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Kathryn Luchs

Kathryn Luchs

Lecturer II


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Curriculum Vitae

BFA, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 1987
MFA, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 1989


Kathryn Brackett Luchs investigates traditional studio approaches for experimental outcomes - creating ‘hybrid’ works and installations that combine printmaking, painting, drawing and photography.  Born in Detroit Michigan, Luchs is the daughter of two painters – Evelyn Brackett Raskin, a figure painter - and Donald Brackett, an expressionist painter and the founder of The Michigan Watercolor Society and the Macomb Community College Art Department.

At an early age Luchs moved to the Cultural Center in Detroit and began living, painting and filming experimental artists also creating in studios along what is now called the Detroit Cass Corridor. These early Super 8 documents became important source materials for the work ‘Images’ from Detroit’s Cass Corridor, an experimental video documentary that looks at Detroit’s early and evolving visual arts culture and eight particular artists. Created collaboratively with artist Shaun Bangert, the video premiered at the Detroit Institute of Arts in 2002. Also in 2002, it screened at the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival. It continues to screen in visual art venues - most recently, at MOCAD (Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit)

Luchs began her formal education late, after developing a personal studio practice and being in group shows at The Detroit Institute of Arts and Kick Out the Jams: Detroit’s Cass Corridor 1963-1977 at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois. Her expressive early works in painting were chosen to represent Michigan in 1986-87 in The Contemporary Arts Center Biennial that traveled to The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio; Cleveland Institute of Art, Ohio; Herron Gallery, Indianapolis Center for Contemporary Art, Indiana; Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Her continuing interest in studio experiments and development of large-scale hybrid works have received recognition and many awards that include The Michigan Council for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award and The Ed Foundation Grant. Her knowledge, based in multiple studio approaches, has led to a rich teaching history at the Stamps School of Art & Design that began in 1992 as a visiting artist conducting workshops in Photo-Lithography. Currently, she teaches courses in Printmaking and Drawing.

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