Starr Kempf (1917-1995) was an American artist that called Colorado home. After graduating from the Cleveland Institute of Art, Kempf served in the United States Air Force during World War II. In 1948, Kempf and his wife, Hedwig, both settled in Cheyenne Canyon in Colorado Springs.
Kempf is best known for his kinetic wind sculptures. The artist crafted these monumental modernist artworks from steel, often in the shapes of birds and weather vanes and scaling up to 50′ in height. Originally installed on the grounds of the Kempf home, the sculptures have delighted and awed visitors (and bedeviled neighbors with their tourist popularity) for decades.
Kempf’s works are a treasure to many in the Pikes Peak region - their installation at the Ent Center for the Arts is especially exciting in the context of the dynamic new center opening January, 2018. In dialogue with the curving lines and silver sheen of the H3 Hardy designed architecture, Kempf’s works will find fresh context and audiences.
Three Starr Kempf sculptures—Sunrise Serenade, Metronome, and Space Needle—will be gracing the grounds of the Ent Center for the Arts for a two-year period (2018-2020), as part of Art WithOut Limits.
About AWOL: ArtWithOut Limits
AWOL: Art WithOut Limits launches a new phase with the opening of the Ent Center for the Arts, featuring international, national and regional artists and collectives manifesting site-specific temporary projects outside the confines of gallery walls with accompanying artistic residencies. Past programs include social practice projects, public sculpture, multi-disciplinary performances, and happenings across a wide range of venues. Creating community through shared experiences with art is a guiding goal of this program.