Events

Jul 19 2024 | 5 - 8pm

Join co-curator Leah Kolb for the opening of the All in the Family exhibition, collaboration between 2nd Story and the UK Art Museum.

2nd Story
522 West Short St., Lexington, KY 40507
Free
Tue, Aug 20 2024 - Sat, Jan 18 2025, All day
Absence and presence in the built environment have occupied Catherine Wagner’s practice for over thirty years. This exhibition includes examples of her early black-and-white works in the Museum’s permanent collection, including stage-like images of California landscapes and architecture in the mid-to-late 1970s, and photographs of classrooms, labs, blackboards, and desks taken at educational facilities across the United States in the mid-1980s.…
UK Art Museum
Free
Tue, Aug 20 2024 - Sat, Jan 18 2025, All day
The re:museum exhibition continues to evolve with updated artworks and informational displays, promoting a welcoming engagement with art and offering a peek behind the curtain at how our Museum operates. re:museum ∙ RE:FRACT maintains this education-forward approach while applying an additional thematic umbrella. With re:museum ∙ RE:FRACT, artworks share common threads grounded in light, shape, reflection, and refraction. 
 Artworks…
UK Art Museum
Free
Tue, Aug 20 2024 - Sat, Jan 18 2025, All day
This exhibition of works from the Museum’s permanent collection coincides with the Queer Art/Queer Archives Symposium co-hosted by the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville, taking place from September 20 – 21, 2024. 
 The artists include Berenice Abbott, Ross Bleckner, Louis Zoellar Bickett, Mike Goodlett, Keith Haring, Edward Melcarth, and Andy Warhol. Their paintings, sculptures, drawings, and photographs have…
UK Art Museum
Free
Tue, Aug 20 2024 - Sat, Jan 18 2025, All day
This exhibition explores the ways that ideas become form, and it features a range of artists represented in the Museum’s permanent collection, some being presented to our audiences for the first time. Sculptures using materials including wood, plastic, metal, and rope are situated in distinct areas of the gallery, activating space on walls, floor, and pedestals, some requiring electrical outlets to illuminate bulbs and power LED circuits. …
UK Art Museum
Free
Tue, Aug 20 2024 - Sat, Jan 18 2025, All day
This selection of paintings, sculptures, and drawings is part of a larger promised gift by John Davis, a Lexington-based collector and former art dealer with a rich history of creativity and patronage. 
 Davis is perhaps best known to locals as the man who created the glitz and glamour of the legendary Johnny Angel on Main Street in Lexington in the mid-1970s, a discotheque that rivaled Studio 54 in New York City. It was a sanctuary…
UK Art Museum
Free
Fri, Aug 30 2024, 5:30 - 6:30pm

Museum members enjoy a private viewing of our new exhibitions All in the Family and Chris Verene: Home Movies. Drinks and light hors d’oeuvres will be served. Remarks at 6:30 pm. Not a member? Join today!

UK Art Museum
Free for Museum Members
Fri, Aug 30 2024, 6:30 - 8pm

We welcome the campus community and general public to a reception celebrating our new exhibitions.

UK Art Museum
Free
Sat, Aug 31 2024, 1 - 11:30pm

Join the Sound of the Wildcats, the largest and most visible student experience at the University of Kentucky for our first annual WMB Honor Band Day! The event is open to all students grades 9th - 12th grade. Registration may be submitted on an individual basis by the student, by their parent/guardian, or by the teacher on behalf of the student.

The day will include: 

Opportunity to learn from UK Faculty and StaffRehearsal with…
$35 advanced registration to participate
Fri, Sep 6 2024, All day
Creating Resilient Arts & Culture Communities

The arts and culture sector is vital to economic development, civic engagement, and community health and wellness. However, these creative spaces are also uniquely vulnerable to potential emergencies or disasters. The Arts Disaster & Crisis Preparedness Conference will facilitate the exchange of best practices in emergency preparedness within the arts with the broader community. The day is…

Gatton Student Center
$49, Registration Required
Tue, Sep 10 2024, 7:15pm

Join Moderator Stuart Horodner for a discussion of the John Waters film with artists Guy Mendes and Patrick Smith.

The Kentucky Theatre
214 E. Main St., Lexington, KY 40507
Free
Fri, Sep 13 2024, 4 - 5pm

Exhibiting artist Chris Verene discusses his photographs that document generations of family members in Galesburg, Illinois. Visit the Museum after the lecture to see his work on view.

Gatton Student Center Cinema
Free
Sat, Sep 14 2024, 9am - 6pm

On Saturday, September 14, UK Choirs will proudly host the 31st annual Bluegrass Choral Music Festival! This event is historically one of the largest high school choral festivals in the southeastern US with over 500 singers from schools throughout the region participating; Featuring acoUstiKats, Paws and Listen, Blue Note and various High School Choirs.

A free concert will take place at 5pm to cap off the day!

Singers must…

Singletary Center
Singer Festival Attendance - $10, Registration Required, Concert Attendance - Free and Open to the Public
Wed, Sep 18 2024, 12 - 3pm

Join Museum staff for an afternoon of relaxation, arts and crafts, yard games, music, and treats on the Singletary lawn.

UK Art Museum
Free
Fri, Sep 20 2024, 10am - 5:30pm

September 20-21, 2024

Co-hosted by the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville, Queer Art | Queer Archives brings together experts specializing in queer art, theory, and archival methods for two days of presentations, discussions, and exhibitions. Historically, queer practices circumvented institutions and experimented with media not sanctioned by museums. Artists and art historians concerned with queer practices…

Bolivar Art Gallery
Free