It is not a requirement that people born in Kentucky love horses, but it is such an integral part of the state’s identity that is difficult to avoid. Monica Barnett began drawing horses as a child, and has yet to exhaust them as a subject for her work, and she was one of several artists chosen to participate in “Gallopalooza 2015”, which gave her the opportunity to paint three of the ubiquitous horse statues that can be now found all around the Greater Louisville area.
Barnett also painted a large horse statue for the Belle of Louisville's Centennial Celebration in 2014; and a large Mint Julep Cup for the final Gallopalooza auction held in November 2015, which was named "Triple Crown Winner" in honor of American Pharaoh.
After graduating from Berea College in 1986, Barnett worked as a staff artist and designer at The Courier-Journal and Louisville Times for ten years. She has taught at Presentation Academy, and is currently helping teach elective classes in painting and sculpture at St. Agnes School in Louisville. For the last 10 years she has also painted backdrops for their theatre productions, including the upcoming spring 2016 production of Peter Pan.
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Name: Monica Barnett
Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky
BA, Drawing and Sculpture, Berea College, 1986