OUR ECLECTIC MINDS/ARTISTS' BIOGRAPHIES


Hannah Jane Goodman was born in Houston, Texas and currently lives in Lexington, KY where she is to graduate from Transylvania University in May with a Bachelor of Arts. While attending Transy she had the opportunity to work as an intern at Blood-Horse Magazine under Photography Director Anne Eberhardt Keogh. During this time Hannah had several of her photographs published in the magazine as well as on the website. In October 2009, Hannah traveled to Africa to explore her interest in wildlife photography. Two of her framed photographs from this wonderful trip were offered as auction items at the Art in Bloom silent auction, the University of Kentucky Art Museum’s premier fund-raiser. Along with travel, wildlife and photography, one of Hannah’s great passions is music. Singing aloud and badly is somewhat of a family tradition. She grew up listening to The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and many of the other greats. One thing that interests her is the common thread that unites each of these artists along with so many artists throughout time. They have all produced songs about women. This interest inspired a photography project exploring who these women are and how to capture their characters in a photograph. This work will be displayed in the Transylvania University Senior Art Exhibition in Morlan Gallery between April 2nd and 23rd.

Samantha McQuillan is an artist and a student who was raised in Corbin, KY for the majority of her life. She has been producing art for as long as she can remember, her sole passion being drawing, specifically focusing on realism. Samantha has won several awards and started commissioning her work locally in Lexington, KY. Her art has been featured in local businesses in KY, some of which include Haute Couture in Nicholasville and Blue Moon Tattoo in Willimasburg, KY. She is temporarily living in Lexington, KY, but will soon be living in her hometown of Corbin once again.

Ashley Perkins was born in 1985 in Covington, Kentucky and is currently finishing her undergraduate degree in Studio Art at Transylvania University. Since 2003, she has been a member of the DeviantArt.com community, and in the past has actively contributed to the site’s photography collection. The senior exhibit at Morlan Gallery 2010 will be her first public showing of works, and will feature a small portion of her series of child photography, a current focus for the artist. Currently working as a child care worker while attending school, she hopes to continue with a career in Art Therapy, focused on working with children and young adults.

Kristy Marie Allison, born to Billy and Karla Allison of Mount Olivet, Kentucky is a soon to be graduate of Transylvania University. She will be graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree and is a Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities honorary. She is also a member and previous Philanthropy chair of Alpha Omicron Pi, a Greek organization, and is the leader of PB& J Club which is a volunteer group that provides food for the homeless each week. Kristy plans to attend graduate school for a masters in architecture with an emphasis in historic preservation. This coming April, from the 2nd to the 23rd she will be exhibiting artwork she has created through her years at Transylvania along with other senior works.

Montgomery Powers comes out of Middlesboro, KY. He will be earning his BA in Studio Art from Transylvania University of Lexington, Kentucky in May 2010. His work, a combination of painting and sculptural ceramic forms, was featured in Transylvania’s Student Art Show in 2008, with several works residing in the Douglas Gay Jr. Library and with individual patrons in the Lexington area. He is also an administrator and contributor to the social arts and awareness organization Rogue’s Gallery, operating since late 2009.

Kathleen Burke
was born in 1987 in Okinawa, Japan. She currently lives between Lexington, KY and Vista, CA. She is a graduating senior of Transylvania University and will be receiving a BA of Studio Art this May. Her work has recently been on display at the Shearer Student Gallery, the Kentucky Department of Higher Education, the Lexington Downtown Arts Center, and the Morlan Gallery.

Ted Strohmeier
was born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1988 and grew up in rural Owenton. He is the son of Kim and Francie Strohmeier and the brother of two sisters, Lauren and Hannah. Ted received his high school degree from Owen County High School and subsequently attended Transylvania University, where he majored in German Studies and Studio Art. He anticipates a Bachelors Degree in May of 2010. In his four years at Transylvania, Ted exhibited his drawings and photography in annual juried student exhibits as well as published his work in the Transylvanian, the oldest arts and literature journal west of the Allegheny Mountains. Upon graduation, Ted plans on teaching English and Photography in Germany, after which he will attend graduate school for Photography.

Susan MacDonell was born in Morgantown, Kentucky, in 1988 and currently lives, works, and educates herself in Lexington, Kentucky. This May she will receive a BA in Studio Art emphasizing in ceramics from Transylvania University. She has also completed a minor in Chemistry. She has been in one solo exhibition, Scotland, Paisley, and Wee Dancing Hippos (2009), and several collaborative exhibitions, Transylvania University Juried Student Exhibition (2007 and 2008). She studied at Glasgow School of Art in her Fall Term of 2009.

Denise Estelle Brown is a painter, poet, writer and stage performer born and reared in Harlan County, Ky. The oldest of six children, she made Lexington her permanent home in 1998. She has done portrait work as a freelance artist and has exhibited at Transylvania University's Morlan Gallery; she will receive her degree in Studio Art from that university in May of this year. One of her oil paintings was recently purchased by Saint Joseph's Hospital (Lexington) for their new women's hospital; her art work can also be seen in an outdoor exhibit as part of the downtown revitalization project that includes the historic Lyric Theatre. Denise also hosts a monthly poetry reading called 22 Nights at Third Street Stuff Coffee Shop (South Limestone). She is the mother of five lovely children and still considers herself a "mountain girl".