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Student artist finds inspiration in nature

March 09, 2017 12:00 AM
Pikeville, Ky.
The Weber Art Gallery at the University of Pikeville is currently featuring “Transitions,” the works of graduating senior Kimberly Hylton.

“Growing up in Eastern Kentucky, I developed a love of nature at an early age. I spent my time exploring the world around me,” said Hylton, of Pikeville. “There was always something amazing to be discovered. As an artist, I find my biggest inspiration in the natural world. My love of nature is often reflected in my artwork, whether I am working with a piece of found wood to create a sculpture or painting a colorful sunset to capture a moment. There is something magical about the process of creation. I enjoy transforming the ordinary into something unique and extra-ordinary.”

The senior art show meets part of the exit requirement for a graduating art major and is a reflection of the student’s development and interests.  

Hylton is the daughter of John F. and Patty Justice.

“Kimberly’s art work is serious play, and playful seriousness. There are always layers underlying her artwork, and alternative meanings stirring beneath the surfaces,” said Petra Carroll, associate professor of art. “Suggested expressions intertwine with humor and coalesce to create a body of art that is interesting, eclectic, intuitive and arresting.”   

Hylton’s show features a variety of two- and three-dimensional design work including pencil, acrylics, collage, wire, watercolor, wood, paper wooden dowels, driftwood and found objects.

“When looking at Kimberly’s work, there is clear evidence of someone who is transitioning from student to artist,” said Patricia Kowalok, chair of the division of humanities and professor of art. “Her work reflects her passions for her family and for nature. It reflects her unique vision, her quirky humor, and her personal imagery. Kimberly shares her world, by appealing to the viewer’s senses so that we can intuitively understand and appreciate her loving commitments to her subjects.”

The art show will run through March 24. Hylton will discuss her artwork during a reception on Friday, March 24, at 6 p.m. The community is cordially invited to the art show and reception.  

The University of Pikeville Weber Art Gallery is located on the second floor of the Record Memorial Building. Gallery hours are: Monday and Wednesday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday 9-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-5 p.m.; and Friday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information or additional gallery hours, contact Kowalok at 218-5758 or Carroll at 218-5759.


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