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Kilgore, June


etching on paper, artist proof

1969 Purchase, 7th Annual Graphics & Drawing Exhibition

Born in Huntington, West Virginia, June Kilgore earned her bachelor's degree (1957) and master's degree (1962) from Marshall University and her master of fine arts degree (1971) from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. She was an art professor and chair of the art department at Marshall University for 30 years. Kilgore retired from Marshall University in 1989 and focused her energy on her art. Throughout her career, she produced paintings and prints that explored complex color relationships that create a sense of space and energy. Her early prints, like "Facade", and paintings incorporated a grid-like structure reminiscent of stone lintels and monuments. She arranged planes of color to convey a sense of movement and depth in the compositional space. She eventually turned toward a more expressionist approach which she felt captured the essence of spiritual energy and contemplative spaces.