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Project Team 2013


Christine Huskisson

Christine Huskisson is an artist, writer, contemporary art historian, and adjunct faculty for the University of Kentucky Art Department who, for over 28 years, has worked at the intersection of arts and community engagement. While pursuing her bachelor’s in the 1980s, Huskisson developed a passion for visionary art, completing her Masters of Art History thesis arguing that art, no longer limited by the traditional confines of object, influenced the 20th-century paradigm shift for museums.

Huskisson teaches Museum Studies courses dedicated to the mantra that visionary art, particularly when placed in the public realm, has the power to address issues of major significance for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Huskisson holds a Masters in Art History and a Masters in Business Administration. She has held positions that include Executive Director of Galleries and Collections for Georgetown College, where she helped establish the Dr. Donald and Dorothy Jacobs Gallery and led the installation of the first piece of public art on that campus (September 2002: L’Chaim by Dennis Whitcopf). She has also worked on an independent basis for the Kentucky Arts Council and the University of Kentucky Art Museum.
She has worked as an arts journalist for a Business Lexington since 2002, authoring numerous articles and composing for over fifteen arts segments on the Business Lexington Television. Her primary focus is community engagement in the intersection of business and the arts (Business Takes a Solo, 2004) and public art (Public Art Springs Up in Lexington, 2008).
She is currently a member of the Exhibitions and Programming Cabinet for Lexington Art League, the Legacy Trail Public Art Consortium, Public Art Dialogue, Kentucky Museum and Heritage Alliance, Americans for the Arts Public Art Network, and the Woodford County Heritage Committee. 

Huskisson is a 2010 recipient of the Commonwealth Collaborative grant from the University of Kentucky for her work in the field of engaged research and public art, in particular for her commitment to engage students on all levels of multiple initiatives in the field of public art in Lexington.

She was born, raised, and resides in Kentucky with her husband, Michael and their son, William.

Project Team 2012


Hannah Dickerson

Hannah Dickerson will graduate in May 2012 with a BA in Art History from University of Kentucky. As a Kentucky Museum Without Walls intern, Hannah will expand lesson plans associated with the project\\\'s cultural asset inventory, catalogue and update inventory data, and help establish relationships with local businesses so the TakeItArtside! application will reach an even greater portion of the community.

Hannah also serves as an intern for the Kentucky Historical Society. She plans to enroll in graduate school, and after completing her Master\\\'s Degree, she will embark on a career promoting art in local communities throughout the state. Hannah is from Mount Washington, Kentucky and currently lives in Lexington.


Project Team 2011

Matt Elliott

Matt Elliott is a senior at University of Kentucky. He is majoring in Arts Administration with an emphasis in Art History. As an intern for the Kentucky Museum Without Walls project, he is helping to further develop the mobile application Take It Artside! Matt has also interned with LexArts, Inc. and Fourth Arts Block, an arts management organization in New York City. He currently heads the marketing and social media of Mecca Live Dance Studio in Lexington, where he takes dance classes and is a principal dancer of the Rakadu Gypsy Dancers.

Matt plans to continue to work in the field of development with local arts organizations and is eager to see the arts in Lexington grow and prosper. His passion for art and dance has fuelled his desire to continue studying arts management and working within local arts organizations.

Matt is from Lexington, KY.

Jeanette Tesmer

Jeanette Tesmer is a graduate student in Art History at the University of Kentucky. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in International Business from Rockhurst University, a Jesuit institution in Kansas City, MO she moved to Lexington in 2009. Living in Italy in the fall of 2007 opened up a new fascination for the arts, and she decided to pursue a master’s degree in Art History.

Over the last year Jeanette has worked under the direction of Christine Huskisson for the Kentucky Museum Without Walls Project, developing interdisciplinary lesson plans that encourage middle to high school students to interact with the public art and historic homes. Working closely with the historic homes in the area she and Sarah Piester (Project Team 2010, Art History 501), proposed including historic homes in the TakeItArtside! application. In addition to helping develop the TakeItArtside project, she is interning at the International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Jeanette is originally from Missouri. She plans to work with the arts and education community in Kentucky after graduating from UK.

Project Team 2010

Allison Hosale

Allison is a recent MA Graduate in Art History from the University of Kentucky. She has currently spent the past year working as a student intern under the direction of Christine Huskisson. She assisted in the formation of the Legacy Trail Public Art Consortium, who oversaw the completion of a Public Art Master Plan for the Legacy Trail. While serving as an active member of the Consortium, she developed a pilot educational program for the Legacy Trail. The program was tested at Veteran’s Park Elementary in Lexington, KY, where she also works as an After School Program Counselor.

Allison’s passion is for education, and is currently working on developing educational programming, lesson plans, and games that will help to teach students in Kentucky about Public Art. Her goal is to create programs that will engage students in various areas of their core curriculum including art, math, science, and history, while still allowing them to experience the collections of public art.

In 2010, she was a recipient of an internship that was made possible by the Commonwealth Collaborative Grant that was awarded to Christine Huskisson for her work in engaging students in the growing field of public art research.

Allison was born and raised in Tennesse, but currently resides in Lexington, KY.

Art History 501: Museum Studies

Instructor: Christine Huskisson

Ashley Clark, Emily Crain, Molly Miller, Justin Sumner, Devan Vannarsdall, Jennifer Windham, Jeanette Tesmer, Jenny Brake, Kate Taylor, Matthew Elliott, Hannah Tuck, Rachel Heller, Sarah Piester, Kristi Vibert, Jennifer Wieler

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© “Nexus” 2006 by Tony Higdon & Erika Strecker (Transportation Cabinet Office Building, Frankfort, KY)

"Transit of Venus", 2004 by Robert Huff (Giddings Hall, Georgetown College, Georgetown, KY)

"Bottlestop" 2009 by Aaron Scales (Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY)

“Getting Back Up”, 2006 by Luke Achterberg (Lexington Diagnostic Center, Lexington, KY)

“A Portrait of Daniel Boone”, ca. 1930 A. D. Fisher (College Park, College Street, Winchester, KY)

Gwen Reardon, 2001, The Thoroughbred Park Sculpture Collection, (Thoroughbred Park, Lexington, KY)