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1998     MFA: The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

1994     BFA: New York State College of Ceramics: School of Art & Design: Alfred University, NY – magna cum laude

1992     Studio de Sem Ghelardini, Pietrasanta (Luca) Italy – Artist in Residence

1992     Studio Art Centers International, Florence, Italy – Honor Student 1990     Pitzer College, Claremont Colleges, Claremont, CA

2010     LeaderSpring Fellowship 2 year leadership program for nonprofit executive directors


Selected Teaching

2012- current  Lecturer: Mechanical Engineering Design, (d.school) Hasso Plattner Institute of Design , Stanford University, CA

1999-current   The Crucible Oakland, CA: metal and glass departments

1995-99  Civic Arts Center, Walnut Creek, CA: bronze casting, ceramic sculpture

1998     California College of Arts, Oakland, CA: sodium silicate sand molding

1998     The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL: figurative metal sculpture

1997     The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL : introduction to metal working

1997      Ox-Bow, Saugatuck, MI : iron casting 1997     The Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL: forging and metal forming

1996     National Institute for Art & Disabilities, Richmond, CA: ceramics

1996     Xcentric Metal Works, Oakland, CA: welding, metal design & fabrication

1996     Studio One Art Center, Oakland, CA: stone carving, ceramics

1994-96   Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito, CA: ceramics, woodworking

1995     ASUC Art Studio at U.C. Berkeley, CA: clay carving & glass cullet glazing

1994     Mendocino Art Center, CA : sodium silicate bronze casting

1994     Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland, Oakland, CA: fine arts

1994     The Way of The Doll School, Emeryville, CA: figure sculpture

1992     Studio Art Centers International, Florence, Italy: marble carving


Selected Lectures 

2012     LIU Lecture Series Graduate Design Program Stanford University, Stanford, CA

2011     World Conference on Mass Customization, Personalization, and Co-Creation Haas School of Business University of California Berkeley

2009   “Art & Design” Kitengela Glass Research and Training Trust Nairobi, Kenya

2007   “Kinetic Art ” The Learning Connexion Ltd Wellington, New Zealand 1999   “From Artist to Teacher to Director” Blasthaus Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1997   “Alternative Ceramic Techniques” The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

1994   “Ceramic Sculpture Techniques” Mendocino Arts Center, Mendocino, CA


Selected Theatrical Productions

2010   “Heat” Fire Cabaret: The Crucible, Oakland, CA: Designer, director & producer

2009   “Dracul: Prince of Fire” Fire Ballet: The Crucible: Designer, director & producer

2008   “Firebird” Fire Ballet: The Crucible, Oakland, CA: Designer, director & producer

2007   “Romeo & Juliet” Fire Ballet: The Crucible, Oakland, CA: Designer, director & producer

2007   “The Fire Odyssey” Epic theatre: The Crucible: Designer, director & producer

2006   “Seven Deadly Sins” Fire Opera: The Crucible: Designer, co-director & producer

2004   “Dido & Aeneas” Fire Opera: The Crucible: Designer, co-director & producer

1999-2009 “Fire Arts Festivals” Annual event at The Crucible: Designer & producer


Solo Art Exhibitions

1999     “Machines of Metal & Light” Blasthaus, San Francisco, CA

1998     “Organsmatic & Mechanatomical Works” The Better Weimaraner Gallery, Chicago, IL

1995     “Signs of Life” Art Tech: Holmes Fine Art Gallery, San Jose, CA

1994     “Remains and Artifacts of A Dead Planet” NYSCC, School of Art & Design, Alfred, NY

1991     “From Here to Reality” Garden Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA

1990     “In the Beginning” Salathe’ Gallery, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA


Group Art Exhibitions

2012     “Heartworks” The Exploritoritum After Dark, San Francisco, CA

2012     “Viscosity” Float Art Gallery, Oakland, CA

2011     “Relaunch” Varnish Fine Art, San Francisco, CA

2010      “Installation” California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA

2009     “Illuminated Sculpture” Bedford Gallery, Dean Lesher Center, Walnut Creek, CA

2008      “Molten Metal Opera” performance installation: de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA

2005     “Carpe Lumen” USF Thatcher Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1999     “RGB: Red, Green, Blue” San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), SF, CA

1999     “Faculty Exhibition” The Current Gallery, Berkeley, CA

1998     “The Form of Function” Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago, IL

1998     “SOFA: Sculptural Objects Functional Art Exposition” Navy Pier, Chicago, IL

1998     “Trans Cinema Festival” Victoria Theatre, San Francisco, CA

1998     “Civic Arts Faculty Show” Bedford Gallery, Dean Lesher Center, Walnut Creek, CA

1998     “Not in My Lobby, You Don’t!”  Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

1998     “Ferris Opus” International Cast Iron Art Conference, Johnson Atelier, NJ

1998     “Pier Walk maquette exhibit” Wood Street Gallery, Chicago, IL

1997     “SOFA: Sculptural Objects Functional Art Exposition” Navy Pier, Chicago, IL

1997     “Works in Sculpture” Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago, IL

1997     “Global Bodies” ZKM Center for Arts and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany

1997     “8th International Symposium of Electronic Arts” Chicago Art Institute Chicago, IL

1997     “Water Visions” A New Leaf Gallery, Berkeley, CA

1997     “Film Arts Foundation” Installation Minna Street Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1996     “Ceramics in Northern California” Bedford Gallery, Dean Lesher Regional Center, CA

1996     “SMART: South of Market Art. Rhythm & Technology” San Francisco, CA

1996     “Post Waste: An Imperative for the Near Future” Arts Benicia, Benicia, CA

1996     “Natural Phenomena” Bedford Gallery, Dean Lesher Regional Center, Walnut Creek, CA

1995     “Tech Bash: Artist Bashing Technology” Blasthaus, San Francisco, CA

1995     “Beyond Boundaries” The Ebell Garden Center, Festival at The Lake, Oakland, CA

1993     “Studio Access to Glass” West End Gallery, Corning, NY

1992     “Honors Exhibition” Ginori Gallery, Studio Art Centers International, Florence, Italy

1992     “Designer Showcase” Villa Del Ensueno, Orinda, CA

1992     “WORLDESIGN 92” Hyatt Regency, San Francisco, CA

1990     “Communication of Form” McConnell Center, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA


Awards & Honors

2007     World Land Speed Record: Motorcycle on B100% bio-diesel, Bonneville Salt Flats, UT

1998     Absolut Au Kurant Juried Invitational Merit Award, Chicago, IL

1998     Remet Shaping the Future Award, Chicago, IL

1998     Edward L. Rhyerson Fellowship Award The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

1996     Jury Award Bedford Gallery, Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts, CA

1994     Olin Award: F.W. Olin College of Business, Alfred University, Alfred, NY

1994     Departmental Honors: The School of Art & Design, NYSCC, Alfred, NY

1993     Jury Award for outstanding media articulation: School of Art & Design, Alfred, NY

1992     Award for excellence in sculpture: S.A.C.I., Florence, Italy


Selected Permanent Collections

2012     Corporate collection: Fleenor Paper Company, Alameda CA

2009     The Olsen private collection, Oakland, CA

2006     Laurel District: Designed street furniture, The City of Oakland, CA

2005     The Lyon private collection, Mendocino, CA

1999     Longmont United Hospital Commission, Denver, CO

1998     Burmah Castrol House, Swindon, England, UK

1998     Aldo Castillo Gallery, Chicago, IL

1996     The City of Walnut Creek, Civic Park, Walnut Creek, CA

1996     Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA

1994     The International Museum of Ceramic Art: School of Art & Design, Alfred, NY

1994     F.W. Olin College of Business, Alfred University, Alfred, NY

1994     Landmark College, Putney VT


Selected Reviews

1999     Artweek “Michael Sturtz at blasthaus” November Vol. 30, # 11, p. 18-19.

1999     San Francisco Chronicle “Arts Afire” Friday, July 9, Cover & p. 2 EB

1999     Oakland Tribune “Metal sculptor makes dream of arts school a reality” Fri. March 19, p.1,5

1998     San Francisco Chronicle “Those Who Teach Also Create” Friday, July 10 p. 2 cc

1998     Contra Costa Times: “Art keeps pulsing at gallery” Thursday, July 16, Cover & p. 3.

1998     Diablo Arts “The Art of Teaching Art” July-September, p. 35-36.

1998     Chicago Reader ”Galleries & Museums” May 29, Vol 34, Section 2, p. 21.

1998     Contra Costa Times “Exhibits” May 22, p.34.

1998     Chicago Reader “Public Displays: Designing a Disturbance” May 21, Vol 33, p. 19 & 43.

1997     MicroSoft NBC “The Site” (Television review)

1997     SF Weekly “Symbio-Mechanisis: Artificial Life Art” October 2-6, p. 53-54.

1996     Artweek “Natural Phenomena at the Bedford Gallery” June Vol. 27, # 6, p. 19-21.

1996     San Francisco Bay Guardian “Critic’s Choice” June 19- 25, Vol 30, # 38, p. 101.

1996     Benicia Herald “Unearthing what we’d rather leave buried” June 13, p. A3.

1996     Diablo Arts “Back to Nature” April-June, p. 26-29, 48.

1996     Contra Costa Times: “Art takes on a natural look ” April 11, Cover & p. 3.

1996     Metro Arts “Digging Up the Future” January 4-10; p. 31.

1996     Mac Home Journal “Blasthaus The Real Deal” January; p. 142.

1995     MAS moda “art seen” holiday; p. 48.

1995     c/net central (T.V. Interview/ Internet site) USA network, Sci- Fi Channel & KPIX 5

1995     The Oakland Tribune Thursday, September 7; cover & Cue 1,5.

1994     The Montclarion Friday, June 2; cover & p. 3.

1993     San Francisco Examiner Magazine Sunday May 7; p. 18-19.

1992     Northern California Home & Garden May; p. 105, 126-127.


Selected Employment

Head of the Design Kitchen:  X (Formerly Google X) : February  2017 – current 

Leading the Design Kitchen team and the prototyping effort for X moonshots.

Executive Director: Stanford Build Lab : June 2014 – January 2017
HASSO PLATTNER Institute of Design at Stanford University 
Lecturer Mechanical Engineering Design Group at Stanford University
Director: ReDesigning Theater  : June 2012 – June 2014.
HASSO PLATTNER Institute of Design at Stanford University 
Lecturer Mechanical Engineering Design Group at Stanford University


The Crucible : $3 Million budget Non profit industrial arts education facility, theater, and gallery Founder / Executive Director http://www.thecrucible.org/

January 1999 – January 2010 (Creative Director: January 2010 – January 2011)

  • Conceived of and founded The Crucible. Designed its image, brand, and identity • Raised over 8 million dollars from individuals and corporate sponsors
  • Cultivated and maintained critical social, political, governmental and community relationships
  • Designed educational programs that serve over 8,000 youth & adult students annually
  • Pioneered, designed, directed, budgeted, fundraised, and produced interdisciplinary, collaborative benefit performances serving over 25,000 guests annually
  • Designed two complete Crucible facilities with classrooms, work spaces, and a theater that maximize visitor flow and accessibility. Worked directly with architects, engineers and city zoning and building officials while project managing building contractors and suppliers
  • Developed strategic vision while overseeing the creation and implementation of the marketing, public relations, development and communications plans
  • Recruited, hired, trained, supervised, mentored, and evaluated 30 staff members, 90 faculty, and oversaw the managing of the 800 volunteers annually.
  • Updated and reported directly to the board of directors monthly.
  • Initiated, negotiated & led collaborative partnerships with multiple agencies on complex projects.
  • Built strong alliances with numerous state, county, city officials and agencies, civic leaders, community organizations, stakeholders, and trade unions inspired them to work together.
  • Developed and oversaw the annual organizational budget of $3 million, as well as individual program and project budgets; maintained spending on budget.
  • Cultivated supportive contacts with local and national television, radio, magazine & web media
  • Acted as the principal public and media spokesperson and promoter
  • Solicited, quoted and managed commissioned projects and an entrepreneurial product line


Voltage Metal Works: Owner, Designer and Fabricator

1994 – current

  • Architectural works in metal, wood, glass & etc. work for a variety of clients, architects & engineers
  • Custom lighting, ornamental ironwork, furniture, hardware, automotive and motorcycle customizations


KID Group LLC: Prototype Builder and Shop Manager

Product Design top 10 invention group with over 250 licensed products

1989 – 1990

  • Created product prototypes and designs for a variety of products, including children’s toys to food packaging, and health care products to personal electronics.


Consulting: Organizational & program development, facility design, user experience design

2004 – current

  • Kitengela Glass Research and Training Trust Nairobi, Kenya
  • The Learning Connexion Ltd Wellington, New Zealand
  • Gunn Hill: Creative Center for the Arts and Sustainability, Panama
  • Palos Talleres de Arte Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  • The Gasyard Development Trust Derry, Northern Ireland
  • LOCS (Literacy Ontario – Central South) Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
  • RepairPal Car Care Confidence: Emeryville, California
  • Mayor’s Office City of Everett Everett, Washington State
  • Tek.Venture Incorporated Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Fallbrook School for the Arts Fallbrook, California • Nimbus Arts St. Helena, California
  • Project Knew Grove Half Moon Bay, California