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Ken Henson is an artist, author, and Associate Professor/Head of Illustration at the Art Academy of Cincinnati in Ohio, where he teaches studio courses and Art and the Occult. Ken has been named a Curtis G. Lloyd Fellow twice by the Lloyd Library and Museum, and is the author/illustrator of Alchemy and Astral Projection: Ecstatic Trance in the Hermetic Tradition (LLM, 2014), the channeler of HIGH GRAVITY: Werewolves, Ghosts, and Magick Most Blackand the illustrator of Blue Jay Slayer (Aurore Press, 2016), which is a collaboration with poet Matt Hart. Ken's work was recently exhibited in Language of the Birds: Art and the Occult and Psychoanalysis Art and the Occult. His articles and/or art have been published in Abraxas Journal, Clavis Journal, The Fenris Wolf, Fiddler's Green, and The Gnostic Journal, and he has presented at SCIENTIAE, Babalon Rising, the Esoteric Book Conference, and the Occult Humanities Conference. In 2013, Ken restored John Augustus Knapp and Manly P. Hall's tarot deck for its republication by the Philosophical Research Society.


AWARDS & HONORS
2017 Residency, Star & Snake
2016-2017 Curtis G. Lloyd Fellowship, The Lloyd Library and Museum, Cincinnati, OH
2013 Curtis G. Lloyd Fellowship, The Lloyd Library and Museum, Cincinnati, OH
2012 Excellence in Education Award, Ohio Magazine
2012 Excellence in Teaching Award, Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities
2010 Excellence in Teaching Award, Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities
2003 The Chautauqua Institution Award, 46th National Exhibition of American Art, The Chautauqua Center for the Visual Arts, NY
Finalist, 4th Annual Miami University Young Painters Competition for the William and Dorothy Yeck Award, Miami University, Oxford, OH
First Place, All Kentucky University Open Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY


"Blue Jay Slayer was a pleasure for me to read and visually take in. The drawings are bold, brazen, hauntingly beautiful and tragic at times. I found the poetry to be thought provoking and heavy with textured wordplay...traveling far, painting a picture all on their own."
--Dave Lombardo, drummer, co-founding member of Slayer.

My books are available on Amazon: 


Click here to buy Alchemy and Astral Projection on Amazon.


Click here to purchase HIGH GRAVITY on Amazon.


Click here to purchase Blue Jay Slayer on Amazon.


If you are interested in purchasing my original art or discussing our common interests, please contact me at:

khenson@artacademy.edu