UK Art Students Take Their Art Virtual for 2020 Exhibitions

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 24, 2020) — It may look a little different this year, but the Bolivar Art Gallery's senior exhibition will virtually feature the artwork of the university’s graduating art students at the University of Kentucky School of Art and Visual Studies.

Story courtesy UKNow originally posted by Aly Bourne, April 24, 2020.

Also premiering for the first time virtually will be the 11th annual Foundations Show which highlights the exceptional work of the school's newest students in Studio Foundations courses. Both exhibitions will be available online beginning today (April 24).

The 2020 spring senior show “Experience In Amateur Hour” is a presentation of the seniors' capstone research, which began in classrooms and studios and was finished online via Zoom meetings — with work completed in students' kitchens, bedrooms and living rooms across the nation. Over 50 students have participated, earning a Bachelor of Science in Digital Media Design or a Bachelor of Arts in Art Studio, respectively. The exhibit will be available for viewing for the next year. 

“Experience In Amateur Hour” will showcase the artwork of these talented 2020 seniors: Levi Austin, Grace Barnes, Mason Barron, Olivia Beach, Jack Bennett, Tammy Bicknell, Karleigh Branscome, Graham Brosius, Ben Byrum, Elly Chappell, Grace Crawford, Madison Dercqu, Alyssa Dyer, Daniel Elekes, Drake Ficke, Ashton Garrison, Nyka Hebert, Dani Hereford, Marie Herzing, Emma Holland, Justice Jones, Grace Keane, Lauren Kinney, Samantha Klinger, Jacob Lee, Liz McHargue, Sam Myers, Ali Prather, Haley Robey, Jackie Rushing, Elisa Russell, Adam Sherberg, Caleb Smith, Eliza Sturgill, Kimberly Styer, Gates Sweeney, Madison Tavis, Seth Vanderpool, Charles VanMeter, Breven Walker, Audrey Ward, Susan Warren, Brandon Wright, Taylor Wright, Ajay Wooden Jr., Sophia Zheng and Michelle Zhu.

To view "Experience In Amateur Hour," visit

Foundations is a first-year experience for art studio and art education majors in the School of Art and Visual Studies. As part of this program, students learn many different ways of art making and gain the introductory knowledge of how to add a personal voice to their pieces. This show including work from 132 UK artists will be the first art exhibition that many have participated in. In addition, thousands of dollars in scholarship money will be given to students with the exhibit's best work.

This year’s Foundations Show was juried by Casey May McGuire and Mark Schoon, who carefully reviewed all entries and selected award and scholarship recipients. McGuire is an associate professor of foundations and sculpture at the University of West Georgia and Schoon is an associate professor of art at the University of West Georgia. The exhibition will also include “The Great Moon Hoax”, a collaborative piece by McGruire and Schoon. The work merges science and art by exploring the complicated relationships between observation, representation and understanding.

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Students participating in both virtual exhibitions have worked extremely hard to complete their work for the academic term, each post for a work of art has a detailed description that explains the motivation for creating the piece and the meaning behind it. SAVS students, faculty and staff hope the public will enjoy viewing their art while healthy at home. 

In addition, graduating MFA student April Wright and BFA students Marisa Braccia, Meredith Coffey, Margaret Simic, and Eliza Sturgill have thesis work featured on the Social Distance Gallery. This instagram account is a national response to gallery closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more on that project in this article.