Martha "Marty" Henton

Marty’s experiences in art started at an early age playing in boxes, creating spaces, making art, and taking studio drawing classes at age 6 at Indiana University Extension. Her passion for making art continued through elementary, junior and high school.

Marty received a Bachelors in Art Education from Purdue University and a Masters in Education in Art from Western Kentucky. She had a variety of experiences as a graduate assistant and teaching at Western Kentucky University, where she received an award as Outstanding Art Educator in Issues in Education. In addition, she served as 3rd District Chair and later President of the Kentucky Art Education Association. She received the National Grand Youth Art Award in 1972-73 from the Crayon, Watercolor Institute of America. Research from her graduate work was published in School Arts – “The Status of Art Education in Kentucky” (1972-73). Later after moving to Central Kentucky Marty taught at Margaret Hall Girl’s School then worked at the University of Kentucky as a Research – Artisan Educator on a federal grant funded through the Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (the title at that time). During the three-year she gained valuable experience in working with children with severe, profound disabilities. This experience later influenced her work at The Living Arts and Science Center, where she served as for twenty-three years. As co-director and director. In that role she initiated a variety of educational programs that included classes at LASC and sponsored programs for at-risk children and youth and children with special needs, in the schools and the community, wrote grants, collaborated with community agencies, and oversaw the general administration of LASC. During that time she received awards from the 1st Roots and Heritage Festival Committee, YMCA – Women of Achievement,  Kentucky Arts Councils Governor’s Award in the Arts for Community Arts, The Lane Report - Leadership in Education. 

After  leaving The Living Arts and Science Center she worked with Kentucky Educational Television on the Visual Art Tool Kit and served as the Arts Group Community Leader for 2020 Vision with Fayette County Public Schools. Now, Marty has returned to her passion – teaching art where she serves as a Senior Lecturer in Art Education teaching and supervising student teachers in art. In addition,  she serves as a Teacher Educator on Kentucky Internship Program Committees for first year teachers. 

In 2009 Marty designed and piloted the course – Pathways to Creativity Through the Visual Arts which is now part of Arts and Creativity in the UK CORE.

Marty is a metalsmith and mixed media artist with a studio in her home. She has exhibited in the annual UK Faculty Exhibit, in group shows at The Living Arts and Science Center, and the Headley Whitney Bibelot competition.

One constant thread in her career in the arts is that there should be opportunities for creative and genuine art experiences that are accessible to all.

Senior Lecturer
Art Education


308E Art & Visual Studies Building