Future Exhibitions

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...

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 19 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...

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...

May 30 2020 to Aug 16 2020
Jessie Dunahoo, Untitled collage

This exhibition brings together three distinct artists who share a love of common materials (fabric, clothing, rugs, plastic bags) and an urge to investigate their potential as component parts of larger objects and installations. Their completed works offer meditations on the history of...

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

June 6 - November 1, 2020

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...

Sep 12 2020 to Dec 13 2020
William Walmsley, Ding Dong Daddy Grande Jug

This is America*
September 12 – December 13, 2020

Coinciding with the 2020 presidential election, this exhibition offers a meditation on the gap between the promise of America and its often less than successful deliverables. What does our democracy look like today? What will happen...