Christine Huskisson is Co-founder (2014) and Co-publisher of UnderMain, Inc., a Kentucky not-for-profit magazine dedicated to arts and culture. She co-founded and currently curates two of the programs promoted by UnderMain: Critical Mass and the Artist Studio Visit Series. Huskisson’s passion for promoting contemporary artists’ works stems from her belief that we come to know the individual through creative expression.
As writer, publisher, and collector, Huskisson has intentionally supported visual artists and writers at various stages of their careers. She has created numerous portraits of contemporary artists for Smiley Pete Publishing, AEQAI, Burnaway, and UnderMain, Inc. Those artists include: Steve Armstrong, Louis Zoellar Bickett, Helene Steene, Ron Isaacs, Bob Morgan, David Kenton Kring, and many more.
Huskisson comes to art-making through a background in arts advocacy and administration. Her exploration of portraiture began with a simple interest in mastering figuration. She explores the connection between formal elements that comprise the work and the emotional content that charges it.
Huskisson holds a Masters in Art History and a Masters in Business Administration. She has held positions that include Adjunct Faculty in Art History at the University of Kentucky, where she received a Commonwealth Collaborative Grant for her work engaged research and collaboration. As Executive Director of Galleries and Collections for Georgetown College, Huskisson helped establish Dr. Donald and Dorothy Jacobs Gallery. She secured the first piece of public art on that campus (September 2002: L’Chaim by Dennis Whitcopf). She has also worked independently for the Kentucky Arts Council and the University of Kentucky Art Museum.
She has worked as an arts journalist for Business Lexington, authoring numerous articles and composing for over fifteen arts segments on Business Lexington Television. Her primary focus is community engagement and building collaborative efforts between business and the arts and public art.
In 2009, Huskisson co-organized the Legacy Trail Public Art Consortium, to plan and implement Lexington’s Legacy Trail Public Art Master Plan. Other Consortium members included Marnie Holobek, the University of Kentucky Department of Art, the Blue Grass Community Foundation’s Legacy Center, the Lexington Art League, LexArts, the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government.
She has also been a contributor to the Exhibitions and Programming Cabinet and Board of Directors for The Lexington Art League, Civic Lex’s Civic-Artist-in-Residency Program, Public Art Dialogue, Kentucky Museum and Heritage Alliance, Americans for the Arts Public Art Network, the Woodford County Heritage Committee, and recently the Artist Resilience Initiative, and the Artist Relief Trust.
She grew up in Edgewood, Kentucky, one of seven children. She now lives in Woodford County just above the Kentucky River with her husband-of-nearly-thirty-years, Michael – both of whom relish the occasional visit from their son, William.