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Stories to Tell: The Work of Winfred Rembert

Sept. 8-Oct. 13, 2017

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.

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Senses of Place: VR

Sept. 12-Oct. 13, 2017

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.

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MAP/PING

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.

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New Domesticity: An Examination of Women’s Work in Women’s Art

Jan 16 – Feb 16, 2018

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.

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Lavish! New Work by Zoé Strecker

Feb 23 – March 30, 2018
(Closed the week of March 12 for Spring Break)

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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Juried Student Art Exhibition

May 4-18, 2018

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.

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