artist's statement

Nature has always inspired my work in both concept and form, therefore the majority of my pieces are environmentally centered and are about naturally occurring phenomena and behaviors. In my current series, Swarm, I am exploring the concept of emergent intelligence within hive-minded species. I am taking this on through experimentation with color and composition of various swarming organisms. The forms imitate the nature of each species presented on top of flat, ambiguous backgrounds that play off of their natural colors. Through my technical choices, I attempt to generate common reactions associated with the swarms, which most commonly deal with fear and anxiety, all while maintaining the viewer’s attraction to the pieces. I aim to change my audience’s perspective. Instead of viewing these occurrences in fear, we can learn to admire their beauty and grace. I wish to also challenge my audience with questions. Who is the leader? What makes these individuals unique? I believe that we can learn and solve many of our environmental and social problems by studying nature, and even something as small as one individual’s change in perspective can catalyze global change, just as the smallest ant is an integral piece to the success of his extremely large colony.

Education

                                       2015              BFA in Painting, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY

                                       2015              Study Abroad, Florence and Rome Spring 2015,

                                   Northern Kentucky University

Selected Exhibitions

2018:             Group Exhibition, Fairfield Avenue Parking Garage, Bellevue Art in the Park, Bellevue, KY

2018:             Group Exhibition, Human Impacts Institute, Climate Change Awards, New York, NY

2018:             Group Exhibition, River Center, Bridge Folk Art Festival, Covington, KY

2018:             Group Exhibition, Verum Ultimum Art Gallery, Fierce and Frail, Portland, OR

2018:             Group Exhibition, Kaviar and Forge Gallery, The Figure Revealed, Louisville, KY

2017:             Group Exhibition, Caza Sikes Gallery, Holiday Show, Cincinnati, OH

2017:             Group Exhibition, Lux Gallery, Holiday Pop-up, Covington, KY

2017              Group Exhibition, Silverwood Park, Saint Anthony, MN

2017:              Solo Exhibition, Perennial: Small Space, Covington, KY

2017:              DIY Group Exhibition, Perennial, Covington, KY

2017:              Group Exhibition, 2017 International Painting Competition, Emerald Art Center, Springfield, OR

2017:              Group Exhibition, Annual Evandale Art Exhibition, Evendale, OH

2017:              Group Exhibition, New Beginnings, Louisville Grows Healthy House, Louisville, KY

2017:              Solo Exhibition, Erlanger Kenton County Library, Erlanger, KY

2016:              Group Exhibition, Portland Art and Heritage Fair Exhibition, LVA Gallery, Louisville, KY

2016:              Group Exhibition, Forces of Nature, Artifact Gallery, Newport, KY

2016:              DIY Group Exhibition, Kalopsia, Covington, KY

2016:              Group Exhibition, Annual Evandale Art Exhibition, Evendale, OH

2016:              Group Exhibition, Art and Science, Indiana University East, Richmond, IN

2016:              Group Exhibition, Small Works Show, Lemonade Stand Gallery, Key West, FL

2015:              Senior Exhibition, Impinged series, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY

2015:              Group Exhibition, LexArts, Kentucky Works on Paper, Juried Art Show, Lexington, KY

2015:              Group Exhibition, The Greenwich Jazz Club, Cincinnati, OH

2015:              Student Exhibition, LexArts, University Open juried art show, Lexington, KY

2014:              Student Exhibition, Giuseppe’s Pizzeria, Covington, KY

2014:              Collaborative Project, Giuseppe’s Botticelli Staircase Mural, Covington, KY

2014:              Group Exhibition, Hyde Park Art Show, Scholarship Recipients, Cincinnati, OH

                       (with Sculptor Adam Schmidt)

2014:              Student Exhibition, Emerging Artist Juried Show,

                      Phyllis Weston Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

                                        2014:              Solo Exhibition, Gypsy’s Café, Covington, KY

2013:              Student Exhibition, Northern Kentucky University’s Juried

                       Art Show, Highland Heights, KY

Achievements

                                        2015               Northern Kentucky University Art Scholarship, Highland Heights, KY

                                        2014               Hyde Park 48th Annual Art Show Scholarship, Cincinnati OH

Bibliography

2018:              Lunch Ticket, Swarm: Mixed Media by Devan Horton, August 2018

              http://lunchticket.org/swarm-mixed-media/

2017:              NKY Tribune, Nine Local Artists Transform Empty Covington Property into Temporary Art Gallery With                                'Perennial' April 2017

              http://www.nkytribune.com/2017/04/nine-local-artists-to-tranform-empty-covington-property-into-temporary-art-               gallery-with-perennial/

2017:              Louisville Visual Art, "Artebella Vignette" January 2017

          www.louisvillevisualart.org/artebella/2017/1/18/vignette-devan-horton

2016:              Professional Artist Magazine, May 2016

          www.professionalartistmag.com/2016/may/30/devan-horton

2015:              Loch Norse Magazine, Cover-image, pages 15 and 23, August 2015

2014:              South Kenton Recorder, “Hyde Park Art Show Honors NKU Students”, Independence, KY,

                       Print, page 5, October 2014.

2014:              Cincinnati.com, Nancy Curtis, “Two NKU Art Students Win Exclusive Art Show Scholarships”,

                       Cincinnati, OH September 2014

www.cincinnati.com/story/news/local/campbellcounty/2014/09/23/hyde-park-art-show-honors-nku- students/16118919

Professional experience

                                         2017:              Curator for DIY Gallery, Perennial: Small Space

                                                                625 Madison Avenue, Covington, KY

                                         2017:              Curator for DIY Exhibition, Perennial

                                                                18 East 5th Street, Covington, KY

                                         2016:              Curator for DIY Exhibition, Kalopsia

                                                                39 West Pike Street, Covington, KY

                                         2015:              Assistant Teacher for Lisa Jameson.                                                                                   

                                                                Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY