Born in New York City, as a child Chris Duncan spent a lot of time in museums, fascinated by Dada and Surrealism. An early interest in photography transformed into a desire to make steel sculpture. He majored in English in college, took sculpture courses, and found David Smith’s work and life very compelling. Chris attended the Skowhegan School on a scholarship and that sealed the deal. After Skowhegan, he was admitted on scholarship to the New York Studio School, where he studied with Clement Meadmore, William Tucker, and George Spaventa. Chris spent eight or so years in New York City, working sometimes for other artists, sometimes in construction, restaurants, etc. After assisting William Tucker in London one spring he was asked to become sculpture technician at Bennington College, where he taught for four years – an education in itself. Chris returned to NYC with a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1986, which gave him academic credentials. He went on to teach at Union College, which has supported him and his work for the last 25 years. He has participated in many artist residencies, most recently this summer at Salem2Salem in Salem, Germany, and including Salem Art Works, Salem, New York; the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont; Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer, Minnesota; and Sculpture Space, Utica, New York. He has shown nationally and regionally for the past 30 years in many venues including the Neuen Musuem in Salem, Germany; the National Academy Museum in NYC; Allan Stone Gallery in NYC; Art Basel/Miami; Munson-Williams-Proctor Museum of Art; and campuses of the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, Stone Ridge, and Delhi.
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