Kendra Bulgrin


Born in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, Kendra Lynn Bulgrin attended the University of Wisconsin Whitewater where she received a BFA with an emphasis in painting and a minor in Japanese Cultural Studies in 2005. Bulgrin completed her MFA in interdisciplinary arts at Memphis College of Art in 2007. Throughout the years, Bulgrin has continued to teach painting, drawing, and design at the college level.


Bulgrin draws from a unique vantage point as an adopted child and continues to explore the complex issues surrounding her identity, memory, and past. Recently, she has been coming to terms with the birth of her two sons, both with special needs. Bulgrin’s oil paintings examine the longing for identity and the subsequent expectations associated with identity and memory. She questions how identity is constructed through images, place, memory, decoy, and the miniature.


Bulgrin has shown nationally and internationally, with shows at the Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, Encaustic in the 21st Century at the Encaustic Art Institute, and at Beijing Normal University, China. Currently, she is director and owner of James May Gallery. © Kendra Bulgrin 2012