Current Exhibitions

Feb 9 - Jul 27 2024
Dieter Roth was a German-Swiss Conceptual artist known for his use of non-traditional materials in making sculptures and installations. Cheese, sausage, and chocolate, among other items, would lend definite odors (not always pleasant ones) during the run of his exhibitions. Roth enjoyed blurring the line between process and product, and his work often questioned assumptions about permanence.

His practice included drawing, printmaking,…
UK Art Museum
Free
Feb 9 - Jul 27 2024
In Still feel gone, Tim Carpenter brings together three distinct series of black-and-white photographs that document spare American landscapes and feature houses, roads, trees, powerlines, and other natural or built elements. Often working in central Illinois where he grew up, Carpenter draws the viewer into unassuming semi-rural situations where the most dramatic thing occurring might be the leaning of a telephone pole or a meandering crack in…
UK Art Museum
Free
Feb 9 - Jul 27 2024
Christina A. West is a mixed-media artist whose works often reference classical art and academic traditions of studying the model. We have invited her to adapt pieces from her Mere Mortals series (constructed wooden stages with wheels, plaster body fragments, plastic straps, and weights) and other recent photographs and sculptures to engage artworks in our permanent collection.
She has written, “My most recent installations explore the female…
UK Art Museum
Free
Feb 9 - Jul 27 2024
This exhibition brings together the trompe l’œil sculptures of two established artists who transform clay and plywood into tableaus of everyday items including clothing, branches, envelopes, and bowls of fruit. Their works are likely to be familiar to Lexington audiences, but Isaacs and Shay are being shown together here for the first time.

Their mastery of craft contributes to a sense of wonder, as they individually take realism to a…
UK Art Museum
Free
Feb 9 - Jul 27 2024
The preposition “re” has a rich grammatical history dating back to its Latin origins, meaning “in reality” or “in fact.” Today, you’re most likely to see “re” on documents or emails, meaning “in regard to” and often interpreted as shorthand for “reply.”
The re:museum exhibition employs “re” for its multitude of meanings, using it as framing to showcase our permanent collection and the Museum itself. Through education-forward installations, re…
UK Art Museum
Free
Jan 9 - Jun 1 2024

This exhibition is the first examination of the various collaborative works that poet/author/critic John Yau has created with a range of visual artists during the past five decades. These include paintings, mixed media works on paper, print portfolios, artist books, and letterpress broadsides. As he says, "I'm into every way a poem can be done."

Yau's poetry is infused with humor and intelligence, and he uses a variety of forms to…

UK Art Museum
Free
Jan 9 - Jun 1 2024

Walid Raad is a Lebanon-born and New York-based artist whose work investigates the ways that history is remembered and represented. He makes use of archives and photographs in the public realm and questions aspects of veracity and meaning in the context of ongoing wars in the Middle East. Raad is well-known for The Atlas Group (1989-2004), a fifteen-year project which borrows from the genres of literary fiction and conceptual photography.…

UK Art Museum
Free