UK alums Mark O’Bryan ’82 DES, Mary Lee Daunhauer O’Bryan ’83 DES, Helene Steene ’93, ’04 FA and Mark Alan Gerwing ’90 DES were all recently featured in the July/August issue of Kentucky Homes & Gardens magazine.
The issue’s cover showcases the work the O’Bryans have done updating their own residence. Mark O’Bryan, associate professor in the School of Architecture and associate dean of administration for the UK College of Design, and his wife Mary Lee O’Bryan, interior design alumna and experienced professional interior designer, work together out of their Louisville-based company The Design Studio. The magazine article, “Naturally Modern,” highlights the work the O’Bryans have done giving their 1960s Louisville home a modern touch.
Mark O’Bryan’s artwork is currently on display through Sept. 1, at Base 163 in Lexington. In Louisville, his art can also be seen through Nov. 1 at the Westport Village location of the Heine Brothers Coffee Shop. An upcoming show, will bring his art to the UK campus. “Art and Architecture” will run Oct. 24 through Nov. 9, at Rasdall Gallery in the UK Student Center. Prior to the debut of his exhibit at the Rasdall Gallery, Mark O’Bryan will give a lecture titled, “The World Dwelling,” at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, at Pence Hall.
Alumna and artist Helene Steene’s work is also featured in the magazine. She says she fell in love with Lexington when she moved to the city, where she obtained her master’s degree in art from the UK College of Fine Arts. Upon graduating in 2004, Steene stayed in the city and currently works out of her studio at the Lexington Art League in Castlewood Park, and during summer visits to Asklepion, on the Greek island of Paros. Steene’s Kentucky Home and Gardens’ article, “Cosmopolitan Art,” features several of her abstract mixed media pieces, using layers of translucent oils over marble dust, including metal on wood panels, creating novel works of art.
Audiences can see Steene’s artwork on UK’s medical campus, as she just completed a 6 x 9 foot piece in the spring for the Markey Cancer Center. Outside of Lexington, Steene’s next one person exhibit will open Sept. 2 at the new Galerie Francois II, in Roanoke, Va. Visit www.helenesteene.com to see more works.
Architecture alumnus Mark Alan Gerwing, founder and principal at M. Gerwing Architects in Boulder, Colo., also was interviewed by Kentucky Homes & Gardens for, “One of the Crew.” The article talks not only about Gerwing’s roots in the Commonwealth, but also his education at UK and Yale University and his professional experience that spans outside of Boulder into such major metropolitan areas as Boston, Chicago and New York City. The architect’s portfolio includes new construction and partial renovations for homes, restaurants and retail spaces. Two of his designs are pictured in the magazine article.
Kentucky Homes & Gardens is a bi-monthly magazine that features homes across the state of Kentucky. The full publication of each issue can now be read online at http://virtual.angstromgraphics.com/publication/?i=74853.
Special thanks to Whitney Hale & Lauren Conrad for information contained in this article.