The University of Kentucky Art Museum in Lexington is a curated exhibition space that is home to different art displays throughout the year and has an interesting rotation of travelling artists and works. There is a permanent collection curated by the museum itself and guided tours of both the temporary and permanent art showcases are available.
Currently on display, they have the works of Thomas Nozkowski and Frank Doring. Both exhibits will be on display from May until August at the Art Museum. Nozkowski’s work could be best described as modestly abstract; he works with textured surfaces and enigmatic shapes to highlight and contrast his message, and no piece ever extends past 3 feet in any one direction. Instead of basing the installation solely in the artist's extensive works, they asked the artist himself to pair some of his own pieces with artworks found in the museum's permanent collection. In this way, they are able to not only bring out the best of his unique vision, but also it acts as a counterpoint and allows both pieces to shine all the brighter. Doring’s work looks to paint a stark and surreal snapshot of the life and vibrancy of the phenomenon that is the rural state fair. Through a series of frank photographs taken from 2011 until the present day, he captures the heart and soul of these events and sprinkles them with enough humour and wit to bring out their true meaning and draw of these events, and each spectacle is captured perfectly in his work.
Whilst admission is free and they only ask that you pay attention during your visit, donations are requested and you can also become a member of the museum to receive numerous benefits, updates, and input into the future direction of the space. They accept voluntary collectors and docents as well, who will receive training, lectures, art programs, and trips in exchange for donations to the permanent collection housed at the site or volunteer-guided tours of the exhibits to groups of students and adults.
The museum is open all year round Tuesday to Thursday from 10:00pm to 5:00pm, Fridays from 10:00am to 8:00pm and weekends 12:pmm to 5:00pm. The space is closed on Mondays and university holidays.
Singletary Center for the Arts, 405 Rose Street, Lexington, KY 40506, website, Phone: 859-257-5716
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