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Kurt Niece - ART DIRECTOR

Kurt Niece

1814 E. 40th Street, 5E
Cleveland, Ohio 44103
520-975-3887

Profile

Self employed business owner since 1983.  Highly motivated, creative, visionary with good problem solving abilities.  Responsible and punctual with excellent people skills developed as an employer, a College level instructor, direct experience in retail sales, investigative journalism and celebrity interviews. 

Direct Abilities

  • Art Curator
  • Furniture Design
  • Jewelry design and illustration
  • Jewelry execution / fabrication
  • Marketing, sales, display
  • Wholesale market experience: both as buyer and vendor
  • Correspondence and writing skills
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Teaching / instructional skills

Art Awards / Recognition

George M. Mcullough Award for excellence in Metal Smithing.
                   Tucson Museum of Art

22 Show Awards from 1991 – 1998

1997  Governor’s Award for Fine and Applied Arts          

Highlights:

  • Best of Show, Salt Lake City Festival of Arts
  • Best of Show, Midwest Salute to the Masters
  • Best of Category, Tempe Festival of the Arts

Selected Collections:  

  • The White House Permanent Collection
  • Personal collection: President Bill Clinton
  • Circle K Corporation
  • Stonewall Foundation

Writing Awards / Recognition

  • Award for Excellence in Journalism:  San Diego Press Club: 2013
  • Judge: Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards: 2013   

Novels Published:

  • The Breath of Rapture
  • Mercury Fields (pending release September, 2014)

Employment History

  • Luces Designs (owner): 1986 - 1998
  •  jewelry, furniture, lighting sculpture design
  • Niece Kimpton Galleries (owner):  1998 – 2004
    • 6420 N. Campbell Avenue
    • 201 N. Court Avenue
    • (Old Town Artisans Complex)
    • Central Arizona College 2007  - 2012
    • Adjunct Faculty: Instructor for Art Appreciation, beginning and advanced Jewelry and Metalsmithing
    • KNJewelry 2009 – present
      • Owner
      • 1814 4oth Street
      • Cleveland, Ohio, 44103
    • Columnist at SDGLN.com  2010 – present

Education

  • BFA: University of Arizona