Profile Type: Artist

My name is Kim J. Gifford. I used to call myself a writer and teacher by day and a mild-mannered photographer and artist by night, but I realize that's not true, there is nothing mild-mannered in my passion for what I do. Since I graduated from Middlebury College in 1990, I have been writing as a career on just about any topic imaginable including the kitchen sink, literaly. I worked as a memoir writing instructor for almost 15 years at Lebanon College in Lebanon, N.H. until it closed and since then have worked at various art centers such as AVA Gallery and Artistree, senior centers, and the Writing Center in White River Junction, Vt. teaching memoir and creative writing. I also work as a developmental editor helping clients bring manuscripts to fruition. When it comes to teaching I am adept at working with a variety of populations from teens to seniors and combined groups as well. I am presently working on a collection of short stories as well as my own memoir.

In recent years, I returned to a love of art that began in childhood and also branched out into photography, realizing that both are just new ways of doing what I have been all along — telling stories and helping others to do so. I have exhibited my photographs, art, and collages throughout Vermont, New Hampshire and Washington County in New York state. In addition to pastel, colored pencil, encaustic and digital art I create digital collages  that combine photography with hand-drawing in pastel, crayon, colored pencil, embroidery and digital drawing in Adobe Photoshop. My works are whimsical and tend to have fantasy undertones while addressing the theme of transformation. One artist has referred to them as "hand-worked stories." I try to capture the "adult" within the child and the magical world they inhabit as they face the transition from youth to adulthood. I frequently use art prompts when teaching writing. I have three pugs—Alfie, Waffles and Amore who often make an appearance in my work.



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Mailing Address: 
64 Sand Hill Road
Bethel, VT 05032
Physical Address: 
64 Sand Hill Road
Bethel, VT 05032
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Primary Discipline: 
Literary Arts - Non-Fiction
Additional Disciplines: 
Humanities - Comparative Religion
Literary Arts- Fiction
Media - Digital
Visual/Crafts - Illustration / Drawing
Visual/Crafts - Mixed Media
Visual/Crafts - Painting
Visual/Crafts - Photography
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General Public
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Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts Criticism / Journalism
Arts in Healthcare
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Public Relations Services
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Residency - Other
Writing Services
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Geographic Reach: 
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
One Arts Collective
Breaking into Business Alumni Network
Healing with Art Selection Committee
Vermont College at Norwich University, MA Religion and Creative Writing
Middlebury College, BA Religion
Bangor Theological Seminary and Foundation of Biblical Research, Certificate of Biblical Studies
Murray Family Award, Elden Murray Photography Competition
Breaking Into Business Development Grant 2015