By Robert Duncan
Greetings educators everywhere!
I am Robert Duncan, and I’ve served as the arts and humanities consultant at the Kentucky Department of Education since August 2009, following 28 years of classroom teaching.
I graduated from Murray State University with a bachelor’s degree in studio art and education and a master’s in counseling education. I also have completed courses in school leadership and administration at Eastern Kentucky University.
My primary studio area is photography, though I also have worked extensively in painting and 3-D mixed media. My artwork has been shown at Murray State and the Tennessee State Museum, as well as local venues. Along with my interest in visual art, I have a background in theater. I was active with my family at the Little Colonel Playhouse in Pewee Valley – where I grew up – and helped develop Playhouse in the Park in Murray, and the Masquerade Theatre in Union City, Tenn.
In addition to my art, I am an involved volunteer for my community. I work a search and rescue dog with Commonwealth Canine Search and Recovery, and I’m a volunteer captain with Scott County Emergency Management/Office of Homeland Security. My wife, Mary, and I were both volunteer firefighters for 11 years. We have three grown children and one grandson – who is the cutest toddler in the world!
My early experiences and opportunities in the arts have shaped my educational philosophy concerning the importance of a strong arts education for every child. I seek to provide excellent leadership, support and service not only for arts teachers, but also for all content areas.