Jack Girard

Professor of Art

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, and human conflict. Additionally, he has published research on the work of American assemblage artists Edward and Nancy Reddin Kienholz, Spanish artists/writers Asensio Saez, Juan Carlos Mestre, Alexandra Dominguez, Federico Garcia Lorca, and Margarita Merino.

Academic History

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

Courses Taught at Transy

Introduction to Drawing
Intermediate Drawing and Printmaking
Painting I–IV (Change to Painting I and II)
Collage/Mixed Media Drawing
Advanced Studio Practices
Art Senior Seminar
Drawing on Ireland (May term travel course)

Areas of Specialization

Collage/mixed media

Professional Memberships

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

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
Transylvania University


David and Betty Jones faculty development grant for research on the art and poetry of Margarita Merino in Maryville, TN (2016); conference travel for presentation at the International Conference on the Image, Liverpool, England (2016); Juan Carlos Mestre in Madrid, Spain (2014); research in Ballyvaughan, Ireland (2011 and 2009); field research in Berlin, Germany (1998); collaborative installation

Kenan/Jones Faculty Development Grants for conception and execution of new work, Transylvania University, Lexington, KY (2007, 2006, 2003, 1992, 1987)

Byron Young Grants (2013) to support exhibition at Howard County Arts Center, Ellicott, Maryland, and presentation of paper (2012) at the 3rd International Conference on the Image, Poznan, Poland

Kenan Faculty Development Sabbatical Support Grant for research and field work in Portugal and Germany, Transylvania, University, Lexington, KY (2011-12, 204-05)

Lexington Arts and Cultural Council Community Arts Development Grant for collaborative installation work with artist Steve Armstrong (1995)

Recent Publications

“Bathtubs Teeming with Frogs: Confluence of Form in the Multi-modal Work of Spanish Artist and Poet Magarita Merino,” International Conference on the Image, Liverpool, England, September, 2016

“Alexandra Dominguez: A Journey to Mythical Spaces,” International Journal for Art and Art History, ARIPD Journals, October, 2015

“Isolation and Alienation in the Art and Poetry of Juan Carlos Mestre,” The International Journal of the Image, Common Grounds Publishing, Vol. 3, Issue 4 (electronic), 2013 (co-authored with Dr. Veronica Dean-Thacker)

“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 Exhibitions

Maria V. Howard Arts Center, Rocky Mount, NC 2016, 2014, 2012

Rocky Mount Cultural Arts Center, Rocky Mount, NC 2016, 2007

Georgetown College, Georgetown, KY 2015, 2013, 2011

Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA 2015, 2009, 2008

K Space Contemporary (KSC), Corpus Christi, TX 2015

Greenville Museum of Art, Greenville, NC 2015, 2011

ArtsPlace, LexArts Gallery, Lexington, KY 2015

“Jack Girard: Recent Paintings and Drawings,” Carnegie Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, Covington, KY 2013

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

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