ART UNDER THE STARS
FEATURED POSTER ARTIST 2017
M. Kemper was born and raised in the flatlands of Oklahoma where his musical and artistic experiences and surroundings shaped his early life. As he grew older, he found his love in creating things. With the support of his high school art teacher and his mother, he spent three summers at the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute.
Kemper went on to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts with a major in Ceramics and Painting at the Kansas City Arts Institute. He also studied printmaking with post graduate work at the University of Oklahoma and photography at Napa Valley College. While traveling through Europe, Southeast Asia and India, his curiosity led him to make photographs and paintings. His professional experience most notably includes serving as a juror for over 15 various art festivals across the country, instructing classes, technical and production work and workshop co-ordination.
Kemper has held exhibitions throughout the nation and has won numerous awards for his painting, photography, design and sculptures. He was also awarded Best in Show at the 40th Maitland Rotary Art Festival in 2016. His refuge, garden and studio are located in Napa, California where he continues to dream.