Andrew Marsh

Assistant Director, Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research

Andrew Marsh is the Assistant Director of the Conn Center, where he is responsible for daily operations, public relations and communications, and facilitating the growth of the Center. He is the Program Officer for the UofL Leigh Ann Conn Prize for Renewable Energy. He received his MFA in Studio Art & Design from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, IL in 2001 and holds a BFA in Art Studio from the University of Kentucky in Lexington (1995). At Kentucky (1989-1995), he helped establish the iron casting program in Sculpture, was studio assistant for sculptors Jack Gron and John Tuska, and received the T.J. Oexmann Award for Outstanding Art Studio Student. Andrew became the Custom Metalwork Manager for the Land Cruiser Connection in Washington DC (1995-1998), producing high quality expedition-class equipment solutions for off-roading enthusiasts. At Southern Illinois (1998-2001), he fused the cast iron foundry process with sculptural steel fabrication techniques and performance art events; his elaborate Devil's Night Ironworks is part of the Founder's Collection at Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum in Indiana.

From 2001 to 2004, Andrew was an Artist in Residence at the award-winning City Museum in St. Louis, MO. He is credited with constructing over 50 interactive exhibits, monumental steel playground features, and specialty environments in this most unusual museum. Concurrently, he served as Adjunct Faculty in the Art Department of Webster University, where he taught foundry, steel fabrication, and ferrous performance art. In 2005, Andrew relocated to Louisville to serve as Research Grant Coordinator at the University of Louisville's James Graham Brown Cancer Center (2005-2009). He orchestrated writing and editing for over 350 manuscripts and grant proposals, curated survivor artworks, and tutored international researchers in English and technical writing. While at the Cancer Center, he was the recipient of the University of Louisville Presidents' Professional Development Program Award. In 2010, he joined the Conn Center. In addition to communications and operations, he develops center personnel, programs, and facilities, including The Phoenix House, biennial RE3Workshop, research summer camps, and Industrial Hemp to Energy program.

To date, Andrew's metal sculptures, photographs, paintings, videos, and performances have appeared in over 250 group and solo exhibitions and collections throughout the US and in the United Kingdom, including an installation at The Phoenix House. Through Lucky 7 Arts, he continues to innovate as an artist at his BLDG 15 Studios in Louisville. In addition, he serves as Executive Officer and Chair of the Board of Directors for Josephine Sculpture Park in Frankfort, KY since 2009, and chaired the 2017 & 2019 National Conferences on Contemporary Cast Iron Art & Practices held at Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark in Birmingham, AL.

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