I grew up in western Michigan, received a BA from Calvin College (Grand Rapids) and, after teaching part time in the Grand Haven area, moved to start an art program at a K-12 Christian school in Virginia. I then moved to St. Louis, Missouri, where I attended Covenant Theological Seminary and taught art part time at Westminster Christian Academy. I settled for a basic graduate degree from the seminary and began to teach full time at WCA. During that time I was able to earn a Master of Arts degree from Fontbonne University. I remained in the St. Louis area until 1996 when I moved back to my hometown to be the primary care giver for my ailing mother.
That twelve year period of care giving became a prime time for developing my art and devising a unique method of fresco paining. As a result, I was able to gain significant recognition through many competitions, exhibitions, and associated awards. It was after my mother’s death, and a 14 month adventurous bike tour around the US and EU, that I moved to Paducah, Kentucky, making it a home base for my art business called Newfresco, with a focus on sales primarily through the nation wide art festival circuit.
However, after three years, I returned to teaching as my main means of employment. As I did while being a caregiver, I taught art to home school students through a couple of local co-ops. In addition, I was employed as an adjunct professor of art at the Paducah School of Art & Design. Even with some art sales on the side and doing part time framing at a Michaels craft store, I was not able to generate enough income on which to live. So, from 2014-16, I accepted an offer and taught art full time at a Christian High School in Joplin, Missouri.
Even then I was teaching college level art through a dual credit program through MSSU. The desire to teach art in higher education moved me back to St. Louis to earn a MFA from my alma mater. Following graduation, I returned to Western Kentucky where I had bought a 12 acre farm. I’m also back teaching art through what has become a larger home school co-op, and working again as a part time framer. Add to that some coursework in electronics, various building projects on my off-the-grid homestead, and learning to become a pecan farmer. Of course, I’ll be creating art throughout the whole mix of endeavors. No such thing as a boring life here!
Kevin Myers, 2018
Slides from my Art Festival experience
Art Education slide show.