Kristy Higby Resume



Kristy Higby Resume mountain t4ea studios



1976 B.G.S. Degree, Studio Art, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

1992 Penland School of Crafts, Bookarts with Susan Share (NYC), two-week session, Penland, NC

1993 Penland School of Crafts, Bookarts and Papermaking with Nance O’banion and Chris Rolik, two-week session (San Fran, Calif), Penland, NC

1994 Kodak Center for Creative Imaging (CCI), one week session Photoshop, Camden, Maine

1995 Anderson Ranch School, Ceramics – porcelain and ceramic decals with Jon Nagle and Richard Shaw, two-week session, Snow Mass, CO

1996 Shippensburg University, Summer Course Intermediate Ceramics, Shippensburg, PA

1997 Penland School of Crafts, Bookarts with Bonnie Stahlecker (Indiana), two- week session, Penland, NC

2000 Penland School of Crafts, Bookarts with Jim Croft, Medieval Book Forms, two-week session, Penland, NC

2002 Penland School of Crafts, Painting with Beverly McIver, two-week session

1990-07 Numerous 1-2 day workshops in computer graphics applications: page layout, electronic imaging, web page design, interactive/multi -media design, digital video editing, sound editing

2004 One-Week Workshop at the Maine Photography Workshops, Advanced Digital Video for Teachers, Camden, Maine

2005 Two-day Documentary Workshop at the Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University, Durham, NC

2005 One-week Documentary Video Institute at the Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University, Durham, NC

2007 One-week Filmmakers Workshop at the Maine Photography, Film, Video and Digital Media Workshops, Camden, Maine

2014 Five-week Small Business workshop sponsored by the Asheville Area Arts Council, Asheville, NC

2008 MacWorld SanFrancisco, California, two-day Final Cut Stuido 2 workshop with Steve Martin, Ripple Training

2015 One-Week WordPress and Search Engine Optimization workshop in Asheville, NC


1979-1983 Art Instructor, Lower School, Sea Pines Academy, Hilton, SC

1984-1990 Artist-in-Residence, South Carolina Arts Commission, Arts in Education Program, Bookarts and Fibers, over 50 one-two week workshops

1990 SISA Visual Arts Teacher, Sea Island School for the Arts, Beaufort, SC; (summer program for gifted and talented middle school students)

1991 – 2014 Art Instructor, Mercersburg Academy, Mercersburg, PA


1987 South Carolina Arts Commission Fellowship Award

1991 Zearn Award for Outstanding Teaching, Mercersburg Academy, Mercersburg, Pa

1997-07 For the past several years students in my drawing classes and digital arts program have received Gold Keys at the national level in the Scholastic Art and Writing Compeitition

2001 Judges’ Commendation for Excellence in Structure, Imagery & Content, Book Explorations 2001, The New Art Forum, Kingston, Massachusetts

2002 Honorable Mention, Steamboat Springs Arts Council’s Winter Works 2002 Exhibition, “Wordplay”, Steamboat Springs, Colorado

2002 Judges’ Commendation for Excellence in Structure, Imagery & Content, Book Explorations 2002, “The Quest for Meaning”, The New Art Forum, Kingston, Massachusetts

2002 The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Individual Creative Artist Special Opportuity Stipend Award

2003 Technology Grant for Digital Arts, Mercersburg Academy

2003 Third Place, Mixed Media, York Art Association Annual Exhibition, York, Pa

2004 Honorable Mention, Painting, Washington County Museum of Art, Annual Art Exhibition, Hagerstown, MD

2005 Special Jury Recognition Award, AFI/Discovery Channel SILVERDOCS Film Festival, Silver Springs, MD (Flag Day)

2005 Technology Grant for Digital Arts, Mercersburg Academy

2006 Jury’s Citation Award, Black Maria Film and Video Festival, Jersey City, NJ (Flag Day)

2006 Best Documentary Award, Dam Short Film Festival, Boulder City, NV (Flag Day)

2006 Juror’s Award for Best Film, Women in Film, Dallas, Texas (Flag Day)

2007 Best Documentary Award, Dam Short Film Festival, Boulder City, Nevada (Bowl Digger)

2007 Director’s Choice Award, Black Maria Film Festival, Newark, NJ (Bowl Digger)

2007 Technology Grant for Filmmaking, Mercersburg Academy

2007 Best Activist Film, San Francisco Women in Film Festival, San Francisco, CA (Flag Day)

2009 Summer Study Grant, Mercersburg Academy

2010 International Travel Award, Mercersburg Academy

exhibitions (•Juried -Invitational Exhibition)

1990 -SC Arts Commission Fellowship Retrospective, State Museum, Columbia -Evening of the Arts, Annual Art Auction, Island School Council, HHI, SC

1993 -Small Works Invitational, Touchstone Gallery, Washington, DC

1998 -Teachers and Students Exhibition, Bogigian Gallery, Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA

1999-Books and Drawers, two-person show, Bogigian Gallery, Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA

2000 •Book Explorations 2000, The New Art Forum, Kingston, Massachusetts

2001 •Book Explorations 2001, The New Art Forum, Kingston, Massachusetts Judges’ Commendation for Excellence in Structure, Imagery & Content

2002•Steamboat Springs Arts Council’s Winter Works 2002 Exhibition, Wordplay, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Honorable Mention

•Art of the Book 2002, University of Indianapolis, Christel Dehaan Fine Arts Gallery, Indianapolis, Indiana

•Elizabethtown College September 11th Memorial Exhibition

•Book Explorations 2002, The New Art Forum, Kingston, Massachusetts

Judges’ Commendation for Excellence in Structure, Imagery & Content

2003 •Post This; Critic’s Choice, Studio Gallery, Washington, DC

•Jazz Improvisations, Target Gallery, Washington, DC

– two person exhibition, Related Separates, at the Goodall Gallery in Columbia College, Columbia, SC

– one day exhibition, Marcel Scheiner Gallery, Hilton Head Island, SC-

•York Art Association Annual Exhibition, third place mixed media, York, Pa.

2004 – Third Biennial Women Book Artists’ Exhibition at Milliken Gallery, Converse College, Spartanburg, SC

•An Open Book Art Exhibit, Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, Ohio

•Masquerade, Smithtown Township Arts Council, St. James, NY, Women’s History Month Exhibition

•Matter & Spirit; the Genesis and Evolution of the Book, Wells College Book Arts Center, Aurora, New York

•Washington County Museum of Art, Annual Exhibition, Honorable Mention, Painting, Hagerstown, MD

– Structures, Surfaces and Content: Contemporary Book Forms, 2004, Kauffman Gallery,Huber Art Center, Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA

2005 •’Flag Day’ screening at ‘The Happening’ filmfest, Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University, Durhan, NC

•‘Flag Day’ screening at the AFI/Discovery Channe SILVERDOCS Film

•Festival, Silver Spring, Md; Juror’s Recognition Award

•’Flag Day’ screening at 25 filmfests both national and international (see website)

• More Than Words Can Say: A Celebration of Book Arts, Traveling Show, University of South Carollina, Columbia, SC

• Cover to Cover, Maryland Federation of Art City Gallery, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, Baltimore, MD

2006 – A Comfortable Place; two-person exhibition, Warner Gallery, Holbrook Arts Center, Millbrook School, Millbrook, NY

– Alumni Invitational Exhibition, McMaster Gallery, University of South Caro-lina, Columbia, SC

– Two-Person Exhibit, Sequences and Events, Burroughs Chapin Museum of Art, Myrtle Beach, SC

•Bowl Digger (short documentary) Official selection:

The Happening, Center for Documentary Studies, Duke Univ.

Dallas Video Festival, Video Assoc of Dallas

Sequences &Events, Burroughs-Chapin Museum of Art, Myrtle Beach

Soul of the Southern Film, Indie Memphis Film Festival

SNOB Somewhat North of Boston Film FEstival

Three Rivers Film Festival, Pittsburg, PA

Santa Fe Film Festival, New Mexico

2007 •Make it New, Asheville Museum of Art Group Exhibit, Asheville, NC, Short Doc, Bowl Digger (two months)

•Bowl Digger (short documentary) Official Selection:

Beaufort Film Festival, Beaufort, SC

Black Maria Film Festival, Newark, NJ

Dam Short Film Festival, Boulder City, Nevada

Videobot TV Show, URTV Public Television Station, Asheville, NC

4th Con-Can Movie Festival, Audience Interactive Online International Film Festival

Tupelo Film Festival, Tupelo, Mississippi

•Underbelly, Feature Documentary, 2nd Unit Director, Camera Work

Indie Grits Film Festival, Columbia, SC

•Flag Day (short documentary) Official Selection, San Francisco Women in Film Festival, San Francisco, CA, Best Activist Film

Videobot TV Show, URTV Public Television Station, Asheville, NC

DC Independent Film Festival, Washington, DC

All American Film Festival, Durham, NC

Kun.Kortfilm (Only Short Films), Copenhagen, Denmark

•Cornie (short documentary) 20th Annual Dallas Video Festival

Simon Theatre, Mercersburg Academy, Mercersburg, PA

Star Theatre, Mercersburg, PA

2008 •Southern Arts Federation American Masterpiece Craft Exhibition in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Art’s American Masterpiece program, two-year traveling exhibition; Artist’s Books

•Short Circuit Traveling Film Festival sponsored by the Southern Arts Federation, Southeast Tour of Museums and Theatres:Bowl Digger

•MLK Celebration, Panel Discussion, Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA: Cornie (short documentary),

2009 -Sculptural Books, Invitational Group Exhibit, Blue Spiral Gallery, Asheville, NC

•Tradition/Innovation: American Masterpieces of Southern Craft & Tradi-tional Art extended traveling exhibit

2010 •Juried Exhibition, Paste Paper, Asheville Bookworks, Asheville, NC

Bookopolis, The Memory Palace, Artists’ Books Exhibit, Asheville Book   works, Asheville, NC

2011-2015 Researched, created and completed The Other Brother, a feature length documentary.

teaching experience

drawing – beginning and intermediate

digital arts:

•initiated digital arts curriculum at Mercersburg Academy in ‘95 and upgraded the 12-station Mac lab five times.    

•curriculum includes graphic design, computer imaging, digital photography, DVD authoring, digital video and sound editing

•software includes the current Adobe Creative Suite and Apple Final Cut studio: Photoshop 7.0, InDesign 2.0, QuarkXpress 5.0, Final Cut Express 1.0, Final Cut Pro, Soundtrack, Sound Studio, iMovie, iPhoto, iDVD, iTunes, OSX iLife 7, GoLive Web Design, After Effects•hardware includes Mac G5, Nikon slide scanner, 36” HP DesignJet

2500CP inkjet printer, Epson Stylus Pro 7880 large format inkjet printer; large format Xerox 7750 Laser Printer, Olympus digital still camera, Canon digital video camera, Sony DSR-PD170 3CCD video camera, external hard drives, LaCie portable external hard drives.

Other Duties: Faculty Adviser to the Blue Review, the Mercersburg Academy award winning art and literary magazine (14 years);

2001 – 2014 The Blue Review received either the Gold or silver Medal Award, presented for achievement in high school literary arts magazines by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, Columbia University, NYC

Committee Work  

2002 Universal Technology Committee, Chair, Mercersburg Academy

2008 Program Review Committee, Mercersburg Academy


Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan

University of South Carolina, Columbia, South CarolinaNorth Carolina National Bank, Charlotte, North CarolinaSprings Mills, Incorporated, Lancaster, South CarolinaSouth Carolina Arts Commission, Columbia, South CarolinaC & S National Bank, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, Various Private Collections

publication citations

Rugweaving Techniques for Two Harnesses by Joanne Mattera, Watson-Guptil, Spring 1979, pp. 158-9,181-3.

Fiberarts Magazine, Review of “Connections,” July-August 1979, pp. 74-5.

Fiberarts Magazine, “Feltmaking Now,” Nov-Dec 1979, p. 43.

Catalog, “Beds, Sweet Dreams, and Other Things,”  Surface Design Association,1979.

Contemporary Feltmaking by Beverly Gordon, Watson-Guptil, Spring 1980, Plates 4, 8, 94, 114, 128, 129, and 130.

Art/Craft South Magazine, feature article by Shannon Wilkerson, November-December 1980.

Handmade Magazine, feature article, July-August 1981

Catalog, “Common Ground,” Third Biennial Thread and Fiber Competition, Alexandria Museum, Alexandria, Louisiana

Artifacts, SC Arts Commission, feature article, 1986 Columbia, SC

Catalog Cover, “Southern Visions” Photography Exhibition, Museum of York County, Rock Hill, SC

Catalog, “Portrait of the South,” group exhibition sponsored by the South Carolina Arts Commission, Rome, Italy

Catalog, SC Arts Commission, Visual Arts and Crafts Fellows Retrospective, SC State Museum, Columbia, SC

Mercersburg Academy Alumni Magazine, Cover Artwork,  Sept, 2001

Mercersburg Academy, Make a Lasting Impression Thank You Video for $100,000,000 Capital Campaign, 2003

Mercersburg Academy, Fine Arts Department, two volume 12 chapter DVD Set From Process to Product, 2003, presenting student work in performing and visual arts

Catalog, “Make it New”, Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC 2007

Mercersburg Academy Alumni Magazine, Article re ‘Bowl Digger’, March, 2007

Ten Brilliant Book Artists, Web Urbanist, Architecture & Urbanist Art, 9/2008

Transforming Books, Seattle Center for Book Arts Website, September 2008

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