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Brion Clinkingbeard, Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation

Brion Clinkingbeard

In 1995, Brion Clinkingbeard came to the Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation from the Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery in Plymouth, England, where he was responsible for the selection, organization, and implementation of the historic and contemporary exhibition programs. Exhibitions Brion oversaw there included Picasso Prints: 1904-1968, 70 Years on the Air: BBC Radio 1924-1994, and the Cartier Museum Jewelry Exhibition. Brion holds a master’s of fine arts in museum studies from the University of Leicester.

During his time in England (1984 to 1995), Brion also served a stint as the gallery administrator at King’s Lynn Art Center and the King’s Lynn Festival. Before that, he lived and worked in Colorado while earning his bachelor’s degree in sculpture and art history from the University of Colorado.

As the director of exhibitions and curator for the Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation, Brion is responsible for researching, designing, and organizing all rotating and traveling exhibition programs for the Main Gallery and the Downstairs Gallery; giving lectures and coordinating interpretive programming related to exhibitions; and assisting with services to Kentucky craft artists. Since joining the KACF, he has organized more than 50 exhibitions featuring the works of regional and national craft artists, including Bats and Bowls: A Celebration of Lathe-Turned Art and Millennium Glass: An International Survey of Studio Glass, which toured the United States.

Program 101

Frazier Marsh, Production manager for Actors Theater Louisville; Brion Clinkingbeard, Director of Exhibitions/Curator Kentucky Art and Craft Gallery; Bill Coleman, Executive producer of "Stephen Foster the Musical" in Bardstown. (#101)

Program 216

Deborah Sandler, general director of the Kentucky Opera; ceramist Larry Watson; the Millennium Glass exhibit at the Kentucky Art and Craft Gallery; and music by Miles Osland and the Osland Saxophone Quartet. (#216)

Program 337

A preview of the Day in the Country folk art festival with Brion Clinkingbeard, Doug Sumey on Camp Shakespeare, samples from Music Theatre Louisville’s production of The Fantasticks, and a tour of outdoor art at Bernheim Forest. (#337)


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