Visual Arts

Home As Situation

Date: 
Thursday, October 1, 2020 - 9:00am to Friday, December 4, 2020 - 9:00pm

While the Bolivar Art Gallery has temporarily closed its doors to visitors and converted its galleries to classroom space, we remain committed to our mission to engage students and the public in contemporary themes and issues meaningfully impacting artistic and curatorial practices.

Confucius Institute Visiting Artist - Xie Rong, AKA Echo Morgan

Date: 
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 9:00am

My name is Xie Rong. I grew up in ChengDu. The pandas’ home in south-west of China, I moved to UK when I was 19. In my work I take on the role of director, performer, narrator,and filmmaker. I collecting and collaging encounters, voices, texts, images and objects from my culture roots in China and my daily life in UK. Through the mediums of performance and painting.

Robert C. May Photography Lecture Series: Lynsey Addario

Date: 
Friday, October 9, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

As a photojournalist, Lynsey Addario has chosen a profession that leads her directly into the midst war zones and humanitarian crises around the world, including Afghanistan, the Congo, Darfur, Iraq, Lebanon, Somalia, South Sudan, and Syria. She has been kidnapped twice: once for a day in Fallujah; another time she was held for a week in Libya. Both times she thought she would be killed. “I believe in these stories; I believe they have to be told. And so I force myself to go to these places. It's not an adrenaline rush and it's not an addiction,” Addario says.

Robert C. May Photography Lecture Series - Rhea Combs

Date: 
Friday, November 6, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:15pm

As the supervisory curator of photography and film at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, Dr. Rhea Combs understands the power of images to tell stories and to write histories. She unearths film and photographs made by both professionals and amateurs, ranging from fine art and documentary photos, to home movies, family portraits, and commercial imagery and uses all of these to help “reclaim stories that are fundamentally American, but are lost or forgotten.” 

2020 BFA Exhibitions Online

Date: 
Monday, August 17, 2020 - 9:00am to Friday, December 4, 2020 - 9:00pm

While the Bolivar Art Gallery has temporarily closed its doors to visitors and converted its galleries to classroom space, we remain committed to our mission to engage students and the public in contemporary themes and issues meaningfully impacting artistic and curatorial practices.

Currently, we are thrilled to host virtual shows from talented BFA graduates Maggie Simic, Meredith Coffey, and Marissa Braccia. Check back throughout the fall for student exhibitions and events in the visiting artist series.

Experience In Amateur Hour - A Senior Virtual Exhibition

Date: 
Friday, April 24, 2020 - 1:00am to Friday, May 22, 2020 - 11:00pm

We would like to announce the launch of the University of Kentucky School of Art and Visual Studies Digital Senior Exhibition “Experience in Amateur Hour.” This exhibition is a presentation of capstone research which began classrooms and studios and finished online via zoom meetings—with work completed in students' kitchens, bedrooms, and living rooms across the nation.

Gender & Sexuality in Dance, Theatre, and the Visual Arts in the Age of #MeToo

Date: 
Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 4:00pm

Discussion to be led by Miriam Kienle, Susie Thiel, and EveMarie Bessenbach.

Part of the series: When Art Challenges/When Art Offends: Navigating Ideology, Tolerance, and Censorship in Music, Dance, Theatre, and the Visual Arts

POSTPONED - Kentucky Fried Zinefest

Date: 
Saturday, April 11, 2020 - 9:00am

The Kentucky Fried Zine fest (KFZ),  is an independent event whose purpose is to showcase DIY zines, comics, book & paper arts, and the work of independent publishers, with an emphasis on zine creators from the Kentucky/Southern region. We intend to create a space for individuals to meet, interact and learn from one another about DIY publishing.

More information coming soon.

Eat/Art

Date: 
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 12:00pm

Eat/Art
12 – 12:40 pm

We present a significant artwork from the Museum’s collection and discuss its importance in our four decade-long history. Light lunch served; reservations are required. Contact Kate Sprengnether at ksprengnether@uky.edu or 859-257-6218 to make your reservation

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