Christopher Ganz in front of his drawing "The Initiation" in progress

-Artist Statement-

I depict my person in multiplicity with different selves representing dramatis
personae. My likeness is both implicit and symbolic in the portrayal of my
narrative; the drama involved in creating art and the artist’s role in society. I
use realism to invite the viewer into mysterious inner worlds that are layered
reflections of the outer. Dehumanizing environments are imbued with art
historical references as a critique of power structures. The artist is an
Everyman who is at odds with society and his self.
Visually my work is a celebration of society’s dark undercurrents and its
overlooked absurdities. I use charcoal and printmaking media as their
tenebrous values add a fitting metaphor. The nuances of light and shadow
seduce viewers into a world their better judgment would have them avoid.
This provokes a sense of disquietude that causes viewers to assess our world
through the austerity of a colorless, yet not humorless, light.

-Bio-

Christopher Ganz grew up in Northeast Ohio and from early on had a fertile imagination and an interest in art. Christopher's artistic education truly began at the University of Missouri, where his love of the human form led to many figure drawing classes and his exposure to the wonders of printmaking. Christopher's then went onto graduate school at Indiana University and a summer abroad program in Italy was a dream realized.  Christopher then grasped charcoal with a renewed vigor and large, sfumato-laden drawings ensued. Christopher's artistic influences are many; from a seminal exposure to Dore's engravings of the Divine Comedy, to Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Goya, and up to Lucian Freud, Mark Tansey, and Michael Mazur. Christopher is now an associate professor of printmaking and drawing at Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne. Christopher drawings are represented by Ann Nathan Gallery in Chicago, and he shows his prints across the nation.

 

-CV-

EDUCATION
MFA 2001   Printmaking Indiana University-Bloomington
BFA 1995   Drawing and Printmaking University of Missouri-Columbia


TEACHING/PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2002-13   Associate Professor, Printmaking and Drawing
Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), Fort Wayne, IN
2002   Adjunct Professor: Lithography (instructor of record)
Indiana University-Bloomington
1998-00   Associate Instructor: Beginning Drawing (instructor of record)
Indiana University-Bloomington
1998   Artist’s Assistant, Assisted Distinguished Professor Emeritus Rudy Pozzatti in
the production of an intaglio edition, Bloomington, IN


SOLO OR SMALL GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2013   Multiplicities: Drawings and Prints by Christopher Ganz, Franklin College, Franklin, IN
Feb. 5 – Feb. 21
2012   Dramatis Personae: Drawings and Prints by Christopher Ganz,
University of South Carolina-Columbia, Jan 16. – Feb. 16, 2012
2011   Christopher Ganz; Prints and Drawing
Hendrix College, Hendrix, Arkansas, March 5 - 18
2009   Fall Season Exhibition, six drawings displayed
Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago. Oct 16 – Nov. 24
South Bend Museum of Art Biennial 25 - regional juried exhibition for artists in all media,
six large drawings displayed; 14 artists selected from over 200 submissions; May 30-Aug. 23
Juror: William Lieberman, Director of Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago
2007   Christopher Ganz: Drawings, The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center
Covington, KY, March 9 - April 6
Alter Egos: Drawings and Prints by Christopher Ganz
Trisolini Gallery, Ohio University, Athens, OH, Jan. 9 - Feb.17
2005   The Two-Way Mirror: Self - Portraits by Christopher Ganz
Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN, Aug.20 - Oct. 23
2004   Works on Paper: Christopher Ganz and Paul Schumann
Robert E. Wilson Gallery, Huntington College, Huntington, IN, Sept. 2 - 25
2002   Images by Christopher Ganz - Visual Arts Gallery
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, IN, Sept. 3 – Oct. 11
2001   M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition - School of Fine Arts Gallery
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, March 27 - April 7


SELECTED ADJUDICATED OR INVITATIONAL GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2012  

International Expositions of Sculpture Objects and Functional Art (SOFA) Chicago, Drawing,
“The Initiation” on display in Ann Nathan Gallery space, Nov. 2-4
Reverse Watching, Invitational Print Portfolio
Monoprint, “The Mind’s Eye" displayed at Mid America Print Council’s National
Conference
, Southeast Missouri State, Cape Girardeau, MO, Nov. 1 – 3
Contemporary American Realism: Fort Wayne Museum of Art 2012 National
Biennial, Fort Wayne, IN, Aug.11-Oct. 28
32nd Annual National Print Exhibition at Artlink - National Juried Exhibition
Artlink Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN, April 13 – May 23
Juror: Ladislav Hanka, internationally exhibiting printmaker
International Expositions of Sculpture Objects and Functional Art (SOFA) New York, Park
Avenue Armory, Drawing, “The Enigma” on display in Ann Nathan Gallery space, April
20-23
Spring Group Show, drawings, “Checking Out” and “The Enigma” displayed, April – May 2
Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago


2011

Prints U.S.A. 2011 – National Juried Exhibition
Springfield Art Museum, Missouri, Nov. 18 – Jan. 8
Juror: Elizabeth Wyckoff, Curator of Prints, Drawings & Photographs, St. Louis Art Museum
International expositions of Sculpture Objects and Functional Art (SOFA) New York,
Park Avenue Armory, Drawing, Checking Out on display in Ann Nathan Gallery
space, April 14-17


2010

Contemporary American Realism: Fort Wayne Museum of Art 2010 National
Biennial, Fort Wayne, IN, Sept. 3 – Nov. 7; two pieces accepted
Cultural Baggage, Invitational Print Portfolio
Intaglio print, Super-Heroes go to Hell, after Dore’ displayed at Mid America Print
Council’s National Conference, University of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN, Chicago, Oct.
13-16
Art Chicago: International Fair of Contemporary and Modern Art
Drawing, The Cyclops on display in Ann Nathan Gallery space, April 29 - May 2
30th Annual National Print Exhibition at Artlink - National Juried Exhibition
Artlink Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN, April 16 – May 26
Juror: Claudia Berlinski, Senior Lecturer of Printmaking at Akron University, Akron, OH


2009

Are you looking at me? Invitational Print Portfolio
Color lithograph, Open and Shut, displayed at IMPACT 6: International Print Conference
Centre for Fine Print Research, University of the West of England, Bristol, Sept. 16 – 19
Art Chicago: International Fair of Contemporary and Modern Art
Drawing, Self-Checkout on display in Ann Nathan Gallery space, May 1 – 4
Identification Please, Invitational Print Portfolio
Intaglio print, Good Cop/Bad Cop displayed at Southern Graphics Council National
Conference, Columbia College, Chicago, March 25 – 29
Boston Printmakers 2009 North American Print Biennial – National juried
printmaking exhibition
Juror: Rebecca Waddell, Curator of Prints at the New York Public Library
Boston University’s 808 Gallery, Boston, MA, Feb. 15 – March 30
22nd Parkside National Small Print Exhibition - National Juried Exhibition
University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha, WI, Jan.18 - Feb. 19
Juror: Professor of printmaking at the University of Wisconsin - Parkside
Portraits and Beyond, Ann Nathan Galley, Chicago, IL, Jan. 9 - Feb 19 2008 Contemporary American Realism: Fort Wayne Museum of Art 2008 National
Biennial, Fort Wayne, IN, Sept13 – Nov. 2; two pieces accepted
28th Annual National Print Exhibition at Artlink - National Juried Exhibition


2008

Artlink Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN, April 11 – May 21
Juror: Mark Pascale, Printmaking Faculty, School of the Art Institute of Chicago and
Curator of Prints and Drawing, Art Institute of Chicago
“No Danger” - Invitational Portfolio
Folded paper airplane lithograph, “The Dream of Flight” displayed at Richmond
International Airport as part of the Southern Graphics Council National Conference
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, March 26 – April 26
21st Parkside National Small Print Exhibition - National Juried Exhibition
University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha, WI, Jan.20 - Feb. 21
Juror: Karla Hackenmiller, Printmaking Chair and Associate Professor, School of Fine
Arts, Ohio University


2007

Singularities – Invitational group exhibit
Joan Resnikoff Gallery, Roxbury Community College, Boston, MA
Nov. 2 – Dec. 17
Hong Kong Graphics Art Festival 2007: Crossing Boundaries - Invitational
international printmaking exchange exhibition
School of Design Gallery, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong,
China, Nov. 1 – Nov. 16
27th Annual National Print Exhibition at Artlink - National Juried Exhibition
Artlink Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN, May 26 - July 5; two pieces accepted
Award Selector: Brett Colley, Assistant Professor of Art and Design, Grand Valley
State University
Boston Printmakers 2007 North American Print Biennial – National juried
printmaking exhibition
Boston University’s 808 Gallery, Boston, MA, Feb. 18 - April 1
Juror: Judith B. Hecker, Assistant Curator, Department of Prints and Illustrated Books,
The Museum of Modern Art, New York


2006

The Printed Image: The First Biennial Midwestern Graphics Juried Exhibition
National Juried Printmaking Exhibition
Alice C. Sabatini Gallery, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, Topeka, KS
Aug. 11 - Sept 15
Juror: Karen Kunc, Professor of Printmaking/Book Arts, University of Nebraska- Lincoln
2006 National Contemporary American Realism: Fort Wayne Museum of Art's 2006
Biennial, Fort Wayne, IN, June 10 - Aug. 20; two pieces accepted
26th Annual National Print Exhibition at Artlink - National Juried Exhibition
Artlink Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN, May 26 - July 5; two pieces accepted
Award Selector: Carolyn Autry, artist and Associate Professor of Art and Art History
at the University of Toledo
19th University of Dallas Print Invitational - Traveling national invitational exhibition
Haggerty Gallery, University of Dallas, Irving TX, Jan. 28 – March 6 three pieces accepted
Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, TX, Feb. 1 – March 9, 2007
Juror: Juergen Strunck, Professor of Art, University of Dallas
A Mammalian Future? - Invitational Portfolio
Intaglio print Jonas Ark displayed at Southern Graphics Council National Conference
University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Wisconsin-Madison, April 5 – 9
Paper in Particular - National Juried works on paper exhibition
Larson Gallery, Columbia College, Columbia, MO, Feb. 5 - March 5; two pieces
accepted. Juror: David Morrison, Professor of Printmaking, Herron School of Art and
Design, Indianapolis, IN
19th Parkside National SmallPrint Exhibition - National Juried Exhibition
University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha, WI, Jan.15 - Feb. 16
Juror: Rudy Pozzatti, Professor Emeritus, Indiana University - Bloomington


2005

18th Parkside National Small Print Exhibition - National Juried Exhibition
University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha, WI, Jan.14 - Feb. 22
Juror: Karen Kunc, Professor of Printmaking/Book Arts, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


2004

Exchange! A Survey of International and National Exchange Print Portfolios
Visual and Performing Arts Center, Main Gallery, Purdue University, Feb. 1 - 15
Juror: Kathryn Reeves, P rofessor of Art, Purdue University


2003

23rd Annual National Print Exhibition at Artlink - National Juried Exhibition
Artlink Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN, May 16 - July 2, 2003
Border to Border – National Juried Drawing Exhibition
Trahern Gallery, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN, March 3 - 30
Juror: Jim Cantrell, independent studio artist, Bardstown, KY
On/Of Paper – National Juried Exhibition
Clyde Snook Gallery, Adams State College, Alamosa, CO, March 3 - April 11
Juror: Dale Leys, Professor of Drawing, Murray State University, Murray, KY
Emerging Artists 2003 – National Juried Exhibition
Limner Gallery, New York, NY, Feb.12 – March 1
Jurors: Tim Slowinski, Limner Gallery Director; Richard Pantell, instructor at the
Art Students League, New York City


2001

Delta National Small Print Exhibition – National Juried Exhibition
Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR, Oct. 29 - Nov. 30
Juror: Daniel Piersol, The Doris Stone Curator of Prints and Drawings,
The New Orleans Museum of Art
16th Parkside National Small Print Exhibition - National Juried Exhibition
University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha, WI, Jan.14 - Feb. 22; two pieces accepted
Juror: Mark Pascale, Printmaking Faculty, School of the Art Institute of Chicago and
Curator of Prints and Drawing, Art Institute of Chicago


AWARDS/GRANTS
2013   Southern Graphics Council International, Professional Exchange Print Award for the 2013
National Conference, Milwaukee, WI
2010   Grand Prize, Contemporary Realism: Fort Wayne Museum of Art's 2010 National Biennial,
Fort Wayne, IN, Award Selector: Dr. Theresa Leininger-Miller, Associate Professor of Art
History at the University of Cincinnati
2009   Best in Show, South Bend Museum of Art Biennial 25
Patron's Purchase, Boston Printmakers 2009 North American Print Biennial
2008   Grand Prize, Contemporary Realism: Fort Wayne Museum of Art's 2008 National Biennial,
Fort Wayne, IN, Award Selector: Carl Little, art historian, writer and critic
Juror's Award, 28th Annual National Print Exhibition at Artlink, Fort Wayne, IN
2007   Juror's Award, 27th Annual National Print Exhibition at Artlink, Fort Wayne, IN
2006   Faculty Development Grant, Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne
Christopher Ganz - Vitae 5/6
2006   Juror's Award, 26th Annual National Print Exhibition at Artlink, Fort Wayne, IN
Excellence in Teaching Award, School of Visual and Performing Arts, Indiana-Purdue
University Fort Wayne
2005   Faculty Development Grant, Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne