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Kenneth Martin

Kenneth Martin

With Mennonite roots, I grew up in Toledo, Ohio. In 1969, I received a Bachelor of Science in Journalism with a minor in Art History from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

After university study, I worked as a grape harvester in the Bordeaux region of France, a tobacco harvester in Ontario, and an apple harvester in Quebec. I 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, I worked with "at risk youth" in Ohio and Western New York.

Eventually, I settled down in Naples, Florida, began painting, and spent six years learning to be a house carpenter. In 1979, I earned my Contractor's License from the State of Florida. I studied furniture making with Wendell Castell in Rochester, New York, then began exhibition sculpture in 1984. For many years, I made my living doing exhibition work for major museums and for the National Aquarium in Baltimore.

In the spring of 1995, I received an MFA from the University of Maryland in College Park and began teaching at MICA the following fall.


  • Alexander F. Milligan Gallery in Manhattan, NY
  • BAUhouse, Baltimore, MD
  • Bevier Gallery, Baltimore, MD
  • Bevier Gallery at the Rochester Institute of Technology, NY
  • Gallery 901 in Washington, DC
  • Galerie Francoise, Baltimore, MD
  • Liberty II Sculpture Symposium in Philadelphia, PA
  • Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD
  • Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, NY
  • The Mercer Gallery, Pyramid Arts Center and the Dawson Gallery in Rochester, NY
  • Nazareth College Art Center

Awards & Recognition

  • MICA Trustees Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching.