University of Missouri
Pima Community College
Kansas City Art Institute
Chris Morrey was born on the Canadian plains and has lived across the midwest and intermountain west from Alberta to Texas. He is a sculptor with a 30-year practice building works for public and private commissions as well as for gallery exhibition, with production methods ranging from hand craft, to bronze and steel fabrication, to computer-aided design and production. He seeks to engage craft’s evocation of the human relationship to nature and natural motifs; from small sculptures to large installations, his work provokes surprise and pleasure, leading viewers to appreciate the sensitivity of their physical bodies to the living and material environment.
Chris has chaired the Board of Tucson’s Dinnerware Co-operative Gallery, one of the oldest co-op galleries in the country, and in 2011 founded Dogwood, an artist workspace in Columbia, Missouri that has provided studios to over thirty artists and hosted monthly exhibitions in its gallery.
Chris’ public sculptures include commissions for the city of Tucson, Arizona and Columbia, Missouri; the Columbia Regional Airport; and university campuses in Oklahoma and Missouri including the University of Missouri in Columbia.
Chris teaches Design Fundamentals and Drawing, approaching these courses in the same way he approaches his sculptural work: centering in the body and leading students to understand the active role they take in perceiving, interpreting, and creating the world around them.
Licensed Master Electrician, City of Columbia, MO (2014-Present).
Simplex 4100 Fire Alarm Panel installation, programming, and repair (2002).
Field production training, Tucson Cable Access Corporation, Tucson AZ (1999).
Journeyman Electrician, Certified by the City of Austin, TX (1996).
Grants and Awards
2016 Staff Development Award, University of Missouri
2007 Research Assistance Grant, Center for Arts and Humanities, University of Missouri
2006 Exhibition Assistance Grant, Center for Arts and Humanities, University of Missouri