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Chris McMullen

PO Box 81202
Seattle, WA 98108, U.S.A.
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Phone: 206.696.4711

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Chris McMullen has been working from his Seattle studio since 2000. A fascination with industrial process and a background in Graphic Communication has led to a body of work consisting of machine-like, interactive sculptures.
He has received a 4Culture Individual Artist Project Grant and an Artist Trust Grants for Artists Projects (GAP) as well as a Juror’s Choice Award for his donation to the Pratt Fine Arts Center’s 27th Annual Fine Art Auction in Seattle, WA. and a Merit Award of Excellence for his donation to PONCHO’s 8th Annual Invitational Fine Art Auction.
As well as creating sculpture, he was invited to teach a class in Creative Mechanical Movement at Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle, WA in summer of 2009 and has also been a guest speaker for The Seattle Metals Guild.

His work has been permanently installed in Redmond Washington’s City Hall as part of the city’s collection, the Science Museum of Oklahoma and in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle, commissioned by SDOT 1% for Arts funding and administered by the Office of Arts & Culture.

Chris' work has been exhibited locally in the Redmond Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, the Bellevue Sculpture Exhibition, Bumbershoot, Fetherston Gallery, Grey Gallery and Lounge and Fulcrum Gallery as well as being featured nationally in California, Nevada and Texas.
His work can be found at


Revolution, Seattle, WA , SDOT 1% for Art funds, administered by the Office of Arts & Culture, completed June 2015

Fillings and Extractions, Seattle, WA, commissioned by Dr. Joseph Zimmer DDS, completed April 2012

Version No. 12, Reno, NV, commissioned by Elton Colbert, completed December 2011

Krane with a K, Oklahoma City, OK, commissioned by Science Museum of Oklahoma, completed August 2008

Sconces, Sammamish, WA, commissioned by Macpherson Construction & Design LLC, completed April 2004



2012 Version No.12, private collection, Reno, NV

2011 A53, private collection, Seattle, WA

2010 Coil, private collection, Seattle, WA

2009 Modern Convenience, Redmond City Hall as part of the city’s permanent collection, Redmond, WA

         ASTM A5, private collection, Seattle, WA

         SCAL, private collection, Seattle, WA

2006 Technology, private collection, Seattle, WA

2005 Gear Set, private collection, Seattle, WA

2003 Slide, private collection, Seattle, WA



2011    Bumbershoot, Seattle, WA

2010    4Culture Individual Artist Project Grant, Seattle, WA

            Art Outside, Austin, TX

2009    Artist Trust 2009 Grants for Artist Projects (GAP),Seattle, WA

            Bumbershoot, Seattle, WA

2007    Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, Indio, CA

2006    Bumbershoot, Seattle, WA

2005     Burning Man LLC., San Francisco, CA




2011  Crank-E-Joes, The Firm, Seattle, WA

2008  Modern Convenience, Grey Gallery and Lounge, Seattle, WA

2002  Process Physics, Vital 5 Productions, Seattle, WA

           Industry, Forgotten Works Gallery, Seattle, WA

2001  Industry, Secluded Alley Works, Seattle, WA



2012  Bellwether 2012: reGeneration, Bellevue City Hall, Bellevue, WA

2010  10th Biennial Bellwether Artwalk, Bellevue Downtown Park, Bellevue, WA

2008  Flash Forward: Coupling VI, Ouch My Eye, Seattle WA

2007  Redmond Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Redmond Town Square, Redmond, WA

2006  Bellevue Sculpture Exhibition, Bellevue City Hall, Bellevue, WA

          Art Outside, Enchanted Forest, Austin, TX



2015   Out of Sight, Vital 5 Productions, King Street Station, Seattle, WA

2013  Carcass, SEAWORTHY’S inaugural show, Seattle, WA

2012  Mini Maker Faire, Seattle Center, Seattle, WA

2011  Projects, Winston Wächter Fine Art, Seattle, WA

           Bumbershoot, Seattle Center, Seattle, WA

           *Not To Scale, Smoke Farm, Arlington, WA

           Gallery (206), Occidental Park, Seattle, WA

           Maker Faire, San Mateo Fairgrounds, San Mateo, CA

2010  Art Outside, Apache Pass, Austin, TX

           Artopia, The Firm, Seattle, WA

           Maker Faire, San Mateo Fairgrounds, San Mateo, CA  

           The Official Ouch My Eye 2nd Annual International Invitational, Seattle, WA

2009  Bumbershoot, Seattle Center, Seattle, WA

           The Heavens Reflect Our Labors, Fulcrum Gallery, Tacoma, WA

2008  Artopia, Georgetown, Seattle, WA

           Maker Faire, San Mateo Fairgrounds, San Mateo, CA

           Art Outside, Enchanted Forest, Austin, TX

           GO!, Grey Gallery and Lounge, Seattle, WA

2007  Artopia, Georgetown, Seattle, WA

           Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, Empire Polo Fields, Indio CA

2006  Bumbershoot, Seattle Center, Seattle WA

           One Night Stand, Ballard Fetherston Gallery, Seattle, WA

2005  Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Sea-Tac, WA

           Burning Man Festival, Black Rock Desert, NV

           Dorkbots at the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA

           The Henry Bash, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA

           Georgetown Invasion, All City Coffee, Seattle, WA

2004  101 ways to remove a president from power, COCA, Seattle, WA

2003  Art at Work, Tacoma, WA

           Bumbershoot, Seattle Center, Seattle, WA

           Man:Made: Witness the mundane transformed, Colorgraphics, Seattle, WA

           Dorkbots at COCA, COCA, Seattle, WA

           Urban Art Installations at The Woolworth Windows, Tacoma, WA

2002  Consequence, Bemis Building, Seattle, WA

2001  Art at the Bemis, Bemis Building, Seattle, WA

           Seclusion, Secluded Alley Works, Monroe, WA

           Brewtown Arts, Georgetown, WA




2011        Four (4) Editor Choice Awards, Maker Faire, San Mateo, CA            

2009        Merit Award of Excellence, 8th Annual PONCHO Invitational

                  Fine Art Auction, Grow Art, Seattle, WA

                  Juror’s Choice Award, Pratt Fine Arts Center’s 27th Annual

                  Fine Art Auction, Seattle, WA

2009        Instructed Creative Mechanical Movement class at Pratt Fine

                  Arts Center in Seattle, WA in summer of 2009

                  Seattle Metals Guild Lecture Series, Guest Speaker, Seattle, WA

2006        Dorkbots, Guest speaker, Seattle, WA Chapter

2003        Dorkbots opening reception, Guest speaker, Seattle, WA Chapter

2000-2002               Sculpture Studio Coordinator/Monitor, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA




- Gallaher, Rachel. “Artist Helps Design New Festival Street,” City Arts (April 28, 2014)

- Richardson, Matt. “This Potentially Annoying Sound Isn’t so Bad After All,” Make: (September 2, 2011)

- Wilkins, Matt. "McMullens Machines," Video for MTV's Seattle Scene: B-Side Docs About Seattle (2010)

- Miller, Brian. “Touch My Crankshaft,” Seattle Weekly (June 24, 2009)

- Lang, Kirk. “Lecture by Chris McMullen,” Seattle Metals Guild (March/April 2009)

- Farr, Sheila. “Clever kinetic sculptures and witty one liners,”  The Seattle Times review (Aug. 1, 2008)

- City of Bellevue Arts Commission. " Bellevue Sculpture Exhibition 2006," Catalogue (June 17, 2006)

- Martin, Nick. " Seattle 's "Machine" a metaphor in motion for Burning Man fest,"The Seattle Times

  (Aug. 6, 2005)

- Catalini, Stefano. "The Last Judgement Project," Catalogue (Aug. 2003)

- Muse, Alexandra. "Man:Made: Witness the mundane transformed:Art show at Colorgraphics,"

  Catalogue (Aug. 6, 2003)

- Fefer, Mark D. "Process Physics," Seattle Weekly (Aug. 1, 2002)

- Esquivel, Karla. "Chris McMullen's 3-D Physics at Vital 5," Tablet (July 25-Aug. 7, 2002)



Associates Degree of Applied Science in Graphic Communication from Truckee Meadows Community

College, Reno, Nevada

One Year of animation study at The Art Institute of Seattle, Washington