Exhibitions, Visiting Artists, & Lectures

The School of Art & Visual Studies hosts a plethora of annual lecture series and events. Descriptions of annual offerings are below. Check the calendar feeds to the right for specific dates and times.

Bolivar Art Gallery

The Bolivar Art Gallery is the principal 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 School of Art & Visual Studies throws open its doors to the public each holiday season. The Bluegrass community is invited to discover UK's talented young artists at the popular Open Studio annual event, which gives individuals an opportunity to see the various media of artwork created by UK’s undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty as well as a juried exhibition.

Robert C. May Photography Lecture Series

Each year the lecture series features four emerging photographers. The 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

Each year the School of Art and 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. Check our Facebook page or calendar for upcoming events.

Visual Studies Forum

Art History & Visual Studies annually sponsors multiple lectures by leading scholars and artists devoted to contemporary issues in visual culture. Check our Facebook page or the calendar feed for upcoming lectures.

Iron Pour

The iron pour is as exciting for professionals as it is for novices. Art students from other disciplines and community residents can purchase a scratch block for $10 to $15 and leave with his or her own piece of art. The unique opportunity allows individuals to test their talents by etching an image in the resin tablets, having graphite applied and taking part in the iron pour. Additionally, t-shirts and food will be on sale at the iron pour from the S.C.R.A.P. Student Sculpture Club at UK.


Bring your cameras, flashes, strobe lights and a desire to learn more about the art of photography as the University of Kentucky School of Art & Visual Studies presents its annual PhotoDay. The day of festivities centered on all things photography includes lectures and workshops and an art exhibition displaying some of the finest art work from college students around Kentucky. PhotoDay is free and open to the public.

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