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Alex Kahn

visual artist

Alex Kahn is a visual artist whose work draws on his peripatetic background in theatrical design, printmaking and digital arts, sculptural installation, and pageant puppetry. His work has been exhibited internationally, and he has been recognized with numerous grants and fellowships, including a Fulbright Scholarship to Trinidad, to study Trinidad’s renowned Carnival culture, Gardner Fellowship to Nepal, and a Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Artists and Communities Grant. Kahn has served on the faculty of Maine College of Art, and was (with Sophia Michahelles) a Roman J Witt Visiting Artist at the University of Michigan’s School of Art and Design. Since 1998, Alex Kahn has collaborated with Michahelles to create large-scale mask and puppet performances for public processions. These works are developed through open community workshops that bring hundreds of volunteers together to build, rehearse, and ultimately perform cyclical pieces specifically for the parade medium. In addition to leading New York’s Village Halloween Parade each year, Kahn’s creations have appeared in venues worldwide. His work has appeared at Henson International Festival of Puppet Theatre, and he and Michahelles have created site-specific community pageants for diverse locales in Italy, Trinidad and Tobago, Texas, Istanbul, Kiev, and New York. When not traveling to various locales to create pageants Kahn spends his hours keeping Russian-Carniolan honeybees.