Chris Austin

Lives & works in Solana Beach, CA

Artist Experience
  • Owner, Kiwi Studios, Solana Beach, CA, Founded 2002 

  • 2019 Solana Beach Sculpture worked with Betsy Schulz to create the front section of public art sculpture for the city

  • 2018 Del Mar California, new home commission

  • 2017 Torrey Point new public art completed

  • Public Art for Newly built Carlsbad ,CA Fire Station first time working with Betsy K Shultz, 2015

  • Line of personal and home accessories sold in boutique stores across the U.S. and Canada from 2004 to 2014

  • Commission art pieces for clients including large tabletop vessels, wall art, and stand-alone works 

  • Glass Consultant for Flagship NYC Make Meaning, a hands-on creation retail store; design art projects to be made/sold, budget and training for store openings; retail store design 

  • Education and Inspiration ongoing through participating in National Art Glass Conferences, Public Art Work-shops and International Design Shows in New York City.

  • Attended the gifting suites for the Emmy's and Golden Globes in Los Angeles in 2007




Featured in San Diego Home & Garden, Union-Tribune, North County Times, Fox News, KUSI, Daily Candy, Phoenix Home, Gifts: 2007 Emmy & Golden Globes, Variety L.A., NYIGF Sustainable Exhibit, Mixture Gallery Exhibit - Alexander Calder "Little and Large" 

Community Service
  • ArtReach President of the Board - Nonprofit organization that brings art and art lessons into elementary schools without art programs

  • Torrey Pines High School (TPHS) Foundation Board (12 years)

  • Hotel Sales & Marketing Association (5 years): President, Vice President of Special Events 

  • North County Convention and Visitors Bureau

Previous Experience
  • Allied (previously PRA Patti Roscoe & Associates Destination Management 1990-2000 (Vice President of Marketing: National Franchise Office serving 16 offices; Worldwide Marketing Campaign)

  • General Manager: Opened San Diego North Office; $7 Million budget; 15 Full-time and 25 Part-time Staff 

  • National Sales Manager: Responsible for Designing and Selling Custom San Diego Events to Corporate and Incentive Markets