Kerry Hirth Bio

Kerry Hirth’s work explores the translation of music into visual art. Her dry pastel drawings of music integrate the experience of music with the impulse of color.  Her recent work merges the harmonic patterns of music with the colors of landscapes, including spacescapes and satellite images of Earth.  Kerry's drawings are dense with musical, structural, temporal, and catalytic meaning, and they ultimately condense music into a sense of place. Her experiences with professional music performance and her study of analytic philosophy contribute significantly to her approach to time and place in her artwork.
Kerry’s work has been presented in gallery exhibitions nationally and internationally, including Paris, Toronto, and Macerata, Italy.  She frequently collaborates with musicians, including a project with the University of Missouri on the work Olivier Messiaen, as well as a curated program on the relationship between improvisational jazz and the visual arts with Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago. She is a recipient of an artist fellowship from the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center in Nebraska and was a member artist of ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation in Chicago for six years.  
Her studio, Mount Erebus Workshop, is adjacent to her home in Columbia, Missouri.




Recent and Selected Exhibitions

2019 Bert Green Gallery, Chicago, IL
2018 Hilliard Gallery, Kansas City, MO
Light and Shadow, William Woods College, Fulton, MO

Context II, The Foundry, St. Charles
Solar Flair, Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, St. Joseph, MO
Moments of Intersection, with interview, Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago, IL Solo Exhibition, Heaven’s River, Resident Arts, Columbia, MO
th Annual Boone County Bank, First Place-Drawing, Columbia, MO

2016 Synesthetica, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH (March 2016) Partiture, Civic Art Gallery, Macerata, Italy (October 2016)
Columbia Palette, Historical Society, Columbia, MO (November 2016)

2015 Honor Awards Exhibition, Art St. Louis Gallery, St. Louis, MO
Solo Exhibition Hollow Lands and Hilly Lands, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL
The Long Now, True/False Film Festival, Imago Gallery, Columbia, MO Columbia Palette, Sidney Larson Gallery, Columbia College, Columbia, MO 56th Annual Boone County Bank, Second Place-Drawing, Columbia, MO
Ellis Library University of Missouri, Columbia Solo Exhibition, Columbia, MO

2014 Night Visions V, Coconino Center for the Arts, Flagstaff, AZ
Square, The Red Head Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Silence and Noise, Award of Excellence, Art St, Louis Gallery, St. Louis, MO Gibson County Visual Arts Association National Exhibition, Trenton, TN

2013 Missouri Top 50, Missouri Arts Council, Sedalia, MO
Solo Exhibition, This Land is Your Land, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL
Art and Earth, Honorable Mention, Berkeley Arts Council, Martinsburg, WV All About Colors, Arterie Fine Arts, Naperville, IL
Art For God’s Sake, St. Anastastia, Troy, MI

2012 Art St. Louis XXVIII The Exhibition, Art St. Louis Gallery, St. Louis, MO Missouri Top 50, MO Arts Council, Sedalia, MO
Blue, First Place Overall, Columbia Art League, Columbia, MO Variations: Art Expressing Music, Maude Kerns Art Center, Eugene, OR The Art of Music, Flow Art Space, Minneapolis, MN

Solo Exhibition, Sonatas from a Climate of Sunlight and Warmth, ARC Gallery, Chicago 2011 Self-Portraits, Le Genie de la Bastille, Espace Kiron, Paris, France (catalog)

Missouri Top 50, MO Arts Council, Sedalia, MO
Art to the Making, Davis Art Gallery, Stephens College, Columbia, MO


Red, Second Place Overall, Columbia Art League, Columbia, MO

Art at the Center Juried Exhibition, Tomahawk Ridge, Overland Park, KS
MOAK 4 State Regional Competition, Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO (catalog)

51st Annual Boone County Bank Show, Bank Purchase Prize, Columbia, MO Beyond Audubond, Womanmade, Chicago, IL


Resident Artist Fellowship, 2012, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, Nebraska City, NE

Teaching, Presentations and Related Experiences

2017 Interview in curated series “Moments of Intersection” with Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago, IL, May 7.

Workshop “Solar Eclipse”, collaboration with University of MO astronomer Angela

Speck, Orr Street Studios, Columbia, MO, July 9.
Workshop “Music/Color Color/Music”, Orr Street Studios, Columbia, MO, July 9. 2015 Presentation “Sound Patterns and Visual Music,” Osher Lifelong Learning,

University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, October 2.
Honor Award Exhibition Exhibiting Artist Gallery Talk, Art St. Louis Gallery,

St. Louis, MO, July 11.
Collaboration with Missouri Symphony Society on “Color of Music” Concert, performed

live demonstrations with the orchestra, Columbia, MO, July 9.

Video URL
2013 Presentation, “Life as an Artist – Choosing What to Paint,” Columbia Art League,

Columbia, MO, March 9.
“Visual Music,” a three day workshop for Nebraska City High School through Kimmel

Harding Nelson Center for the Arts - Resident Artist Outreach,

Nebraska City, NE, February 13-15.
2011 “Synesthesia: Creating Visual Music,” 20/20 Columbia, October 13. Video URL

2011 Presentation, Missouri Scholar’s Academy, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, June 16.

2011 Presentation, Color Theory Class under Dr. Adrienne Hoard, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, February 24.

Commissions and Collections
2017 Corporate collection, Four Bach Preludes, large scale pastel on paper (2’X8’ each) Cohon

Raizes Regal, Chicago, IL
Corporate collection, two works on paper - Day and Night, University of MO/Lux Art Consulting
Private commission, pastel on paper, Dolan family, Chicago, IL
Private commission, Perhaps Love, pastel on paper, Kwak family, Chicago, IL

2016 Private commission, Somebody to Love, pastel on canvas, Kenny family, Columbia, MO Private commission, I Need Your Grace, pastel on paper, Call family, Kansas City, MO

2015 Private commission, Sonata 1, Sonata 2, both pastel on canvas, Scroggs Family, Columbia, MO

2015 Corporate commission, Sunrise Landscape, pastel on paper, Joslin Diabetes Center


2015 Public commission, Waterlilies, large scale pastel on canvas, (2’X8’) Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel, Jefferson City, MO

2015 Private commission, Joy, pastel on paper, Laughrey Family, Columbia, MO
2015 Private commission, Red Sunset, large sc
ale pastel on canvas (2’X8’), Farmer Family,

Jefferson City, MO
2014 Private commission, Stand By Me, pastel on paper, Eddings family, Seattle, WA. 2013 Private commission, Walk With Me
Pearl Jam, pastel on canvas, Williams Family,

Jefferson City, MO
2012 Corporate commissions,
Parkade Plaza, three architectural renderings, Columbia, MO 2012 Private commission, Be Thou My Vision, pastel on canvas, Sites Family, Jefferson

City, MO
2012 Private commission, Holiday
Green Day, pastel on canvas, Groening Family,

Ackron, OH
2011 Corporate collection,
Boone County Hospital Patient Tower, Six Irish Fiddle

Tunes, Columbia, MO
2011 Corporate collection,
Boone County Bank (Central Bank of Boone County), In the

Garden - Nightfall, large scale pastel painting on canvas (2’X8’), Columbia, MO 2011 Private commission, Stetson Kennedy, Bulger Family, Fernandina Beach, FL 2010 Private commission, Trip to Sligo, large scale pastel painting on canvas (2’X8’)




JD University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
MA Philosophy, analytic philosophy, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO BA summa cum laude, Philosophy, minor in Music Performance University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
Aspen Music School and Festival, Aspen, CO

Cohen Family, Chicago, IL

Features and Reviews

Chimaeric Film Studio “The Arist,” a commercial for HSMS Medical Group/Joslin Diabetes Center, aired in central Illinois Fall 2015, Chimaeric Film Studio

Yuting Jiang, “Columbia Artist Kerry Hirth Paints the Music She Hears,” Columbia Missourian, print and online editions, with multimedia interview, December 27, 2014, URL hears/ Carried by the Jefferson City News Tribune on January 4, 2015

Missouri Symphony Society live orchestra demonstration, July 14, 2014. URL in-hot-summer-nights/article_721a325f-64bb-5739-b70c-96074ad47d86.html

Sarah Redohl, “Columbia Artist Paints the Music She Hears,” VOX Magazine, online edition with multimedia interview, September 1, 2011,

Aairk Danielsen, “Painter with Synesthesia Plays off the Colors of Sound to Create Stunning Musicscapes,” Columbia Tribune, print and online editions, December 12, 2010, URL



Other Publications

ABA Committee of Art and Cultural Heritage Journal, Volume XI, Issue 1, April 15, 2015, URL law/resources/Pages/aba-resources.aspx

ARC 40th Anniversary Exhibition published by ARC Gallery as a retrospective of member work since 1973, September 25, 2013.

Interpretations 2013 and Interpretations 2014, collaborative project pairing writers and artists, published by the Columbia Art League.

Gallery Affliations and Connections

Hilliard Gallery, Kansas City, MO
ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation, Local Member from 2010-2016, Chicago,IL Lux Art Consulting, Austin, TX
K Evans Interior Design, Springfield, MO
H&P Consultants, Columbia, MO
Working Spaces Interior Design, Columbia, MO
Columbia Art League, Columbia, MO
Columbia Palette, plein air painters, Columbia, MO