Andy Coolquitt was born in Mesquite, Texas in 1964, and currently lives in Austin. Coolquitt is perhaps most widely known for a house, a performance/studio/domestic space that began as his master's thesis project at the University of Texas at Austin in 1994 and continues to the present day.
Coolquitt has been featured in countless solo and group exhibitions, from Houston's own Baffler Museum to as far as Austria's Galerie Krinzinger. Recently, Coolquitt opened a solo exhibition in the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara. Additionally, in the summer of 2016 Coolquitt produced the multi-exhibition project Studio Art...........Period Room while in residence at Artpace.
Through the collection, study and reuse of everyday objects found in the vicinity of his home and studio, Coolquitt creates dynamic works that engage the viewer and question the affiliation between creation and reception as well as the relationship between the artist and audience. Coolquitt scavenges the streets for remnants of human activity and transforms debris such as metal tubing, plastic lighters, empty bottles, drinking straws, and paper bags into sculptures and installations that are humble monuments to lives led in the streets.