It’s a privilege to be an artist.
I’ve always made art. It was the first thing that captured my full attention and made me want to discover more. I grew up in Chicago, where I was lucky to visit many galleries with my parents, and attend numerous symphony and ballet performances with my extended family of Arts lovers. At age nine, I was taking art classes at the Art Institute of Chicago, drawing the patterns and textures of the Michigan Avenue skyline. In high school I saw Mikhail Baryshnikov leap into the air and stay there for way too long. Everyone was gasping. This made a big impression on me, to consider the magic of human potential. From high school on, I learned that my potential was being nurtured by fabulous teachers who urged me to develop my talents without fear. Ultimately, I became a teacher because I had great teachers.
Art School and a Reversal of Fortunes
I was fortunate to go to art school, become a textile designer working in New York City, and later, pursue my secret dream of being a fine artist, by attending Cranbrook Academy of Art to earn my MFA. While applying for grad school, I was crushed when The School of the Art Institute rejected me as a grad student, but after receiving my Masters degree from Cranbrook and establishing an innovative and visible fine art practice, I was invited to teach at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago in three departments! This experience taught me that the past is not necessarily predictive of one’s future success. It is also one of the paramount lessons that inspired my Creative Catalyst Programs, which help creative people get unstuck and see new options.
Creative Catalyst programs are the love child of my teaching career and lifelong career as an artist. My programs help people identify, nurture, and celebrate their innate gifts and talents. I love nothing more than a good epiphany, so I dig deep with my clients to discover their hidden dreams. I’ve experienced some huge paradigm shifts which have changed my life. Now, I thrive on guiding people so they can break the rules that never existed, find their inner Badass, and take big, bursting creative risks, without fear of failure or disapproval.
I help people excavate and back shelf their “old stories” that are translated into truth, but are actually myth, about themselves and their abilities. I show them expansive options they’ve never seen before.
In my work with materials as well as with people, I like to push boundaries. I aim to exceed my own expectations, and help others exceed theirs. Creativity is not just for some of us, it’s our birthright!
My Tucson studio is a lab where I conduct experiments with reflective and translucent materials to see what’s possible. Art is a way for me to explore the limits of my creative ingenuity. I manipulate qualities of light to explore the nature of perception. The alchemist in me combines things that “shouldn’t” go together, like silk and aluminum, glass flooring and earth. Every new series of works I complete spawns a new set of questions which are increasingly greater in scope. This dynamic is fractal, ever expanding, and propels me to make new work. It’s a happy version of the myth of Sisyphus: I may never get all the way up the hill to that “perfect” piece, but pushing that boulder is it’s own reward.
Carrie Seid is a nationally recognized artist who exhibits her work in galleries all over the United States. Carrie received her B.F.A. from The Rhode Island School of Design in 1984, then went on to receive her M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art, where she was a Merit Scholar.Carrie has taught at numerous universities around the United States, including The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, State University of New York at Buffalo, Niagara County Community College, Daemen College, Arizona State University and University of Arizona. Her teaching career spawned “Creative Catalyst Training,” her own program designed to help reach their highest goals. Carrie leads live workshops, conducts corporate trainings, and individual consultations with creative professionals. Winner of the Purchase Award in 2003, Carrie’s work is part of the permanent collection of The Tucson Museum of Art where she also had a solo exhibition. In 2006, she was featured on “Arizona Illustrated” on KUAT television, and has also been interviewed for radio and podcasts. Carrie also designed products for TAG, Inc., and Modulus, Inc., in Chicago, as well as Terragrafics, Inc., in San Francisco. She’s been awarded numerous public art commissions in Arizona,including the The Udall Senior Center, five different projects at the Oro Valley Hospital, a glass walkway in the Ellie Towne Community Center, and a giant steel orange slice and two benches along the Orange Grove Road expansion project in Tucson.