Future Exhibitions

Oct 6 2020 to Feb 13 2021
Wendy Ewald, Talk, from the series African American Alphabet, 2000, gelatin silver print.

This is America* is an exhibition originally planned to coincide with the 2020 presidential election, looking at aspects of history, citizenry, race, dignity, power, and struggle. In recent months, our country has been shaken by a global pandemic and waves of social...

Oct 6 2020 to Feb 13 2021
Jeanne Silverthorne, Crates with Skeletons, 2019, platinum silicone rubber, wood, and paint.

Jeanne Silverthorne is an acclaimed and influential New York-based artist whose works take their cue from the human body, as well as domestic and industrial items including lighting fixtures and bulbs, junction boxes, and various packing materials. For decades, she has thought of her studio as a...

Oct 27 2020 to Mar 20 2021
Rosa Bonheur, Royalty at Home, 1893, pen, ink, and watercolor on paper.

We have lions, leopards and lap cats, deranged kittens and glowering jungle cats. They are portrayed realistically, abstractly, and in stylized form in paintings, sculpture, prints, photography, and textiles. We realize these may not be UK’s favorite Cats, but in challenging times, we offer an...

Oct 27 2020 to Mar 20 2021
Paul Sawyier, Beyond the Hill (Singing Bridge, Frankfort, Kentucky), undated, watercolor on paper.

Paul Sawyier’s deep roots in Kentucky have made him one of the state’s favorite artists. This exhibition features the atmospheric watercolors he made in and around his Frankfort home, as well as at other well-known locales in the region. Many will be familiar to viewers today. 

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Nov 10 2020 to Apr 3 2021
Lester Johnson, Three Heads Frontal, 1963, lithograph on paper.

Richard B. Freeman was a passionate educator, art collector, curator, and donor whose generosity resulted in more than 230 gifts of art to the Museum, many in the form of prints and drawings dating from the 1960s and 1970s. This exhibition offers a sampling of the international group of artists...

Nov 10 2020 to Apr 3 2021
Collage of two images. Painting left: Patrick Smith, Self Portrait in Fur, 2018, acrylic on paper. Photograph right: Victor Hammer, Portrait of Albrecht Graf von Bernstorff, 1926, mezzotint on paper.

Patrick Smith is a Lexington-based painter known for his realistic works on paper based on photographs he takes of various friends. These detailed works are informed by the artist's deep interest in the history of representational art, and his process of collaborating with his sitters on their...

Nov 10 2020 to Apr 3 2021
Larry Rivers, Red Coats – Mist from the series Boston Massacre, 1970, screenprint on paper.

In 1970—two hundred years after a street fight between Massachusetts colonists and British Redcoats escalated into a riot that left five Americans dead on King Street in Boston—artist Larry Rivers revisited this pivotal event. In his portfolio of thirteen mixed media prints, Rivers drew on...

Mar 16 2021 to Jul 10 2021
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...