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Jack Girard

Professor of Art

Mitchell Fine Arts 220
Transylvania University
300 North Broadway
Lexington, KY 40508-1797

Phone: (859) 233-8115
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Jack Girard's primary medium is collage, although he frequently works in paint, assemblage, and installation. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions and is represented in many corporate, institutional, and private collections in the United States and overseas.

His work addresses a variety of topical issues, including aging, discrimination, archaeology, ordnance, politics, and human conflict. He is currently represented by Chapman Friedman Gallery, Louisville, Ky. Additionally, he has published research on the work of American assemblage artists Edward and Nancy Reddin Kienholz and Spanish artists/writers Asensio Saez and Juan Carlos Mestre.

Recent publications and presentations

  • "Victor Hammer: Typeface Designer, Publisher, Portraitist," Transylvania Treasures, Spring Issue, 2012

  • "Facing the Unknown in the Art and Poetry of Juan Carlos Mestre," Third International Conference on the Image, Poznan, Poland, 2012

  • "The State of Drawing" (book citation), Blurb Press, Georgetown College, 2011 

  • Horsetails 2010 (book citation), Lexington Philharmonic Foundation, Welsh Printing, Louisville, Ky., 2010

  • "Retributions: Elections, Floods, and Wishing Wells," Martha Gehringer and Jack Girard, Lulu Press, Lexington, Ky., 2009

  • Commentator for "Fire and Motion," one-hour Kentucky Educational Television production on the artworks of Stephen Rolfe Powell and Steve Armstrong, KET Studios, Lexington, Ky., 2009–10

  • "Asensio Saez: A Reflection," University of Murcia Press, Murcia, Spain, Spring 2008

  • "Cupolas, Domes, and Other Capitol Ideas," Transylvania University Deans Faculty Forum, Lexington, Ky., 2006

Recent solo exhibitions:

  • Dead Ducks and Decoys, Giles Gallery, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Ky., 2012
  • Jack Girard: Recent Work, Joan Derryberry Gallery, Tennessee Technical University, Cookeville, Tenn., 2010

  • Retributions, Morlan Gallery, Transylvania University, Lexington, Ky., 2009

  • Mavens, Mary Rezny Studio Gallery, Lexington,  Ky., 2008

  • Jack Girard: Recent Work, Wofford College, Spartanburg, S.C., 2007

  • Jack Girard: New Work, Illinois Central College, Peoria, Ill., 2005

  • Jack Girard: Recent Work, Sarratt Gallery, Vanderbilt University, Knoxville, Tenn., 2004

Artwork included in the following collections:

  • South Carolina State Museum

  • Berea College

  • Carteret Technical College

  • East Carolina University

  • Appalachian State University

  • Central Bank of Kentucky

  • Coca-Cola Bottling Company

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Academic history

Courses taught

Areas of specialization


Professional memberships

Academic history

  • M.F.A., East Carolina University, 1976
  • B.F.A., East Carolina University, 1973

Courses taught

  • 2-D Design
  • Drawing I–III
  • Painting I–IV
  • Printmaking
  • Collage/Mixed Media Drawing
  • Advanced Studio Practices
  • Art Senior Seminar
  • Drawing on Ireland (May term travel course)
  • Intro to Fine Arts in New York City (May term travel course)

Areas of specialization

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Collage/mixed media
  • Performance art
  • Installation
  • The art and prose of Asensio Saez Garcia and Juan Carlos Mestre


  • Kenan/Jones Faculty Development Grants for conception and execution of new work, Transylvania University, 2007, 2006, 2003, 1992, 1987
  • David and Betty Jones faculty development grants for research in Ballyvaughan, Ireland, 2011 and 2009; field research in Berlin, Germany, 1998; collaborative installation with artist Steve Armstrong, 1996; and research on the art and literature of Asensio Saez Garcia in La Union, Spain, 1994
  • Kenan Faculty Development Sabbatical Support Grant for research and field work in Portugal and Germany, Transylvania University, 2011–12 and 2004–05
  • David and Betty Jones Faculty Development Grant for research in Berlin, Germany, 1998
  • Lexington Arts and Cultural Council Community Arts Development Grant for collaborative installation work with artist Steve Armstrong, 1995
  • David and Betty Jones Faculty Development Grant for collaborative sound composition with composer/musician Steve Lyon, Transylvania University, 1990
  • Lexington Arts and Cultural Council Grant for design and production of a 45-minute collaborative performance art work with choreographer/dancer Jan Hurst, 1990
  • Commissioned collaboration with writer Jo Carson on a series of drawings for the Lexington Alzheimer's Association (for commercial replication and national distribution), 1990

Professional memberships

  • College Art Association of America
  • Lexington Art League 
  • Who's Who In American Art
  • Who's Who Among American Teachers

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