Kim Parko is a faculty member of the Essential Studies Department, and is on sabbatical for the 2010-2011 school year. She is an artist, sculptor and writer who has worked in inner city and African schools and has traveled the world.
She graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design, where she majored in painting. She received a teaching certification from Georgia State University while working in inner city Atlanta schools. Currently, Kim Parko is an MFA candidate in creative writing at Bennington College.
Major Professional Activities
Professor Parko served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya for two years, teaching at a school for the deaf and working on secondary projects that promoted art education for students with disabilities in Western Kenya. She organized the first art exhibition for students with disabilities who lived in the provinces of Western Kenya. She has traveled to Uganda, Ethiopia, Zanzibar, India, Western Europe, and Canada.
Kim Parko has taught in an early intervention program in Atlanta, and she has been an art instructor in Albuquerque and a public school teacher in Santa Fe. She paints, draws, prints, sculpts, and writes. She has been represented by galleries in Atlanta, Boulder, and Tulsa and has shown work in Savannah, Atlanta, Boulder, Tulsa, Albuquerque, and Santa Fe. Her writing has been published in several journals.
“As a teacher and an artist, I strive to break down boundaries between disciplines, between exploration and introspection, between classroom and world, and undo the stereotypical role-playing between teacher and learner, and then bind art to all of it.”