KIMBERLY A. YOUNG
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.
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
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 Council – 2005 - 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.
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
St. Thomas This Week - "Tillett Gardens Celebrates 50 Years!" -
Jan. & Feb. 2009 issues
PRODUCTS AVAILABLE AT
1+1 textil & design - Århus, Denmark
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
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