Kentucky artist Jaime Claire Corum has joined the faculty of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKCTC) in Middlesboro as an adjunct instructor and artistin residence.
SKCTC President Dr. Vic Adams says that the college is “blessed to have such a talented artist join the Southeast family. Jaime’s passion for painting and for connecting with others will have a lasting and positive influence on our students.”
Corum holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in studio art, with an English minor, from Bellarmine University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in art with a painting emphasis from the University of Kentucky. Since earning her degree, she has worked as a full-time artist of commissioned portraits and original compositions. She also taught drawing, painting, and photography until recently at Bellarmine.
Corum considers herself to be primarily an oil painter and an equine artist “since my subject is almost exclusively the horse.”
One of her creations, a life-size bronze of a German shepherd police dog, is displayed in the courthouse square in Pineville. In 2009, she was commissioned to design and execute the state monument honoring K-9 officers killed in the line of duty. She also designed and facilitated a mural in Pineville depicting southeast Kentucky culture and history with the Bell-Whitley Community Action Agency and local youth.
Corum says she is looking forward to watching her Southeast students develop their skills in her drawing and painting classes this fall. Of her own work she says, “Though I am very much a realist painter, I want my work to be more than that — more than just the accurately painted horse,” says Corum. “I try very hard to capture the individual horse’s spirit and character as well as speak to the cultural connection between horse and human.”