Born in Southern California, Chris spent most of his childhood between there and Arizona. Moving to Michigan at 18, he attended Saginaw Valley State University, working towards a degree in Education. In his pursuit towards becoming an Art Teacher, he discovered soon after his time at SVSU, that his ideals and the ideals of the public education system were not compatible.
"Influence is one of the most important factors in how we shape our own ideas of not only art, but the world around us. Teaching someone technique is one thing. I was more interested in the social side of art and how it affects us on a personal level."
After some time off to reflect and focus on an entirely new direction, Chris took a leap of faith and moved to Traverse City in May of 2015. Sims used his time getting established and working relentlessly in the service industry. During his day off, prjct omni was slowly being cultivated in the late hours of the night and was launched the following January of 2016. Chris covered everything from artist interviews, to providing a social media account on IG.
"My intention was to highlight my personal taste and create a dialog and a working relationship with the artists themselves. For me it was more than just looking, It's about the conversations that led to ideas I have today. I'm proud of the working relationship we have. They are more than just artists I admire, they are my friends."
Later on in the spring of 2016, Chris landed a deal with the Warehouse MRKT in downtown Traverse City. Where he successfully executed two exhibitions, sold numerous pieces of work and shook up the art scene as promised shortly after delivering his proposal to the warehouse owners. His biggest story that created some controversy stemmed around a specific collection out of São Paulo Brazil. You can read the article HERE. While dealing at Warehouse MRKT, Chris's selections and ideas were heavily influenced by modern design. Though the partnership established between prjctomni and Warehouse MRKT has ended, the learning experience gained from this first venture was vital for Chris and his vision for what prjctomni is truly capably of in the years.
"Prjct omni is a brand built for contemporary artists, designers, and the public. I love the idea of having a place for all of us to develop a better appreciation for the contemporary art scene and how much it influences our daily lives. Contemporary artists and designers are the modern day storytellers of what will soon be our history as we know it."