Carrie Neumayer is an artist who works in a wide variety of media, including painting, drawing, printmaking, and collage, a musician who has played with several bands in the Louisville area, and educator and co- founder of the Louisville Outskirts Festival. It is in this last role that she initiated Girls Rock Louisville (GRL); a program offering a volunteer run summer program for girls aged 10-18. GRL aims to empower girls and gender non-conforming youth from all backgrounds by exploring music creation in a supportive, inclusive environment. Over the course of a week, campers learn an instrument, form a band, write a song, and perform in concert all while learning about self confidence, self expression, social justice, and community building.
Such a fervent desire to positively influence young artists makes Neumayer a natural choice for the 2016 Future Is Now program. Her mentee is Ashton Jones, a student at DuPont Manual, and we see here some of the work (still-in- progress) that Neumayer is helping Jones prepare for the upcoming exhibit at The Huff Gallery in the Spalding University Library. The exhibit will run August 4- 26, with a reception August 5 from 5 to 7pm.
As an illustrator Neumayer’s work appears regularly in Louisville Magazine, and she has also worked with Kentucky Monthly, Bitch Magazine, Tom Tom Magazine, Rethinking Schools Magazine, LEO Weekly, Why Louisville, Presbyterians Today Magazine, and The Louisville Paper. She is available for private commissions.
The Future is Now is a mentorship program conceived by Daniel Pfalzgraf and Jackie Pallesen that matches Jefferson County Public School high school students with professional local artists in Louisville, Kentucky. This summer, the program, which is administered by Louisville Visual Art, is partnering with The Kentucky College of Art + Design at Spalding University.
illustration for Louisville Magazine, Muhammad Ali Portrait, 2016
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Name: Carrie Neumayer
Hometown: Louisville, KY
BFA, Fine Art with a concentration in Painting, Art Academy of Cincinnati