Visual Arts

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: 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. 


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.

Visiting Artist Talk: Yoonmi Nam

Friday, October 4, 2019 - 12:00pm

Visiting Artist Talk: Yoonmi Nam
October 4th @ noon
Bolivar Gallery 

Yoonmi Nam’s work considers cross-cultural experience and sense of transience through observations of everyday objects and occurrences. In her prints, drawings, sculptural works, and installations, she uses familiar disposable objects and cut flower arrangements as subject matter and explores their materiality, ephemerality, persistence, and the common and extraordinary way we structure our surroundings.