Kevin was born in Pittsburgh, in1955. He started painting when he was eight years old under the mentorship of Jean Slenker. Kutz went to Carneigie Mellon University and studied together with Robert Brackman, who was Robert Henrie’s and George Bellows’ student at Ashcan School. He developed and maintained a healthy artistic relationship with Raphael Soyer until Soyer’s death in 1987. He was the 2009 Eben Demarest Trust Fund Grantee which gave him an opportunity to paint and explore many of the sites that Thomas Cole had painted with other painters from Hudson River School almost t 150 years before. His art can be found in many private and public collections throughout the US.
Kutz has been a plein air artist for over forty years. On a single day he could work on three sites, taking three hours on each. Atmospheric conditions could help dictate where and when to set up his easel. After executing several paintings outdoors, he developed a skin complication and has become an advocate for 100 SPF sunscreen and broad brimmed hats. He now prefers working simultaneously on several painting projects.
For over four decades, he painted extensively along the Lincoln Highway, quirky roadside architecture, documenting sweeping vistas and slices of urban and rural American life. Kevin Kutz’s Lincoln Highway is his book that shows his paintings and drawings for twenty-five years. You can purchase his book on Amazon. Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor is a non-profit organization that is committed to conservation, education and preservation of the Lincoln Highway.
A 28-page addendum and adjunct spectacular exhibition at South Alleghenies Museum of art at Loretto, Pennsylvania from June-October 2015. The show included art spanning several decades of Kevin’s career. Many pieces were generously loaned by their current owners for the exhibit. This book features color reproductions accompanied by Kevin’s comments as well as an introduction and foreword by the museum’s director and current executive director.