Ehren Reed relocated to Louisville, KY in late 2013 after 14 years as a professional artist and art educator in San Francisco, CA. She began teaching CFAC in 2014 and currently works as Outreach Programs Manager for Louisville Visual Art where she teaches visual art in various schools and community centers throughout the Louisville Metro area. Her work has been exhibited nationally in numerous venues including VergePDX (OR), StudioWorks (KY), Hanover College (IN) Donna Seager Gallery (CA), Geras Tousignant Gallery (CA), SOMArts (CA), Bedford Gallery (CA), the Sebastopol Center for the Arts (CA), Torpedo Factory Art Center (VA) and the Textile Arts Center (NY). Reed’s work is held in the permanent collection of the University of Kentucky and has been featured in numerous print publications including Contemporary Artists Books by Emily Marks, Dutch fine art magazine Elephant and, most recently, Textile Art Around the World, edited by Ellen Bakker.
What do you hope your students take away from your class?
My approach to teaching CFAC relies upon exploration and experimentation, but with an emphasis on observation. We often work from life-- creating self-portraits and other observational drawings-- but I like to encourage my students to explore new materials and techniques, to take traditional methods and explore them with new and unique materials and surfaces. My hope is that my students come away from my class with a new confidence in their ability to explore and experiment, to push a bit past their comfort zones to discover new processes that excite them.
What is your favorite thing to teach and why?
One of my favorite projects to teach is blind contour self-portraits. I find this exercise to be a great opportunity for students to let go, play and experiment. The results are often comical, but they can be really poignant, as well. It's a fun opportunity to stretch past our comfort zones, to focus less on the product and more on the process. There is usually a lot of giggling involved and it's a great way to break the ice with a new group of students.