KENNETH VICTOR YOUNG
"Past and Present"
Opening Reception, September 16, 2011, 6-8 pm
Member of the famed Washington Color School of the 60's
Showing through October 18, 2011
Retired from the Smithsonian Institution with over 35 years experience in exhibit design and installation, Kenneth Young has provided consulting to museum personnel, both domestic and international. His early art education and teaching experience was in Louisville, Kentucky; Indiana University and the University of Hawaii. He was an instructor at the Corcoran Gallery of Art along with the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC.
Having traveled extensively, in and outside of the United States, Young is constantly searching out the intricacies of life's experiences. While observing diverse cultures in their surroundings, he absorbs the interchanges and interrelationships among individuals and between people and their environment. His artistic philosophy is to bring order out of chaos, as such, he makes sense of the oft times pandemonium that is life through art. Over the years of major exhibit development for the Smithsonian, Mr. Young's travels influenced his art, with distinctive Egyptian and Italian influences.
For over 40 years his artworks have been shown in numerous group and solo exhibitions in university galleries and museums in the United States, as well as abroad. He has been mentioned in many publications such as: Who's Who in American Art, In Black & White: Afro-Americans in Print, and Art in Washington and Its Afro-American Presence 1940-1970. Mr. Young is in the Smithsonian American Art Museum's premier permanent collection and will be one of the artists included in the museum's traveling exhibition in 2012.
He received a B.S. degree in Design, Painting and Humanities from the University of Louisville in 1962.
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