Guest Speakers Fall 2020


Kim Henkel

Guest Speaker - Professor Rian Kerrane - FINE 3510 Mold Design & Casting
Tuesday 26 January 2021

Currently living in Moab Utah, with a BFA in Sculpture and her BA in Art Education, Kim received an MFA in Sculpture from Arizona State University 2005. Having received numerous grants, scholarships, and residencies, Kim exhibits her sculpture and jewelry across the US. She has instructed sculpture at Northern Arizona University, Western New Mexico University and at UNM Taos. Henkel works seasonally with the BLM as a park ranger in the Lower Gorge of the Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument. She worked for the Department of Interior National Parks as an interpretive park ranger, museum exhibit technician, archaeological preservationist, education outreach coordinator at numerous parks including Badlands National Park, Aztec Ruins National Monument, Grand Canyon and for Mount Rushmore as the sculptor in residence. Her area of expertise is in metal casting and fabrication. Her jewelry and sculpture reflect her work in the arts and outdoors. For Kim, cast metal sculpture objects conserve the moment of discovery. The preciousness of wildness and preserving of the animals’ fate is portrayed in her sculptures which speak to ambiguity, to memorialize and mirror the beauty of ephemeral qualities of death and decay in nature.

In the end, we conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught. ~Baba Dioum, Senegalese poet.