Kehren Barbour returned to Appalachia after working in dance & experimental arts in the San Francisco Bay area to pursue graduate studies in Sustainable Development at Appalachian State University. Born in West Virginia, she was interested in study of Sustainable Development from a place being dismantled by extractive industries.
Design work in the Bay Area included work for: the American Conservatory Theater, the Magic Theater, Z Space, Ashby Stage, and for a number of artists on stage at Project Artaud Theater. Kehren designed set components for the Brooklyn Folk Fest in May 2012 and stage design for the Kronos Quartet’s Awakenings at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in September 2011.
I am interested in residencies, short-term projects working with subject matter related creativity as tool to foster concepts related to Sustainable Development. I believe that the creative process fosters examination and appropriate response to the challenges facing us as a inhabitants on an overburdened planet.
Kehren has continued to design for stage, working for the Magnetic Theater in Asheville, NC. She lives in Asheville with her husband and son.
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“We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods
Kehren Barbour has formal training and experience in the fine and theatrical arts. Trained both academically and experiencially in cross-media experimentation, stage presentation, and storytelling, Barbour use object as medium to recreate a story and share an experience with audience.
Interested in the habit of objects and their keepers: wanting, seeking, having, maintaining, disregarding, and discarding. Barbour is interested in both action and outcome of a creative environment. I am looking forward to artists residencies in the near future.
CV related to art and gallery experience available here.
BFA, 2003 – Florida State University, Tallahassee FL – Installation Art & Traditional Printmaking
MA, 2013 – Appalachian State University, Boone NC – Sustainable Development & Appalachian Studies
Grants and Awards:
2015 Media Arts Project Award for Windrose installation at Black Mountain College ReHappening
2014 Berea College Special Collections & Sound Archive Fellowship: Cortinas de Appalachia
Media Arts Project Award for installation at BMC ReHappening: Post Piano Project
2013 Media Arts Project Award for installation at 2013 BMC ReHappening: Sympathetic Piano
Current Shows and Installations:
2016 Resident Artist: London District Studio, Asheville NC
2013 – present: #postpianoproject. 11 tons of art and counting. Instruments, Installation pieces, and Artworks made from materials harvested from over 38 decomissoned, deconstructed pianos. Works for sale in Asheville at Horse+Hero & London District Studios. Artwork on display at Vortex Doughnuts (AVL). Materials from project for sale at Asheville’s Screen Door.
2015 ReHappening 2015 Aeolian Research Team installed the Windrose at 2015 Black Mountain College ReHappening in island at Lake Eden in Black Mountain, NC
Installation of works from #postpianoproject for Asheville Art Museum Fundraising event
Installation of works from #postpianoproject for Black Mountain College Art Center DoubleTake Event
2014 MAP award recipient for the 2014 Black Mountain College ReHappening to be installed in April 2014 at former campus of Black Mountain College
2013 Rehappening: Sympathetic Piano with Michael Luchtan at Black Mountain College campus: Black Mountain, NC
2009 Lifestyle:person, place, things – 621 Gallery (TLH, Fl)
Flim Flam Circus Variety & Trunk Show – 621 Gallery: Tallahassee, FL
2008 Drawn In: 00130gallery (Helsinki, Finland)
2005 Homage to the woman I hope to become: South of SoHo (TLH, Fl)
2003 I, Object: BFA Graduation Show, FSU (TLH, Fl)
2002 What Happens in the Attic, 621 Gallery (TLH, Fl)
Retail Sale of Artworks:
2016 London District Studios (AVL, NC)
2014 – present Horse & Hero (AVL, NC)
2012 – present Screen Door (AVL, NC)
Recent Theater Design: full listing available upon request
2016 Dr Jeckyl/Mr Hyde (August), Train (September): Magnetic Theater/AVL
2015 Employee Handbook Revision Committee: Magnetic Theater / AVL
2014- present Bernstein Family Christmas Spectacular: Magnetic Theater/AVL
2013 Strange and Tragical World of Pinocchio – set & props design: Magnetic Field/AVL
Bernstein Family Christmas Spectacular – Magnetic Theater/Asheville
2012 Brooklyn Folk Fest – soft goods & design consultant: Brooklyn, NY
MILF – set & props design: Magnetic Field/AVL, NC
Evolution of Women (set & props design): Magnetic Field / AVL, NC
2011 Awakenings: Kronos Quartet (set dressing &design) / Brooklyn Academy of Music
2009 A Chinese Home: Kronos Quartet (properties consultant&research) / Carnegie Hall, NYC
Good Breeding (properties design): American Conservatory Theater / SF
More Stories by Tobias Wolfe: Word4Word/Zspace at Magic Theater (properties design) / SF, Ca
June in a Box (properties design): Campo Santo at Intersection for the Arts / SF, Ca
Orlando (properties design): American Conservatory Theater / SF, Ca
Wendy Play (properties design): American Conservatory Theater / SF, Ca
The Powerful People (properties design): Miguel Guiterrez & ODC at Project Artaud / SF, Ca
Telios, Telios (properties design): Sara Shelton Mann at Project Artaud / SF, Ca
2007 Rust: Magic Theater (properties design) / SF, Ca
Let Northern Lights erase your name (props design):CampoSanto&Intersection for the Arts /SF
Cider House Rules (properties design): American Conservatory Theater / SF,Ca
American $uicide (properties design): Encore Theater Company at the Thick House / SF, Ca
Blood Wedding (properties design, theater): Ashby Stage / Berkeley, Ca
Closer to Carbon (properties design, film) for director Bengy Young
2006 Strangers We Know (properties design for Word4Word & Zspace / SF & toured France (2007)
Sam Shepard’s God of Hell (assistant to properties design): Magic Theater / SF, Ca
2005 Hamlet: Blood in the Brain (properties design, theater & scenic painter) : CalShakes& Campo Santo@Intersection for the Arts / SF, Ca