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Ken Martin

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About this Gallery

Ken Martin is a faculty member in the foundation and interdisciplinary sculpture departments. In 1969, he received a Bachelor of Science in Journalism with a minor in Art History from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. After university study, he worked as a grape harvester in the Bordeaux region of France, a tobacco harvester in Ontario, and an apple harvester in Quebec. He worked for the Olympic Committee at 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany, worked as a roust-a-bout for Clyde Beaty and Cole Brother Circus, and learned to hop a freight train in Lordsburg, New Mexico. For three years, he worked with "at risk youth" in Ohio and Western New York. Eventually, he settled down in Naples, Florida, began painting, and spent six years learning to be a house carpenter. In 1979, he earned his Contractor's License from the State of Florida. He studied furniture making with Wendell Castell in Rochester, New York, then began exhibition sculpture in 1984. For many years, he made a living doing exhibition work for major museums and for the National Aquarium in Baltimore. In the spring of 1995, he received an MFA from the University of Maryland in College Park and began teaching at MICA the following fall.