Events

Apr 12 - Jul 30 2022

This exhibition features numerous works that have entered the Museum’s permanent collection in recent years, and reveals how they relate to other art already in our possession. We are lucky to receive donation offers from generous collectors in our region and beyond, and we consider their proposals carefully. Our goal is always to add examples of underrepresented artists and fill gaps in historical periods, media, and subject matter. We also…

UK Art Museum
Free
Apr 12 - Jul 30 2022

This modest survey of portraits by Guy Mendes documents a network of his friendships and the range of creative practitioners he sought out to spend time with and visit. The photographs are infused with a sense of warmth and trust, exemplifying the statement that Mendes remembers his teacher James Baker Hall telling him: “A portrait is given as much as it is taken.”

In discussing the occasions when he was able to make pictures with…

UK Art Museum
Free
Apr 12 - Jul 30 2022

Francisco de Goya (1746-1828) is considered Spain’s most important artist at the end of the eighteenth and beginning of the nineteenth century. He was a court painter for fifty years, producing royal portraits for generations of kings and their families. Los Disparates, his last great series of etching and aquatint prints, was made toward the end of his life. Rather than reflecting the career of a celebrated artist, they are the work of a…

UK Art Museum
Free
Apr 12 - Jul 30 2022

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
Jul 5 2022, 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 2022, 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
Jul 7 2022 | 7pm

The University of Kentucky School of Music presents the United States Air Force Band in the SCFA Concert Hall.

With its present home on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND is the Air Force's premier musical organization. Since its formation in 1941 as the Army Air Forces Band, the excellence demonstrated by the Band's Airmen musicians has reflected the excellence carried out 24 hours…

Singletary Concert Hall
Free, ticket required for entry. Limit 4 per order.
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
Oct 14 2022 | 9am - 3pm

A hands-on art experience at the UK School of Art and Visual Studies (SA/VS) for high school juniors and seniors, their parents, and their teachers. Join us for a day of demonstrations and workshops in the Art and Visual Studies Building on Bolivar Street. The day of workshops will end with an optional campus tour.

Workshops may include:

2D Surface 3D Form 3D Hot Metals Art Education Art History Ceramics Digital Media…
Art & Visual Studies Building
Free, Registration Required
Jul 5 2022, 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 2022, 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