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

2019 Solo Exhibition, Central Oregon Community College, “Pulchritudinous”, Bend, OR

2019 Juried Exhibition, Evendale Cultural Arts Center, “Annual Evendale Fine Art Exhibition”, Evendale, OH

Awarded Honorable Mention

2019 Juried Exhibition, Annemarie Sculpture Garden and Art Center, “Salon des Refuses”, Dowell, MD

2019 Art Fair, Ward’s Comfort and Style, “Art Fields 2019”, Lake City, SC

2019 Juried Exhibition, Living Arts and Science Center, “Kentucky Wildlife”, Lexington, KY

2019: Juried Exhibition, Kore Gallery, “Years of Chaos: What’s Killing Us?”, Louisville, KY

Awarded Best in Show

2019: Juried Exhibition, Giles Gallery at EKU, “Truths and Consequences”, Richmond, KY

2018: Group Exhibition, Top Cats, “The Freshlist Monster Gallery”, Cincinnati, OH

2018: Juried Exhibition, Tangent Gallery, “The Damned Art Show”, Detroit, MI

2018:             Juried Exhibition, Human Impacts Institute, “Climate Change Awards”, New York, NY

2018:             Juried Exhibition, Verum Ultimum Art Gallery, “Fierce and Frail”, Portland, OR

2018:            Juried Exhibition, Kaviar and Forge Gallery, “The Figure Revealed”, Louisville, KY

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

2017              Juried Exhibition, Silverwood Park, “Wings and Roots”, Saint Anthony, MN

2017:              Solo Exhibition, Perennial: Small Space, “Pulchritudinous”, Covington, KY

2017:              DIY Group Exhibition, “Perennial”, Covington, KY

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

2017:              Juried Exhibition, Evendale Arts Center, “Annual Evendale Art Exhibition”, Evendale, OH

2017:              Juried Exhibition, Louisville Grows Healthy House, “New Beginnings”, Louisville, KY

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

2016:              JuriedExhibition, LVA Gallery, “Art and Heritage Fair Exhibition”, Louisville, KY

2016:              Juried Exhibition, Artifact Gallery, “Forces of Nature”, Newport, KY

2016:              DIY Group Exhibition, Kalopsia”, Covington, KY

2016:              Juried Exhibition, Evendale Arts Center, “Annual Evendale Art Exhibition”, Evendale, OH

2016:              Juried Exhibition, Indiana University East, “Art and Science”, Richmond, IN

2016:             Juried Exhibition, Lemonade Stand Gallery, “Small Works Show”, Key West, FL

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

2015:              Juried Exhibition, LexArts, “Kentucky Works on Paper”, Lexington, KY

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

2015:              Student Exhibition, LexArts, “University Open”, Lexington, KY

2014:              Student Exhibition, Phyllis Weston Gallery, “Emerging Artist Juried Show”, Cincinnati, OH

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