Ken Featherston, born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, came to Austin as many young people do: to attend the University of Texas. He left the academic world to pursue his artwork in the rock n roll world centered around the Armadillo World Headquarters. There he became one of the main members of the Armadillo Art Squad. Incredibly talented, Ken’s fine pen and ink drawing was very compelling. His body of work always impresses. In 1974 Michael Martin commissioned a mural by Ken for his Burnet Road area home- this was Ken’s largest air brush project undertaken.
Ken was killed in November 1975. That tragedy still affects his friends and family.
When the Center was just getting set up and organized in 2004 the opportunity arose to acquire Ken’s mural Peyote Dreams. What an incredible situation! The sellers (they bought the Martin house only to decide they did not want the mural after all) had no idea of the connection between Center staff and Ken. Due to the very generous funding from Michael Kleinman, John McCall and Eddie Wilson the Center was able to successfully move the mural to its new home in South Austin. Between the expertise of the contractor, Ed Grounds, and the Center’s facility manager, Henry Gonzalez, the mural was moved intact.