Cabinet of Wonder


Due to mounting concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, the College of Fine Arts has postponed or canceled all of its events, exhibitions, and community programming through the end of the spring semester.

Some details displayed on this page are currently being rescheduled and re-booked. Updates will be marked as they are added. Please check back for all finalized information.

Jun 6 2020 to Nov 1 2020
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Chamber of Art and Curiosities (detail)

Submissions are still open while exhibition dates are postponed! See below for more details and how to submit.


Simple objects can tell complex stories; and we want to see and hear yours! People of all ages collect things they find meaningful, interesting, valuable, and worthy of keeping. Besides art, these objects include natural materials (stones, shells), cultural items (photographs, books, posters, dishes, autographs, toys, stamps, coins) and other possessions that reflect their experiences, values, and connections to others.

Beginning in the sixteenth century, “cabinets of curiosities” were the repositories of interesting items collected by aristocrats and merchants. The term “cabinet” referred to a room rather than a piece of furniture. These private holdings eventually evolved into the first public museums.

For forty years, the UK Art Museum has evaluated objects for their aesthetic and cultural value, considering what works of art should be presented, preserved, and collected. With Cabinet of Wonder, we are curious to see what kinds of objects our community finds interesting and important.

Please consider submitting up to three wondrous objects to this community-sourced exhibition. If selected, it will join other items on view at the Museum during an upcoming exhibition in the near future.

What wondrous object can you share with us?

  • Up to three entries per person. 
  • This exhibition is open to Kentucky residents only.
  • There is limited space for objects larger than one square foot. Smaller items are preferred, but all submissions will be considered.
  • Objects must be in such a condition as to withstand routine handling.
  • If your object is chosen for exhibition, you will be responsible for delivering it to the UK Art Museum, and picking it up at the close of the exhibition, at dates to be determined. We cannot accept objects that are shipped. If selected for the exhibition, your object must be delivered to the Art Museum.
  • Delivery and pick-up dates will be determined as soon as possible and posted here. 
  • Please do not submit the actual object at this time. We will review all entries by the photographs and notify you if it has been accepted for the exhibition.
  • To submit your wondrous object(s) for consideration for the exhibition, please click on this linkComplete the form and attach image(s). Click submit at the bottom of the form.
  • Deadline to submit materials: May 1

If you are unable to complete the form online, or for more information, please contact Michaela Miles at 859-257-0336 or


image: Frans Francken the Younger, Chamber of Art and Curiosities (detail), 1636, oil on panel. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.


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