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Chris Theiss


Art: Adjunct Instructor

Office: H-223 on the Mount Vernon campus

Phone: (360) 416.7925


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Chris Theiss was born in 1967 in Hope, Rhode Island.  After beginning his art education at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, he transferred to the Rhode Island School of Design where he received his B.F.A. in ceramics in 1990.  He then studied under Robert Arneson at U.C. Davis where he received his M.F.A. in studio art in 1992.  Chris has illustrated many children's books,  designed textiles, and developed toys professionally.  Chris was visiting professor of ceramics at the Rhode Island School of Design in 1992 and 1993. He has been a member of the art faculty at Skagit Valley College teaching ceramics  from 1993 to present as well as an adjunct professor at Western Washington University teaching ceramics and three-dimensional art since 2014.  Chris has exhibited his  sculpture and drawings throughout the United States and his work resides in Museum collections such as The Mint Museum, Los Angeles County Museum, Crocker Art Museum, and The California Palace of the Legion of Honor.  An example of Chris’ ceramic work is featured in the ceramic text titled, “Ceramics for Beginners- hand building”, by Shay Amber.


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