Arts Council
Kentucky Arts Council features Lawrenceburg artists in March

Press Release Date:  Monday, March 02, 2015  
Contact Information:  Tom Musgrave
Communications Director
502-564-3757, ext. 489

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Lawrenceburg artists Matthew and Karine Maynard have been selected as the Kentucky Arts Council's featured artists for March.

Born in eastern Kentucky, Matthew Maynard has been working metal in one form or another since he was 12. After reading a book dedicated mostly to blacksmithing, he pieced together a small coal forge, set up in his grandfather's barn, and a broken tractor axle became a makeshift anvil.

Karine Maynard studied small metals and sculpture as part of her undergraduate training at the University of Wisconsin. The pair met in 2004, and she came to work with him in 2005 while attending graduate school at the University of Kentucky, studying studio art and art history.

The Maynards were married in 2009 and incorporated Maynard Studios in 2010. As a team, they specialize in hand-forged custom stair rails, furniture and applied design. They begin each project by using metal and architectural space as their media. In 2011, the Maynards were juried into the arts council’s Architectural Artist Directory. In 2012, Matthew Maynard was awarded an Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship from the arts council, and Karine Maynard completed a Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship in 2013.

To learn more about Matthew and Karine Maynard, visit the arts council's website at The featured artists' page includes:

  • A story about their work.
  • A video of them discussing their work.
  • Contact information for the artists.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, fosters environments 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. The arts council, along with the NEA, celebrates 50 years of service in 2015, which the arts council is recognizing as the Year of the Arts in Kentucky.

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