Current Exhibitions

In line with UK’s response to COVID-19, the Art Museum will be closed to the public for the duration of the University's spring semester which ends May 11. All spring events have been cancelled or postponed. This difficult decision was made to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, community, and visitors.

As we have learned this week, the CDC recommends that one of the most effective measures for controlling the spread of COVID-19 is through social distancing. As a public institution, it is our responsibility to follow these guidelines, as well as the plans set forth by the University.

We will provide updates on our website and social media.

Jan 25 2020 to Apr 19 2020
Hunter Stamps, Vicissitude

Body Language brings together a pair of artists who use a variety of media to create sculptures with a deep relationship to human flesh and form. Without being literal, their work suggests body parts and organs, the fluidity of desire, and both the joy and anxiety of living as physical...

Jan 25 2020 to Apr 19 2020
Announcement for Susan King's 1971 undergraduate student show at UK

Susan King grew up in Lexington with deep Kentucky roots. She was shaped by a family of Southern storytellers, a mother who equally loved the freedom granted by a car and prowling antique malls, and grandmothers who sewed and tatted lace—one of whom enrolled her at birth in the Woman’s Christian...

Jan 25 2020 to Apr 26 2020
Milton Avery painting, Green Sea

During the Art Museum’s fortieth anniversary year, we are celebrating the passion and insight of our donors whose generosity has meaningfully shaped the collection. We open this year recognizing significant gifts from Robert C. May, George and Susan Proskauer, Gerald T. and...

Jan 25 2020 to May 10 2020
Erika Larsen photo, Mik'nuraq

Robert C. May Photography Lecture Series: ERIKA LARSEN
Ritual for a Changing Planet

Photojournalist Erika Larsen embeds herself in communities that maintain a close relationship with nature and traditional culture to gain an intimate and visceral knowledge of...

Jan 25 2020 to May 31 2020
R.C. May photograph

The name Robert C. May is intricately connected to photography at UK.  He left an endowment that funds a prestigious annual lecture series as well as the ongoing purchase of photography for the museum. His collection of about a hundred works by some of the best-known photographers of the...

Jan 25 2020 to May 31 2020
Sketch by Thomas Satterwhite Noble

An artist’s sketch can contain the germ of an idea, the excitement of fresh vision, and a visceral testament of the communication between hand and eye. Sketches can be studies for more developed final works, a place to block out compositions, or a testing ground for color and materials. They can...

Feb 15 2020 to May 31 2020
Kitra Cahana photograph

Robert C. May Photography Lecure Series: KITRA CAHANA
Kitra Cahana fulfills her childhood dreams of traveling between worlds through her work as a documentary photographer and filmmaker exploring social, anthropological, and spiritual themes. She spends months or years...