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UK/CoD’s Regina Summers Recipient of Kentucky Arts Council Emerging Artist Award

December 17, 2013   |   School

Four Kentucky visual artists and one media artist have been awarded and chosen as recipients of the Emerging Artist Award from the Kentucky Arts Council.  Emerging Artist Awards are given to emerging professional artists in the early stages of their work – up to 10 years – who demonstrate a high level of excellence and creativity. Emerging artists possess some professional experience but may not yet have established reputations as artists.  Regina Summers, of Lexington, Kentucky (Fayette County) was chosen in the experimental category.  "The arts council is glad we are able to continue to support individual artists early in their careers when they can especially use assistance while working to establish their professional careers," said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. 
Regina Halcomb Summers was one of the five artists to be named the 2013-14 Kentucky Emerging Artists by the Kentucky Arts Council. The selection process for the Emerging Artist Award utilizes a "blind jurying" system that does not provide the selection panel with applicants' names; the panel reviews work samples digitally and applications according to application numbers only.  
Mrs. Summers’ work explores contemporary design and fabrication processes in combination with traditional craft to produce work that reflects her Appalachian heritage.  She explores techniques of drawing and simple scripting to image manipulation combined with scripting, producing patterns that are partially recognizable while also strange and new.  With each variation, the amount of manipulation increases and the limits of the material and pattern are tested.  Through the combination of digital fabrication techniques and sustainably based materials, products can be designed with infinite variety and minimal environmental impact.  
Regina has been an Instructor of Architecture at the University of Kentucky College of Design, teaching first year design studios for the past 3 years and was awarded the “Instructor of the Year” for the academic year 2011/2012.  Within her studios she explores organizational concepts, material combinations, layering, scale, and pattern that challenged her students to go beyond pre-conceived notions of architectural design.  These concepts also inform her research.  
As of August 01, 2013, Regina has taken on a new position within the College of Design as the Director of Recruitment working under the direction of the Dean and in coordination with the directors/chair to facilitate all recruiting efforts and activities for the School of Architecture, School of Interiors and Historic Preservation.   She is also the co-director of the UK/CoD Design Discovery Program; a summer program for high school students interested in pursuing a career in Design. 
Regina is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Architecture and received her Master’s of Architecture Degree from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). 
The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, creates opportunities for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.