Open Studio and Carey Ellis Show 2019

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

University of Kentucky School of Art and Visual Studies will bring excitement to campus again this December with the university’s most popular visual arts event, Open Studio.Open Studio, which is free and open to the public, will run from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, in the Art and Visual Studies Building. 

This annual event showcases the talent of the university's students and celebrated art faculty. Studios of graduates and select undergraduates will be open with the young artists present to talk about their ongoing projects.

Visiting Artist Talk: Between Systems and Grounds

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 6:00pm

Between systems and grounds is an ongoing collaboration between composer Paula Matthusen and visual artist Olivia Valentine, drawing on a mutually developed practice combining textile construction and electronics in real-time.

Visiting Artist Talk: Stacey Halloway

Friday, April 3, 2020 - 12:00pm

The form of the narrative has been used for centuries to entertain, to preserve culture and to instill morals. Stories can be used to bridge cultures, languages and age barriers. Similar to Aesop, Stacey Halloway’s interests lie in the animal realm and by using specific animal attributes to explore how our formative process make up who we might become, or who we are attempting to become.

Visiting Artist Talk: Kevin Hamilton

Friday, March 6, 2020 - 12:00pm

Working in collaborative and cross-disciplinary modes, Kevin Hamilton produces artworks, archives, and scholarship on such subjects as race and space, public memory, history of technology, and state violence. He will be speaking about his recently published book ​Lookout America! The Secret Hollywood Studio at the Heart of the Cold War​, which tells the history of the Cold War film studio Lookout Mountain Laboratory that operated from 1947 to 1969 at the nexus between the emerging military-industrial complex and the Hollywood culture industry.

Visiting Artist Talk: Robert Beatty

Friday, February 28, 2020 - 12:00pm

Robert Beatty is a Lexington, Kentucky-based musician, designer, and multimedia artist. He’s a longtime member of noise innovators, Hair Police, and the man behind solo-act, Three Legged Race. In recent years, Robert has become one of the most sought after designers in underground album art, illustrating covers for Tame Impala, Flaming Lips, and many others.

Visiting Artist Talk: Jesse Harrod

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 6:00pm

Jesse Harrod’s work manipulates and transforms materials to animate their sexual and sensual qualities and explore the intersections among queer kinship, support and sexuality. In their sculptural installations, they work with rope as a pliable linear element that they regard much like a drawing tool, specifically utilizing known making techniques such as macrame in ways that can be understood as simultaneously restraining and support.

Visiting Artist Talk: Angelica Pozo

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 12:00pm

For close to two decades Angelica Pozo’s work has visually and thematically dealt with the natural world, landscape, plant forms, and the environment. It is through these themes that Pozo’s work speaks of femininity, sensuality and the development of my spiritual awareness.


Friday, October 4, 2019 - 10:00am to Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 4:30pm

2019 MAPC Members’ Juried Exhibition
October 4–November 2, 2019
The Bolivar Art Gallery is pleased to host the 2019 Mid America Print Council (MAPC) Member’s Juried Exhibition, an annual exhibition showcasing the range of work in contemporary printmaking. This year’s juror Yoonmi Nam selected fifty pieces from the entries, including a variety of traditional print media as well as installation, animation, and sculpture.

Artist Discussion

Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 2:00pm

Artist Discussion
2 – 3 pm
Exhibiting artists Crystal Gregory and Judy Ledgerwood discuss their engagement with feminism and formal concerns with curator Janie Welker.

image credit: Crystal Gregory, Portrait Series: Together, 2019, handwoven lace cast into concrete. Courtesy of the artist.