Exhibitions, Visiting Artists, & Lectures

Bolivar Art Gallery

The Bolivar Art Gallery is the exhibition venue for students, faculty, and guest artists. The gallery features a unique design for exhibition walls, a black box video theatre, and the capacity to expand or contract exhibition space as needed. 

Open Studio

The community is invited each holiday season to Open Studio to discover artwork created by students and faculty as well as a juried exhibition.

Robert C. May Photography Lecture Series

This annual series is made possible through the Robert C. May Photography Endowment, a museum fund established in 1994. All exhibitions are in the Richard B. Freeman Gallery of the Art Museum. Exhibitions and lectures are free and open to the public.

Visiting Artists Series

The School of Art & Visual Studies sponsors lectures, exhibitions, and workshops by scholars and artists concerned with contemporary visual culture in cooperation with the Art History & Visual Studies program and its various courses in visual studies.

Visual Studies Forum

Art History & Visual Studies annually sponsors multiple lectures by leading scholars and artists devoted to contemporary issues in visual culture.

Iron Pour

The iron pour is as exciting for professionals as it is for novices. Students and community members can purchase a scratch block and leave with their own piece of art. Participants can etch an image in resin tablets that are then applied in the pour. T-shirts and food are typically on sale from the S.C.R.A.P. Student Sculpture Club.


Bring your cameras, flashes, strobe lights and a desire to learn more about photography. The day of festivities includes lectures and workshops and an art exhibition displaying some of the finest art work from students around Kentucky.

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