Morlan Gallery

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.

Stories to Tell PRESS RELEASE

Special Events and Hours
All events are free, open to the public, and occur in Morlan Gallery---located on the main floor of the Mitchell Fine Arts Center.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.

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
All events are free, open to the public, and occur in Morlan Gallery---located on the main floor of the Mitchell Fine Arts Center.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.

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

featuring the work of Jessica Breen, Susanna Crum, R. Luke DuBois, 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
All events are free, open to the public, and occur in Morlan Gallery---located on the main floor of the Mitchell Fine Arts Center.

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. 

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.

Order the New Domesticity exhibition catalog

New Domesticity RESS RELEASE

Special Events and Hours
All events are free, open to the public, and occur in Morlan Gallery---located on the main floor of the Mitchell Fine Arts Center.

Opening Reception with the Artists and Lexington Gallery Hop | Friday, Jan. 19, 5-8 p.m.
Curator’s Talk with Dr. Emily Elizabeth Goodman| Thursday, Jan. 25, 6 p.m.
Art Talk with Lori Larusso |  Thursday, Feb. 1, 6 p.m.
Weekend Hours: Saturday, Feb. 3, 5-8 p.m. 
Performance with Rae Goodwin | Thursday, Feb. 8, 6 p.m.

Feb 23 – March 30, 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.

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Special Events and Hours
All events are free, open to the public, and occur in Morlan Gallery---located on the main floor of the Mitchell Fine Arts Center.

Opening Reception for the Artists | Friday, February 23, 5-7 p.m., Morlan Gallery
Weekend Hours | Sunday, February 25, 6:30 -7:30 p.m., Morlan Gallery
Art Talk with Zoé Strecker | Thursday, March 8, 6 p.m., Morlan Gallery
Lexington Gallery Hop | Friday, March 16, 5-8 p.m., Morlan Gallery
Wild Things: Selected Artists from the Pine Mountain Sessions | Friday, March 23, 7-8:30 p.m., Carrick Theater, Mitchell Fine Arts Center. Kentucky musicians Daniel Martin Moore and Julia Purcell will perform original works, and poet and novelist Mary Ann Taylor-Hall will give a reading. Additionally, Rebecca Allan will give a short gallery talk in Morlan followed by a reception.

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

April 9-16, 2018
Agnosiophobia: The Fear of Not Knowing

Senior Thesis Exhibition by Jessica Chandler, Claire Gardner, Annelisa Hermosilla, Samantha Klintworth and Poppy Liu

Senior Thesis Exhibition PRESS RELEASE

Special Events and Hours
Presentations by the Seniors | Friday, April 13, 4-5 p.m.
Reception for the Artists | Friday, April 13, 5-7 p.m.

May 4-18, 2018 
Juried Student Art Exhibition

Students from all academic disciplines submit work for this buoyant, year-end celebration of creativity. The gallery will be bursting with fresh artworks produced this academic year, representing a wide variety of media. A favorite tradition for the juried show is that students are recognized for creating work in "Best Of" categories. Also, the Dean's Purchase Award and several individual prizes are awarded to outstanding artist/scholars on opening night.

Special Events and Hours
Opening Reception | Friday, May 4, 5-7 p.m. (Prizes and awards presented at 6 p.m.)
Lexington Gallery Hop | Friday, May 18, 5-8 p.


"Best In Category" Awards
Best in Painting, Sarah Schaaf

Best in Ceramic, Josh Porter

Best in Digital Work (Still), Madison Townsend

Best in Digital Work (Video), Timothy Baker

Best in Sculpture, Jesse Dees

Best Works on Paper, Sonora Schuck

Best in a Variety of Media, Annelisa Hermosilla

The Dean’s Purchase Awards 
The Dean's Purchase Award, initiated in 2001, by Dr. William Pollard, then Vice President and Dean of the College, recognizes superior student artists by creating a permanent collection of student art for Transylvania University. Dr. Laura Bryan, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the University, continues this tradition.

Fuzzy Landscape, oil on canvas by by Cabby Brown

La Marchesa, ceramic bust by Sonora Schuck

Hauntings, mixed media sculpture by Zachary Hall

The Nana Lampton Prize
Samara Lyon won The Nana Lampton Prize, given to a junior or senior for creative vision, strong work ethic and natural leadership. The award is named in honor of Nana Lampton, who is a visual artist, poet, philanthropist and business leader.

Abbott Art Scholarship
Awarded to Sonora Schuck for demonstrating studio and scholarly excellence. The scholarship was established in memory of Mildred and Harold Abbott, both patrons and practitioners in the visual and performing arts.