Thomas Putzier has been selected as


The Neon Museum's 7th Artist-in-Residence (AIR7)!


Tom with Stardust Resize

The Neon Museum is proud to announce that queer Minneapolis-based conceptual artist and designer, Thomas Putzier has been selected as its seventh Artist in Residence (AIR7).

Describing his inspiration for the residency project, Putzier stated that he will focus on the role neon signage has played in serving as visual representatives of expression, personality, and leisure. “I plan to explore the way this design iconography has impacted the field of architecture. In my solo show, I will highlight sci-fi futuristic space-age forms and geometry, from the design history of Las Vegas, by collaging their elements into completely new works of art.”

Thomas Putzier’s works have been exhibited in galleries, museums, and sculpture parks, including: Art Shanty Projects (2020, 2022), Minneapolis, MN, CICA Museum (2022), Gyeonggi-do, South Korea, Franconia Sculpture Park (2017-), Shafer, MN, Hutchinson Center for the Arts (2021), Hutchinson, MN, I-Park’s Site-Responsive Biennale (2021-), CT, Josephine Sculpture Park (2022-), Frankfort, KY, and White Bear Center for the Arts (2020), White Bear Lake, MN, among others. Residencies include Danebod Folk School (2014, 2018), Tyler, MN, I-Park Foundation Inc. (2021), East Haddam, CT, and Sagehen Creek Field Station (2018, 2019), Truckee, CA. Putzier received an MFA from Sierra Nevada University, Incline Village, NV, and a BFA from University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL.

He is also well-known for his public engagement projects that are designed to inspire fun, informative, and transformational experiences. After an Introductory Week in September, he will return to Las Vegas to complete the six-week residency from mid-January 2023.


The AIR7 program is made possible by presenting sponsors Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and the National Endowment for the Arts with additional support provided by the Juhl, Laci Cerrone (@lasvegasgal), and James Stanford and Lynn Morris.



Information on the next round of AIR submissions will be posted February 28, 2023. For any questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Cosmopoliton of Las Vegas Logo

Gabriel Barcia-Colombo

Victor Ehikhamenor

Julie Henson

Karl Orozco

Allison Wiese

Whitney Lynn

Join Our Mailing List

Stay updated on upcoming events, special offers, and more.

 Sign Up