Kurt Dyrhaug, Texas Sculpture Group

From Beaumont, Texas

Artist Statement: 

Kurt Dyrhaug’s sculpture and drawing employs agricultural and nautical imagery from his experiences living Southeast Texas. His work evokes the form and function of industrial elements, providing new associations of meaning. Reconstructing forms of this nature alludes to a variety of interpretations and potential applications based on the relationships of scale and materials. These familiar forms hold the potential for creating a variety of enigmatic and suggestive propositions that solicit interpretation. Dyrhaug’s research incorporates 3d printing and metal coatings which explore outdoor sculpture on a smaller scale.

Artist Biography:

Kurt Dyrhaug is currently a Professor and Distinguished Faculty Research Fellow at Lamar University where he teaches Sculpture, 3D Design, and 3D Printing. Dyrhaug earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Minnesota (1993) and his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (1989). 

Dyrhaug is also active as a visiting artist and artist in residence. Most recently, he has been an artist in residence at the Atelierhaus Hilmsen in Hilmsen, Germany and the Fundacion Torres Pujales in Corme, Spain.  

Kurt Dyrhaug also has coordinated the Keen Foundry Invitational Symposium and the Texas Atomic Iron Commission.  He currently coordinates the International Symposium: cast metal & 3d printing at the Atelierhaus Hilmsen Residency in Germany and is the co-chair for the International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art, taking place in Berlin, Germany in 2022.