Visual Arts

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.

Curating the Local in the Global: Contemporary Art from Senegal

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 3:30pm to 4:15pm

Dr. Underwood will be speaking on The View From Here: Contemporary Perspectives from Senegal, the travelling exhibition which he organized for the OFF Program of the Dak’Art Biennale of Contemporary Art, and the Kent State School of Art Collection and Galleries. In addition to editing and writing the catalog for this exhibition in 2018, he has published articles in African Arts and World Art, and written a chapter for a forthcoming volume on Relocating Modernism: Global Metropolises, Modern Art and Exile.

Lost Souls Project Presentation and Book Signing

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Mariusz Soltysik co-author of Lost Souls

Project Presentation & Book Signing

Lost Souls (text: Maciej Świerkocki, illustrations: Mariusz Sołtysik) is a graphic novel that deals with the history of the Holocaust in Poland. It represents an original take on the complex story of this dark chapter in human history. The graphic novel was presented at a number of prestigious venues in Poland such as The Marek Edelman Dialogue Center in Łódź and Conrad Festival in Krakow.