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Travis Townsend

Lexington, KY , U.S.A.
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Using a mixture of reclaimed wood, acrylic paint, string, and other hardware store materials, Renovated Flightless Devices are idiosyncratic sculptures that play off the forms and function of tools, toys, boats, and military equipment. 




MFA, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, 2000

BS, Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA, 1996

Additional studies at Penland School of Crafts, NC

and Peters Valley Craft School, Layton, NJ



Excellence in Studio Practice – Mid-Career Alumni Artist Award, VCU Department of Craft/Material Studies, Richmond, VA, 2012

Second Prize, International Drawing Annual, volume 5, Manifest Gallery and Drawing Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2011

The Virginia A. Groot Foundation Sculpture Grant (Third Place Award), Evanston, IL, 2009

Merit Award, Transformation 7: Contemporary Works in Wood, the Raphael Founder’s Prize, 2009

The Virginia A. Groot Foundation Sculpture Grant (Third Place Award), Evanston, IL, 2008

National Young Sculptors Competition Third Place Award, Miami University, OH, Mary Ceruti, Juror, 2007

The Virginia A. Groot Foundation Sculpture Grant (Third Place Award), Evanston, IL, 2006

Merit Award, A Southern Presence, Lexington Art League, KY, John Henry, juror, 2006

Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship, The Kentucky Arts Council, Frankfort, KY, 2004

Third Place Award, Wood-O-Rama, Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY, Paul Sasso, Juror, 2004

Award of Excellence, Exhibition 280, Huntington Museum of Art, WV, Peter Plagens, Juror, 2003

Merit Award, Red Clay Survey, Huntsville Museum of Art, AL, Norman Lundin, Juror, 2002

Juror’s Award, Positive/Negative 17, East Tennessee State University, Marilyn da Silva, Juror, 2002

Emerging Artist Grant, American Craft Council, New York, NY, 2001

Curator’s Choice Award, Mayfair National, Allentown, PA, Robert Ebendorf, Juror, 2000

Sculpture Award, Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, VA, Kinsasha Holman Conwill, Juror, 1999

Alice Cabell Horsley Parker Scholarship, School of the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1999

Commonwealth Award in Art, School of the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1999 and 1998



Senior Artist in Residence in Wood, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR, 2010

Emma Lake Collaborative Symposium, Saskatchewan, Canada, (award for travel and participation in the international biennial Emma Lake Symposium), 2002

Artist Residency, Penland School of Crafts, NC, 2000 - 2001

Artist’s Grant/ Residency, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, 1998

Artist Residency, Peters Valley Craft Center, Layton, NJ, 1998

Artist Residency, Kutztown University, PA, 1997



Travis Townsend, GALLERY 2, Washington State University, Pullman, WA (solo), 2014 

Recent Sculpture and Drawings, Union University, Jackson, TN (solo), 2014

The Grand Armada, New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, IN (SmithTownsendCollaborative), 2013

The Love Boat (abandoned) & other new sculptures, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH, catalog (solo), 2012

Felicia Szorad and Travis Townsend: New Work, Bruce Gallery of Art, Edinboro University of PA, Edinboro, PA (two-person), 2012

Eagle Galleries, Murray State University, KY (SmithTownsendCollaborative), 2012

Something (abstract and painterly) This Way Comes, Heistand Gallery, Miami University, Oxford, OH (SmithTownsendCollaborative), 2012

Ideas Rebuilt in My Garage While Contemplating Good and Evil, Haas Gallery, Bloomsburg University, PA (solo), 2010

New Things and Drawings, Doppler PDX Gallery, Portland, OR (solo), 2010

The Triumph, part II , The Sculpture Center, Cleveland, OH (SmithTownsendCollaborative), 2010 

Anxious Accumulations, Southwest School of Art and Craft, San Antonio, TX (solo), 2008

Sculpture and Drawings by Travis Townsend, Anne Wright Wilson Gallery, Georgetown College, Georgetown, KY (solo), 2008

Pikeville College Art Gallery, KY (SmithTownsendCollaborative), 2008

Renovated Flightless Devices, Weston Art Gallery, Aronoff Center for the Arts, Cincinnati, OH (solo), 2007

The Triumph!, Project Space, Lexington Art League, KY (SmithTownsendCollaborative), 2007

Sculpture and Painting, New Arts Program, Kutztown, PA, catalog (solo), 2007

Townsend and Szorad: New Sculpture and Drawings, Louisville Visual Art Association, Chase Gallery, Louisville, KY (2-person), 2005

Capitol Arts Alliance, Bowling Green, KY (2-person), 2005

FAB Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA (2-person), 2005

Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY (2-person), 2004

Swanson Reed Contemporary, Louisville, KY (2-person), 2004

Ann Tower Gallery, Lexington, KY. (2-person), 2003

Devices + Drawings, Giles Gallery, Eastern Kentucky University (solo), 2003

Berea College Galleries, Berea, KY (2-person), 2003

MFA thesis exhibit, Anderson Gallery, VCU, Richmond, VA, catalog (solo), 2000


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