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Biography

From early childhood I have always loved to assemble things. When I was 8 or 9 and no longer satisfied making airplanes out of toothpicks, my father, at my persistence, relinquished the use of his electric jigsaw to me. After a few minutes of instruction and a safety comment (Don’t cut yourself!) I was off cutting various patterns in scrap wood. I was hooked from that point, wondering what could be created with wood.

My father is a general contractor and also a wheat farmer. He is one of those people who relies mostly on his own abilities, determination and creativity to repair almost anything that is broken. Growing up watching him build, fix and create with his hands showed me what is possible with creativity and determination. These skills I learned in my youth helped me to hire on with a construction company as a concrete form builder and cement finisher. For several years I made and set forms and poured hundreds of thousands of yards of concrete.

My desire for less concrete and more creative woodwork landed me in a production cabinet shop. I soon became shop foreman. While working at the cabinet shop I noticed an old Shopsmith lathe sitting in the corner. This was the very same vintage machine that my dad owned and let me use to turn wood during my high school years. I purchased it, which began my addiction to woodturning. Through a magazine article I discovered segmented turning. All I could think about was gluing wood together and turning on the Shopsmith. This passion consumed my every spare moment.

Several years later I started my own custom cabinet business. Operating as a one-person shop, I always had plenty of work and the business prospered. However, I had a desire to spend more time turning wood. In January of 2002, with the encouragement of my wife Wanda, I began work as a full-time studio woodturner.

My current body of work utilizes the passion for assembly I learned at an early age. The technical challenges I create for myself in working from vision to object provide great satisfaction.


Artist Statement 

My current body of work utilizes the passion for assembly I learned at an early age. The technical challenges I create for myself in working from vision to object provide great satisfaction. My goal is to speak to the viewer of my work through the intricacies of the wood grain. The emotion the wood can convey through the use of the grain of the material as it works in harmony with the shape of the forms is compelling. It invites the viewer along on a journey – a journey of a deeper, more contemplative experience.




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Curt Theobald
495 County Road 164, Pine Bluffs, Wyoming 82082
307.245.3310 cwtheobald@wyoming.com www.CurtTheobald.com

Born: 1965 Cheyenne, Wyoming

Education: 1983-1985 Laramie County Community College

Public Art and Museum Collections:

2015 Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

2014 Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, Hawaii

Ivinson Memorial Hospital, Laramie, Wyoming

2010 American Association of Woodturners Permanent Collection, St. Paul, Minnesota

Awards and Honors:

2006-2016 Invited artist, Governor’s Invitational Western Art Show, Cheyenne, Wyoming

2002-2013 Invited artist, Sculpture in the Park, Loveland, Colorado

2013 Best of Show, Wisconsin Wood Expo, Eau Claire, Wisconsin

2009 Invited Juror, Spirit of the Southwest, American Association of Woodturners Invitational Show, Albuquerque, New Mexico

2006 Niche Award, Turned Wood, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2005 Best of Show Mixed Media, Western Spirit Art Show, Cheyenne, Wyoming

Honorable Mention, Best Sculpture, Sculptural Pursuit magazine

2004 Design in Wood, Del Mar Fair: second place wood, Del Mar, California

Honorable Mention, Western Spirit Art Show, Cheyenne, Wyoming

Beneath the Bark: Twenty-five Years of Woodturning, invited artist,
Brigham Young University Museum of Art, Provo, Utah
2003 Design in Wood, Del Mar Fair: first place wood, Del Mar, California

2002 Old West Museum Gallery Award Show, Old West Museum,
Cheyenne, Wyoming

2000 Old West Museum Gallery Award Show, Old West Museum,
Cheyenne, Wyoming

Professional Affiliations:

Wyoming Arts Council Roster Artist, Visual Arts 2011- present

American Association of Woodturners member 1991- present

Book Publications:

Audacious: The Fine Art of Wood: The Montalto Bohlen Collection, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts: 2015

Shadow of the Turning: Binh Pho & Kevin V. Wallace, Fine Arts Press, Antioch, California: 2012

Segmented Turning: Dennis Keeling, Guild of Master Craftsman Publications, East Sussex, Great Britain: 2012

Conversations with Wood: The Collection of Ruth and David Waterbury, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota: 2011

Wood Art Today 2: Jeffrey B. Snyder, Editor, Schiffer Books, Atglen, Pennsylvania: 2010

Beneath the Bark: Twenty-five Years of Woodturning: Kip W. Christensen and Dale L. Nish, Utah Woodturning Symposium, Provo, Utah: 2004

500 Wood Bowls: Katherine Aimone, Editor, Lark Books, Asheville, North Carolina: 2004

Segmented Turning: Ron Hampton, Guild of Master Craftsman Publications, East Sussex, Great Britain: 2003

Magazine Publications:

American Woodturner: Terry Martin, “Elements of a Balanced Life,” American Association of Woodturners, St. Paul, Minnesota: February, 2016

Woodworker West: Ron Goldman, “Curt Theobald Profile,” Woodworker West Publications, Los Angeles, California, January-February, 2016

Craft Arts International: Kevin V. Wallace, “Segments of Daily Life,” Craft Arts International Pty Ltd, Sydney, Australia: Issue 94, 2015

American Woodturner: Betty Scarpino, Gallery profile inside cover, American Association of Woodturners, St. Paul, Minnesota: June, 2012

Woodturning: Kevin V. Wallace, “Piece by Piece,” Guild of Master Craftsman Publications, East Sussex, Great Britain: Christmas, 2007

Woodturning: Steve Sinner, “Complex Creations,” Guild of Master Craftsman Publications, East Sussex, Great Britain: July, 2005

American Woodturner: Ken Keoughan, “Heir to a Legacy in Segmented Turning,” American Association of Woodturners, St. Paul, Minnesota: Winter, 2001

Faculty Instructor:
Marc Adams School of Woodworking 2005, 2006, 2010
Anderson Ranch Art Center 2012, 2015
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts 2014

Professional Demonstration Experience:

2016 French Wood Congress, Comblux, France
American Association of Woodturners Symposium, Atlanta, Georgia
Desert Wood Round Up, Mesa, Arizona
New Zealand Woodturning Symposium, Auckland, New Zealand
2015 Irish Woodturning Guild National Seminar, Dublin, Ireland
Ulster Guild of Woodturners, Templepatrick, Ireland
2013 Association of Woodturners of Great Britain Seminar, Loughborough, England
Chelmsford Valley Woodturners, Chelmer Valley, England
Mid Staffs Woodturners, Rungeley, England
2012 American Association of Woodturners Symposium, San Jose, California
2011 Florida Woodturners Symposium, Lake Yale, Florida
Totally Turning Symposium, Saratoga Springs, New York
Southwest Association of Turners Symposium, Waco, Texas
Front Range Woodturners, Denver, Colorado
2010 Woodturners Guild of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Thames Valley Woodturners Guild, London, Ontario, Canada
Simcoe Woodturners Guild, Barrie, Ontario, Canada
Exploring More Possibilities Segmented Symposium, Gatlinburg, Tennessee
2009 Rocky Mountain Woodturners Symposium, Loveland, Colorado
Utah Woodturners Symposium, Orem, Utah
2008 Turn on Chicago Symposium, Mundelein, Illinois
American Association of Woodturners Symposium, Richmond, Virginia
Exploring Possibilities Segmented Symposium, Franklin, Indiana
2007 Finger Lakes Woodturners, Rochester, New York
Desert Wood Roundup, Mesa, Arizona
2006 American Association of Woodturners Symposium, Louisville, Kentucky
Utah Woodturners Symposium, Provo, Utah
2005 Chicago Woodturners, Chicago, Illinois
Wisconsin Woodturners, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2004 Greater Vancouver Woodturners Guild, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Cascade Woodturners, Portland, Oregon
Turn About Wood, Kansas City, Missouri
2003 American Association of Woodturners Symposium, Pasadena, California
2002 Utah Woodturning Symposium, Provo, Utah
North Dakota Woodturners Symposium, Bismarck, North Dakota
1999-2004
Rocky Mountain Woodturners Symposium, Fort Collins, Colorado

Selected Exhibitions:

2015 Shadow of the Turning traveling museum shows
Sculpture, Objects, Functional Art Exposition, Chicago, Illinois
Contemporary Wood Art: The Shock of the Timeless, SOFA Chicago
Creativity in Construction, A Collaboration of Materials, American Association of Woodturners Invitational Show, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
2014 Shadow of the Turning traveling museum shows
Sculpture, Objects, Functional Art Exposition, Chicago, Illinois
Ceremony, American Association of Woodturners Invitational Show, Phoenix, Arizona
2013 Shadow of the Turning traveling museum shows
Sculpture, Objects, Functional Art Exposition, Chicago, Illinois
Currents, American Association of Woodturners SOFA Invitational Show, Chicago, Illinois
Harmony: American Association of Woodturners Invitational Show, Tampa, Florida
Celebration of Color, Grovewood Gallery, Asheville, North Carolina
2012 Shadow of the Turning traveling museum shows
Sculpture, Objects, Functional Art Exposition, Chicago, Illinois
Hot Tea, 13th Biennial Teapot Exhibition, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, Missouri
2011 Inaugural Wood Show, Thomas R. Riley Galleries, Cleveland, Ohio
Pi to Pentagon: Collaborations with Harvey Fein, SOFA Chicago, Illinois
Roots: The Artist’s Voice, American Association of Woodturners Invitational Show, St. Paul, Minnesota
A Collector’s Home, Grovewood Gallery, Asheville, North Carolina
2010 Be Our Guest: A Progressive Invitational, invited artist, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio
The Teapot, American Association of Woodturners Invitational Show, Hartford, Connecticut
2009 Influence and Inspiration: The Evolving Art of Woodturning, SOFA, Chicago
Restful Places, invited artist, American Association of Woodturners Gallery of Wood Art, St. Paul, Minnesota
Sculpture, Objects, Functional Art Exposition, Chicago, Illinois
2008 Over the Edge: Woodturning into Sculpture, invited artist, Prichard Art Gallery, Moscow, Idaho
The Sphere, American Association of Woodturners Invitational Show, Richmond, Virginia
2007 Japanese Bowls: A Western Perspective, American Association of Woodturners Invitational Show, Portland, Oregon
Turning Green, American Association of Woodturners Exhibition, Portland, Oregon
2006 Contemporary American Woodturning Exhibition, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, Minnesota
Turned and Sculpted Wood, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, California
2005 Return to the Land of Oz, American Association of Woodturners,
Overland Park, Kansas
Southwest Design Conference, Western Interior and Design,
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Collectors of Wood Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
A Nation of Enchanted Form: Woodturning Artists Across North America, Messler Gallery at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship,
Rockport, Maine
2004 Sculpture, Objects, Functional Art Exposition, Chicago, Illinois
From Sea to Odyssey, American Association of Woodturners, Caribe Royale, Orlando, Florida
Oregon City’s First City Art Faire Woodturning Show, invited artist,
Oregon City, Oregon
Sculpture, Objects, Functional Art Exposition, New York, New York
2003-2010 Turned Wood – Small Treasures, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, California
2003 Collectors of Wood Art Forum, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Put a Lid On It: Containing Human Experience, American Association of Woodturners, Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, California
Sculpture, Objects, Functional Art Exposition, New York, New York
2002 Turned Wood, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Sculpture, Objects, Functional Art Exposition, Chicago, Illinois
2000-2006 Western Spirit Art Show, Old West Museum, Cheyenne, Wyoming