KIMBERLY A. YOUNG

 

Artist Statement

I have always been creative and artistic and know since I was young that I wanted to be an artist.

I am primarily a ceramic artist, creating functional and decorative ceramic, but also enjoy using a broad range of mixed media, incorporating drawings, paintings, fibers and found objects into larger installation or mixed media projects.

My inspiration comes from situations or emotions I experience in everyday life, from stories that my daughters tell me or from places or people I am visiting.

I record fascinating patterns created randomly in nature or in our modern world, sparks of ideas and tidbits of ideas in my constantly close-by sketchbooks.  I strive to create my interpretations of these observations through art, in developed bodies of work.

I feel my art is ever changing, like the world and seasons around us and that the repetition and rhythm of creating patterns and textures in ceramics and drawings provide me a meditative serenity and balance in our crazy and busy world.

I have been fortunate to live in both the lush Caribbean and currently in the design driven country of Denmark, so I rarely lack inspiration and beauty.  I am determined to never limit my creative ability or get stuck in an artistic rut.


PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

Birkelund Boutique - Owner - January 2015

        Everyday Clay Studio and Gallery - Located in Tillett Gardens - St. Thomas, USVI
Owner, Curator, and Artist  - January 2008 - July 2011
 
 Key Art Supplies - Located in Tillett Gardens - St. Thomas, USVI
Owner, Operator - November 2008 - July 2011
   
 Tillett Gardens - Center for the Arts - St. Thomas, USVI
Property Manager, Coordinator - June 2009 - July 2011
   


EDUCATION
    BFA in Art - University of WI-River Falls 1999
    Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design - summers 1995-1997

MEMBERSHIPS & BOARDS

Artvi Advocate Board - Vice-Chair - 2010 - July 2011

Nonprofit, which has a keen interest in furthering the cause of arts and cultural advocacy in the US Virgin Islands.

Arts Alive Board – Marketing and Development Committee– 2009 - July 2011
    Nonprofit which presents music concerts, arts and crafts festivals, and encourages the young people inappreciation, study and performance/exhibition of music and visual arts.

FireWorks Committee - 2006 - July 2011

    Annual show consisting of ceramic artists and students living in the Caribbean.   Also helped to educate the community about ceramics and the expanse of the medium.

Potters Council2005 - July 2011
   Nonprofit subsidiary of The American Ceramic Society who are passionate about pottery, education, and who want to meet the needs of studio potters and ceramic artists by providing forums for knowledge exchange and professional enhancement.

American Craft Council – 2006 - present

    Nonprofit educational organization promoting the understanding and appreciation of contemporary American craft.


AWARDS
    2011 - Honorable Mention - Caribbean Colour
    2011 - Best of the VI - Pottery - St. Thomas, Daily News Paper
    2010 - Honorable Mention - FireWorks V: An All Clay Show
    2010 - People's Choice Award - FireWorksV: An All Clay Show
    2009 - Honorable Mention - FireWorks IV: An All Clay Show
    2007 - Artist's Choice Award - FireWorks III: An All Clay Show
    2006 - First Place-Professional Category-FireWorks II: An All Clay Show
    2006 - Ricardo & Josephina Charaf Best Sculpture -
                FireWorks II:An All Clay Show
    1995 - Outstanding Achievement in Art - National Art Honor Society


PUBLICATIONS
    St. Thomas This Week - "Tillett Gardens Celebrates 50 Years!" - 
    Jan. & Feb. 2009 issues

PRODUCTS AVAILABLE AT

1+1 textil & design - Århus, Denmark



EXHIBITS

2018 - Upcomers DesignMarked - Vild med Vand - Vejle, Denmark
    2012 - American Keramics - Kolding, Denmark
    2011 - In.Stall.Me - Everyday Clay Studio, St. Thomas, USVI
    2011 - Feminine Mystique - The Ice Gallery Project, St. Thomas, USVI
    2011 - Caribbean Colour - The Ice Gallery Project, St. Thomas, USVI
    2011 - Bistro 1920 - Everyday Clay Studio, St. Thomas, USVI
    2003-2010 - Arts Alive - Spring and Fall Shows, Tillett Gardens, St. Thomas, USVI
    2010 - Dream in Green: Summer pArty - Everyday Clay Studio, St. Thomas, USVI
    2010 - FireWorks V: An All Clay Show - Everyday Clay Studio, St. Thomas, USVI
    2010 - Windows: A Photographic Exhibition - 7-7 Art Alliance, St. Thomas, USVI
    2010 - 4 Colors, 4 Medias, A Needle & Thread -
                Everyday Clay Studio,  St. Thomas, USVI
    2009 - Whimsical Wonderland - Everyday Clay Studio, St. Thomas, USVI
    2009 - Multiplicity - Everyday Clay Studio, St. Thomas, USVI
    2009 - FireWorks IV: An All Clay Show - Everyday Clay Studio, St. Thomas, USVI
    2008 - Fall Works - Everyday Clay Studio, St. Thomas, USVI
    2008 - Necessary Accessories - Everyday Clay Studio, St. Thomas, USVI
    2008 - Mermaids and Mothers - Kilnworks, St. Thomas, USVI
    2008 - In the Belly of My Dreams - Everyday Clay Studio,  St. Thomas, USVI
    2003-2008-2009 - Arts Alive - Spring and Fall Shows
                Tillett Gardens, St. Thomas, USVI
    2007 - FireWorks: An All-Clay Show - Tillett Gardens,  St. Thomas, USVI
    2006 - FireWorks: An All-Clay Show - Mango Tango, St. Thomas, USVI
    2005 - FireWorks: An All-Clay Show - Gallery St. Thomas,  St. Thomas, USVI
    2003 - 15th Annual Caribbean Color, St. Thomas, USVI
    2002-2003 - Battery Show - St. John Artist's Association - St. John, USVI
    1999 - In Between Panes - River Falls, WI
    1999 - Artful Minds - University of WI - River Falls, River Falls, WI
    1999 - Fiber and Texture Exhibit - University of WI,  Whitewater, Whitewater, WI
    1999 - Functional Fire - Wood Fired Cup Exhibition,  Iowa Artisans Gallery, Iowa


CO-CURATOR
    2011 - Femine Mystique - The Ice Gallery Project, St. Thomas Dairies, St. Thomas, USVI
    2011 - Caribbean Colour - The Ice Gallery Project:St. Thomas Dairies, St. Thomas, USVI
    2010 - Mad Men ArtVI - The Saint Lounge, St. Thomas, USVI

IMG_8090.JPG