Artist Development Committee BIOs
Mary S. Rezny
Mary S. Rezny is a photo- mixed media artist, based in Lexington KY since 1976. Her studio/gallery is in the Distillery District where in addition to exhibiting her current art there is a revolving display of art from established and emerging artist for the community to enjoy. An adjudicated Kentucky Crafted artist and a Kentucky Foundation for Women grant recipient, her art is exhibited regionally in galleries and juried exhibitions and it is included in the permanent collection of The Art Museum of the University of Kentucky and the Little Fine Art Library, University of Kentucky. Her artist books can be found in the permanent collections of Lucille Little Fine Arts Library, University of Kentucky, Vanderbilt University, Denison University and Baylor University and the Savannah School of Art and Design as well as many private collections. Recently she was selected as a featured artist in “Plates to Pixels” international juried exhibit “Lumen Eyes”.
Jack Girard's primary medium is collage, although he frequently works in paint, assemblage, and installation. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions and is represented in many corporate, institutional, and private collections in the United States and overseas. Girard received his M.F.A. from East Carolina University in 1976and his B.F.A. from East Carolina University in 1973 and is currently Professor of Art; Program Director of Art and Art History at Transylvania University.
His work addresses a variety of topical issues, including aging, discrimination, archaeology, ordnance, and human conflict. Additionally, he has published research on the work of American assemblage artists Edward and Nancy Reddin Kienholz, Spanish artists/writers Asensio Saez, Juan Carlos Mestre, Alexandra Dominguez, Federico Garcia Lorca, and Margarita Merino.
Work is included in collections at South Carolina State Museum, Berea College, Carteret Technical College, East Carolina University, Appalachian State University, Central Bank of Kentucky, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Transylvania University
Daniel Graham is an Associate Professor of Art at Georgetown College in Georgetown Kentucky where he teaches a variety of course including Sculpture, Printmaking, 3D Design, Ceramics and Package Design.
His training in the Arts comes from an Undergraduate Degree at the University of Florida in Printmaking and a Masters Degree from the University of Georgia with the same emphasis. Between the two programs of formal education Daniel lived in downtown Washington DC and trained as a traditional furniture maker under woodworker Dennis Sitka.
Ed Franklin is an artist that studied at Berea College and now lives and works in Lexington, KY. Franklin currently runs Lexington’s highly adored book and gift shop store called Sqecial Media. His artwork is whimsical and mythical while building a sense of community through projects such as "A Doll a Day for June," where he placed one of his hand-created dolls all around downtown Lexington as a city-wide scavenger hunt.
Blake Snyder Eames is a professional artist who has exhibited her work in multiple venues for more than 20 years. Her paintings, design, murals and furniture pieces can be found in homes, businesses and collections across the country. Her style is pop art infused and art deco inspired resulting in vibrant patterns that inspire the senses and soothe the mind’s desire for structure. Well known for her bold, geometric paintings, Eames is also the owner of Blake Eames Design, an independent enterprise specializing in commercial and residential interior design and furniture redesign.
Eames is a lifelong resident of Lexington, Kentucky, where she lives with her musician husband, Willie Eames and their two children in a century-old restored house downtown.
Lexington’s 21C Museum manager, is a local writer, artist and printmaker.
A first generation college graduate, Alex Brooks studied Creative Writing at the University of Kentucky. He was an apprentice at the King Library Press where he learned letterpress printing and bookbinding, and worked as a conservation assistant for University of Kentucky Libraries and Special Collections.
After graduating in 2003 he worked as a waiter, freelance writer, construction worker, teacher, press mechanic, artist and pedi-cab driver, and created his own small letterpress print shop and book bindery, where he made posters, invitations and hand printed special edition books. The print shop contains restored presses and machines that date from 1887 to the 1960’s. During this time Alex also apprenticed at the Dale Guild Typefoundry - the last foundry type caster in the United States.
In 2010 Alex received a Fulbright award to study book conservation at West Dean College in West Sussex, England - catapulting him into a new, adventurous, and ever-expanding realm of work & study. His studies took him to all point of England where he taught letterpress printing while studying book history, as well as travels to Italy, Germany, Scotland, Northern Ireland & Ireland.
After graduating in 2012 he returned to Kentucky to start a new small business offering Book & Paper conservation, fine binding, letterpress printing, and custom enclosures. In 2013 Alex began teaching at the Gaines Center for the Humanities at the University of Kentucky, and in 2014 joined the Gaines Center Faculty.
In 2015 Alex helped open the new 21c Museum Hotel Lexington and continues there as Museum Manager.