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Craig Cully

Craig Cully
Associate Professor

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Devasthali Hall P.O. Box 30001, MSC 3572 Las Cruces, NM 88003

Expertise: painting, artist, faculty



I’m an artist whose subjects are rendered with intimate care and attention to their unique beauty while communicating an underlying content that resonates with my audience. Having grown up in the suburbs of Philadelphia some of my earliest influences come from the area’s long-standing tradition of realist painters.

My work has been featured in exhibitions throughout the United States as well as internationally and is part of the permanent collection of numerous museums. Currently I am represented by several galleries throughout the Unites States including the Etherton Gallery, the Projects Gallery and the Sue Greenwood Gallery. I divide my time throughout the year living and working alongside my wife Kelly and our two basset hounds, Gertrude and Bertha, in both the Southwest and central Pennsylvania.


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Just When Everything Was About To Get Good
2011, 10′ x 10′, oil on panel


2012, 8.5′ x 8′, oil on panel


Birthday Portrait (In-the-studio-at-40)
2012, 32′ x 32′, oil on panel


The Merchants
2011, 26′-x-22′, oil on panel


2011, 30′ x 30′, oil on panel


Recurring Reassurance
2008, 7′ x 7′, oil on panel



The University of Arizona 1996 — 1999
Tucson AZ, MFA painting
School of the Art Institute of Chicago 1995
Chicago IL, painting concentration
Tyler School of Art, Temple University 1989 — 1993
Elkins Park PA, BFA painting

Scholarly and Creative Activities:


Essex Gallery, Essex CT 2012-Current
Etherton Gallery, Tucson AZ 2012-Current
Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach CA 2011-Current
Cumberland Gallery, Nashville TN 2010-Current
Noel Baza Gallery, San Diego CA 2010-Current
Gallerie Urbane, Dallas TX 2010-Current
Projects Gallery, Philadelphia PA/Miami FL 2009— Current
Stewart Gallery, Boise ID 2008-Current
Klaudia Marr Gallery, Santa Fe NM 2007 — 2009
Platform Gallery, Tucson AZ 2006 — 2008

Solo exhibitions:

Projects Gallery, “Ardent Proponents of Iridescence”, Philadelphia PA 2013
Gallerie Urbane, “Craig Cully New Work”, Dallas TX 2010
Stewart Gallery, “Get Out of Jail Free”, Boise ID 2010
Washington State University Gallery, “Mingle”, Pullman WA 2009
Klaudia Marr Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Santa Fe NM (tri-fold catalogue) 2009
Dinnerware Contemporary Art Gallery, “Portraits and Perversions”,
Tucson AZ 2004
Western Texas College, “(A)pathetic”, Snyder TX 2001
Sleeth Gallery of Wesleyan University, “Awkward Intimacies”,
Buckhannon WV 2000

Invited exhibitions:

Cumberland Gallery, ”Unique Visions”, Nashville TN 2013
Etherton Gallery ,“Palm Springs Artfair”, Palm Desert CA 2013
Weigel House, “5 in 1”, Knoxville TN 2012
Etherton Gallery, “RED”, Tucson AZ 2012
Hardee Center for the Arts, “Constructed Identities and Staged Narratives”,
(Two-Person) NFCC, Madison FL 2012
Gallerie Urbane, “Houston Art Fair”, Houston TX 2012
Sue Greenwood Fine Art, “American Icons”, Laguna Beach CA 2011/12
Etherton Gallery, “Don’t Look Now”, (Three Person) Tucson AZ 2011
Projects Gallery, “Wynwood Art Fair”, Miami FL,
“ Aqua Art Fair”, Miami FL, “Art Palm Beach”,
Palm Beach FL, “Toronto International Art Fair”, Toronto Canada, “Red Dot”
& “Miami International Art Fair”, Miami FL 2009/10/11/12/13
Museum of Texas Tech University, “Check Up 1”, Lubbock TX (catalogue) 2011
Metro Gallery, “Reconnection/Recollection”
(co-curated Craig Cully/ Kelly Leslie), Reno NV 2011
Projects Gallery, “Selection of Gallery Artists”, Philadelphia PA 2011
Projects Gallery, “Little Treasures Big Rewards”, Philadelphia PA 2011
Cumberland Gallery,“Small Packages” , Nashville TN 2009/10/11
Preston Contemporary Art Center, “Exhibition 1”, Mesilla NM (catalogue) 2011
Corner House Gallery, “Urbane Stages”, Cedar Rapids IA 2010
Noel-Baza Gallery, “Bare Naked and Nude”, San Diego CA 2010
Park Fine Art Gallery, Gallery Edel and
Changwon National University Art Museum,
“Park Fine Art International Invitational”,
Albuquerque NM, Japan and South Korea (catalogue) 2010
Stewart Gallery, “L.A. Art Fair”, Los Angeles CA 2010/09
Cumberland Gallery,“The Food Show” , Nashville TN 2010
Boise Art Museum, “Kids Stuff”, Boise ID 2009
Projects Gallery, “Bridge Art Fair”, New York NY 2009
U of A Student Union Art Gallery, “Paris-Tucson Exchange Exhibition”,
(a group exhibition featuring selected artists from Paris and Tucson)
Tucson AZ 2009
Visual Arts Graduate Research Laboratory —The University of Arizona,
“Continuum”, Tucson AZ
(Invitational exhibition featuring current and past faculty,
alumni, and artists from Tucson galleries) 2009
NMSU Art Gallery, “Faculty Art Exhibition”, Las Cruces NM 2009
Scholarly and Creative Activities (continued):
Invited exhibitions (continued):
The Stewart Gallery, “Small Wonders “, Boise ID 2008
The Space Gallery, Two-Person Exhibition, New Richmond WI 2008
Klaudia Marr Gallery, “2008/07 Realism Invitational,” Santa Fe NM 2008/07
Platform Gallery , “Relatively Funny”, Tucson AZ 2007
Furlong Gallery, Faculty Exhibition ‘07, Menomonie WI 2007
Tucson Museum of Art, “An Eclectic Eye”, Tucson AZ (catalogue) 2007
Platform Gallery, “New Works”, Tucson AZ 2006
Phoenix Museum of Art, “Contemporary Forum Grant Winners”, Phoenix AZ 2006
Etherton/Temple Gallery, “Bonfire of the Vanitas”, Tucson AZ 2006
Platform Gallery, “Behind Our Eyes”, Tucson AZ 2005
Liz Hernandez Gallery, “Out of Chaos”, Tucson AZ 2005
Ehterton/Temple Gallery, “Wherefore Art Thou?”, Tucson AZ 2005
Southern Arizona Aids Foundation, Festival of Life, “Paper Prayers”, Tucson AZ 2004/2005
Liz Hernandez Gallery, “Earth, Wind, and Faces”, Tucson AZ 2004
Tucson Museum of Art, “What’s Love Got To Do With It?”, Tucson AZ 2004
MOCA, “Drawn”, Tucson AZ 2004
Monorchid Studios, “Respite”, Phoenix AZ 2004
MOCA, Hazmat Gallery, “Have and Hold”, Tucson AZ 2002
Northern Arizona University, “Surface”, Flagstaff AZ 2002
Landmark Gallery, Texas Tech University, “Faculty Show”, Lubbock TX 2000
MOCA, Hazmat Gallery, “New! with anti-oxidants”, Tucson AZ 2000
Gallery on the Green, “Small Works Invitational”, Canton CT 1999
Joseloff Gallery, Hartford Art School, “Annual Faculty Show”, W. Hartford CT 1999
Joseph Gross Gallery, “MFA Thesis Show”, Tucson AZ 1999
The Select Gallery, “Hands In…”, Sedona AZ 1998

Juried exhibitions:

Tucson Museum of Art, “Arizona Biennial”, Tucson AZ 2011

Delta Center for the Arts, LH Horton Jr. Gallery, “2D3D Figurative Works”,
San Joaquin Delta College, Stockton CA 2011

LSU Student Union Art Gallery , “20”x 20”x 20”: A National Compact
Competition and Exhibition”, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge LA 2011

Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery, “Myself”, University of Nevada,
Reno NV (catalogue) 2011

Manifest Gallery, “International Painting Annual I”,
Exhibition in Print (catalogue) 2010

El Paso Museum of Art, “Artists on Art”, El Paso TX 2010

Tubac Center for the Arts, “Little Treasures”, Tubac AZ 2009

The Dalton Gallery, Agnes Scott College, “All Small Redux”, Decatur GA
(Jurors: Lisa Alembik, The Dalton Gallery Director, Rachael Baladnza,
Managing Director of the Creative Workshop of the Memorial Art Gallery,
Rochester NY, Richard Gess, writer, artist, curator, Eyedrum Gallery, GA) 2009
Projects Gallery, “Guilty Pleasures”, Philadelphia PA
(Juror: Helen Meyrick, Projects Gallery Director) 2009

Northern Kentucky University Main Gallery, “I Love You Love Me”,
Highland Hiegths KY 2007

Tucson Museum of Art, Arizona Biennial ‘07, Tucson AZ 2007
Art Link Contemporary Art Gallery, “Lots of Little Art”, Fort Wayne IN 2003
Leslie Powell Gallery, University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma,
Chickasha OK (purchase award) 2001
Washington Art Association, “Young Talent”, Washington Depot CT 2000
Apparatus Gallery, “Multi-Cultural Religious”, Tucson AZ 1998
Kellogg Art Gallery, Cal Poly University,
“Fragmented Bodies: Violence or Identity?”, Pomona CA 1998
Creative Arts Workshop, “Rhythm, Gesture, Metaphor”, New Haven CT 1998
Cesar Chavez Gallery, “Fetish”, San Francisco CA 1998


Artist Talk, University of Nevada, Reno NV 2011
Artist Talk, Preston Contemporary Art Center, Mesilla NM 2010
Artist Talk, El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso TX 2010
Artist Talk and Lecture on Foundations Art Curriculum, Georgia Southern
University, Statesboro GA 2010
Visiting Artist Lecture, Washington State University, Pullman WA 2009
Artist Lecture, Phoenix Museum of Art, Phoenix AZ 2005
Visiting Artist Lecture, West Virginia Wesleyan University,
Buckhannon WV 2000

Public Collections:

Boise Museum of Art, Boise ID 2009 Acquisition
Gladwyne Elementary School, Chanlan Lee Memorial Installation 2009 Acquisition
The Museum of Art at Texas Tech University, Lubbock TX 2007 Acquisition
The University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson AZ 2007 Acquisition
Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson AZ 2007 Acquisition
University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, Chickasha OK 2001 Acquisition

Awards & Grants:

Mini Grant, College of Arts and Sciences, New Mexico State University 2012
Rising Star Grant, New Mexico State University 2012
Professional Development Grant,Tucson Pima Arts Council 2009
NMSU College of Arts and Sciences Dissemination Grant 2008
Contemporary Forum Grant, Phoenix Museum of Art 2005
Graduate Teaching Scholarship, University of Arizona 1997, 1998, 1999
FATE (Foundations & Art Theory in Education) Student Award 1999
Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, UA College of Fine Arts 1999
Final Project Grant, UA College of Fine Arts 1999
Travel Grant, Tucson Pima Arts Council 1998

Professional Development:

Creative Capital Professional Development Workshop, Tucson AZ 2009

Publications & Citations:

Image of “Big Kiss” reproduced in advert for Miami International Artfair,
Art in America, and Art Newspaper December 2012
Album Cover Artwork for Divine Fits (featured on Jimmy Fallon Show 9/9/12
David Letterman Show 11/17/12 & Jimmy Kimmel Live 3/27/13) 2012/2013
KVOA News, Tucson , Arts and Culture Guy, Announcement/Discussion
of Don’t Look Now exhibition at Etherton Gallery featuring an image
of my painting “A Certain Crisis: Outpour/Downpour” January 26, 2012
Tucson Weekly, Image of “Birthday Portrait—In the studio at 40”
reproduced January 12- 18, 2012
Tucson Museum of Art Preview, Image of
“The Hairdresser’s Husband” reproduced 2011
“Portrait of the artist”, Brad Bynum, Reno News & Review January 20, 2011
Check Up, Exhibition Catalogue, Museum of Texas Tech University 2011
“Newest exhibit at UNR’s Sheppard Gallery is a study in how artists
see themselves”, Geralda Miller, The Reno Gazette-Journal January 16, 2011
“Faces show character and culture”,
Nonie Wainwright, Nevada News January 7, 2011
The University of Arizona Poetry Center Events Guide Fall 2010-
Spring 2011,Tucson AZ, artwork reproduced on the cover & pg. 13 2010
International Painting Annual I, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati OH
(exhibition catalogue) not yet printed 2010
MYSELF: A survey of Contemporary Self-Portraiture,
Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery at the University of Nevada, Reno
(exhibition catalogue) 2010
Exhibition 1, Preston Contemporary Art Center, Mesilla NM
(exhibition catalogue) 2010
Park Fine Art International Invitational 2010 , Albuquerque NM
(exhibition catalogue) 2010
Scholarly and Creative Activities (continued):
Publications & Citations (continued):
“Art Events”, Dianna Deling, Santa Fean August/September 2009
Philadelphia City Paper, “Hot Off the Prez, Robin Rice on Visual Art:
‘Obama-Rama’ and ‘Guilty Pleasures at Projects Gallery’”, Robin Rice February 10, 2009
“Went to Projects Last Friday”, February 8,2009
“All Small Redux at Dalton Gallery”, Susannah Darrow
March 2,2009
Boise Weekly, Image reproduced on front and inside cover
with short bio December 2008
“Soaring Upward,” Margret Regan
Tucson Weekly January 13, 2008
“Review of Faculty Art Exhibition at UW-Stout,”
Darren Tesar and Patrick Gantert
Art Canary: The Twin Cities-Area Student Arts Writing Intitiative
November 12, 2007
Tucson Museum of Art
An Eclectic Eye: Selections from the Dan Leach Collection, Tucson AZ
(exhibition catalogue) October 2007
Downtown Tucsonan, “Julia Latané Returns to MOCA” October 2005
(contributing critic)
Tucson Citizen, “Our City’s Rich With Art” (May 12 cover story) May 12, 2005
University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
“Seventh Annual Juried Exhibition”, Chickasha OK (exhibition catalogue)
Artlies: A Texas Art Journal, Volume 2 October 2001
“Texas Works, Art Zealot + Will Cannings”
(contributing critic for West Texas area)
Artlies: A Texas Art Journal, Volume I August 2001
“Nola Dixon Richards: The Other Side of Silence”
(contributing critic for West Texas area)
“Religious Themes Predominate At Apparatus Gallery’s Latest Exhibition”,
Margaret Regan, Tucson Weekly December 1998
“The Fragmented Body”, a small group exhibition which featured my work
received much critical attention and was ranked the third top exhibition in
Orange County/Los Angeles in 1998 by The Orange County Register December 27, 1998
“Artists Seek Wholeness in Divided Lives”, Danielle Walsh,
The Orange County Register, Fine Arts Section November 15, 1998
“Bodies of Expression”, Deborah L. Knaff, The Press Enterprise November 15, 1998
“Exhibit Explores Fragmented Bodies”, Cal Ploy Press November 16, 1998
“Headless Barbies on the March”, Only in L.A., Steve Harvey’s column
in the Los Angeles Times November 18, 1998
“Rhythm, Gesture Metaphor”, a small group exhibition juried by Squeak
Cornwalth which featured my work received much critical attention and was
elected for Best of New Haven 1998: Staff Picks by The New Haven Advocate May 1998
“Painter’s Picks: Painting, Works on Paper”, William Zimmer, The New York Times May 10, 1998
“What’s the Word?”, Hank Hoffman, New Haven Advocate May 1998
“Written word becomes visual link in national show”, Judy Birke,
New Haven Register May 1998