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Photo Owned By, Faville Donahue
Greetings everyone! My name is Faville Donahue and I am the new Assistant Director with the Lexington Art League. I officially joined the staff this May after having been an intern with the League last fall during my final semester of graduate school. My road to the Loudoun House and the Art League was certainly not a straight line and was not where I thought I would be when I was 20 years old and jumping around majors in undergrad.
I grew up in Salvisa Kentucky with two parents who instilled a life-long love of the arts and I cannot tell you how many hours I spent putting odd little things together in my father’s woodshop. When I first started college at the University of Kentucky in 2001 I wanted to get an art degree, then I thought that I would pursue forestry, then biology, and then I just wasn’t sure so I was undeclared. No matter what, I was always taking art classes. Then life intervened and I had to leave school without having finished a degree. But, things have a way of working out. It took three rounds of undergrad (and 16 years) and I finally finished a degree in sculpture. I found that I just was not going to be happy doing anything else and that the arts are where I am meant to be.
Most of my personal artwork is made from various metals and I typically utilize forging, fabrication, and foundry techniques to make what I envision. I also like to work with leather, weaving, and laser-cut wood when I want to work with materials that do not require that I set things on fire. Though, I really do like working with fire. Funnily enough, my father (the woodworker) has always been bummed that I fell in love with metal working as he has a beautifully equipped woodshop that I have very little use for.
Anyways, as soon as I finished my bachelor’s degree I applied to the Arts Administration graduate program at UK and, despite my less than stellar major-hopping transcript, I was accepted and graduated summa cum laude in December 2019. It is my greatest desire to further the arts in Kentucky and to be the best advocate that I can. I love working with the Art League and I am glad to be a part of Art for Everyone!
Other fun tidbits: I love science fiction (Star Trek is the BEST), my son is named after one of my favorite sci-fi authors, I live way out in the country with a veggie garden and lots of flowers, we have two dogs (a 1 ½ year old english setter and a geriatric walker coon hound), we also have two lazy cats, I got married last fall and it has been a blast so far, I love making spaghetti sauce from scratch, I recently fell into the black-hole that is Animal Crossing, I have a house full of spider plants that are all from one plant that I bought about 18 years ago for my first apartment, and we have more books than fit on our bookshelves.
Author: Faville Donahue
Assistant Director of the Lexington Art League
4/30/2021 04:12:44 am
Glad to meet you, I think a very interesting and educated girl. I also love science fiction
3/8/2023 10:08:13 pm
Hey, good to see you doing so well! It’s been a hot minute since UK. Guess you’d much rather be doing what you do than being a lumberjack, and that’s okay.
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