Libraries to Host ‘Conversation with Folk Artist Warren Kimble ’57’

April 5, 2024, 10 a.m.


Syracuse University Libraries is hosting a casual conversation with renowned folk artist and alum Warren Kimble ’57 on Wednesday, April 10 from 4:30 to 6 pm in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, Bird Library Room 114.

Warren Kimble's impact on the art world is profound and far-reaching. His works, sought after by collectors across the globe, have graced prestigious galleries in New York and Boston, earning him widespread acclaim. Notably, Kimble's artistic journey began at Syracuse University, where he was initially trained as a fine artist. Under the guidance of accomplished faculty members, he honed his skills and experimented with different mediums, laying the foundation for his successful career as a folk artist.

His connection to Syracuse University runs deep, with his studios and galleries adorned with SU memorabilia, reflecting his pride as an alum. From his days as a cheerleader to receiving the prestigious George Arents Pioneer Medal in 2002, the highest honor bestowed by the University on a distinguished graduate, Kimble's Orange pride is unwavering.

Kimble's artistic journey took him from the traditional to the contemporary, with his iconic motifs blending folk art with nostalgic Americana themes. His work, often inspired by his rural surroundings in Vermont, captures the essence of traditional American culture with warmth and nostalgia.

Enjoy a conversation about his journey, his beginnings and evolution as a creative, and how his art has evolved beyond Americana folk into sculptural works from found objects, large scale abstract canvases using gesso, and different techniques such as broom painting. Kimble will share how he approaches creativity each day with zest, play, experimentation and adventure.

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