PHOTO CREDIT ALEX CROSS © 2011
Born in Alexandria, Louisiana in 1965, Kimberly moved around most of her life. She has lived in Texas, California, Mississippi, Louisiana, Hawaii, Virginia, and abroad. During middle school, Kimberly’s father began working in the oil industry and moved the family to Cairo, Egypt. She attended an American private school there for three years, then moved to Singapore for three more years, where she graduated from Singapore American School in 1983. She was also fortunate enough to live in India for a short period of time during the late 80’s.
After graduation, Mrs. Coburn got a secretarial diploma for a trade school in Lafayette, and began working as a secretary. She excelled in graphic design, public speaking, gave freely of her time to various community activities, and raised her family. She has always had a flair for artwork, but was only able to devote time to it as a hobby.
After 9/11 when the economy hit a low, she and her husband, Joe, decided to quit work and attend school full-time. Having been a life-time goal, attending college became not just a dream, but a reality. They moved to Louisiana to take advantage of the low cost of living and began attending BRCC.
What many people don’t know about Kimberly is that she suffers from a debilitating disease. She was diagnosed in her early twenties is Manic-Depressive Disorder. Sadly, this disorder comes with extreme highs and lows, but comes with the gift of eccentricity and extreme creativity.
Kimberly P. Coburn won the 2004 New Century Scholar Award representing Louisiana in Minneapolis, where she was honored by the office of the President of the United States. She also won BRCC’s Chancellor’s Award and Outstanding Liberal Arts Student, Louisiana’s First Academic Team Member, and placed on the National Dean’s list. A non-traditional student, Mrs. Coburn graduated from BRCC with her Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts with a Fine Arts Concentration and then transferred to LSU where she earned her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts – Ceramics Degree with honors.
During her time overseas, she visited many countries and became a student of real life, real situations, and real people. Kimberly is influenced by the art of exotic cultures. She works primary with ceramics, but also does batik, sculpture, drawing, oil painting, and mixed-media work.
She sells her art on the internet at kimberlypcoburn.com and shows her work regularly in the local community. A resident of Baton Rouge, her studio is in Sherwood Forest. Kimberly and her husband, Joe, have three children and five grandchildren.