2017-18 Season

Winfred Rembert Work

Sept. 8-Oct. 13, 2017
Stories to Tell: The Work of Winfred Rembert

Raised in Georgia, self-taught artist Winfred Rembert grew up in the 1950s rural south at the end of Jim Crow and the beginning of the Civil Rights movement. As a child he regularly worked in the cotton fields, a reoccurring theme in his work. Arrested during a Civil Rights march, Rembert taught himself to tool and dye leather while incarcerated. Rembert stretches, stains, and etches on leather to create scenes from memory, stories that tell the truth with art.

A documentary film about his life, All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert, was released in 2011. Directed by Vivian Ducat, it was announced as "Best of Festival" at the Arlington International Film Festival.

Special Events and Hours
Film Screening with Director Vivian Ducat | Thursday, Sept. 7, 6 p.m., Lyric Theater (300 E. Third Street); Q&A to follow the film with Vivian Ducat and Winfred Rembert. Note, this is a kick-off event for Lexington’s Roots and Heritage Festival and is free and open to the public.
Opening Reception with Winfred Rembert| Friday, Sept. 8, 6-8 p.m.; on-going artist demonstration during the opening; All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert director Vivian Ducat will be in attendance; All Me DVDs available for purchase by cash or check the night of the opening.
Friday, September 15, Lexington Gallery Hop, 5-8 p.m.

Images above left to right: Winfred Rembert, In the Ditch, 2009, dye on carved and tooled leather, 53.5" x 28"; Winfred Rembert, Our Teacher, 2014, Dye on carved and tooled leather, 16.88” x 17.25”; Images courtesy of Adelson Galleries 

 Senses of Place

Sept. 12-Oct. 13, 2017
Senses of Place: VR

featuring the work of Dima Strakovsky and Richie Hoagland and artist collective HVREdev

Two virtual reality (VR) artworks allow visitors to experience different approaches to this new art form. "Dreams" offers a virtual gallery of 10 other-worldly places developed by HVREdev, a collective of individuals and small teams. To experience this self-guide dream tour, participants will need their own Android smartphone. “Virtual Realities,” by Dima Strakovsky and Richie Hoagland, is a performance installation exploring the transformation of parent/child relationships by emerging technology, specifically interaction through play. Parent and child performers will play together using smart phone technology, virtual reality, and wireless networks. Gallery visitors participate as audience for the 15-minute performance (three 5-minutes scenarios) which is then followed by a 30-minute open discussion of the project and time for the audience to experience the artwork. Please visit this website soon for “Virtual Realities” performance dates and times.

Special Events and Hours
Opening Reception with the Senses of Place Artists |Tuesday, Sept. 12, 5-8 p.m.
Lexington Gallery Hop| Friday, Sept. 15, 5-8 p.m.

Images above left to right: HVREdev 2017, Dreams, 2017, Google Cardboard and downloadable app for Android smartphones. Also a computer/monitor and mouse for playing without cardboards. Dima Strakovsky and Richie Hoagland, Virtual Realities, 2017, Vive Virtual Reality Unit, Computer, Custom VR software, Custom Server and website, Projector, Speakers. 

Mapping Work

Oct. 26-Dec. 5, 2017 (Closed Nov. 21-26 for Thanksgiving)

featuring the work of Jessica Breen, Susanna Crum, Luke Gnadinger, Valerie S. Goodwin, Colleen Toutant Merrill, Jenny Odell, Joyce Ogden, Jackie Pancari, Fred Tschida, Clement Valla, and Matt Wilson

Maps have always been about art. And in post-modern times, where the notions of truth are suspect, artists have utilized the map as metaphor to question a variety of boundaries. This group invitational exhibition examines maps and the relatively new shift towards mapping. Social mapping, culturally expanded notions of maps, and what happens when one discipline uses the language of another are explored.

Special Events and Hours
Opening Reception with the Artists | Friday, October 27, 5-8 p.m.
Lexington Gallery Hop | Friday, Nov. 17, 5-8 p.m.
Weekend Hours: Sunday, November 12, 2-3 p.m.
Evening Hours: Saturday, Nov. 18, 5-8 p.m. and Monday, November 20, 5-8 p.m. 

Images above left to right: Clement Valla, The Universal Texture Recreated (46°42’3.50″N, 120°26’28.59″W), 2014, Webcam, wooden table, brick, trestle, inkjet on canvas; Valerie S. Goodwin, African Compound I, 2015, Quilted fiber, 24” x 48”

New Domesticity Work

Jan 16 – Feb 16, 2018
New Domesticity: An Examination of Women’s Work in Women’s Art

including the work of Stacey Chinn, Jane Burch Cochran, Rae Goodwin,  Judith Pointer Jia, Diane Kahlo, Helen LaFrance, Lori Larusso, Colleen Toutant Merrill, Stacey Reason, Jennifer Reis, Kristin Richards, Justine Riley, Bianca Spriggs, Bentley Utgaard, and LA Watson

Curated by Dr. Emily Goodman, this exhibition examines how women artists, presently working around Kentucky, incorporate elements of domestic work and life in their art practices. In particular, this exhibition explores how different artists engage with the idea of women’s “traditional roles” in our contemporary culture. Artists work in variety of media, including sculpture, video, performance, fiber and engage with the idea of “domesticity” in manifold ways, including artists who use their works to critique the traditional valuation of the home as woman’s domain and those who have found elements of domestic labor and traditionally feminine media (i.e. craft practices or food-based works) to be empowering.

Special Events and Hours
Opening Reception with the Artists and Lexington Gallery Hop | Friday, Jan. 19, 5-8 p.m.
Weekend Hours: Saturday, Feb. 3, 5-8 p.m.
Curator’s Talk | TBA
Art Talk | Kristin Richards TBA
Performance | Rae Goodwin TBA

Images left to right: Lori Larusso, Eating Animals (Bugs, Flying), 2017, acrylic on shaped panel, 31 x 35 inches; Colleen Toutant Merrill, Schism, 2016, fiber and rope. 

Lavish Work

Feb 23 – April 2, 2018 (Closed the week of March 12 for Spring Break)
Lavish! New Work by Zoé Strecker

The Lavish! installation sculpture by Zoé Strecker is a long-term project that features community-embroidered images of natural communities and organisms in the forests on Pine Mountain in southeastern Kentucky. The printed silk organza panels, stitched by volunteers, hang within a circular, bent wood structure (22’ diameter by 10’ 4” high). This exhibition includes an active embroidery studio and select works by other artists directly inspired by Pine Mountain.

Special Events and Hours
Opening Reception for the Artist: Friday, Feb. 23, 5-7 p.m.
Weekend Hours: Sunday, February 25, 6:30 -7:30 p.m.
Lexington Gallery Hop: Friday, March 16, 5-8 p.m.


Image Above: Zoé Strecker, Lavish! (detail of installation sculpture), 2017, Embroidery floss, printed silk organza fabric, wood, scrim, community stitching studio, audio, mixed media

Juried Exhibition Photo

April 9-16, 2018
Senior Seminar Exhibition

Special Events and Hours
Opening Reception for the Artists | TBA
Presentations by the Seniors | TBA


May 4-18, 2018
Juried Student Art Exhibition

Special Events and Hours
Prizes and awards given during the opening reception | Friday, May 4, 5-7 p.m.
Lexington Gallery Hop | Friday, May 18, 5-8 p.m.