Morlan Gallery

Sept. 16-Oct. 14, 2016

American Mortal

American Mortal

featuring the work of Becky Alley and Melissa Vandenberg

Becky Alley and Melissa Vandenberg create works of commemoration set within the context of United States politics. With the fever pitch of presidential elections just weeks away, the two artists jump into the political fray with sincerity and satire as they try to untangle ideas of nostalgia, gender and the homeland.

Special Events
Lexington Gallery Hop and Opening Reception with the Artists: Friday, Sept. 16, 5-8 p.m.
Evening Hours: Tuesday, Sept. 20, and Tuesday, Oct. 11, 5-8 p.m.
Art Talk: Becky Alley and Melissa Vandenberg, Thursday, Oct. 6, 6:30 p.m.
Kitchen Table Talks: Pull a chair up to a table and join in small group discussions of the political topics presented in the exhibition, Thursday, Sept. 29, 6:30 p.m.

Images above left to right: Becky Alley, Burn, 2016 (detail), 112,000 matches, 11'4" x 25” x 10" Image courtesy of the artist; Melissa Vandenberg, Monument, 2016, US flags, wood, metal, rubber and polyester, 24” x 24” x 65”, Image courtesy of Maus Contemporary

Oct. 28-Dec. 4, 2016 (closed Nov. 23-25)

Enough to Swear By

featuring the work of EJ Brown, Diem Chau, Althea Crome, Donna Conlon, Thomas Doyle, Lorenzo M. Duran, Robert Haven, Dalton Ghetti, Allison May Kiphuth, Lorraine Loots, David Mohallatee, Bob Morehead, Heather Moreton, Slinkachu, Kate Sprengnether, Laura Stein, Ericka VanHorn and Lee-Anne Wessel.

This exhibition features mittens so tiny a grain of rice would fit in a finger, sculptures carved from pencil tips and horse bridles and saddles so small, a miniature pony would be too large to fit. "Enough to Swear By" features artists from around the world, and just down the street, who are working in small scale to large effect.

Special Events
Evening Hours: Friday, Nov. 11, 5-8 p.m. and Tuesday, Nov. 29, 5-8 p.m.
Lexington Gallery Hop: Friday, Nov. 18, 5-8 p.m.
Weekend Hours: Sunday, Nov. 6, and Sunday, Dec. 4, 2-4 p.m.
Art Talk: Dalton Ghetty, Thursday, Nov. 3, 6:30 p.m.

Images above left to right: Dalton Ghetti, Needle and Thread, c 1998, carved pencil, Image by Sloan T. Howard Photography Slinkachu, Skyscraping, 2012, C-type print on Aluminum, 120 x 180 cm, Image courtesy of

Jan. 13-Feb. 14, 2017 (closed Jan. 16)

Black Bone Artwork

Black Bone

featuring the work of Brian Campbell, Angel Clark, Willis “Bing” Davis, Natasha Giles, Jared Owens, Kelly Phelps, Kyle Phelps, Bobby Scroggins, Bianca Spriggs, Kiptoo Tarus, Frank X Walker, Valeria Watson, and Lavon Van Williams

Black Bone is an exhibition of visual artists and poets sharing how those connected to Affrilachia tell the story of the United States through visual and written culture. Titled after the Affrilachian Poet’s first literary anthology released in January, this month-long exhibition showcases artists and poets from states touched by the Appalachians—notably Kentucky, South Carolina, North Carolina and Ohio. The term "Affrilachia" was originally coined by Frank X Walker and is, according to the Affrilachian Poets website, “an ever-evolving cultural landscape poised to render the invisible visible. Affrilachia embraces a multicultural influence, a spectrum of people who consider Appalachia home and/or identify strongly with the trials and triumphs of being of this region.”

Receptions and Events
All events occur in the Morlan Gallery unless noted otherwise and are free and open to the public.

Public Reading | Affrilachian Poets present selected reading from Black Bone, Thursday, January 19, 6 p.m. Carrick Theater, Mitchell Fine Arts Center. Book release party to follow; cash and checks only.
Opening Reception for the Artists | Thursday, January 19, 7:30 -9 p.m.
Lexington Gallery Hop | Friday, January 20, 5-8 p.m.
Tuesday Art Talk with Kiptoo Tarus | Tuesday, January 24, 12:30-1:15 p.m.
Tuesday Art Talk with Natasha Gile
| Tuesday, January 31, 12:30-1:15 p.m. 

Feb. 21-March 29, 2017
(Closed the week of March 13 for Spring Break) 

The Places We Live

featuring the work of Maria Lind Blevins, Meredith Knapp Brickell with the Busy Bees and Felice Salmon, Wes Janz, Mark Menjivar, Sean Starowitz and Michael Strand

"The Places We Live" is an exhibition of artists working in social engagement, an art practice where artists co-create their work with specific audiences. Six U.S. social intervention artists will activate local and regional spaces while exhibiting tangible art objects from those programmed interventions.

Special Events and Hours
All events occur in the Morlan Gallery and are free and open to the public.

Weekend Hours | Sunday, March 5, 2-4 p.m.
Evening Hours | Thursday, March 9, and Friday, March 17, 5-8 p.m.
Closed the Week of March 13 | Due to Spring Break
Lexington Gallery Hop | Friday, March 17, 5-8 p.m.
Art Talk with Dr. Emily Goodman, "What is Social Practice Art?" | Wednesday, March 1, 5:30 p.m.
Art Talk with Sean Starowitz | Wednesday, March 22, 5:30 p.m.
Art Talk with Meredith Knapp Brickell with the Busy Bees and Felice Salmon and Wes Janz | Wednesday, March 29, 5:30 p.m.
Closing Reception for the Artists | Wednesday, March 29, 6:30-8 p.m.

Images above left to right: Busy Bees, Meredith Knapp Brickell and Felice Salmon, Sidewalk Stories, 2016-17, mixed media; Sean M. Starowitz, The *D-Lab 2027 Project, The Labor Museum* (detail), 2015-2017, video, artifacts, and zines

April 7-14, 2017

 In Case You Missed It

In Case You Missed It

Transylvania University Bachelor of Fine Arts students Carrie Billett, Henry Kramer, Hannah Logsdon and Theodora Salazar showcase their best work in this culminating exhibition.

Special Events
Opening Reception for the Artists Friday, April 7, 6-7 p.m.
Artist Talks by the Graduating Seniors: Friday, April 7, 7-8 p.m.

May 4-19, 2017

Work from a Juried Student Art Exhibition

Juried Student Art Exhibition

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 Thursday, May 4, 5-7 p.m. 
Lexington Gallery Hop Friday, May 19, 5-8 p.m.