Kibby earned his BS degree in Sculpture/Applied Arts from the University of Oregon in 1975. During the period after this degree completion, he was engaged as a studio artist, working in his space in Berkeley and participating in sculpture symposia in Carrara and Como, Italy. His public commissions during this period include installations for the City of Portland, Oregon, and the Commune de Pognana Lario near Como, Italy.
He then worked in the field of historic masonry restoration from 1983 until 2017 and during that period compiled a wide range of experience in the restoration of masonry materials including terra cotta, brick, stone, pre-cast and cast-in-place concrete, ceramic tile, gypsum plaster, and glass and porcelain mosaic. He also directed comprehensive restoration projects involving masonry plus related historic fabric such as wood, metals, windows, and full exterior scopes of preservation. During this period he was as well the founder of CGI Preservation, an historic masonry specialty-subcontracting firm, and during this time he oversaw all sales, technical & field operations. He was also a presenter and lecturer at numerous restoration symposia, teaching and speaking on the technical aspects of masonry restoration and preservation.
He was a founding member of the Veterans Preservation Corps, a pending non-profit foundation whose mission is the training of veterans in the Preservation Trades and the placement of these individuals with contractors and employers engaged in the practice of Historic Preservation and Restoration, and the construction trades.
During his career devoted to the restoration of historic structures, he also continued with his original focus of artistic and sculptural efforts, and at times used materials (stone and terra cotta) salvaged from previous historic restoration projects, such as stone from the Oakland City Hall seismic upgrade and restoration, as well as several other notable structures.
In 2017 he retired from active contracting and limited himself to consulting activities in the historic preservation field. This has allowed him to focus his current efforts on his sculptural work, which still emphasizes the use of stone as a primary material. He has expanded this sculptural effort to include the development of lighting fixtures using stone as the principal medium for transmitting light.
1976 B.S. Fine and Applied Arts (Sculpture) University of Oregon, Eugene, OR