Travis Townsend


3rd Place recipient

Travis Townsend studied at Kutztown University (BS 1996) and Virginia Commonwealth University (MFA 2000), has recently presented solo exhibitions at Doppler PDX (Portland), the Southwest School of Art and Craft (San Antonio), Weston Gallery (Cincinnati), Georgetown College (KY), and the New Arts Program (PA), and been included in group exhibitions at the University of Hawaii, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts (IL), Kendall College (MI); Spaces Gallery (Cleveland); Lehigh University (PA); and Zone: Chelsea (New York).  Images of his artwork have been published in The Penland Book of Woodworking, New American Paintings, and the Manifest National Drawing Annual.  His awards include an Emerging Artist Grant from the American Craft Council, a Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council, three grants from the Virginia A. Groot Foundation, and a National Young Sculptors Award from Miami University. Townsend has participated in residencies at Oregon College of Art and Craft, Penland School of Crafts, Vermont Studio Center, and the Emma Lake Collaboration.  He lives in Lexington, KY, teaches drawing, design, and concepts at Eastern Kentucky University, and has taught workshops at Penland (NC), Peters Valley Craft Center (NJ), Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (TN), and Oregon College of Art and Craft.  Travis recently curated an exhibition titled Generously Odd for the Lexington Art League. Ongoing projects include a series of drawing-based installations with the SmithTownsendCollaborative.

  • J's Metaphysical Tool

    J's Metaphysical Tool 41x39x40" 2006

    Wood, paint, mixed media

  • Map Room

    Map Room 38x41x39"

    Wood, paint, mixed media

  • Framp's Processor

    Framp's Processor 22x24x26"

    Wood, paint, mixed media

  • OXOXO Toy/Tool

    OXOXO Toy/Tool 15x16x17" 2007

    Wood, paint, and mixed media

  • Quarry Pot

    Quarry Pot 30x48x31" 2005

    Wood, paint, and mixed media

  • Bill's HCT

    Bill's HCT 30x72x16" 2005

    Wood, paint, and mixed media

  • Renovated TLC

    Renovated TLC 20x28x20" 2005

    Wood, paint mixed media

  • W's Detector/Collector

    W's Detector/Collector 12x22x14" 2005

    Wood, paint mixed media

  • Renovated Bunker Boat

    Renovated Bunker Boat 36x48x36" 2007

    Wood, paint mixed media

  • D's and B's Tool

    D's and B's Tool 24x48x12" 2005

    Wood, paint mixed media

  • New Big Collector

    New Big Collector 48x32x58" 2006

    Wood, paint mixed media