Sculpture Fields, the largest sculpture park in the Southeast, has named artist and patron of the arts Carolyn Kaufman chair of the Board of Trustees.
A graduate of the University of Michigan, Ms. Kaufman studied the History of Art, with an emphasis on museum practices and principles. She also studied housing and interior design at the University of North Carolina. She was actively involved in The University's Weatherspoon Art Gallery.
She worked at the Art Institute of Chicago cataloguing the museum's American Art Collection. Later on, she worked for the Hunter Museum of American Art in the educational department, where she lead the summer art camp program.
Ms. Kaufman served on the jurying committee for Ketner's Mill Fair, as well as a juror for the Athens Area Council for the Arts. She has exhibited in Nashville’s Local Color Gallery. She served as vice president and gallery designer at In-Town Art Gallery. She was then hired by Gallery 1401, where she worked with patrons coordinating art events.
“In addition to service to the arts community, I have continued to create my own art expressions in a multitude of medium – paintings, drawings, shadow box compilations, graffiti photograph arrangements and found objects and clay sculpture,” said Ms. Kaufman. “I’m humbled to be given the leadership role on the Board, and I’m so very excited about our magnificent one-in-a-million Sculpture Fields, where colossal art comes alive for all our visitors.”
“Carolyn’s solid arts background and leadership experience will help enhance Sculpture Fields’ reputation as a significant international sculpture park,” said Anne Rushing, executive director of Sculpture Fields. “Board members agreed that she’d be the best person to continue the vision and mission of our Founder John Henry, world-renown sculptor, and the founding board members.”
Also elected to the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees:
Vice Chair – William Overend, retired Naval captain and Coca-Cola executive
Treasurer – Warren Barnett, CFA, and founder of Barnett & Company
Secretary – Jay Heavilon, Knowledge Partner for Lynk Global
Member-at-Large – Isaac Duncan, III