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I began my career studying painting and drawing at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. After a brief post-graduate summer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago I completed my MFA degree in Studio Art at the University of Arizona. Having grown up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, some of my earliest influences come from the area’s long-standing tradition of realist painters. You can find more information about individual bodies of work including my current research under Portfolios.


My work has been featured in exhibitions throughout the United States and is part of permanent collections in several museums including the Tucson Museum of Art, the University of Arizona Museumof Art, the Boise Museum of Art, and the Museum at Texas Tech University. Currently my work is represented by the Etherton Gallery in Tucson, the Projects Gallery in Philadelphia and the Sue Greenwood Gallery in California.


I divide my time throughout the year living and working alongside my wife Kelly and our two basset hounds, Gertrude and Bertha, in Arizona and New Mexico.



  • The University of Arizona, Tucson AZ, MFA painting, 1996  — 1999              

  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL, painting concentration, 1995               

  • Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Elkins Park PA, BFA painting, 1989 — 1993    


Teaching and Advising:    
  • New Mexico State University, Associate Professor, Painting and Drawing, 2008-Current
    Art 200 Intro Drawing, ART 250 Drawing III/ Figure Drawing I, ART 550/450, Drawing Workshop, ART 360 Painting III, ART 261 Painting II, ART 350 Drawing IV/Figure Drawing II, ART 560 Graduate Painting Workshop, ART 550 Graduate Studio Seminar            

  • The University of Wisconsin-Stout, Assistant Professor, August 2007— May 2008, Drawing I & II,  2-D Design

  • The University of Arizona, College of Architecture, Tucson AZ, August 2004 — December 2006
    Adjunct Professor, Architecture 101 (co-taught)    

  • The University of Arizona, School of Art, Tucson AZ, August 2002/05 — December 2006, Adjunct Professor, Drawing (100-400 level), Survey of Contemporary Art    

  • Pima County Community College, Tucson AZ, January 2002 — May 2007, Adjunct Professor, Basic Design, Art Appreciation  

  • Texas Tech University, School of Art, Lubbock TX, August 2000 — December 2001, Visiting Professor, Drawing I, II, Life Drawing I, II, Design I, Art Appreciation (Full-time)    

  • Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, W. Hartford CT, September 1999 — May 2000, Adjunct Professor, Art 144, Issues in Art Making Seminar    

  • Capital Community Technical College, Hartford CT, January 2000 — May 2000, Adjunct Professor, Drawing I and II            

Scholarly and Creative Activities: Galleries  
  • Essex Gallery, Essex CT    2012— Current

  • Etherton Gallery, Tucson AZ    2011— Current

  • Sue Greenwood Gallery, Laguna Beach CA    2011— Current

  • Noel-Baza Gallery, San Diego CA    2010— Current

  • Gallerie Urbane, Marfa & Dallas TX    2010— Current

  • Cumberland Gallery, Nashville TN    2010— Current

  • Projects Gallery, Philadelphia PA    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 Galery, “Craig Cully: NArdent 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      


Juried Exhibitions:            
  • Louisiana State University, “Compact”, Batton Rouge LA    2011

  • Tucson Museum of Art, Arizona Biennial '13, Tucson AZ   2013

  • LH Horton Gallery, San Joaquin Delta College , “2D/3-D Figurative Works”, Stockton CA 2011

  • Tucson Museum of Art, Arizona Biennial '11, Tucson AZ    2011

  • Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery, University of Nevada, Reno “Myself”, Reno NV    2010

  • Manifest Gallery, “International Painting Annual I”, Exhibition in Print    2010

  • Artists on Art, El Paso Museum of 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  


Group exhibitions:  
  • Cumberland Gallery, “Unique Visions”, Nashville TN    2013

  • Projects Gallery,  “Houston Art Fair”, Houston TX    2013

  • Projects Gallery,  “Aqua Art Fair”, Miami FL    2012/2013

  • Hardee Center for the Arts, “Constructed Identities and Staged Narratives”, NFCC, Madison FL    2012

  • Etherton Gallery, “Don’t Look Now”, Tucson AZ    2012

  • Metro Gallery,  “Recollection/Reconnection”, Reno NV (co-curator)    2011

  • Park Fine Art Gallery, Gallery Edel andChangwon National University Art Museum,“Park Fine Art International  Invitational”, Albuquerque NM, Japan and South Korea  (catalogue)    2010

  • Projects Gallery, “Art Palm Beach”, Palm Beach FL & “Miami International Art Fair”, Miami FL     2010/2011/2012/2013

  • Projects Gallery, “Bridge Art Fair”, New York, NY & “Toronto International Art Fair”, Toronto Canada & “Red Dot Art Fair”, Miami FL     2009/2010/2011/2012

  • Stewart Gallery, “L.A. Art Fair”, Los Angeles CA    2010/09

  • Cumberland Gallery, “Small Packages” , Nashville TN    2009/2010/2011  

  •  Boise Art Museum, “Kids Stuff”, Boise ID     2009

  • U of A Student Union Art Gallery, “Paris-Tucson Exchange Exhibition”, (a two part group exhibition featuring selected artist from Paris and Tucson)    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

  • The Stewart  Gallery, "Small Wonders (lilliputians)", 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

  • The Sapce Gallery, Two Person Exhibition, New Richmond, WI    2008

  • 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,  “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


  • Artist Lecture, University of Nevada, Reno, Reno NV     2011

  • Artist on Art Lecture, El Paso Museum of Art, EL Paso TX    2010

  • Visiting Artist Lecture, Cochise College, Seirra Vista AZ    2010

  • Visiting Artist Lecture, Washington State University, Pullman WA    2009

  • Visiting Artist Lecturer, West Virginia Wesleyan University    2000


Public Collections:
  • Boise Museum of Art, Boise ID, 2009 (Acquisition)

  • Gladwyn Elementary School, Chanlan Lee Memorial Installation, 2009 (Comission)

  • 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 (Purchase Award)

Awards & Grants:
  • Deviesthali Family Foundation Grant, (co-author for NMSU Department of Art fundraiser) 2011//1 

  • NMSU Mini-Grant, College of Arts and sciences, NMSU    2012

  • Rising Star Award, Vice President for Research, NMSU    2011

  • Professional Development Grant, Tucson Pima Arts Council    2009

  • NMSU College of Arts and Sciences Dissemination Grant    2008

  • University of Wisconsin Lesson Study Grant     2007-2008

  • 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:
  • Nashville Arts Magazine, Lydia E. Denklar, Unique Visions: Critiquing the Human Condition, pg. 69-71,, Images of “Birthday Portrait—In the studio at 40” and “Conviction: A Soft Punch reproduced    November 2013

  • Image of “Big Kiss” reproduced in advert for Miami International Artfair, Art in America,  and Art Newspaper    December 2012Divine Fits album cover artwork     2012

  • KVOA News, Tucson, Arts and Culture Guy, Announcement/discussion of  Don’t Ask Don’t Tell exhibition at Etherton Gallery featuring an image of my painting “A Certain Crisis: Outpour/Downpour” 26, 2012

  • Tucson Weekly, Image of “Birthday Portrait—In the studio at 40” reproduced    January 12-18, 2012

  • Check Up, Exhibition Catalogue, Museum of Texas Tech University    2011

  • Tucson Museum of Art Preview, Image of “The Hairdresser’s Husband” reproduced    2011

  • “Portrait of the artists” Brad Bynum, Reno News & Review    January 20, 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

  • Xhibit, 2011 Exhibition 1 Catalogue, Preston Contemporary Art Center Mesilla, NM     2011

  • Exhibition Catalogue, “Myself”, Sheppard Fine Arts GalleryUniversity of Nevada Reno, Reno NV     2011International Painting Annual I, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati OH (exhibition catalogue)    2010University of Arizona Poetry Center Newsletter, image reproduced front cover and inside illustration     September 2010

  • Park International Invitational Exhibition Catalogue    2010

  • “Art Events”, Dianna Deling, Santa Fean    August/September 2009

  • Philadelphia City Paper, “Hot Off the Prez, Robin Rice on Visual Art:“Obamna-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 selected 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


Extension & Outreach:
  • Critique Session, Alma D’Arte High School, Las Cruces NM    2012

  • Guest Speaker, Santa Teresa Highschool, Santa Teresa NM    2011

  • Co-Designer and Organizer, Mini Cooper Art Car Painting, BMW/Mini Cooper Dealership Grand Opening Gala, El Paso, TX    2010

  • Creative Director/Co-Designer, Colonias Development Organization,Vado Community Garden Mural, Vado NM    2009

  • Cage Match Artist Participant, Summartfest, Las Cruces NM    2009

  • UW-Stout Lesson Study. Work with two former colleagues at  UW-Stout to develop, implement, document and publish a lesson developed for Foundations Drawing Students, Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching Knowledge, Media Lab, KEEP toolkit website 2007-09

  • Visiting Lecturer and Juror, Avra High School, Marana AZ    2006    

  • Departmental Website Committee 2013-current        

  • Photography Search/Hiring Committee 2013-current            

  • Metals Search/Hiring Committee 2012-2013    

  • Chair, Curriculum Restructuring Committee/BFA Committee    2010-2013

  • Chair, Graduate Committee 2011-2012

  • Member, Student Exhibition and Scholarship Committee    2011-2012

  • Department Chair Search Committee 2010    

  • Host Visiting Artists/Lecturers, Alex Kanevsky, Gwenyth Scally, Jim Waid and Heather Greene   2010-201

  • BFA Committee Member  2008-2010

  • Co-hosted lecture by Tony Reynaldo, Assistant Professor, Ohio State University    2009

  • NMSU Gallery Collections Committee    2008-2010

  • Guest Lecturer, Elba Serrano’s honors class The Art of Scientific Discovery, lectured on my personal working methods/processes 2008

  • Co-Host Visitng Artist/Lecturer, Alice Leora Briggs 2008



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