Trained in fine art and anthropology, it was inevitable that painter Kimberly Reed-Deemer would settle in the cultural crossroads of the Southwest. Kimberly grew up in a small
town northwest of Chicago, and attended the American Academy of Art in Chicago, eventually continuing her education at Northern Illinois University where she earned a master's degree in physical anthropology. Her artwork has been exhibited in museum and gallery exhibitions throughout the U.S. Kimberly’s images are timeless in execution, yet current and contemporary in subject and temperament.
“My passion for painting the metal sculptors of NMHU’s art foundry began after I attended one of the art department's Iron Tribe Conferences, an event that draws sculptors from all over the country and overseas. The first evening is the Performance Pour, a choreographed spectacle of molten metal and fire to which the public is invited. I was hooked. For a figure painter, the Iron Tribe has it all: action, color, fire, energy, and excitement, all in an environment of raw materials and textures. My mission: To document the Iron Tribe through the medium of paint rather than the written word as ethnologists do.”