Alumna draws on Transy days for entry in Horse Mania show
As a studio art major at Transylvania, Jennifer Conrad-Barber ’84 used to sit with her easel on Old Morrison lawn, painting the university’s historic administration building for a class with art instructor Joe Petro ’53.
She could never have known that many years later she would use that student painting as inspiration for an image of the classically styled building that she painted on the neck and chest of a life-size, fiberglass horse. The colorful equine statue stood on that same lawn from July through October as one of Conrad-Barber’s two entries in a Lexington public art project called Horse Mania that saw 82 variously decorated horses placed around the city.
“Having one of my entries placed on Old Morrison lawn was a great honor,” Conrad-Barber said. “I’m actually very humbled by it. I tried to do an especially good job of that particular image.”
Old Morrison vied with a number of other images on her horse, sponsored by Transylvania, which she named “Lexington Landmarks.” The Christmas tree lighting at Triangle Park, Patterson Cabin, Floral Hall at The Red Mile, trotting horses, traditional rail fencing, and University of Kentucky basketball were other images she chose to depict.
Her other entry, sponsored by the University of Kentucky Equine Initiative, was named “Equestrian” and located in front of the UK Cooper House. It featured images relating to the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games that ran from September 25-October 10 at the Kentucky Horse Park. Her two entries were among those chosen from more than 460 applicants.
Conrad-Barber, who lives in Winchester, Ky., is a working artist whose abilities range from watercolor to oil portraits, pastels, abstracts, pen-and-ink drawings of historic homes, and murals for such diverse locations as physicians’ offices and nurseries.
“I travel around to art shows and fairs like the St. James Court Art Show in Louisville, and I get commissions,” she said. “I painted off and on while being a stay-at-home mom, and now I’m trying to make a living at it. I’m kind of a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to art.”
Other Transylvania alumni with entries in Horse Mania included:
Christy Buckner ’92, “Ashland Stud,” sponsored by Chase Bank, and “Cheval D’Etoile,” sponsored by Lexington Clinic.
Kimberly Comstock ’96, “Teacup,” Powell Walton Milward.
Marcia Cone ’76, “Goochie-poochieploddapony,” Hilton Lexington.
Harold Faulconer ’54, “Dark Star,” Lexington Public Library.