Chris Tanz, Artist, Author


Ph.D., Psychology University of Chicago
B.A., History and Literature Harvard University

Activities, Interests

Public Art, Writing, Community design, Community services, Psychology and Psycholinguistics

Public Art Commissions (See footnotes)

Under construction Joining Hands
Julian Wash Urban Greenway, Tucson

2009 A Gneiss Bench to Sit On
Rio Vista Natural Resources Park, Tucson

2005 earth/heart Luminaria
Luminarias del Pueblo

2005 Strata; Gateway to the Catalinas
Catalina Highway  Roadway Expansion
Pima County Department of Transportation
Tucson, Arizona

2000 First Avenue Corridor** Design Team for Roadway Improvement
Pima County Department of Transportation

1999Water to Water**
Scottsdale Water Campus
Water Resources Department
Scottsdale, Arizona

1998 West is West**
Gates Pass Scenic Overlook, Tucson, Arizona
Plaza and art elements
Pima County Department of Transportation
Design team

1997 Sand Trout**
Stainless steel plate and rods with diffraction grating
Tanque Verde Bridge over Rose HIll Wash
Tucson Department of Transportation

1996 Silver Linings***
Plasma-cut and painted aluminum concourse divider
Tucson International Airport
(With Vytas Sakalas)

1996 Play Ball**
Laser-cut sculptural steel grills enclosing courtyards
Kino Veterans’ Memorial Sports Park & Recreation Center

1995 Administration Building**
Rio Nuevo Campus, Pima Community College Design team

1994 Na:nko Ma:s Du’ag Son – Many Color Mountain*
Gateway to Tucson, Mission Way and Ajo Road
Tucson Department of Transportation

1994 Sun Circle*
Rillito River Park, Tucson
between Flowing Wells and La Cholla
Pima County Department of Transportation
and Flood Control District

1994 Desert Roadrunner Transit Center**
Tucson Department of Transportation
Design team

All of these projects, except “Water to Water” were created under the auspices of the Tucson/Pima Arts Counil

Many were carried out  in collaboration – with

* Paul T. Edwards and Susan Holman
** Paul T. Edwards
*** Vytas Sakalas and Paul T. Edwards

Public Art Awards

2000 Environmental Excellence Awards
Valley Forward Association and Honeywell, Phoenix

Award of Merit for “Water to Water”

Books & Selected Articles

“Hiding in the Open”
Born into a World at War
Maria Tymocczko and Nancy Blackmun (Eds),
St. Jerome’s Press, 2000

“Intimate Letters”
Adaptation of Janacek letters for stage performance of Janacek String Quartet #2, 1996

An Egg Is to Sit On
Nelson Canada, 1990

Language, Gender and Sex in Comparative Perspective
(with S. Philips and S. Steele, Editors)
Cambridge University Press, 1987

Studies in the Acquisition of Deictic Terms
Cambridge University Press, 1980, 2008

Little Books

Exhibition. Artists’ miniature books
Franklin Furnace, New York, 1980

An Egg Is to Sit On
Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1978