Design Projects & Exhibitions

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 ThoreauWalden: 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.

Gallery Exhibitions:

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

2010     Dresses and Objects Project:  Artaud Theater (SF, Ca)   –  curated by Katrina Rodabaugh, dance performance by EmSpace, Project Artaud Theater:  San Francisco, CA (Review)

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)

Etsy: #postpianoproject

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

2008     God Music/Black Angels: KronosQuartet (properties consultant) / 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