtis holds degrees in History of Art from U.C. Berkeley and in Painting from California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Her internal visual archive draws from extensive travel throughout the US and abroad, mainly Italy and Germany where she has lived for various periods of time.


Select Solo Exhibitions:
2018 KIM CURTIS, Evanston Art Center, IL
2017 RECONFIGURED Concord 55, Chicago IL. Presented by Kasia Kay Art Projects
2013 KIM CURTIS Murphy Gallery at Universtiy YMCA. Urbana, IL.
2011 KIM CURTIS, University Club, Chicago, IL. Presented by Kasia Kay Art Projects
2009 PERCEPTION Kasia Kay Art Projects, Chicago, IL
2008 DISRUPTION Kasia Kay Art Projects, Chicago, IL
2007 DRIVE Kasia Kay Art Projects, Chicago, IL
2006 YELLOW EVENING Kasia Kay Art Projects, Chicago IL,
2005 TWO YEARS IN THE MIDWEST Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, Urbana IL
2004 KIM CURTIS, Springer Cultural Center, Champaign, IL
2003 KIM CURTIS Isabelle Percy West Gallery, Oakland, CA

Select Group Exhibitions:
2018. Plural, 40 North Gallery, Champaign IL
2017 Landscapes: Inherited, Revised, Restored. Murphy Gallery at the University YMCA, Urbana, IL
2015 Kim Curtis and Daniel Schneider: Indigo Gallery, Champaign, IL
2013 Waterkeeper Alliance annual auction, Park City, UT
2011 “First Impressions”, Water Street Gallery Douglas, MI
Art Chicago, Kasia Kay Art Projects
“Off the Wall, Off the Floor” Walnut Ink Gallery, Michigan City, MI
“Pastoral” Kim Curtis and SJ Hart at the Tryon Barn Michigan City, MI
2010 Art Chicago, Kasia Kay Art Projects
2009 NEXT, Chicago: Featured Artist, Kasia Kay Art Projects
GloBall, curated fundraising auction for the Renaissance Society, Chicago IL
Summer exhibition, Kasia Kay Art Projects
2008 Winter exhibition, Kasia Kay Art Projects
AQUA, Miami FL Kasia Kay Art Projects
National Organization for Women (NOW) fundraising auction
2007 “New Editions”, Bleu Acier Gallery, Tampa, FL
“Notions of Wilderness” curated by Catherine Forster Kasia Kay Art Projects, Chicago, IL
Bridge Art Fair, Chicago, IL, represented by kasia kay art projects
2006 Summer Gallery Exhibition Kasia Kay Art Projects, Chicago, IL
SCOPE New York 2006, represented by Kasia Kay Art Projects
“Entre Chien et Loup”, Bleu Acier Gallery, Tampa FL
“Atmospheric”, Kasia Kay Art Projects, Chicago IL
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago curated auction
2005 TOJO Art Gallery, Chicago, IL
Springfield Art Association “The Modern Landscape” Springfield, IL
Woman Made Gallery, Juried Members’ Show, Chicago, IL
New Visions Gallery “Culture and Agriculture” Marshfield, WI
2004 National Small Works Juried Exhibition, Schoharie, NY
Springer Cultural Center Juried Exhibition Series, Champaign, IL
2003 Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The Public, San Francisco, CA
Green Couch Staging and Design, San Francisco, CA

Select Private Collections:
Matti Bunzl, Director, Wien Museum, Austria.
Tony and Caroline Grant, Sustainable Arts Foundation
Morgan Stanley Investments, Madison Street, Chicago, IL
Carle Hospital, Champaign-Urbana IL
Jon “Cody” Sokolski, CEO, One Main Development, Champaign, IL
Inger Stole & Bob McChesney, Dept. of Communications, UIUC and Host: “MediaMatters” WILL radio
Kasia Kay, Owner; Kasia Kay Art Projects, Chicago IL

Publications: Dwell : Stinson Beach Lagoon Residence 2017 “Art and the Outdoors Perfectly Combine in this Stunning Stinson Beach Home” 2017
Art Now Video Interview (30 mins.) Urbana Arts Council :
Studio Visit magazine, Open Studios Press, volume eight (Winter 2009)
Chicago Reader, “Morning Art” Sept. 15, 2009
Disruption, exhibition catalogue, kasia kay art projects gallery, Chicago IL
MoonLit, Cover image, Journal of New Poetry, Chicago, IL
True-Eye magazine, volume 4:
Her Mark, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL
News Gazette,, Champaign IL Studio visit f