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RTKL 2017-2018 Awarded to Chris Kojzar

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ANNOUNCING THE 2017-2018 RTKL RECIPIENT IMDA MFA CANDIDATE: CHRISTOPHER KOJZAR

Christopher Kojzar received his BA in International Affairs and Economics from George Washington University in 2005 and studied fine arts at the MICA Continuing Studies program from 2007-2009. In 2013, the Creative Alliance of Baltimore, MD selected Christopher to be one of eight residents for a highly competitive three-year program. He also joined television productions on Bravo, Netflix & HBO to work professionally as a prop maker.

Christopher’s multidisciplinary practice encompasses drawing, video installation, publication, functional design, and group performance collaboration. His visual work is highly representational with raw, sublime, and expressive qualities. He is the recipient of scholarships from the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine, the Penland School of Arts and Crafts in North Carolina, and Common Ground on the Hill in Western Maryland. He has performed and exhibited in Honolulu, San Francisco, Washington DC, Baltimore, Marseille, France & Buenos Aires, Argentina while his visual art is found nationally and internationally.  After extensive travel, Christopher chose his home base of Baltimore to delve into his studio practice.

Chris will use the RTKL Fellowship Award in order to display his MFA Thesis exhibition at the Center for Art Design and Visual Culture [CADVC] Spring 2018. His current creative work researches the liminal space between leisure and loitering in public spaces, especially between people of diverse social classes. He impressively combines virtual reality, hand drawn animation, live interviews and documentations of downtown Baltimore with natural elegance in order to address these human concerns in the contemporary world.