Christy Oates


2010    MFA; Furniture Design, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA

2006    BFA; Furniture Design, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN

2002    AS; Interior Design, Western Wisconsin Technical College, La Crosse, WI          

2000    Certification in Floral Design, Midwest Floral Design School, Platteville, WI


2010     Colloseum Gallery, Los Angeles

2009     Twofold, Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, Flor Y Canto Gallery, San Diego, CA

2009     Cabinets of Curiosity, International Contemporary Furniture Fair, New York, NY

2006     Members Gallery, 2006 Furniture Conference, Herron School of Art, Indianapolis, IN

2006     Design Emphasis show at International Woodworking Fair, Atlanta, GA

2006     Commencement Exhibition, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN

2006     Made @ MCAD juried exhibition, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN

2005     Faculty Choice Exhibition, 2005 Furniture Conference, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA

2005     Postpiccasso show; The Other Side, A Tradition of Alternatives,




2010    500 Cabinets, Lark Books

2009    500 Tables, Lark Books

2008    Viewbook, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

2006    700 Students, 700 Stories, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

2005    Furniture Studio: Furniture Makers Exploring Digital Technologies, The Furniture Society




2003-present, Designer

                                   Design and fabrication of custom furniture

2009-present    Eye Grind Design, Designer

                                    Design for manufactured signage and products

2009-present    RMS Laser, Art Director

                                    Design and programming for CNC and Laser cutting shop

2006-present    San Diego State University, Wood Shop Technician/Monitor

                                  Assist with wood shop upkeep and help undergraduate students with individual projects

2008-2008        San Diego State University, Graduate Teaching Assistant (semester contract), San Diego, CA

                                  Taught foundation 3D design class

2007-2007        San Diego State University, Teaching Assistant (semester contract), San Diego, CA

                                  Assisted professor and students in a beginning woodworking class

2005-2007         The Furniture Society, Contributing Editor (volunteer),

                                    Updated website with furniture gallery exhibitions

2006-2006         Red Dilemma, Furniture Designer for production of film:

                                 The Completely Remarkable Utterly Fabulous Transformation of a Regular Joe, Minneapolis, MN

2006-2006         HGTV, Edelman Productions, Furniture Designer (contract), Minneapolis, MN

                                   Designed furniture for use on episodes of Decorating Cents

2004-2006         Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Resident Assistant for student housing, Minneapolis, MN

                                  Assisted students in student housing and coordinated college events

2005-2005         Holly Hunt, Sample Room Coordinator (Internship), Minneapolis, MN

                                   Responsible for upkeep of fabric sample room and updates of showroom samples

2002-2003         Happy Sleeper Furniture, Furniture Sales Associate, Onalaska, WI

                                   Responsible for customer showroom sales and special orders

2002-2002         The Home Depot, Kitchen and Bath Design Consultant Onalaska, WI

                                   Assisted customers with kitchen and bath design and sales

2002-2002         American Home Center, Kitchen Designer (Internship), Onalaska, WI

                                   Designed kitchens and baths under lead designer

2000-2002       Keyes to Design Interior Design Firm, Office Assistant, La Crosse, WI

                                  Assisted interior designers and performed basic office duties