about the author
born in a tent near San Saba, Ira Kennedy is a fifth
generation Texan of Cherokee-Irish descent. Growing up in numerous locations from Japan to
Germany, his experiences are as diverse as his talents.
Ira served as a cryptographer in the U.S. Navy
1960-1964, held two solo exhibitions in New York City , and participated in the group
exhibition, "The Art of Money", with Andy Warhol in New Yorks Chelsea
Gallery during the late 1960s.
Other accomplishments include both first and second
place journalism awards from the National Newspaper Association and several
photojournalism awards from the Texas Press Association and the South Texas Press
Association 1986-87. In the field of graphic arts he served as Art Director from
1987 - 1992 for the American Botanical Councils magazine HerbalGram before
becoming publisher and editor of Enchanted Rock Magazine 1993-1998.
Considered as the states leading authority on
Enchanted Rock, the sacred mountain of Central Texas, Ira has assisted the authors of
several published books, articles and consulted on the Thomas Evans mural of Enchanted
Rock, "Hill of the Medicine Man", in the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
In 1992 Ira was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the Texas Parks & Wildlife
Department for providing numerous educational talks at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area.
Articles by Ira have been published by Texas
Monthly, Texas Highways Magazine, The Nature of Texas, Texas A&M
Press, and Sacred Sites by Natasha Peterson. As a writer and artist Ira has been
featured in the Austin Chronicle, The Highlander newspaper in Marble Falls, The
San Marcos Record, and the German magazine Spotlight, as well as segments on
KLRU-TV & KTBC-TV, plus several area radio stations including the syndicated "The
Sound of Texas," with Tumbleweed Smith, and the syndicated TV program Texas
Country Reporter the video "Bob Phillips Tours Texas State Parks"
available at their website.
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