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Jack Girard

Professor of Art

Mitchell Fine Arts 220
Transylvania University
300 North Broadway
Lexington, KY 40508-1797

Phone: (859) 233-8115
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Jack Girard's primary medium is collage, although he frequently works in paint, assemblage, and installation. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions and is represented in many corporate, institutional, and private collections in the United States and overseas.

His work addresses a variety of topical issues, including aging, discrimination, archaeology, ordnance, and human conflict. Additionally, he has published research on the work of American assemblage artists Edward and Nancy Reddin Kienholz, Spanish artists/writers Asensio Saez, Juan Carlos Mestre, Alexandra Dominguez, Federico Garcia Lorca, and Margarita Merino.

Recent publications and presentations

  • “Bathtubs Teeming with Frogs: Confluence of Form in the Multi-modal Work of Spanish Artist and Poet Magarita Merino,” International Conference on the Image, Liverpool, England, September, 2016
  • “Alexandra Dominguez: A Journey to Mythical Spaces,” International Journal for Art and Art History, ARIPD Journals, October, 2015
  • “Isolation and Alienation in the Art and Poetry of Juan Carlos Mestre,” The International Journal of the Image, Common Grounds Publishing, Vol. 3, Issue 4 (electronic), 2013 (co-authored with Dr. Veronica Dean-Thacker)
  • "Victor Hammer: Typeface Designer, Publisher, Portraitist," Transylvania Treasures, Spring Issue, 2012
  • "Facing the Unknown in the Art and Poetry of Juan Carlos Mestre," Third International Conference on the Image, Poznan, Poland, 2012
  • "The State of Drawing" (book citation), Blurb Press, Georgetown College, 2011 
  • Horsetails 2010 (book citation), Lexington Philharmonic Foundation, Welsh Printing, Louisville, Ky., 2010
  • "Retributions: Elections, Floods, and Wishing Wells," Martha Gehringer and Jack Girard, Lulu Press, Lexington, Ky., 2009
  • Commentator for "Fire and Motion," one-hour Kentucky Educational Television production on the artworks of Stephen Rolfe Powell and Steve Armstrong, KET Studios, Lexington, Ky., 2009–10
  • "Asensio Saez: A Reflection," University of Murcia Press, Murcia, Spain, Spring 2008
  • "Cupolas, Domes, and Other Capitol Ideas," Transylvania University Deans Faculty Forum, Lexington, Ky., 2006

Recent exhibitions:

  • Maria V. Howard Arts Center, Rocky Mount, NC 2016, 2014, 2012
  • Rocky Mount Cultural Arts Center, Rocky Mount, NC 2016, 2007
  • Georgetown College, Georgetown, KY 2015, 2013, 2011
  • Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA 2015, 2009, 2008
  • K Space Contemporary (KSC), Corpus Christi, TX 2015
  • Greenville Museum of Art, Greenville, NC 2015, 2011
  • ArtsPlace, LexArts Gallery, Lexington, KY 2015
  • “Jack Girard: Recent Paintings and Drawings,” Carnegie Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, Covington, KY 2013
  • Dead Ducks and Decoys, Giles Gallery, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Ky., 2012
  • Jack Girard: Recent Work, Joan Derryberry Gallery, Tennessee Technical University, Cookeville, Tenn., 2010
  • Retributions, Morlan Gallery, Transylvania University, Lexington, Ky., 2009
  • Mavens, Mary Rezny Studio Gallery, Lexington,  Ky., 2008
  • Jack Girard: Recent Work, Wofford College, Spartanburg, S.C., 2007
  • Jack Girard: New Work, Illinois Central College, Peoria, Ill., 2005
  • Jack Girard: Recent Work, Sarratt Gallery, Vanderbilt University, Knoxville, Tenn., 2004

Artwork included in the following collections:

  • South Carolina State Museum
  • Berea College
  • Carteret Technical College
  • East Carolina University
  • Appalachian State University
  • Central Bank of Kentucky
  • Coca-Cola Bottling Company
  • Transylvania University

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Academic history

Courses taught

Areas of specialization


Professional memberships

Academic history

  • M.F.A., East Carolina University, 1976
  • B.F.A., East Carolina University, 1973

Courses taught

  • Introduction to Drawing
  • Intermediate Drawing and Printmaking
  • Painting I–IV (Change to Painting I and II)
  • Printmaking
  • Collage/Mixed Media Drawing
  • Advanced Studio Practices
  • Art Senior Seminar
  • Drawing on Ireland (May term travel course)

Areas of specialization

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Collage/mixed media
  • Printmaking


  • David and Betty Jones faculty development grant for research on the art and poetry of Margarita Merino in Maryville, TN (2016); conference travel for presentation at the International Conference on the Image, Liverpool, England (2016); Juan Carlos Mestre in Madrid, Spain (2014); research in Ballyvaughan, Ireland (2011 and 2009); field research in Berlin, Germany (1998); collaborative installation with artist Steve Armstrong (1996) and; research on the art and literature of Asensio Saez Garcia in La Union, Spain (1994)
  • Kenan/Jones Faculty Development Grants for conception and execution of new work, Transylvania University, Lexington, KY (2007, 2006, 2003, 1992, 1987)
  • Byron Young Grants (2013) to support exhibition at Howard County Arts Center, Ellicott, Maryland, and presentation of paper (2012) at the 3rd International Conference on the Image, Poznan, Poland
  • Kenan Faculty Development Sabbatical Support Grant for research and field work in Portugal and Germany, Transylvania, University, Lexington, KY (2011-12, 204-05)
  • Lexington Arts and Cultural Council Community Arts Development Grant for collaborative installation work with artist Steve Armstrong (1995)

Professional memberships

  • College Art Association of America
  • Lexington Art League
  • Who's Who In American Art
  • Who's Who Among American Teachers

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