Garry Kaulitz

2015 Distinguished ArtistVisual ArtsPrintmaking2008 Project AwardVisual ArtsAward Amount: $5,000

About the artist

Garry Kaulitz’s work dealt with the enigmatic, visual and autobiographical nature of existence. He was a multimedia artist whose primary mediums are paint, printmaking and collage. He died in 2023 after a long illness.

Kaulitz was born in Rapid City, South Dakota. He earned his Master of Fine Arts in printmaking at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. Before coming to Alaska, he was owner and master printer at a press in his name and taught at the Louisville School of Art and University of Indiana. His works have been exhibited internationally, nationally and regionally. He received numerous awards, grants and residencies and is represented in private, public and museum collections around the world. Kaulitz was Professor Emeritus of Art at the University of Alaska Anchorage, where he taught from 1993 to 2014. In 2017 Kaulitz and his wife moved to Cuenca, Ecuador, where he conducted workshops and managed a co-op print shop.

Kaulitz used his Distinguished Artist to create a catalogue of his life’s work—well over 2,500 pieces of art. He also purchased new equipment and traveled to workshops, exhibitions and a conference. “This has been one of the most significant events in my career,” Kaulitz wrote after receiving the award. “I have increased my breadth of opportunity, brought some order to 55 years of creativity and involvement in art, and increased my ‘visual footprint’ 10-fold, especially outside of Alaska.”

Artwork by Garry Kaulitz

This art was purchased through the Alaska Art Fund managed by Museums Alaska.