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A Printmaking exhibit at the Center and demonstrating artists painter John Lackey, potter Kristal Gilkey and Ri

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CURRENT SPECIAL EXHIBITS

REVEAL
Large Format Two-Dimensional Works by Eleven Kentucky Artists

Now through April 30, 2021

"Reveal" is an annual competitive exhibit that showcases large format two dimensional works. This year's  exhibit showcases work by eleven Kentucky artists. It also 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 printing events across the country assisting artists in creating large-scale works using the organizations giant mobile press.

The exhibit also includes textile works including large intricately stitched wall hangings by Kathleen Loomis and Vickie A. Wheatley. Mave Brittain has created a fiber work that illustrates a story using wool fabric strips.

Several artists pushed themselves beyond their usual size format to create new works for this exhibit. Kathy Conroy, a scratchboard artist, took up the challenge creating the large image "Star Gazer." Photographer Dean hill showcases reflections of light on water in his work "Edges" and John Andrew Dixon, a collage artist, stretched his format to four feet in his work "Synthesis."

Participating artists include: Mave Brittain, Kathy Conroy, John Andrew Dixon, Beverly Glascock, Dean Hill, Kathleen Loomis, Paula Murphy, Toby Penney, Vickie A. Wheatley, Jeremy Wooldridge and Risa Yost.

This exhibit is on display in the Center's lobby through April 30, 2021.


WOMEN OF INFLUENCE
Celebrating the Year of the Woman
  
Now through February 28, 2021

  "Maya: Wisdom" by Sandra Charles

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 this anniversary with the exhibit “Women of Influence.”

This exhibit showcases 28 works by sixteen Kentucky artists who have created new artworks 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. The earliest woman represented by artist Mave Brittain, is the Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi, the first woman artist to become a member of the Florence Accademia di Arte in 1615. 

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.

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

Exhibit dates are October 18, 2020 - February 28, 2021

   "Ruth" by Sylvia Brestel

  "Harriet Tubman" and "Jane Goodall with Chimpanzees" by David Waltz 

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