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89-year-old artist, Billie Sue Kibbons, to be featured in Homecoming art exhibit

89-year-old artist, Billie Sue Kibbons, to be featured in Homecoming art exhibitBy Whitley Howlett, student news writer, Office of University Communications

Campbellsville University 1975 alumna Billie Sue Kibbons will be Campbellsville University’s featured artist in The Pence-Chowning Art Gallery, 205 University Drive.

The exhibit began Oct. 1 and ends Oct. 26. Everyone is invited to the exhibit and especially to the Homecoming reception from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday, Oct. 6.

Her exhibit consists of landscapes, still lifes, and flowers in watercolor, pastels, acrylic, and oil paint. She also paints portraits of her family and many grandchildren.

“There’s something about the inner being of creative people that says ‘I need to paint,’” Kibbons said. “You have all kinds of experiences in life, all kinds,” Kibbons said.

Kibbons did not take her first art class until she was 37 years old at Campbellsville College. She is an elementary education major and graduated on the same day as her oldest daughter, Kathy Denise Kibbons Brewer.

After graduating, Kibbons taught private art lessons to children and adults in her personal studio for 23 years.

Her studio is located behind her house in a log cabin that she and her now deceased husband, Dr. Jerry Kibbons, professor of theology, at Campbellsville University, built together. They had been married for 64 years.

Campbellsville University is a widely-acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 10,000 students offering more than 90 programs of study including Ph.D., master, baccalaureate, associate, pre-professional and certification programs. The university has off-campus centers in Kentucky cities Louisville, Harrodsburg, Somerset, Hodgenville and Liberty with Kentucky instructional sites in Elizabethtown, Owensboro and Summersville, and nationally in Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay, Jacksonville, Fla. and Chicago. The university also has a full complement of online programs. The website for complete information is campbellsville.edu.