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"Music meets woodworking for award-winning art."~ Telluride Daily Planet

"I love how Cie's pieces are dynamic and filled with movement, yet also calming to view.”- Samantha Weston, Public Art Administrator, Denver International Airport

"Cie's artwork is gorgeous and unique." - Miriam Watson, Museum Curator, Yellowstone National Park

"Hoover’s artworks evoke the solitude, peace, and inspiration found within the mountains and forests. He seeks these aspects when creating his artworks; every art piece he produces is inspired by the wood and environment with which it is created."
Telluride Arts District 

"We're big fans" ~ Shoutout Colorado

“We can’t find justifiable words to describe these simply AMAZING inspirations by Cie” - TruART

"Cie Hoover's passion for art rings true. "Crescendo", a wood piece anchored in stone and a solid base of community support, rises like an anthem into the bluebird Western Colorado sky. Its rhythm echoes the lines of the park Pavilion it adorns." ~ Ridgway Creative District, Ridgway, CO

"Cie Hoover is an incredibly talented artist." ~ Krissy Kula, Director, Slate Gray Gallery, Telluride, CO

"Your sculpture is an icon and we are honored to have it." ~ Jared LaCroix, Co-Founder, Ouray International Film Festival

"Cie is a wood artist who is producing some really original work in the way of sculptures, wall hangings and carvings." ~ Woodworkers Association of New South Wales

“The Town of Ridgway celebrates the arts in all of its many faucets, and we are honored to have Mr. Hoover provide a piece of public art for display through our organization.” ~ PARC (Public Art Ridgway Colorado)

“The work of Cie Hoover reflects his experiences in the natural world, specifically the vast, wondrous western landscapes surrounding his home (in southwest Colorado).” ~ Telluride Inside & Out

“Beautiful work!” ~ Kent Swanson, Public Art Project Coordinator, Bernalillo County, New Mexico

“From the first time I saw Cie's woodwork, I was struck by its originality, and his work has grown exponentially since then. It has been a joy to watch his evolution as a visual artist, alongside his already well-recognized talents as a performing artist. There appear to be no limits to what he can accomplish!” - Mayor John Clark, Ridgway, CO

“WOW just WOW. Simply amazing art.” ~ Interim Susan Lander, Executive Director, Durango Creative District, Durango, CO 




Ongoing ARTIST ROSTER - Slate Gray Gallery, Telluride, CO

2023  Ouray County Arts Show - The Decker Room, Ridgway, CO

2023  SOLO EXHIBIT - Blue Sage Center for the Arts, Paonia, CO

2023  Cie Hoover / Topher Straus Exhibit, Rhythm In Nature, Slate Gray Gallery, Telluride, CO

2022  Telluride Fire Festival Group EXHIBIT - Slate Gray Gallery, Telluride, CO

2022  SOLO EXHIBIT - Grand Mesa Arts Center, Cedaredge, CO

2022  Reminiscence - Slate Gray Gallery - Telluride, CO

2022  Artists’ Alpine Holiday Juried Show, 3 pieces, Ouray Community Center, Ouray, CO

2022  Sheer Imagination - Slate Gray Gallery, Telluride, CO

2022  SOLO EXHIBIT -  Residual Roots, Healthy Rhythm Art Gallery, Montrose, CO

2021  SOLO EXHIBIT - Within the Woods, Wilkinson Public Library, Curated by the Telluride Arts District, Telluride, CO

2021  SOLO EXHIBIT -Branches,  The Wright Opera House, Ouray, CO

2021  Ridgway Rendezvous Juried Art Fair - Ridgway CO ,

2021  610 Gallery Open Exhibition - 2 pieces, 610 Arts Collective, Ridgway, CO

2021  SOLO EXHIBIT - Arborescent 2.0, The Wright Opera House, Ouray, CO

2020  SOLO EXHIBIT - Arborescent, The Wright Opera House, Ouray, CO

2020  SOLO EXHIBIT - Woodshedding, 610 Arts Collective, Ridgway, CO

2020  Art In Isolation - 4 pieces, The Wright Opera House, Ouray, CO

2019  Artists’ Alpine Holiday Juried Show, 3 pieces,  Ouray Community Center, Ouray, CO

2019  Inaugural 610 Arts Collective Regional Arts Exhibition, 1 Piece, 610 Arts Collective, Ridgway, CO

2019  Selected group exhibition, 3 pieces, Skol Gallery, Ouray, CO

2010  Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Cleveland Rocks Guitar Auction, 1 piece, Cleveland, OH


2024 Artist Residency, Buffalo Creek Art Center, Genoa NV (Lake Tahoe / Reno)

2023 One year installation, "Infinite Crescendos", Nashville International Airport in Collabaoration with Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival

2023  Finalist,"Illumination's Flow", Greeley, CO

2022  Fire sculpture, Telluride Fire Festival, Telluride, CO

2022  Permanent: "Crescendo", Ridgway Athletic Park, Ridgway, CO

2022  Art on loan: "Crescendo II", Commission by Fraser Public Arts Committee, Fraser, CO

2022  Temporary - Telluride Art + Architecture - 5 sculptures

2022  Permanent "The Reel Summit", Sculpture for the Ouray International Film Festival, located at The Wright Opera House, Ouray, CO

2022  Permanent: "Balance In The Fray", Alamosa ARTscape, Alamosa, CO (People's Choice Winner)

2022  Permanent: "Mountain Zia", Ouray, CO

2021  Temporary exhibit: Art Haus - 5 pieces, The Transfer Warehouse, Curated by the Telluride Arts District, Telluride CO

2019  Permanent : "Equilibrium", Ouray, CO


2022 ~ First Place - "Elevation" at Ouray County Arts Association Artists' Alpine Holiday Juried Art Show
2021 ~  People's Choice Award - Alamosa ArtScape (Public Art on Loan Series), Alamosa, CO
2019 ~ Mayor's Choice Award - Inaugural 610 Arts Collective Regional Arts Exhibition, Ridgway, CO

2019 ~ John Billings Choice Award (Maker of the GRAMMY Awards) - 7th Annual Michael McCullough’s Sculpting Competition, Ridgway, CO


June 27, 2023, "A Masterpiece in Accoya Wood" -

June 15, 2023, "New Bonnaroo themed skylight art displayed at the Nashville Airport - .

April 10, 2023, "Meet Cie Hoover" - CanvasRebel Magazine

Feb 28, 2023, "Ouray artist selected for art installation at Nashville Airport" - Montrose Press, Montrose, CO

January 29, "Rhythm In Nature - The Art of Cie Hoover & Topher Straus" - Telluride Inside & Out

December 8, 2022 - "Artist Spotlight: Cie Hoover", Ouray County Plaindealer, Ouray, CO

December 7, 2022 - "Telluride Fire Festival", Telluride Daily Planet, Telluride, CO

October 18, 2022 - "Meet Cie Hoover", VoyageDenver, Denver, CO

October 6, 2022 - "Art Unveiling Today", Ouray County Plaindealer, Ouray, CO

October 3, 2022 - "Slate Gray: Reminiscence", Telluride Inside and Out, Telluride, CO

September 29, 2022 - "Ridgway to unveil new sculpture", Montrose Press, Montrose, CO

May, 2022 -"The Origen of Opposites" featured on homepage of

January 13, 2022 - Healthy Rhythm hosts Ouray sculptor and musician, Montrose Press, Montrose, CO

January 10, 2022 - Ouray artist win’s $1,000 People’s Choice Award, Alamosa Citizen, Alamosa, CO

January 3, 2022 - Residual Roots - Montrose Mirror, Montrose, CO

December 15, 2021 - Telluride Art Walk - Telluride Daily Planet, Telluride, CO

November 16, 2021 - Shoutout Colorado Interview

May 7, 2021 - KVNF Radio Interview, Paonia, CO

September 2, 2021 - September Arts Walk, Telluride Inside, Telluride, CO

September 8, 2020 - Leslie Vreeland, Woodshedding, Telluride Daily Planet, Telluride, CO

August 20, 2020 - Josue Perez, Arts & Entertainment Roundup, Montrose Daily Press, Montrose, CO

April 8, 2020 - Leslie Vreeland, Inspiration, Telluride Daily Planet, Telluride, CO

April 25, 2019 - Leslie Vreeland, Sounds Like R-I-D-G-W-A-Y, Telluride Daily Planet, Telluride, CO


2023  "Infinite Crescendos" (Nashville International Airport) / "Old George" / “Big Sky”

2022  "The Reel Summit" (Ouray International Film Festival sculpture) /  "Maroon Bells" / "Cimarrons"

2021  "Mountain Zia" / "SendFest" (Part of 2021 Ouray Ice Festival Auction) / "Sneffels"

2020  "Contentment"  /  "Love, Laughter, and Music"  /  "Let's Go Hokies"  /  "The Lonely Mountain"  /

"Music Is My Mantra"  /  "Matthews"  /  "The Fellowship"  /  "Caduceus"

2019  "Kral, Grand Lake"  /  "Big Sky"  /  "Mt. Timpanogos"  /  "Great Adventure"  /  "Lime Lake"  /  "Magic Bird"

"Garden of the Gods"  /  "Mt. Moran"  /  "Twin Peaks"


Ouray County Arts Association - Member -2018-Present

Nature First Alliance  - Member - 2018-Present

The Wright Opera House - Marketing Committee Member - 2019-Present


Belmont University – Bachelor of Business Administration – May 2005

Music Business and Entertainment emphasis


  • Professional Artist / Woodworker - 2018 - Present

  • Touring Musician - You Knew Me When - June 2012 - Present

  • Gibson Guitar Corporation - Global Events Manager, October 2009 – June 2012

  • Gibson Guitar Corporation - Global Events Coordinator, October 2008 – October 2009

  • The International Songwriting Competition - Artist Relations / Media Coordinator, Sept 2007 – Aug 2008

  • MEINL, USA International Manufacturer of Cymbals and Percussion Instruments - Artist Relations Coordinator, USA and Canada, July 2007 – September 2007

  • PLA Media PR and Marketing Firm - Publicist, May 2005 – June 2007

Available upon request

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Artist, musician, husband. Cie Hoover lives and creates his art in Ouray, Colorado. In addition to performing alongside his wife Karisa in the folk-rock duo You Knew Me When, Cie has always had a passion for the visual arts. After working in the Nashville music industry for over a decade, and then touring full-time for six and a half years throughout North America with You Knew Me When, Cie rekindled his love of the visual arts living amongst the San Juan Mountains. 

Cie grew up in Blacksburg, Virginia, and frequently visited Colorado with his family in his formative years. He attended Belmont University in Nashville, TN, and obtained his BBA in Music Business. After graduating, Cie was a publicist with Garth Brooks’ manager for several years, the Artist Relations Coordinator for Meinl Cymbals for a stint, the Artist Relations Coordinator for the International Songwriting Competition for a couple years, and the Global Events Manager for Gibson Guitar for 4 years prior to touring full-time with You Knew Me When. Music has always played an important role in Cie's life, and subsequently plays an important role in Cie's art...especially when getting into an "artistic" frame of mind. 



Cie’s art has grown in recognition since receiving the Mayor’s Choice Award at the Inaugural 610 Arts Collective Regional Arts Exhibition back in April of 2019. Since that time he has continued to explore woodworking as a creative and artistic medium. After buying and remodeling an old 1898 mining house in Ouray, CO, Cie discovered the versatility of wood as an art medium and began transforming his garage into his woodworking studio.  The majority of Cie's work is based on and inspired by the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado. After creating a "wood canvas" Cie utilizes various routers, saws, and stains to create his artwork. A number of his works also incorporate the use of sound waves as an artistic element and subtle dictation of what the work embodies. 

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