November 17, 2013
Kay Westhues is a photographer based in South Bend, IN. She 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 BS degree in Photography and Ethnocentrism from the Individualized Major Program (1994) and an MS in Instructional Systems Technology (1998) from Indiana University, Bloomington. She is currently completing a graduate degree in Folk Studies at Western Kentucky University, and teaches for the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts at Indiana University, South Bend, IN.
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
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
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 Usa” La Repubblica.it, May 2006