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

Large Format Two-Dimensional Works by Eleven Kentucky Artists

Now through April 30, 2021

Full Press Release HERE

Images, left to right: "Star Gazer" by Kathy Conroy; "Anxieties # 6 : Disruptions" by Vickie A. Wheatley; "Edges" By Dean Hill

The Kentucky Artisan Center announces the sixth Reveal exhibit, showcasing large format two dimensional works by eleven Kentucky artists. The exhibit will open Feb. 8 and continue through April 30 in the center’s lobby. 

Reveal is an annual competitive exhibit and this year it introduces five new artists to the Center. Three of these new artists are printmakers who have created large black and white works as part of a printmaking event last year in Frankfort, KY by the organization BIG INK. This organization hosts large-scale woodblock printmaking events across the United States assisting artists in creating large-scale works using the organization’s giant mobile press. 

Jeremy Wooldridge illustrated a trumpet player in his work “Warming Up” by carving into a sheet of plywood. Paula Murphy created “United We Stand” and Risa Yost created the work “The Silkie, the Siren and the Jackalope” utilizing BIG INK’s press. The exhibit also features textile works including large intricately stitched wall hangings by Kathleen Loomis and Vickie A. Wheatley. Mave Brittain has created a fiber work illustrating a story about the late, well-known Kentucky potter Chris Strecker, using hooked wool fabric strips.

Several artists pushed themselves beyond their usual size formats to create new large works for the exhibit. Kathy Conroy, a scratchboard artist, took up the challenge of creating a large scratchboard image called “Star Gazer.” Dean Hill’s photographs that feature reflections on water can be seen in his large work “Edges” and John Dixon, a collage artist, stretched his format to four feet with his work “Synthesis.”  Paintings are represented by Beverly Glascock’s rendering titled, “A Horse Tale II” and Toby Penney’s mixed-media painting titled, “Patterns and Breaking Them.”  

The Kentucky Artisan Center features works by more than 850 artisans from over 100 counties across the commonwealth. 

For information, call 859-985-5448 or visit the center’s website  or  Facebook page.

The Kentucky Artisan Center is an agency in the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and is located at 200 Artisan Way, just off Interstate 75 at Berea Exit 77. The center’s lobby and restrooms are open daily from 9 am to 6 pm, and the cafe is open from 9 am to 4 pm. Admission is free.

Gallery Exhibits

Celebrating the Year of the Woman

Now through February 28, 2021

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 Frida 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.

Images left to right: "Maya: Wisdom" by Sandra Charles; "Ruth" by Sylvia Brestel

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 – February 28, 2021

2021 Exhibits

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