A graduate of Arizona State University with a master of fine art degree in sculpture, Kimberly Henkel has extensive experience working with historical photography methods. She bel­ieves that in today’s world of technology and multimedia resources, we tend to overlook the processes from which modern imagery derives. The history of the photograph and hands-on procedure of photography are dying art forms.

Her residencies help people rediscover pinhole photography and the art of the camera obscura. By using these fundamental imaging processes to capture the Dakota landscape, we can understand the way the earliest photos of our state were taken. Residencies also include darkroom work and experiments with non-silver printing techniques such as Van Dyke printing and Cyanotype. The artist suggests a two-week residency.

Henkel is a sculptor in residence at Mount Rushmore, providing instructional services at the monument and surrounding schools as well as working on her own sculptures. She has recently been an adjunct faculty member at Western New Mexico University and at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. Her recent exhibitions include a solo show of pinhole photography at the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, the Iron Tribe Exhibit 2007 in New Mexico, Pinhole Photography Group Exhibit in Tucson and a solo exhibition at the Middle Street Gallery in Washington, VA. Henkel has worked with children extensively in summer programs such as the Carlsbad Museum’s middle and high school programs, with educators at Georgia O’Keefe’s Ghost Ranch and the Tempe Studio Artists Program, teaching clay sculpture techniques to elementary school students.

Grade levels: 4-adult

Kim Henkel
PO Box 1165, El Prado, New Mexico 87529
phone: 480-518-0713


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