Kristy Higby • Bio
Higby received her bachelor degree in studio art from the University of South Carolina. She has taught artists’ books, drawing, and digital arts since 1977. She and her husband were art instructors at Mercersburg Academy, Mercersburg, PA. from 1991-2014.
She has attended numerous workshops at the International Film and Photography Workshops in Rockport, Maine; the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University in Durham, N.C., and Penland School of Crafts in Penland, N.C.
W.W. Norton chose her short documentary, Flag Day, for inclusion on a Norton Sociology textbook DVD. Flag Day received an Honorable Mention at the 2005 Silverdocs Film Festival (now AFI Docs). Her short documentary, Bowl Digger, was awarded a Director’s Choice award at the 2007 Black Maria Film Festival and the Best Documentary award at the 2007 Dam Short Film Festival in Boulder City, Nevada. It was juried into the three-month-long Make it New exhibition at the Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC, during the summer of 2007 and toured with the 2007-2008 Short Circuit Traveling Film Festival Sponsored by the Southern Arts Federation. Her most recent film, The Other Brother, was also her first feature-length documentary. The National Gallery of Art added the doc to its viewing library of art films. It also screened at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art in Chicago in 2015.
Higby and her husband, Mark Flowers, a painter, had a two-person exhibition, at the Goodall Gallery in Columbia College, Columbia, SC and another two-person exhibition, Sequences, and Events, at the Art Museum of Myrtle Beach, SC.
Her artists’ books were included in the South Arts (Southern Arts Federation) Traveling Show, American Masterpiece Craft Exhibition, and an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts. This exhibit opened in New Orleans in September 2007 and toured throughout the Southeast for three years. Tradition/Innovation: American Masterpieces of Southern Craft and Traditional Art featured 48 artworks created by masters living and working in the South today. Two of her artists’ books will be included in the upcoming South Carolina Arts Commission Fellows exhibition held at the 701 Center for Contemporary Art in May 2018.
Most recently, eight pieces of her small metals work were juried into the 5th Annual Mint Gallery National Juried Exhibition for Emerging Artists, Interrupted, in Atlanta, Georgia, this past March 2018.
Kristy and her husband now live and work out of their studio, Mountain Tea Studios, in Asheville, NC.