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Oakland School for the Arts 10th Anniversary Benefit

Oakland Fox Theater

Theatrical Spectacular Director:  Michael Sturtz

Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 6:45 p.m.

Gallery Show at  Float Art Gallery 
February 20th – April 14th 2012.
“Viscosity”: Showcasing the sculpture of Michael Sturtz & Benjamin Cowden.
Preview Article in the San Fransisco Chronicle
One of the new works that will be on display @ FLOAT.Event info hereOpening Party Saturday February 25th,  6pm – 9pmLocal singer/songwriter Drea Roemer will be Performing live.

“The Heat Is On”

Panelist Speaker: Michael Sturtz

Phoenix/Scottsdale, AZ, May 23-26, 2012

Panel Info here




Guest Lecturer at Stanford University  February 9th, 2012

LIU Lecture Series in Design at Stanford University.

Graduate Design Program February 9th,  7pm – 9pm

For more info and to see a recording of the lecture: Event info here

Michael Sturtz is a sculptor, fabricator, educator, fire ballet director, and the designer (and rider) of the world’s fastest biodiesel motorcycle.

Michael defies labels and conventions with a body of creative work that is wide-ranging and continually evolving. In directing and producing over a half dozen fire ballets and operas, he has brought the excitement and power of the industrial arts from the studio onto the stage. He plays with similar juxtapositions in his design and sculptural work, bringing together the biological and the mechanical in a delicate, yet dynamic dance.

Michael lead a team named the Diesel Dozen, which designed and build the world’s first biodiesel land speed motorcycle. Michael rode the bike to a 100% bio-fueled land speed record of over 130mph. In addition to his professional and artistic successes, Michael is a passionate educator. As founder and former Executive Director of The Crucible in Oakland, CA.  During his 12 years there, he created a unique educational setting which serves over 8000 students annually and offers classes in subjects ranging from welding and blacksmithing to ceramics and glass.


The Exploratoritum    February 9th, 2012

“Daluvmacheen” Sculpture on display at

“Heartworks” @ The Exploritoritum After Dark

Thursday, February 2, 2012  6:00–10:00 P.M.

Event info here


Guest Speaker: 2011 World Conference on Mass Customization, Personalization, and Co-Creation:

Bridging Mass Customization & Open Innovation.

Which is put on by the Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation

at the Haas School of Business University of California, Berkeley.

November 17, 2011  San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront

Event info here


NIMBY and The Oakland Underground Film Festival
are proud to bring you the “Boys of Bonneville
screening and land speed vehicle exhibit

DIE MOTO on Display
7:30pm  November 5th , 2011

Event info here


Varnish Fine Art
Relaunch Part II
November 12 – January 07, 2011
Reception: Saturday November 12  from 4-8pm.


Event info here