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Kurt Gohde
Full Professor of Art
Transylvania University

Kremena Todorova
Associate Professor of English
Transylvania University

EDUCATION

M.F.A., Sculpture, Syracuse University
B.F.A, Sculpture, Alfred University

Ph.D., English, University of Notre Dame
B.A., English, Hope College

RECENT GRANTS AND AWARDS

  • The Lexington Tattoo Project recognized by Americans for the Arts as one of 37 public artworks included in the Public Art Network (PAN) Year In Review 2014
  • Selected for the Kentucky Humanities Council’s 2014-2015 Speakers Bureau
  • Finalists for Detroit Arts Knight Challenge grant for the Detroit Tattoo Project. June 2014
  • Boulder Arts Commission Grant for the Boulder Tattoo Project. March 2014. With Chelsea Pohl
  • David and Betty Jones Faculty Development Grants to support work on DISCARDED: 2014 in Portland, 2013 in San Antonio, 2012 in Indianapolis, 2011 in Los Angeles
  • Blue Grass Community Foundation Grant for community celebration and release of the Lexington Tattoo Project video artwork. November 2013
  • Knight Foundation Donor Advised Fund at Blue Grass Community Foundation Grant for publication of The Lexington Tattoo Project book. Fall 2013
  • Knight Foundation Grant for the Boulder Tattoo Project. May 2013. With Chelsea Pohl
  • LexArts Community Arts Project Grants for “Community Engagement Through the Arts” course in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010
  • Named 2012 Henry Clay Ambassadors by Lexington Mayor Jim Gray
  • Shared Transylvania University honors, 2009
    • Celebration of Diversity Award
    • Phi Kappa Tau Faculty Member of the Year Award
  • Kentucky Oral History Commission grants to support work on Passing in 2009, 2008
  • David and Betty Jones Faculty Development Grants to support work on Passing in 2009 for presentation in Venice, Italy, in 2008 for creation of a photographic archive

RECENT EXHIBITIONS

  • Northern Lights, an installation of lanterns, part of The Neighborhood Series, Lyric Theater, Lexington, KY. 2014. Made collectively with Community Engagement Through the Arts, 2014
  • Northern Lights, an installation of lanterns and community celebration, Castlewood Park and Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY. 2014. Made collectively with Community Engagement Through the Arts, 2014
  • DISCARDED: IF, invited artwork at IdeaFestival 2013, Louisville, KY. September 2013
  • DISCARDED: San Antonio, University of Texas at San Antonio Art Gallery, Part of invitational show What’s Important Is. September 2013
  • The 20, group exhibition, Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY. 2013
  • LexArts 40th Anniversary exhibition, ArtsPlace. October-December, 2012
  • 1000 Dolls, The Kentucky Theater, Lexington, KY. 2012. Made collectively with Community Engagement Through the Arts, 2012
  • Pasted, wheat-pasted public art mural, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY. 2012
  • DISCARDED: Indianapolis, The Herron School for Art and Design, Indianapolis, IN. 2012. Two-channel video installation and large-scale silver wall drawing, part of Couched Constructions, a group exhibition
  • DISCARDED: LA, The Cadillac Hotel, Venice Beach, CA. 2012. Two-channel video projection of photographs and oral history interviews
  • Good Morning: The American Inn Project. Cosmic Charlie’s, Boomslang, Lexington, KY. 2011
  • Pasted, 3 wheat-paste paper murals, Bullhorn Building, Sayre School, and Sav’s Grill, Lexington, KY. 2011. Made collectively with Community Engagement Through the Arts 2011
  • DISCARDED: Lexington, Land of Tomorrow (LOT) Gallery, Lexington, KY. 2011. Four-channel video projection of photographs and poetry, including an original song by Vandaveer
  • DISCARDED: Lexington, Good Foods Co-op, Art in the Café Series, Lexington, KY. 2011
  • Royal Dandies, large-scale sculptural installation for The Illustrious Horse: Artists Respond to the Clara Peck Collection, Morlan Art Gallery, Lexington, KY. 2010
  • Passing: Fashioning Drag, Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY. 2010. Exhibition of large-format photographs and installation. Made collaboratively with Kremena Todorova
  • Passing: Fashioning Drag, Busters Billiards and Backroom, Lexington, KY. 2010. Two nights of live performances and couture costuming. Made collaboratively with Patrick Howell
  • 756 North Limestone: Reconsidered, community quilt installation, X Furniture, Lexington, KY. 2010. Made collectively with Community Engagement Through the Arts 2010
  • Passing North, Third Street Coffee, Lexington, KY. Exhibition of photographs, March 2009
  • Passing South, Johnny Angel's Bar Complex, Lexington, KY. 2009
  • Passing at Transylvania, William T. Young Library. Exhibition of photographs, March 2009
  • Passing: A Drag Show, Carrick Theater, Transylvania University, Lexington, KY. 2009 and 2010
  • Imagine, Living Arts and Science Center, Lexington, KY. 2009

RECENT LECTURES AND CONFERENCES

  •  “When Art Masquerades as Something Else,” invited talk at 2013 University and College Designers Association Conference, Louisville. 2013
  • Keynote speakers at Be Awesome! A Mini-conference for Community Change-Makers, Covington, KY. 2013
  • Artist talk, Governor’s School for the Arts, Transylvania University. 2013
  • “Sneak Attack: Art as a Virus,” invited talk at IdeaFestival Lexington: Creative Disruption, March 8, 2013
  • “DISCARDED,” visiting artist talks in 2012
    • University of Texas at San Antonio
    • LSU College of Art + Design Distinguished Lecture Series
  • “Community Engagement Through the Arts,” visiting artist talks in 2012
    • Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA
    • CANO, Oneonta, NY
  •  “Americans,” Little/Gaines Artist Series, University of Kentucky. 2011
  • “CETA and The University-Neighborhood Connection,” Lafayette Seminar in Public Issues, Gaines Center, University of Kentucky. 2011
  • Passing: The Art of Drag,” Poster Session, College Art Association Conference, New York, NY. 2011
  • “Passing: Oral History Interviews Become Dramatic Monologues,” The National Oral History Association Conference, Atlanta, GA. 2010
  • Passing: Social Ecology of a Drag Community,” The Shepard Symposium on Social Justice, Laramie, WY. 2010
  • Passing: Fashioning Drag.” Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY. 2010. Gallery talk
  • Passing: Oral History as Social Justice.” The Oral History Association Conference, Louisville, KY. 2009
  • Passing: Art as Social Justice.” International Conference on Arts in Society, Venice, Italy. 2009

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

  • The Lexington Tattoo Project book, NoLi CDC, 2014.
  • “Tattoo You,” STORY Magazine, Spring 2013: 51-53.
  • “Can a poem still change anything?” Kentucky Arts Council website, Spring 2013.
  • “Discarded Documents.” North of Center, 2 Feb, 2011.
  • “Passing Through Laramie to Find Humanity in Lexington.” Progress Lexington online journal 21 April 2010.
  • “Stitching the community together: Transy Students and North Limestone.” North of Center January 13, 2010: 1, 2.
  • “Community, art and economics on North Limestone.” Business Lexington 16 May 2008: 29.

RECENT PRESS

  • “Lexington Tattoo Project honored by Public Art Network,” Lexington Herald-Leader, July 3, 2014
  • ​“Keeping It Secret: Lexington Tattoo Project finally reveals mystery symbol and resident,” published on KYForward.com, November 20, 2013
  • ​“How the Boulder Tattoo Project Inked and Linked a Community,” by Lauren Maslen in Colorado University Independent, November 20, 2013
  • “Entire Inked Image Revealed at Lexington tattoo Project Celebration,” by Rich Copley for the lead article on front page, Lexington Herald Leader, November 16, 2013
  • “Lexington Tattoo Project to Unveil Mystery Image,” by Josh James for WUKY.org, November 15, 2013
  • “Secret Tattoos to be Revealed at Lexington Tattoo Project Party,” by Nicholas Howard for examiner.com, November 14, 2013
  • Special guests on Katerina Stoykova-Klemer’s Accents radio show, WRFL, November 7, 2013
  • “Lexington Tattoo Project Celebrates a year and More,” by Saraya Brewer in Chevy Chaser Magazine, November 2013 issue
  • “The Boulder Tattoo Project Puts Poetry in Motion,” by Susanna Speier in Denver’s Westword, October 30, 2013
  • “An Unexpected Love Letter to Boulder,” by Aimee Heckel for the Boulder Daily Camera, October 4, 2013
  • “Stars on Skin,” by Shannon Burgert for the Fall 2013 issue of Boulder Magazine
  • “Boulderites Become a Living Artwork,” a Colorado Matters radio interview by Ryan Warner, September 3, 2013
  • “Boulder Tattoo Project: Ink for All,” by David Accomazzo for The Boulder Weekly, August 1, 2013
  • “We Call Ourselves Interventionist Artists,” an interview by Katerina Stoykova-Klemer, Public Republic, July 5, 2013
  • Special guests on “Connections with Renee Shaw,” Kentucky Educational Television (KET), April 26, 2013
  • “Linked By Ink: Tattoos Mark A City’s Pride,” by Sarah LeTrent, CNN Living, March 5, 2013
  • “The Tatt That Binds”, by Julie Wilson, STORY Magazine, Spring 2013
  • “The Lexington Tattoo Project Comes to Life on 250 Human Canvases,” by Rich Copley, The Lexington Herald-Leader, February 15, 2013
  • “Art Project to Tattoo Poem Onto 200-Plus Lexingtonians,” by Rich Copley, The Lexington Herald-Leader, December 6, 2012
  • Merlene Davis, “Dolls Double as Love Letters: Transylvania to Stage Neighborhood Bonding Project Along Limestone” by Merlene Davis, The Lexington Herald-Leader, March 25, 2012
  • “Transylvania class seeks to engage the community through 1,000 Dolls project” by Saraya Brewer, Chevy Chaser Magazine, March 12, 2012
  • “Transy art project connects students, residents” by Merlene Davis, The Lexington Herald-Leader, April 5, 2011
  • “Clicked to the Curb: Transy artists photograph discarded couches and their owners” by Rich Copley, The Lexington Herald-Leader, Feb 18, 2011
  • “Playing with Power” by Zoe Strecker, Business Lexington, June 10, 2010
  • “Transy class introduces students to North Limestone neighbors” by Tom Eblen, The Lexington Herald-Leader, April 7, 2010
  • “Exhibit Peeks into Lives of Lexington Drag Queens” by Rich Copley, The Lexington Herald-Leader, May 7, 2010
  • “Transy Professors’ Project Catches Drag Queens in the Act” by Beverly Fortune, The Lexington Herald-Leader, March 1,2009

CROSS-DISCIPLINARY, TEAM-TAUGHT COURSES

  • “Community Engagement Through the Arts”
  • “Creative Disruption”