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Chico MacMurtrie was born in New Mexico in 1961. He holds a B.F.A. from the University of Arizona and an M.F.A. in New Forms and Concepts from the University of California at Los Angeles. MacMurtrie has been awarded four grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and has been Artist in Residence at San Francisco's Exploratorium and at the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1990 he received the San Francisco Bay Guardian Goldie Award. In 1992 MacMurtrie formed Amorphic Robot Works, a San Francisco-based group of artists and engineers and technicians working together to create robotic performances and installations. He describes his vision as ARW's Artistic Director: "The work is an ongoing endeavor to uncover the primacy of movement and sound. Each machine is inspired or influenced both by modern society and what I physically experience and sense. The whole of this input informs my ideas and work." His commissioned sculpture Urge is at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco.