Year of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Fine Arts (Integrated Arts and Education)
Department or School/College
Creative Pulse Program
David Garrick, Richard Hughes
artist-in-residence program, authentic voice, balance, Creative Pulse, discipline, facilitate spontaneity, inspiration, intuition, kinesthetic intelligence, natural environment, nature, non-traditional educational setting
University of Montana
The process of composing a body of artwork was to prove my artistic ability and prepare work for submission to artist-in-residence programs. To achieve this goal, I committed eleven months to this project. Inspiration for pieces came from my travels, interests in American Indian culture, wildlife, trees, photographs, and still-life objects. I devoted as much time as possible in my make-shift apartment studio working on art. Balancing career and home activities was a habitual challenge. I learned to trust my intuition while creating art making choices that reflected my intended message. Fear of public opinion floated through my mind as I worked on each piece. In the long run my own satisfaction with the work was all that mattered. And with that attitude, I realized my goal by completing thirty-two pieces of art as opposed to the intended fifteen. Each piece reflected personal growth. Unearthing the Inner Compass exhibition opened to the public Saturday, December 11, 2010. Forty-seven people came to my opening reception. I unveiled a professional body art containing paintings, prints, art quilts, and collage. This solo exhibition at the C.M. Russell Museum elicited positive remarks from colleagues, friends, and family. I succeeded in organizing an exhibition establishing me as a credible artist within the museum and community.
Kapalka, Kimberly Ann, "Unearthing the Inner Compass" (2011). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 1327.
© Copyright 2011 Kimberly Ann Kapalka