Unfamiliar Territory  1996

Christopher kent Schumaker



Christopher Kent Schumaker was born April 2, 1950 in Neepawa, Manitoba, Canada. Schumaker earned an Associate Arts degree in 1973 from College of the Redwoods, Eureka, California. In 1976 he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Humboldt State University, Arcata, California, and in 1979 received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. From 1981 to 1996 Schumaker was adjunct faculty at several Southern California colleges and universities, teaching sculpture, design, and drawing.

Schumaker’s multi-disciplinary approach to making art did not follow a straight line. It involved his complete immersion in the photographic series (1995 to 1998) documented in his book, My Strangers. These seminal photographs, lead Schumaker to painting and writing poetry.