College of Visual and Performing Arts

Christopher Ganz, M.F.A.

Associate Professor

Ganz, Urbis Nocte, charcoal on Rives BFK paper, 80" x 40", 2013

Christopher Ganz grew up in Northeast Ohio and from early on had a fertile imagination and an interest in art. Christopher's artistic education truly began at the University of Missouri, where he graduated with a B.F.A. in 1995. While there, his love of the human form led to many figure drawing classes and his exposure to the wonders of printmaking. Christopher then went to graduate school at Indiana University, and graduated from there in 2001 with an M.F.A. in printmaking.  At IU, a summer abroad graduate program in Italy was a dream realized. Christopher then grasped charcoal with vigor and large sfumato-laden drawings ensued. Christopher's artistic influences are many; from a seminal exposure to Dore's engravings of the Divine Comedy, to Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Goya, and up to Lucian Freud, Mark Tansey, and Micheal Mazur. Christopher is now an associate professor of printmaking and drawing at Purdue University Fort Wayne. Christopher's drawings are represented by Ann Nathen Gallery, Chicago, and he shows his prints across the nation. Exhibit highlights for Christopher include winning Best in Show for the South Bend Museum of Art Biennial, 2009, and twice winning the grand prize for the Contemporary Realism: Fort Wayne Museum of Art's National Biennial, in 2008 and 2010. Christopher's drawings have also been shown in international art expositions, such as Art Chicago, International Expositions of Sculptural Objects + Functional Art (SOFA) in Chicago and in New York.