Area of Expertise
Studio artist; contemporary, abstract, and modern art; censorship of art; art education; painting; Italian culture and art, creativity
Don Kimes is a professor of studio art and artistic director in the visual arts at the Chautauqua Institution. As chair of AU’s Department of Art for 11 years and head of studio art for 15 years, he was instrumental in expanding the reputation of the university’s Fine Arts program, bringing many nationally recognized artists to teach in Washington. Represented by Denise Bibro Fine Art in New York City, his work has been in exhibitions at the Corcoran Gallery of American Art; Brooklyn Museum of Art; National Academy of Sciences; Baltimore Museum of Art; Rocca Paolina (Italy); Living Art (Milan); America Haus (Munich); Casa di Cultura (Mexico); National Academy of Design; Ammo Artists Space; Frederiecke Taylor; Stephan Gang; Claudia Carr; Kouros; Prince Street; Arsenal; and Lucky Strike galleries; Ammo Artists Space; Washington Project for the Arts; Montpelier Galleries; Constitution Hall; and others. Kimes has received numerous honors. He received Medici Medals at the 2001 and 2003 Florence International Biennale of Contemporary Art. He has received awards to live and work on the island of Kauai (2002); a grant to spend a year painting near Todi, Italy; a U.S. Department of the Interior award to be artist in residence at Yellowstone; a grant from the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes to work in southern Mexico; Eisenhower Foundation and Chautauqua Institution support to be a U.S. visual arts representative in the 1986 Jurmala Cultural Exchange in the Soviet Union; and studio residency awards from the Millay Foundation and the Assensore di Cultura in Corciano, Italy. He has been a guest artist at the International School of Art in Umbria, the Universidad Juarez Autonoma in Mexico, Riga Academy of Art in Latvia, Harvard, Dartmouth, Syracuse, Georgetown, George Mason, Cleveland Institute of Art, Parsons, Maryland College of Art, Cooper Union, and others.