Events

Jul 5 - Nov 26 2022

Charles Williams (1942–1998) was born in Blue Diamond, KY, and as a child, he taught himself to draw by copying comic book figures like Superman, Dick Tracy, and Captain Marvel. In the early 1960s, he enrolled at the Breckinridge Job Corps Center in Morganfield to learn practical job skills. There, he honed his writing proficiency, made photographs, and developed his first regular comic strip, titled JC of the Job Corps, which appeared…

UK Art Museum
Free
Jul 5 - Nov 26 2022

This exhibition brings together two accomplished musicians whose unique visual art focuses on the human body. James “Son Ford” Thomas (1926–1993) grew up in Mississippi and learned to play blues guitar by listening to the radio. His job as a gravedigger had a profound effect on his clay sculptures of animals, portrait busts, and skulls, often adorned with teeth, hair, beads, and foil. David Farris is a Lexington-based…

UK Art Museum
FREE
Aug 23 2022 - Jan 7 2023

Robert Rauschenberg (1925–2008) was one of the twentieth century’s most significant artists, working in media including painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, and performance. His inclusive practice spanned six decades, during which he combined traditional art materials with ordinary objects from the urban and beachfront environments in which he lived. He cultivated new techniques that served his conceptual and aesthetic goals, and…

UK Art Museum
Free
Aug 23 2022 - Jan 14 2023

Marlene McCarty is known for her drawings that examine aspects of sexuality, articulation of power, and social formation. Using graphite, ballpoint pen, and occasionally watercolor, she has made composite portraits of teenage female murderers, as well as humans interacting with other primates. Informed by research, media images, and historical data, her works are often unsettling and explicit, deriving their power from the combination of…

UK Art Museum
Free
Aug 23 2022 - Jan 14 2023

Louis Zoellar Bickett (1950–2017) was known for his rigorous practice of collecting and cataloging items from his daily life to form a vast archive whose purpose was to chronicle life in real time. Accumulated photographs, receipts, articles of clothing, books, toys, furniture, and bodily fluids were preserved, tagged, and situated throughout Bickett’s home and studio. They collectively formed a portrait of the artist and his consistent…

UK Art Museum
Free
Aug 23 2022 - Jan 14 2023

The re:museum exhibition centers our permanent collection and the UK Art Museum itself through artworks, educational prompts, and other incisive displays. The artworks on view in re:museum draw from our Digital Learning Gallery, an online resource established through a UK Arts Extension Outreach Grant that connects art lovers from across the Commonwealth to our collection. re:museum offers visitors an opportunity to view objects up close and…

UK Art Museum
Free
Sep 1 - Oct 1 2022

Exhibition opening 
Thursday, September 1, 4:30-6:30pm

UK's School of Art and Visual Studies is pleased to announce the fifth annual exhibition series in its Bolivar Art Gallery featuring recent work from select faculty members. A slight departure from the traditional “faculty show” format, the series occurs annually and represents only a portion of the faculty, with different artists exhibiting each year. This installment…

Bolivar Art Gallery
FREE
Sep 30 2022 | 12 - 1pm

Appalachia in the Bluegrass Concert Series, sponsored by The John Jacob Niles Center for American Music and the UK College of Fine Arts

This Lexington trio, formed in 1993 as Tall Dark and Handsome (TDH), is a rare blend of jazz and regional music. The original songwriting and country singing of Bev Futrell, of the legendary Reel World String Band, is the centerpiece. Other members include champion fiddler Karen Jones and jazz…

John Jacob Niles Gallery
Free
Sep 30 2022 | 3:30 - 5pm

The Division of Musicology & Ethnomusicology, in collaboration with FOCUS: the University of Kentucky Music Graduate Students Association, announces several Fall lectures by invited scholars and alumni of the PhD program.

ALUMNI LECTURE:  Dr. César Leal, "Cakewalking in Paris: Representations and Contexts of African American Culture"

John Jacob Niles Gallery
Free
Sep 30 2022 | 7:30pm, Oct 1 2022 | 7:30pm, Oct 1 2022 | 2pm, Oct 2 2022 | 2pm

UK Opera Theatre presents
The Magic Flute

Performances:
Friday, Sept. 30 - 7:30PM
Saturday, Oct. 1 - 2:00PM & 7:30PM
Sunday, Oct. 2 - 2:00PM
at the Lexington Opera House

The Magic Flute 
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 

Mozart’s timeless classic follows the adventures of Prince Tamino and his accidental sidekick Papageno, as they set out to rescue the Queen of the Night's…

Lexington Opera House
Students - $17; Adults - $47-$87, based on location
Oct 1 2022

The primary mission of this competition is to encourage and support exceptionally gifted high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors who currently display potential for success in solo classical voice performance. Cash prizes will be awarded.  

Repertoire requirements

Participants must offer three selections for the competition. At least two songs or arias from the standard "classical" vocal repertoire - folk songs…
Schmidt Vocal Arts Center
$35 advanced registration to participate
Sep 30 2022 | 7:30pm, Oct 1 2022 | 7:30pm, Oct 1 2022 | 2pm, Oct 2 2022 | 2pm

UK Opera Theatre presents
The Magic Flute

Performances:
Friday, Sept. 30 - 7:30PM
Saturday, Oct. 1 - 2:00PM & 7:30PM
Sunday, Oct. 2 - 2:00PM
at the Lexington Opera House

The Magic Flute 
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 

Mozart’s timeless classic follows the adventures of Prince Tamino and his accidental sidekick Papageno, as they set out to rescue the Queen of the Night's…

Lexington Opera House
Students - $17; Adults - $47-$87, based on location
Sep 30 2022 | 7:30pm, Oct 1 2022 | 7:30pm, Oct 1 2022 | 2pm, Oct 2 2022 | 2pm

UK Opera Theatre presents
The Magic Flute

Performances:
Friday, Sept. 30 - 7:30PM
Saturday, Oct. 1 - 2:00PM & 7:30PM
Sunday, Oct. 2 - 2:00PM
at the Lexington Opera House

The Magic Flute 
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 

Mozart’s timeless classic follows the adventures of Prince Tamino and his accidental sidekick Papageno, as they set out to rescue the Queen of the Night's…

Lexington Opera House
Students - $17; Adults - $47-$87, based on location
Sep 30 2022 | 7:30pm, Oct 1 2022 | 7:30pm, Oct 1 2022 | 2pm, Oct 2 2022 | 2pm

UK Opera Theatre presents
The Magic Flute

Performances:
Friday, Sept. 30 - 7:30PM
Saturday, Oct. 1 - 2:00PM & 7:30PM
Sunday, Oct. 2 - 2:00PM
at the Lexington Opera House

The Magic Flute 
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 

Mozart’s timeless classic follows the adventures of Prince Tamino and his accidental sidekick Papageno, as they set out to rescue the Queen of the Night's…

Lexington Opera House
Students - $17; Adults - $47-$87, based on location
Oct 2 2022 | 7:30pm

UK Jazz Faculty Sextet presents:
Kith and Kin and Friends
Program to be announced from stage.

Kith and Kin is: Ross Whitaker, guitar, Eli Utal-Veroff, bass, and Paul Deatherage, drums.

Friends are: Miles Osland, saxophone, Brad Kerns, trombone, and Raleigh Dailey, piano.

Singletary Recital Hall
FREE