Kaz McCue has spent the past twenty years working in the arts as an visual artist, educator, curator, and arts administrator. He holds a BFA in photography from Parson’s School of Design and an MFA in mixed media from Long Island University/ C.W. Post Campus. Kaz has received numerous grants and awards and has exhibited his work nationally and internationally. As a curator, he has put together over 200 exhibitions and over 100 lectures and artist presentations. Kaz has taught at numerous universities, colleges and academies and has served in several arts administration positions.
Kaz currently teaches art and photography within a five senses learning curriculum at the Leelanau School in Glen Arbor, Michigan and he has recently served as artist-in-residence at the Prairie Center of the Arts in Peoria, Illinois and Blue Sky Poject in Dayton, Ohio. His work is also the subject of a recent catalog entitled “Bad Seed” with essays by Judy Collischan and Sarah Glover that explore the masculine stereotype in relation to ideas of social justice that are encapsulated in Kaz’s installation work. Kaz’s work will be featured in upcoming solo exhitions at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia and at the Swope Museum of Art in Terre Haute, Indiana.
As a professional, Kaz has dedicated his life to the arts. The diversity of his background and the wealth of his experience have shaped him into a mature and knowledgeable artist-citizen. His enthusiasm and dedication has helped to define his career and his belief in the power of the arts has driven his commitment to participating in the process of the arts and mentoring young artists.
To see more of Kaz’s work visit http://kaz.art2xs.com/
Sticks & Stones is designed as a celebration of the Blue Sky Project and a celebration of the potential of creative collaboration. The focus of this project will be a creative “exchange” which pushes the collaboration of artists and youth outside of the walls of the studio and into a direct interaction with the environment.
The title Sticks & Stones refers to the two proposed environments within which the collaboration will take place. The idea of “sticks” relates directly to the woods of northern lower Michigan and “stones” refers to the city of Dayton, Ohio. This project gives the collaborators a chance to experience an environment that is vastly different from the one with which they are most familiar. The first phase of the exchange will involve bringing a group of youth participants and resident artists from past years to the Sleeping Bear Dunes area of Michigan for one week. During that time, the group will experience the area and develop a collaboration that will take place at Michigan Legacy Art Park in Thompsonville, Michigan. This environmental immersion will give the group a chance to really feel the natural environment in an effort to stimulate the creative interaction and collaboration. The second phase of the exchange will take place in Dayton, Ohio for one week, culminating in an exhibition of work to be presented in September.