Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, Courtney Kenny Porto, is known for her charcoal drawings and yarn paintings. Porto’s work focuses largely on satire, authenticity and feminism, three concepts she feels strongly about. Porto Graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bethany College (Lindsborg, Kansas) with a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art. She has exhibited work in numerous juried and solo exhibitions throughout the United States.
Porto has been featured in numerous publications, anthologies, blogs and television interviews. Most recently, she was honored to have been featured on Maxim Feminine Hygiene’s Blog, “Green Feminine Hygiene Queen Blog” as March 2015’s “Fierce Woman.” She has also been featured in Omaha Magazine’s “Her Magazine,” on the “Morning Blend” (KMTV), Channel 6 News, and The Omaha World Herald among many others. She has been an art instructor with WhyArts and the “Artists in Our Community” project through Omaha Creative Institute. She is also an Artist INC fellow. In 2011 She received “Special International Recognition” from Upstream People Gallery, as well as “Best of Painting” at the juried Messiah Art Exhibition. She was recently nominated for “Best Emerging Artist 2015” by The Omaha Arts and Entertainment Awards and was selected as 1 of 10 artists to be included in the 2015 FBAlous Project Banner display in Omaha.