IADT-Nashville Instructor Named Educator of the Year
May 13, 2011
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Kirk Denney, instructor at the International Academy of Design & Technology (IADT) – Nashville, was named Career Education Corp.'s Educator of the Year in the Community Service/Partnership category. Denney was chosen based on his ability to serve as a positive representative of the institution within the local and extended community.
Denney is the Program Chair for the Professional Photography and Graphic Design departments. As a consequence of his interaction with the community during his first term as department chair, there was 100 percent placement of the internship students.
Through community outreach and networking, Denney has significantly changed community involvement on the Program Advisory Boards. The Photography and Graphic Design Advisory Boards included a State Representative candidate, the Director of Education for Nashville’s most prestigious art museum, and the youngest CEO ever to be included on the Fortune 500 list.
By contacting artistic directors for some of the major recording labels located in Nashville, Denney was successful in opening doors for coveted internship positions — one with Big Machine Records, the recording company that represents artists such as Reba McIntyre, Taylor Swift and Rascal Flatts.
"When I am able to demonstrate to students that I am involved nationally and internationally with many different businesses within the realm of my own work, it is providing a role model for their own involvement," said Denney. "In a real way, it shows the students that hard work is recognized, sometimes published and yes, even purchased! I encourage them to embrace the world, which often begins at our own front door and our community."
Denney received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Eastern Kentucky University and went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from the University of Florida. Currently residing in Nashville, he opened an art gallery in south Florida in 1987 called "The Art Answer," which he continues to operate. Denney’s artwork is included in several major corporate collections, as well as private collections, throughout the United States, Europe, Central and South America.
Please extend congratulations to Kirk Denney on this tremendous accomplishment!