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Special Exhibits

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea presents exciting exhibits of artisan works and displays that showcase Kentucky's culture, heritage and attractions.

Exhibit call-for-entries are sent across the state to invite artists to submit their creative works for consideration for these special exhibits. These exhibits run 5-6 months and often focus on a theme, technique, or specific medium.

See the current and upcoming Kentucky Artisan Center exhibits listed below.

Regular monthly events are listed on our calendar of events.

Current Lobby Exhibit


Lobby Exhibit - Now through April 30, 2018

TOP: "The Bog" by David Stratton  Bottom: "Calm Ocean Waves" by Trent Altman in the exhibit "Reveal"

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea showcases its third exhibit introducing two new artists in, “Reveal: David Stratton and Trent Altman.” This exhibit will continue through April 30, 2018, in the lobby of the center. Both artists work in large two-dimensional formats.

David Stratton is professor of art and graphic design at Brescia University in Owensboro, Kentucky. He specializes in large format drawings in pen and ink. Stratton has presented over 30 solo exhibitions of his artwork. He is a 2007 Kentucky Arts Council “Al Smith Fellowship” recipient. The five drawings in this exhibit depict natural wooded scenes.

“My landscape imagery is based upon photos I take while hiking and bird watching,” Stratton states. “These quiet compositions try to focus on the moment, and the textural beauty of both the image and the moment.  My technique using ink lines on paper includes an overlapping cross hatch style and a wandering gestural line to create the final images. Each work typically has 1.5 miles of line length.”

Trent Altman is a Louisville, Kentucky painter that specializes in colorful abstracts. Diagnosed with autism, Altman has been painting for 15 years and is a juried Kentucky Arts Council artist with many international awards. One of his paintings was selected as the design for the United Nations stamp in 2012. Two of his large format canvases are included in this exhibit.

Altman states, “I observe and absorb the setting, then take my emotions and convey them as images onto the canvas.”

Altman’s works convey color and texture through his use of acrylic paint and mixed media on canvas. This combination creates tones and surfaces that transmit motion and feeling in his landscape and abstract compositions. 

The Kentucky Artisan Center features works by more than 750 artisans from more than 100 counties across the Commonwealth. Special exhibits currently on display include, “Get Ready, Get Set: Multiples in Clay.” For more information about events call 859-985-5448, go to the center’s website or visit us on Facebook.

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is located at 200 Artisan Way, just off Interstate 75 at Berea Exit 77. The center’s exhibits, shopping and travel information areas are open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the cafe is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. 

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is an agency in the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

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Current Gallery Exhibit


October 8, 2017 - February 24, 2018

“Get Ready, Get Set: Multiples in Clay” showcases the creativity expressed when creating in a series. Both functional and sculptural works are included and the exhibit introduces nine new ceramic artists to the Center. 

Clay has no form of its own, but it can be shaped in minimalist, whimsical, representational or abstract ways. The idea of multiple works in clay is a natural one, whether using the potter’s wheel, hand building, or using sculptural techniques. This progressive process fuels new ideas.

The exhibit features matching sets, as well as works that relate to each other based on form, construction and detail. Functional works include dinnerware sets in a variety of designs by Amelia Stamps, Amy Elswick, Jonathan Dazo, Suzy Hatcher and Paul Muth. Many styles and ideas can be seen in the colorful cups, jugs, vases, human and animal forms and realistic replicas that are central to this exhibit.
Numerous works have colorful surfaces, some with intricate designs such as the slip cast “High Heel Shoes” by David Bogus and Melisa Zimmerman’s “Sunflower Bottles.” More subtle surfaces can be found on Bill Whitt’s wood-fired jugs, and on Wayne Ferguson’s “Frog Ocarina Quartet.”

The versatility of clay is most obvious in the show’s sculptural works, such as Page Candler’s abstract “Birds,” Wyman Rice’s organic sculptural forms, Bob Brigl’s whimsical face jugs, Lynn Duke’s “Pretty Women” sculptures, and the minimalist sculptures by Amy Chase.

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Exhibit Opportunities

Kentucky artisans are invited to submit entries for the following upcoming exhibits.

"15 YEARS"
Gallery Exhibit
March 30 - September 15, 2018

Kentucky artists are invited to submit entries for the exhibit "!5 Years" celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Center opening. Works can be 2-D or 3-D. This exhibit is a regular part of the center’s exhibition schedule through an annual statewide call-to-artists.