Kyle Curtis is a graphic designer and photographer based in upstate New York. His background in computer science helped him develop an affinity for the combination of technology and the arts and has explored the intersection of the two through various mediums.
Kyle's experience with photography was refined through a product photography internship during the summer of 2019. As a graphic designer, his work has focused mainly on branding identity, web design, and vector art. He gained valuable experience in the field through a 2019 internship as a creative marketing designer for a Long Island based architecture firm. He took on the role of Creative Director for a startup company based in Binghamton, NY.
His work has been featured in the Pathfinder Bank Gallery and the SUNY Oswego Student Juried Exhibition. After graduation, Kyle is looking to work in the graphic and web design industry while starting his professional career in photography.
Unlike most other art students, I didn’t discover my interest in the arts until halfway through my second year of college, when I was pursuing a computer science degree. Before that turning point, I had always unknowingly shown an interest in photography - constantly putting a great deal of thought into the perspective of my exposures and trying to follow the rules of composition I hadn’t even learned about yet, using the camera on my phone. It was in that second year of college that I became close friends with two BFA students who helped me realize my own passion for the arts, and upon the acceptance of one of my photographs to the 54th Annual Juried Student Exhibition at Tyler Hall, I promptly changed my major.
My goals since beginning my journey as an artist have been to become an experienced graphic designer and photographer, and to find a career in either one or both of those fields. Given my background in Computer Science, it’s easy to say that the tools brought to us by technology are those that I see among the most useful to me in the arts. While the foundation of my education in the arts focused on formal elements and traditional techniques, it’s those concepts that I aim to utilize in what I experiment with and create using technology.
The work I’ve included in the BFA Exhibition is intended to show a small collection of the various styles, forms and purposes of the work I have created during my time at Oswego. Some of this work investigates the functionality of design, some of it shows what the use of technology can reveal to us, and some are just meaningful pieces to me.