I grew up on my grandfather’s farm in northern Ohio where I helped in the fields and with the livestock. My other grandfather took me into the woods to hunt and onto the lake to fish. Solitary hours in the fields, woods, and on the lake provided ample opportunity to ponder the beauty and power of nature. The ordered beauty of crop rows and the concentric ripples on water’s surface made an impression on me. Coupled with a religious upbringing, my faith embraces the notion of a universe created and sustained by a supreme being. A degree in physics fueled my inquisitive nature, and reinforced my astonishment at the intricacies of life and the physical processes that drive our universe.
Kent Krugh is a fine art photographer, living and working in Greater Cincinnati, OH. He holds a B.A. in Physics (1977) from Ohio Northern University and an MS in Radiological Physics (1978) from the University of Cincinnati. He began a serious study of photography, eventually attending workshops in alternative processes with Dan Burkholder and Craig Barber, and a photogravure course at Renaissance Press with Paul Nelson.
His work has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions both national and international, at Cincinnati galleries and art centers; Panopticon Gallery, Boston, MA; the Houston Center for Photography, TX; the Center for Fine Art Photography, Ft. Collins, CO; the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY; the Minneapolis Photo Center, MN; RayKo Photo Center, San Francisco, CA; in Guatemala City, Guatemala and Medellín, Colombia; and in major festivals: the Fringe Festival in Cincinnati (2010); the FotoFest Biennial in Houston, TX (2012 and 2016); the FotoFocus Biennial (2012, 2018), Cincinnati, OH; the Festival de la Luz (2016) Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Click! Photography Festival (2017), Durham, NC; and the Medium Festival (2018), San Diego, CA; and the Warsaw Photo Days (2019), Warsaw, Poland.
He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors in both national and international print and portfolio competitions, including the “Tokyo Foto Awards”, Gold, Fine Art Special Effects (2018); “The National”, Ft. Wayne Museum of Art, Juror Merit Award (2018); “International Fine Art Photography Award”, Grand Prix de la Découverte, Jury Award of Merit, Experimental Category (2012). Krugh was a Photolucida Critical Mass Finalist in 2012, 2014, 2017, and 2018. His work is held in the collections of the Luz Austral Foundation, Buenos Aires; Cleveland Museum of Art, OH; the Portland Art Museum; the Cincinnati Art Museum; the Cleveland Institute of Art, OH; the Fitton Center for Creative Arts, Hamilton, OH; the Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX; and the Ft. Wayne Museum of Art. He is the author of several books, including “Speciation: Still a Camera” (Fraction Editions, 2018), “Inside the Gate” (Blue Sky Books, Portland, OR, 2014) and “Angel Oak”, an Artist Book in 3 limited editions (2013). He has also taught workshops in Colombia, in collaboration with the Colegiatura Colombiana del Diseño and Centro Colombiano Americano, under the auspices of the Universidad de Antioquia. Recently Krugh curated the exhibition “New World: Refugees and Immigrants photograph the experience of new life in America” at the University of Cincinnati Clermont for the FotoFocus Biennial festival in Cincinnati, OH.
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