Kendra Elyse Douglas is a multidisciplinary artist predominately working in large-scale sculpture and installation. Much of her work is process driven and focuses on conceptually appropriating materials, usually incorporating architectural and/or figurative elements. Her work can be viewed as diaristic, as it stems from her own personal experience and extends to connect with the experiences of others. Kendra examines the pivotal experiences that send us on unexpected trajectories. Investigating subjective emotional states, her work offers visceral sensory experiences that explore the impact of vulnerability, compassion, and empathy with the intent to invest a sense of hope and resilience.
Kendra attended Northern Kentucky University where she earned a BFA in Sculpture and a BA in Art Education. She has exhibited work at Franconia Sculpture Park and Casket Arts in Minnesota, the Samek Art Museum in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, at Northern Kentucky University-- both outdoors and in the fine art galleries, in Cincinnati, Ohio at the Malton Gallery, the Clifton Cultural Arts Center, C-Link gallery and Summerfair for Emerging Artists. Kendra received a full-tuition scholarship in fine art from Northern Kentucky University where she was also two-time “Best of Show” award winner at the annual juried student exhibition in 2011 and 2012. Also in 2012, she was awarded the “Gallery Choice Award” at the Summerfair for Emerging Artists Exhibition. She interned at the Taft Museum of Art and worked as an artist assistant for the African Arts Institute at Northern Kentucky University. Kendra is also a leader in an international peace organization called CISV. Through this organization she has escorted children to Denmark, Mexico, and Barcelona to engage and participate in a multicultural peace education experience. During her time as a student teacher Kendra taught at Pinewood American International School in Thessaloniki, Greece and later earned a post-baccalaureate teaching assistantship in sculpture at Bucknell University. Currently Kendra is living, creating, and working as the Education and Program Coordinator at Franconia Sculpture Park in Minnesota.