Kentucky Tourism

Special Exhibits

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea presents changing exhibits of artisan works and displays representing cultural heritage attractions in Kentucky. Artists across the state are invited to submit their Kentucky art and crafts for consideration for these special exhibits which often focus on a theme, a technique, or a medium.

See the current Kentucky art exhibits listed below or click here for a calendar of all events.

Outdoor Sand Sculpture

"The Sands of Time" by Damon Farmer

Now through July 29, 2017

Kentucky Artisans interpret the world – and the Kentucky Artisan Center is illustrating that fact with sand, in the amazing sculpture “The Sands of Time” by internationally known sand sculptor Damon Farmer. 

Directly in front of the Center on a circle of pavement, Farmer has sculpted 10 tons of compacted wet sand into a montage of portraits and scenes from Kentucky’s rich history. Included in the artist’s design are images of Abraham Lincoln, bourbon, horses, Daniel Boone and even Natural Bridge!


Current Lobby Exhibit

Agate: Jewel of Kentucky

Lobby Exhibit - July 4 - November 11, 2017

Kentucky has one of the rarest forms of agates with rich and varied colors. They are prized by collectors and jewelers and are found only in the east-central parts of Kentucky. Rarer than diamonds, Kentucky agates are mainly found in Estill, Powell, Jackson, Madison and Rockcastle counties.

This exhibit explains the unique geological formation of agates, explains where they are found and includes examples for sale of agate specimens, polished cabochons and beautiful agate jewelry made by Kentucky agate hunters, collectors and jewelers. Participating artists are: Jarod Cox, Science Hill; Scott Hardy, Irvine; John Leeds, Richmond; Albert Mooney, Berea; and Rachel Savane, Lexington.


Current Gallery Exhibit

225: Artists Celebrate Kentucky's History

Now through September 23, 2017

Kentucky celebrates the 225th Anniversary of becoming a state in 2017, and the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea honors that history with the exhibit 225: Artists Celebrate Kentucky’s History.

With a long and rich history behind it, Kentucky offers artists a multitude of historical subjects, ideas, traditions and connections. This exhibit includes 60 works by 51 Kentucky artists that record, capture, embrace and celebrate a facet or subject from Kentucky’s rich 225 year history.

These works capture the essence of Kentucky – its historical places, people, events, state commerce, agriculture and the state’s unique flora and fauna. Accompanied by written stories and histories in each artist’s words, this exhibit entices the viewer visually and verbally. 


Upcoming Gallery Exhibits

All Creatures Great & Small

Gallery Exhibit - October 7, 2017 - March 31, 2018

This exhibit will include both two and three-dimensional works by Kentucky artists that capture animals of all kinds. From pets, to wild animals, to birds and native species, this exhibit will showcase creatures of all types through the eyes of Kentucky's artists.




During the month of July the Kentucky Artisan Center will present demonstrations by four Kentucky printmakers who will show visitors an array of print techniques and printing ...
Photo: "Cane" by Mark A. Selter The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea will honor the 225th Anniversary of Kentucky becoming a state in 2017, with the exhibit 225: Artists Ce...
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea has a new exhibit featuring the Kentucky agate, a stone rarer than diamonds, in “Agate: Jewel of Kentucky” on display in the C...
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Exhibit Opportunities

Kentucky artisans are invited to submit entries for upcoming exhibits.