Kathryne Husk is an award-winning and nationally exhibited conceptual figurative fine art photographer, painter, poet, and activist. They were the recent subject of the short documentary “Kathryne: Uncensored”, and their artwork and poetry has been published in various literary journals and art magazines. Kathryne’s activist work has lead to numerous lectures and presentations on disability rights and issues facing the disability community. Their current focus is breaking down the barriers of how disabled bodies are viewed in contemporary art and in society, and bringing awareness to the lack of accessibility within the Kansas City arts scene. They currently create out of their home studio in Kansas City where they live with their spouse and toddler child.
In my current work, I intend to initiate a dialogue about issues facing the disability community through the use of mythological and contemporary symbolism and femme and non-binary bodies. By incorporating symbolic representations of the disability experience in my figures, my art serves as a form of activism by functioning as a voice for myself and others within the disabled community.
Inspired by disabled revolutionaries, iconography, contemporary symbolists, and color psychology, both my photography and paintings explore cultural ideas of disabled nudity, while subverting societal expectations of how disability is expected to visually present. Each figure is empowered in their nudity, while the symbolic composition completes the disability-centric narrative of the figure.
My intention for my art is to break down the barriers of how disabled bodies and disabled persons are viewed in contemporary art and in society.
2017 – Group Exhibition, The Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, MO
2017 – Group Exhibition, The Thornhill Gallery, Kansas City, MO
(Currently on exhibit) 2017 – Group Exhibition, Blue Box Gallery, Kansas City, MO
2017 – Expressions – Group Exhibition, KCYA, Kansas City, MO
2016 – Expressions – Group Exhibition, The Arts Asylum, Kansas City, MO
2016 – Defacing the Gag – Solo Show, Grimm and Barratt Art Gallery, Kansas City, MO
2016 – Group Show, Serrated Edge Gallery, Kansas City, MO
2015 – Fringe Festival Featured Artist, Union Station, Kansas City, MO
2015 – FringePrize for Fringe Festival, Union Station, Kansas City, MO
2015 – Blue Art, Vulcan Forge, Kansas City, MO
2015 – The Mannequin Project, The Living Room Theater, Kansas City, MO
2014 – FringePrize for Fringe Festival, Union Station, Kansas City, MO
2006 – Group Exhibition, Borders Gallery, Selma, TX
2005 – Angels, Silver Center, Seguin, TX
2003 – Group Exhibition, Firehouse Gallery, Kamuela, HI
2002 – Group Exhibition, Firehouse Gallery, Kamuela, HII
2017 – Kansas City Voices, Whispering Prairie Press, Featured Artist, Volume 14
2017 – Desolate Country, 39 West Press, Featured Poet
2016 – Prompts! A Spontaneous Anthology, 39 West Press, Featured Artist and Poet
2015 – Blue Monday Review, Cover art and Featured Artist, Volume 2, Number 2
2012 – b’ak’tun magazine, Featured Artist and Poet, Volume 1, Issue 1
2012 – Bicycle Literary Magazine, Featured Poet, Volume 1, Issue 1
Awards and Honors
2015 – Second Place, Iron Artist Competition, KC Fringe Festival, Kansas City, MO
2014 – First Place, Iron Artist Competition, KC Fringe Festival, Kansas City, MO
2003 – First Place, Hawaii Juried Art Show, Kamuela, HI
2002 – First Place, Hawaii Juried Art Show, Kamuela, HI
2000 – First Place, Sul Ross State University, Alpine, TX