Campbellsville University to host Henrietta and Jeff Scott’s Art Exhibit through Oct. 5

By Joshua Williams, communications office manager, Office of University Communications

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Campbellsville University’s Department of Art and Design is hosting “Lifetime Partners: Art of Jeff & Henrietta Scott” through Oct. 5 at The Pence-Chowning Art Gallery located at 205 University Drive, Campbellsville, Ky.

The show is in memory of the shared collaboration of the couple. Jeff Scott died in August 2016 losing his battle with pancreatic cancer.

Susie Trejo Williams, left, assistant professor of art and design at Campbellsville, shows some of the Scott’s art to Vonnie and Stephen Skaggs at the reception honoring the Scott’s work. (Campbellsville University Photo by Luke Young)
Susie Trejo Williams, left, assistant professor of art and design at Campbellsville, shows some of the Scott’s art to Vonnie and Stephen Skaggs at the reception honoring the Scott’s work. (Campbellsville University Photo by Luke Young)

The show is open to the public at no charge.

Jeff and Henrietta Scott had owned and operated a gallery and studio called Highland Raku in Columbia, Ky. since summer 2000. Both had retired from the Adair County School System, and they

collaborated in making their trademark horsehair Raku, inspired by a strong interest in the American Art and Graft Movement.

Both had taken post graduate classes and workshops and learned the art of raku firing, attending workshops in Raku at Arrowmont School for Crafts and Appalachian School for Arts and Crafts. Jeff, being an old wood burner, became an excellent potter, and Henrietta explored the infinite possibilities of raku glazing.

Their work evolved as they experimented with different forms and techniques. Eventually, Jeff began using his wood turning skills to fit wooden lids on his vessels.

Highland Raku began and continued to display and sell at craft fairs, the Kentucky Artisan Center and the Kentucky Guild Shop.

Henrietta taught art for 30 years at Adair County High School, and Jeff was a former teacher and principal at Adair County High School. In 1986, Henrietta received the Governor’s Award in the Arts for art education.

Henrietta is an adjunct instructor in art at Campbellsville University and Lindsey Wilson College.

Their Raku fired pottery has been juried into the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen and Kentucky Crafted: The Market.

Henrietta has won several awards including: Outstanding Art Student – Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Ky. in 1967; Governor’s Awards in the Arts in 1985 and Art Educator of the Year in 1985.

Henrietta is associated with professional organizations including Kentucky Watercolor Society as a regional representive, Kentucky Guild Artists and Craftsmen and Kentucky Crafted: The Market.

She graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with distinction, received her master of arts from Western Kentucky University and did graduate work at Ball State University. She did post graduate work at Texas A and M University.

Henrietta lives on a picturesque ridge in southern Adair County surrounded by an apple orchard, deep hollows and clear springs. It is from these elements of nature that she takes much of her inspiration for her watercolors, oil pastels and Raku pottery.

“As the environment evoles and is transformed, I try to mimic these changes in my technique. Experimenting with different styles and media has given me freedom to explore my Kentucky roots,” she said.

Drawing from this richness of place and people, she was able to nurture and develop and appreciation of the arts in numerous students during her 30 plus year teaching career.

Follow the link below to view some of their many art pieces: at https://artistdirectory.ky.gov/Pages/KentuckyCraftedArtistPage.aspx?ArtistID=189#.

The Pence-Chowning Art Gallery is open this semester at the following times: Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-9:50 a.m., noon-12:50 p.m., 1-1:50 p.m., 2-2:50 p.m., 3-3:30 p.m., 4-4:50 p.m. and 5-5:50 p.m.

It is not open on Thursdays from 10 a.m. until 10:50 a.m. and 11 a.m. until 11:50 a.m. It is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays from 11 a.m. until 11:50 a.m. and also on Tuesdays from 4 p.m.-5:50 p.m. and on Fridays from 5 until 5:50 p.m.

The gallery is monitored by students interested in a hands-on experience and hours reflect their availability. If the gallery is closed when you visit, please see a faculty member in the Art Building (white building behind the gallery).

For more information, contact the Art & Design Department at (270) 789-5268.

Campbellsville University is a widely-acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 5,000 students offering over 80 programs of study including 19 master’s degrees, six postgraduate areas and seven pre-professional programs. The university has off-campus centers in Louisville, Harrodsburg, Somerset and Hodgenville with instructional sites in Elizabethtown, Owensboro and Summersville and a full complement of online programs. The website for complete information is campbellsville.edu.

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