Kentucky Tourism

Special Exhibits

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

Gallery exhibits are formatted and curated by invitation and also by a statewide call-for-entries. Gallery exhibits run 5-6 months and often focus on a theme, technique, or specific medium. 

Lobby exhibits are often educational, cultural or historical in content and are researched and formatted to inspire visitors to learn more about Kentucky. The lobby also features large format 2-D works, showcased in the annual exhibit "Reveal" every January-April.

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

Regular monthly events are listed on our CALENDAR OF EVENTS.

Lobby Exhibit

The Photographs of Doris Ulman
Continuing in the lobby
      Photos by Doris Ulman

Pioneering female photographer Doris Ulmann recorded some of the most famous faces of the 1920s and 1930s in her hometown of New York City. However, she discovered her most personally satisfying work far away from her Park Avenue portrait studio – in rural America. In 1930, Ulmann expressed a passion for having her pictures “serve some social purpose,” and produce “a lasting thing for the world.” 

She began summer sojourns into southern Appalachia, carefully studying the faces of the region’s inhabitants. Ulmann’s photographs reflect the character and beauty of people who lived in rural America – that they were industrious and prosperous in their simplicity and that they were devoted to family and friends. Her photographs suggest that these Americans had their priorities well aligned and that they had cultivated these values in another century from ancestors who were the true American pioneers. The exhibit features 32 of Doris Ulmann’s photographs and text that describes her motivations and legacy.

This exhibit features 32 of Doris Ulmann's photographs with text that describes her motivations and legacy. This exhibit is made possible and is part of the Kentucky Historical Society's "Museums to Go" exhibit program.

Gallery Exhibits

Celebrating the Year of the Woman

Now through December 31, 2020

Declared the “Year of the Woman,” 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the United States’ 19th Amendment, which guarantees and protects women’s constitutional right to vote. The Kentucky Artisan Center celebrates the Year of the Woman with the exhibit “Women of Influence.”

This exhibit showcases works by sixteen Kentucky artists who have created new works that honor and are inspired by women of influence throughout history. The exhibit joins many other efforts across the country to ensure that the stories of the women who changed history are shared and celebrated. 

Biographies alongside the works tell each woman’s story including statements by each artist. Women represented hail from many countries and careers and from a timeline that spans from the 1600’s to the present. 

Numerous portraits feature women who have broken ground in their respective fields such as internationally known Jane Goodall, Malala Yousafzai, and Frieda Kahlo.

American female icons showcased include Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Maya Angelou, Pocahontas, Harriett Tubman, Gloria Steinem, Marilyn Monroe, Eleanor Roosevelt, Elizabeth Blackwell, Judith Resnik, Maya Lin, Susan B. Anthony, Llena Ros Lehtinen, Rachel Carson and Rosa Parks.

The earliest woman represented in the exhibit is the Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi, who become the first woman artist member of the Florence Accademia di Arte in 1615. 

Of special interest are works featuring Kentucky women of influence, including Laura Clay, Mary Breckinridge, Cornelia Dozier Cooper, Phyllis George Brown, Mary Britton, Lucy Braun, and Attica Scott.

Three Kentucky women of influence from the Bowling Green, KY region, include works by artist Leslie Nichols who uses a manual typewriter to create portraits of Leyda Becker, Dr. Patti Minter, and Mary Virginia Cook Parish.  

Participating artists include: Lisa Austin, Sylvia Brestel, Sandra Charles, and Joyce Garner of Louisville; Mave Brittain, Kenzie Dickens and Elizabeth Worley of Lexington; Kathy Conroy, Pleasureville; Eugene King, Stanton; Kim Kobersmith and Amy Lewis of Berea; Morgan McGill, Goshen; Leslie Nichols, Bowling Green; Peggy Sherry, Somerset; Sarah Cobb Spradlin, Paris, and David Waltz, Columbia.

Exhibit dates are October 18 – December 31, 2020.

2021 Exhibits

Exhibit DATES - February 1 - April 30, 2021 Entry deadline January 9, 2021 Each spring, the Center features a new version of REVEAL - a competitive exhibit for large format two-dimensional works selected from a statewide call for entries. ENTRY FORM HERE

Gallery Exhibit 
April 7 - July 21, 2018

This exhibit showcases more than 30 Kentucky artists who over the Kentucky Artisan Center's 15 year history have shared their artistic know