Kopana’s early life careers include photographer, radio and music producer, writer, artist, and musician. As a musician she’s best known as the drummer for Arista Records’ Stealin Horses. Her writings are included in Arts Across Kentucky, D-Lib, and Kentucky Libraries. Her photographs have appeared in The Head & The Hand Press, Appalachian Heritage, The Old-Time Herald, Heartwood, Spaces Magazine, Ace Weekly, Louisville Music News, Kentucky Bach Choir, Lexington’s Herald-Leader, and in the documentary Kentucky Bourbon Tales: Distilling the Family Business. From 2006-2010, she was co-creator and senior producer for tonic: the arts and music magazine at NPR affiliate, WUKY. She’s been awarded grants from the Kentucky Arts Council, LexArts, and the Kentucky Foundation for Women, and was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel in 1988. In 2003, her photo series Down the Backstretch: Women in the Thoroughbred Industry was awarded a citation of merit from Kentucky’s State House of Representatives. Her blog, the outhouse: where art goes, combines art, photograph, music, and daily affirmations with positive thought.
You can see some of Kopana’s artwork, photos, and discography at her website kopana.net.