Included in the exhibition was Kurt Gohde's untitled piece that incorporates birdcages, insulation, bones, charcoal, and silver.
Artistic couples exhibit in Morlan Gallery
Five married couples from Kentucky with dual art careers exhibited work in To Have & To Hold, a group invitational show that ran in Morlan Gallery from January 12-February 23. The exhibition, drawing its name from traditional marriage vows, showcased the work of Lida Gordon and Peter Bodnar III, Diane Kahlo and Steve Armstrong, Kate Sprengnether and Transylvania art professor Kurt Gohde, Elizabeth and Gary Mesa-Gaido, and Sarah and Brian Turner.
The idea for the show arose from questions posed by Morlan Gallery director Andrea Fisher. “I was interested in the day-to-day lives of married artists,” she said. “How do they navigate the division of labor in their home lives and their professional lives? How do these couples deal with the jealousy and competitive feelings that would most certainly arise in their professional lives?”
Interviews with the couples conducted by art professor Nancy Wolsk were included in a gallery “artzine” that examined how these artists satisfy their professional and domestic responsibilities. The publication also included photographs of the artists and a Valentine’s Day gift from the gallery—original temporary tattoos designed by four of the couples.
Kate Springnether's pieces Pincushion Baby, Pincushion Blossom, and Pincushion Leaf
To Have & To Hold posters, designed by Sarah and Brian Turner’s Cricket Press, were also available for purchase.