M E E T   T H E  2019  A R T I S T S

BENJAMIN CIRGIN
RICHMOND, KY

Benjamin has held numerous solo and group exhibitions in the field of art and ceramics, while serving as an advising board member for the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, and co-founded the artist collective One + One + Two in San Francisco, California. He is currently Ceramics Area Head and Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Eastern Kentucky University in the Department of Art and Design.

BRAD DEVLIN
LOUISVILLE, KY

"Devlin works primarily with found, salvaged, and re-purposed objects and materials to create abstract compositions like masks, figures, and lighting/lights. This may seem simple, but what Devlin does is more complex than mere assemblage." 

- ART BELLA DAILY

JENNIFER HART
LEXINGTON, KY

My work is intimately tied to the rejected, to the cast off, to the no longer wanted. It is intrinsically linked to finding beauty and inspiration where there appears to be none. My art’s raison d’être is to go to the darkest places of human nature and bring forth beauty and joy into the world.

VALLORIE HENDERSON
LOUISVILLE, KY

A Kentucky native, Vallorie Henderson has created a blended career that includes the production and marketing of her own line of contemporary textile work as well as a variety of arts administration and business development positions over the past 30 years. Her work is represented in multiple private and corporate collections.

ALLIE JENSEN
LOUISVILLE, KY

"Contemporary artist Allie Jensen uses art as a tool, not as a talent. Utilizing meditative art techniques such as repetitive linework and dotwork, Jensen advocates mindfulness and self-awareness."

 

- COLLIDER 

SHANNON McCARTHY
RICHMOND, KY

Shannon strongly believes that all designers must never underestimate the importance of tactile understanding and craftsmanship. By developing and harnessing this relationship through the creative process, a stronger design eye will form.

AMY PENDER
LOUISVILLE, KY

Amy centers the majority of her work around the ideas of home and nature, or the coexistence of the two. She is a multi-talented sculptor from Louisville, KY, working in glass and mixed media.

JOEL PINKERTON
LOUISVILLE, KY

Joel's assemblages draw out unique expressions full of allegory, irony, metaphor, and satire. You might describe his work as uncovering the activity of still objects. Joel has spent the last few years traveling the country, selling his unique sculptures at various fine art fairs.

MELISSA VANDENBERG
RICHMOND, KY

Melissa is a multidisciplinary artist, educator, and curator living in Eastern Kentucky. Her studio practice explores the political landscape using national identity, folk art, ancestry, immigration, and the perception of a homeland as points of departure. She gravitates to everyday materials like matches, fabric, stickers, wood, and commonplace objects.

REGINA WILLIAMS
GLENDALE, KY

After a 20+ year career as an illustrator for the US Army, Regina and her husband now own and operate Nolin River Art Studio. She shares her passion with hundreds of children and hopes to instill in them that they are all artists, too.