[ Springfield, MO | | | b. 1985 - Overland Park, KS ]


Kerra Taylor was born in Overland Park, KS 1985. Kerra received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Painting and a Minor in Art History in 2012 from Missouri State University. She then received a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Painting from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2016. She has exhibited her work throughout Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, and Indiana. Her work has been featured in group shows in China and in Poland. She has received several honorable mentions and student awards. She is also published in New American Paintings MFA editions #117 and #129. As a Per-Course Faculty member, she currently teaches beginning and intermediate drawing courses at Missouri State University. In her own time, she really enjoys submitting work to shows, giving artist talks, and leading workshops.


Stories are told through many mediums. My work exploits the narrative potential of painting. A painting, however, cannot encompass the entirety of a narrative, but it can imply a narrative. It functions more like a single scene from the story rather than the whole story. When we take a scene out of context, we are left to fill in the gaps. For every person, for every story, their interpretation of the scene will be unique. In this manner, I allow room for the viewer to enter into my paintings and complete the stories with their own past experiences. 


I playfully fabricate memories with my spouse, parents, siblings, and in-laws, as I fill in the holes caused by the loss of stories. I take into consideration the various personalities, quirks, and typical environments that my relatives and I live in. My paintings are embellishments of personal experiences with family. By putting them in these normal settings with such unusual circumstances, I create my own stories, both familiar and fantastic at the same time. It is in these extraordinary situations that we find the stories that are more worth telling.



2016   Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale, IL
           Master of Fine Arts in Painting

2012   Missouri State University, Springfield, MO
           Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting, Cum Laude
           Minor in Art History

2006   University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO
           General Studies



2018   The Falsehood of Memories, Arts Council of Southeast Missouri                                
           Gallery, Cape Girardeau, MO

2017   Specious Recollections, Spiva Art Gallery, Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, MO
           The Theatrics of Storytelling, East Central College Art Gallery, East Central Community College, Union, MO
           Constructed Memories, C-Street Gallery, Drury University, Springfield, MO 

2016   Retelling the Untold, University Museum, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale, IL

2013   Collective Memories of Home, Vergette Gallery, Southern Illinois                                       
           University Carbondale, Carbondale, IL