Morlan Gallery

Street Tested: Kentucky Graffiti Artists

Artwork from Street Tested

featuring BRRR, Coupe, Dronex, and Left-Handed Wave 

Sept. 12 – Oct. 17, 2014

(Closed Oct. 13,14 for fall break)

Five of Kentucky’s most celebrated graffiti and street artists exhibit writing, tags, illustrations, and more. Street Tested is an entré into the flourishing subculture of graffiti artists; learn more about this form of urban art, the vocabulary, and the far-reaching influence of Kentucky’s graffiti artists. Curated by Lexington’s Dronex, Street Tested coincides with the PRHBTN’s latest installation of Lexington murals by world-renown street artists, including Bastardilla, ROA, How & Nosm, and more.

Special Events

  • Opening Reception: Fri., Sept. 12, 5-8 p.m.
  • Lexington Gallery Hop: Fri., Sept. 19, 5-8 p.m.
  • Artist Talk: Andrew Hem, Wed., Sept. 24, 5:30 p.m., Carnegie Center for Literacy

Rural Women: Photographs by Maxine Payne 

Photographs by Maxine Payne

Oct. 29 – Dec. 2, 2014

(Closed Nov. 26-28 for Thanksgiving)

Photographer Maxine Payne has been working with anthropologist Anne Goldberg on the Rural Women and Globalization Project since 2006. They have documented the lives of rural women using oral history and photography in five sites: San Luis, Costa Rica; Bagamoyo, Tanzania; Vinh Linh, Vietnam; Douglas, Arizona, and Agua Prieta, Sonora, on the United States-Mexico border; and rural Arkansas. BONUS! Rural Women was inspired by Payne’s discovery of the work of Depression-era photographers John and Mancy Massengill, whose original work is on view at Institute 193 from Oct. 2 - Nov. 15. 

Special Events

  • Opening reception, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 5-8 p.m.
  • Lexington Gallery Hop: Fri., Nov. 21, 5-8 p.m.

DWELLINGS: Contemplating Home, House, and Neighborhood

Images from Dwellings

Featuring Libby Rowe 

Jan. 14 – Feb. 21, 2015

Texas artist Libby Rowe deconstructs notions of home, house, and neighborhood in this one-person exhibition that features photography and sculpture. In three major works, Inside/Out, (sub)Division, and Dwell, Rowe cleverly casts a fresh gaze on the façade-like quality of the American home, questions the success of the urban subdivision, and considers the philosophical meaning of  “dwellings.”

Special Events

  • Artist Talk with Libby Rowe: Wed., Jan. 14, 12:30 p.m. -1:15 p.m., Morlan Gallery
  • Opening Reception for the Artist: Wed., Jan. 14, 5-7 p.m., Morlan Gallery

Evening and Weekend Hours

  • Friday, Jan. 30, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 21, 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Functional Clay: Works that Contain

examples from Functional Clay

Curated by Michael Frasca

Mar. 2 – Mar. 27, 2015

(By appointment only the week of Mar. 9)

“Functional” is an exhibition of nationally recognized ceramic artists who earn their livings by creating vessels for everyday use and pleasure. The works contain the “things of life” and are an exploration of form, surface and the space within.  The artists use a broad range of techniques for making, glazing and firing.  

Functional is the first part of a two part ceramic exhibition. The second, in 2016, is “Conceptual”, a show of sculptural non-functional clay artworks. Rather than contain, these works confound, or in other words, were created to challenge the viewer in ways of thinking, seeing, and perceiving. The two exhibitions—although shown a year apart—explore the intersections of craft and art and celebrate artworks made with similar materials and techniques, but with different purposes.

Special Events

  • Lexington Gallery Hop: Friday, Mar. 20, 5-8 p.m.; informal curator's tour at 5:30 p.m.

Senior Thesis 

Senior Thesis promo poster

April 6- 17, 2015 

Transylvania University Bachelor of Fine Arts students showcase their best work in this culminating exhibition. 

Special Events

  • Opening Reception for the Artists: Mon., April 6, 5-8 p.m.
  • Artist Talks by the Graduating Seniors: Day and Time TBA

Juried Student

Juried Student Art Exhibition graphic

May 1- 15, 2015 

Art majors and non-art majors alike contribute work in a wide variety of media to this joyful exploration of creativity. 

Special Events

  • Prizes and awards given during the opening reception: Fri., May 1, 5-7 p.m.
  • Lexington Gallery Hop: Friday, May 15, 5-8 p.m.