Chris Sullivan stops painting and founds new conceptual art practice.
Shawn Barrett joins the practice for three months as Sullivan’s first writer.
Advisory board founded to assist with business model.
July: The practice executes its first public work, Luncheon at the Eastland Park Hotel in Portland, Maine.
August: Sullivan and Ian Kerr perform Subaltern at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Portland, Maine.
Business model is finalized and the practice adopts the term Firm to describe its structure.
May: Audit Shown at ICA in Portland, Maine as part of MFA thesis show.
August: Le diner de Descartes à la fin de son premier jour created.
September: Firm takes on musician and ex-philosopher D. S. Lobley as writer.
January: Firm shows Shot christophermichaelsullivan at Whitney Art Works in Portland, Maine.
September: Insider Trading performed at the Lord Hall Gallery in Orono, Maine as part of the group show Without Borders: Seriously Funny.
September: Firm hires third member Gordon W.S. Lane as its new writer and Lobley becomes the firm’s first producer.
January: Firm performs What is “Debate” in French? on three consecutive Fridays at Whitney Art Works in Portland, Maine.
March: Rocco Tripaldi joins the firm as the Technologies Director.
April: Firm ties as a write-in candidate for Portland’s Best Visual Artist in Pheonix readers’ poll.
November: Demo is released to 50 galleries and 50 radio stations across the country.
April: Firm launches new branding
Cheif Operating Officer
Paul W. J. Thompson
Gordon W.S. Lane
Jeff Badger (2008)
Nina Gara Bozicnik (2010)
Brendan Griffiths (2009)
Ken Greenleaf (2008)
Derek Lobley (2010)
John Loerchner (2009)
Fathima Mohiuddin (2009)
Daniel Moore (2009)
Ian Paige (2007)
Randy Regier (2006)
Andy Graham (2006)
Bennett Morris (2006)
Christopher Thompson (2006)
Chris Sullivan attended the University of Maine at Presque Isle on the Irving O. Bragg Trustee Tuition Waiver and Collins Art Scholarship. He received his BFA in painting, graduating summa cum laude in 2005, after which he immediately enrolled in Maine College of Art’s MFA program, where he was trained and mentored by his now-rival Iain Kerr of the collective spurse. In 2007 he graduated from the program with distinction. Sullivan was born in Waterbury, Connecticut in 1982. He currently lives in Portland, Maine.
Rocco is a multi-talented graphic designer who studied graphic communications and web technologies at Franklin Pierce University. Prior to Franklin Pierce, he co-founded and served as Production Manager for The Beacon, Southern Maine Community College’s first student newspaper. Rocco’s work on The Beacon included managing a staff of writers, photographers, and designers. In early 2009, Rocco made an unforgettable presentation to the christophermichaelsullivan team proposing a re-make of their current website. The proposal earned him a partnership with the firm and he is currently at work implementing his vision.
Paul W. J. Thompson
Paul received his Master’s in Environmental Management from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University in 2005 and a Master’s in Arts Administration from Boston University in 2008. Prior to working with CMS he worked as an account manager for Millipore and more recently served as the M. Kelly Fellow at the Samuel Peterson and Orin Oliver Foundation.
Thompson was born in 1979 in St. Augustine, Florida. He currently lives in Milton, VT.
Gordon W.S. Lane
Gordon graduated in 2005 from the University of Toronto, where he studied English and philosophy. Gordon is an accomplished writer and communicator, and has several years of experience working as a reporter at several local newspapers. Prior to working with christophermichaelsullivan, Gordon had an original play produced in Toronto and collaborated with Toronto artist John Loerchner, designing sound for several theater and media art productions, and with Toronto writer Daniel Moore, editing short fiction.