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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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Continuing Now

This exhibit showcases the photographs and history of the pioneering female photographer Doris Ulmann who 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.

Celebrating the Year of the Woman
Now through December 31, 2020

  "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 – December 31, 2020.

   "Ruth" by Sylvia Brestel

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

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