Craig Brigham was born into humble origins near the end of the Great Depression in Kalamazoo, Michigan. By his late twenties Craig had completed a BA degree at Western Michigan University in psychology, art and English and was a veteran of four years as a U.S. Naval Flight Officer.
Based on Guam in 1963 for two years he flew weather surveillance in the Pacific, penetrating typhoons and eventually on to air patrol in the Vietnam war. After Naval service, using the G.I. bill and a scholarship grant, he acquired a 1969 MFA in painting and printmaking at the small, prestigious California College of the Arts in Oakland with a single interest to professionally teach college fine arts which he did for four years in the early seventies at NMC in Traverse city, MI.
The “fifties” school of design in architecture, influenced by Bauhaus roots in Germany and simultaneously, abstract expressionism, became Craig’s meta-model for design and composition that continues to influence his painting and architectural design today.
He lives in the fourth home he personally designed and help build on Northport, Bay in Leelanau county Michigan. The Brigham Studio is in an adjacent building.
2007 “Romancing the Automobile” exhibition, Dennos Museum Center for the Arts, Traverse City, MIchigan
2008 A one-year invitational exhibition at Michigan Governors Residence in Lansing.
2010 “Regional Biennial Juried Sculpture Exhibition” Marshall M. Fredricks Sculpture Museum, University Center, (Saginaw) Michigan.
Past Exhibitions in New York City, NY. Los Angeles, Oakland, California. Miami, Boca Raton, Sarasota, Naples, Orlando and Tampa, Florida. Montreal, Ontario. Chicago IL, Houston Texas. Detroit, Kalamazoo, Benton Harbor, Traverse City, Leland, Suttons Bay and Northport Michigan from 1972 to present.
Work held in private collections in New York City, Paris, Miami, Sarasota,
San Francisco, Los Angeles, various locations in Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois.
Studio near Northport, Leelanau County, Michigan.