CV

November 17, 2013

Kay Westhues CV (pdf) | LinkedIn | Dreaming in Public video

Kay Westhues is a photographer and folklorist who is interested in documenting the ways in which rural tradition and history are interpreted and transformed in the present day. Through her work she aims to describe the vitality and complexity of places and people whose lives are often overlooked and unexamined.

Kay has a M.A. degree in Folk Studies (2017) from Western Kentucky University, a M.S. in Instructional Systems Technology (1998) from Indiana University, Bloomington, and a B.S. degree in Photography and Ethnocentrism from the Individualized Major Program at Indiana University, Bloomington (1994). She currently teaches for the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts at Indiana University, South Bend, IN.

Recent exhibitions

The Portage Path: Returning to Our History, Snite Museum of Art (Notre Dame, IN) 2016

MAN + LAND + WATER, Rutledge Gallery, Winthrop University (Rock Hill, SC) 2015

South Bend Selfie, South Bend Museum of Art (South Bend, IN), 2015

The Blue Library, Press Street’s Antenna Gallery (New Orleans, LA), 2014

Portfolio Showcase: Rural Culture, Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson, NY 2014

Water: A Universal Human Right, Robert Morris State Street Gallery, Chicago, IL 2014

SURFACE TENSION: The Future of Water, THEMUSEUM, Kitchener, Canada 2013-14

Sense of Place: Rural Narratives, South Shore Arts Center, Munster, IN 2012

SURFACE TENSION: The Future of Water, Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, New York, NY 2012

SURFACE TENSION: The Future of Water, Science Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland 2011-12

The Project, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL 2011

9/11 Inspired, South Shore Arts, Munster, IN 2011

Water/Rock/Wood, 2739 Edwin Gallery, Hamtramck, MI 2011

Well Stories, South Bend Museum of Art, South Bend, IN 2011

A Sense of Place: Rural Indiana Narratives, Noyes Cultural Art Center, Evanston, IL 2010

Take a Look: A Selection of Recent Photography Acquisitions, Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 2010

Well Stories, Artpost Gallery, South Bend, IN 2010

Art from the Heartland (Made in the Midwest) Juried Exhibit Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN 2010

Fourteen places to eat: A narrative, Pictura Gallery, Bloomington, IN 2010

Salon Show, South Shore Arts, Munster, IN 2009

Fourteen places to eat: A narrative, Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame IN 2009

Grand Prix Fotofestiwal 2009 – 8th International Festival of Photography in Lodz, Poland 2009

Everyday Mysteries: Photographs by Kay Westhues, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, IN 2008

Rockford Midwestern, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL 2008

“Beyond Bloomington” Atypical Urbanscapes, through the lens of 7 photographers, Prima Gallery, Bloomington, IN 2008

Focus: Midwest, Midwest Museum of Contemporary Art, Indianapolis, IN 2008

Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX 2008

Mary Beth Creiger Memorial Photo Exhibition, Around the Coyote gallery, Chicago, IL 2007

Photography What Now?, Lexington Art League, Lexington KY 2007

Group Show # 19, Humble Arts Foundation (online exhibit) 2007

Salon Show, South Shore Arts, Munster, IN 2007

Biennial 24, South Bend Regional Museum of Art, South Bend, IN 2007

Awards

Puffin Foundation West Project Grant, 2013

Indiana Arts Commission Individual Artist Project Grant 2013, 2010, 2007

Helen V. Surovek Memorial Award, South Shore Arts, Munster, IN 2012

Indiana Artisan Project Grant, 2009

Past Presidents’ Award, Salon Show, South Shore Arts, Munster IN 2009

Best 2-D award, Rockford Midwestern, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford IL 2008

Merit award, 7th Harvest Biennial, Arts Place, Portland, IN, 2007

Merit award, 64th Annual Salon Show, South Shore Arts, Munster, IN, 2007

Bibliography / Media

Family Faith Food, editor: Shaun H. Kelley, STRANT, 2016, www.strantmag.com/familyfaithfood/

YIELD Magazine, Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, Issue 02, April 2016, http://002.yieldmagazine.org.

Grass Roots Media, “Dreaming in Public,” WNIT, South Bend, IN, June 26, 2015, https://vimeo.com/119558418 .

Shaun H. Kelly, “Featured Work: Family Album by Kay Westhues, ” Strant Magazine, Volume 004, Issue 001, 19 February, 2015, http://www.strantmag.com/vol-004-iss-001-family-like-a-wishbone/.

Shaun H. Kelly, “Featured Work: Fourteen Places to Eat by Kay Westhues, ” Strant Magazine, 28 August, 2014, http://www.strantmag.com/featured-work-fourteen-places-to-eat-by-kay-westhues/.

Robert Hariman, Photographer’s Showcase: A Sense of Place, No Caption Needed, September 3, 2010

Erik Eckholm, “Bubbling Up From the Earth, A Cool, Clear Gift” New York Times, June 7, 2010, A10.

Rhod Sharp, Interview, BBC Radio 5 live, London, United Kingdom, June 7, 2010.

Julie Audery, “Free and Clear: Gathering at Artesian Wells” Daily Yonder, May 11, 2010.

Julie Audery, “Back Home in (Exotic) Indiana” Daily Yonder, October 17, 2007.

Interview, Vocalo, Chicago Public Radio, Chesterton, IN, August 3, 2007.

Photo feature: “Il fotoblog dei ristoranti UsaLa Repubblica.it, May 2006

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