Events

Events

Breeders' Cup 2018 Art Voting Contest

  At  Downs After Dark - Art of the Horse  at Churchill Downs, finalists for the Official Artist of the 2018 Breeders' Cup displayed their art, giving racing fans chances to see their choices close-up.

At Downs After Dark - Art of the Horse at Churchill Downs, finalists for the Official Artist of the 2018 Breeders' Cup displayed their art, giving racing fans chances to see their choices close-up.

  LVA board member Meredith Harber was interviewed about LVA and all the amazing artists we get to work with.

LVA board member Meredith Harber was interviewed about LVA and all the amazing artists we get to work with.

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  We even appeared on the Jumbotron.

We even appeared on the Jumbotron.

Artist Support, Community, Events, Mural

Mary Alice Hadley Prize for Visual Art Winner Announced

  The Community Foundation of Louisville, in partnership with Louisville Visual Art, is pleased to announce that Louisville-based multi-media artist  KCJ Szwedzinski  is the winner of the sixth annual Mary Alice Hadley Prize for Visual Art. The $5,000 award is an opportunity for local artists to enhance their careers through a targeted enrichment experience of their own design.  “My most recent body work has been on Jewish memory, identity and legacy," said Szwedzinski. "As an artist, I am continually mindful of who I intend as my audience. I question why it is important for me to make work about Judaism and how my work connects to contemporary issues.”  Szwedzinski will use the award to visit the Jewish Contemporary Museum and the Holocaust Center in San Francisco, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Archives in Washington, D.C., and the Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana, as well as to take a course at the Rare Book School in Philadelphia.  "I believe that the act of remembering is a powerful tool in fostering empathy and breaking barriers of bias," Szwedzinski said. "It's important, now more than ever, to remind people that when true diversity is present in a community is when we all thrive."   Louisville Visual Art will honor KCJ Szwedzinski on Thursday, June 21, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in their Portland gallery at 1538 Lytle Street, 40203. The reception is free and open to the public.     The $5,000 M.A. Hadley Prize is awarded from the George and Mary Alice Hadley Fund at the Community Foundation of Louisville. Focused on the arts and humanities, particularly visual arts, crafts, theater and the Louisville Free Public Library, the endowment has supported our community for more than 25 years.    The Hadley Prize winner is selected through a blind process by a diverse panel of arts professionals from Louisville and the surrounding area. The 2018 prize drew 40 applicants from the greater Louisville area, including Southern Indiana, whose work demonstrated mastery in ceramics, graphic design, drawing, crafts, painting, photography, sculpture, video, film and printmaking.  “Art soothes and calms our collective souls. Art causes us to question and to think. Through the years, art has been used to tell the story of those who came before. The work of KCJ Szwedzinski is powerful and will cause those who see her work to pause and reflect on this horrific period in our history,” said Louisville Visual Art's Executive Director, Lindy Casebier. “Louisville Visual Art is pleased to partner with the Community Foundation of Louisville in support of KCJ's growth as an artist and in turn share that personal growth with others in our community.”  Szwedzinski's itinerary has been designed to fuse personal history and artistic inspiration, "to synthesize seemingly disparate bodies of knowledge - archival practices for historical information and my personal inherited legacies."  “This experience will broaden my ability to make work that is rooted in my own Judaic heritage,” said Szwedzinski, “while facilitating engagement of a more universal audience.”    “It’s important for people to seek to find common ground and part of the way we do this is from remembering our collective history," said Susan Barry, President & CEO of the Community Foundation. "We are pleased the Hadley Prize will support an artist like KCJ, who is using art to begin difficult conversations around the Holocaust, one of the most tragic moments in our history."  The Community Foundation of Louisville believes that art is a vital part of a community where people and places thrive. The Hadley Prize is just one of the ways that the Community Foundation of Louisville supports local artists. Hadley Creatives is the Foundation's six-month comprehensive professional development program for working artists that recently celebrated its inaugural class with an exhibition that is running through July 1 at KMAC.

The Community Foundation of Louisville, in partnership with Louisville Visual Art, is pleased to announce that Louisville-based multi-media artist KCJ Szwedzinski is the winner of the sixth annual Mary Alice Hadley Prize for Visual Art. The $5,000 award is an opportunity for local artists to enhance their careers through a targeted enrichment experience of their own design.

“My most recent body work has been on Jewish memory, identity and legacy," said Szwedzinski. "As an artist, I am continually mindful of who I intend as my audience. I question why it is important for me to make work about Judaism and how my work connects to contemporary issues.”

Szwedzinski will use the award to visit the Jewish Contemporary Museum and the Holocaust Center in San Francisco, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Archives in Washington, D.C., and the Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana, as well as to take a course at the Rare Book School in Philadelphia.

"I believe that the act of remembering is a powerful tool in fostering empathy and breaking barriers of bias," Szwedzinski said. "It's important, now more than ever, to remind people that when true diversity is present in a community is when we all thrive."

Louisville Visual Art will honor KCJ Szwedzinski on Thursday, June 21, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in their Portland gallery at 1538 Lytle Street, 40203. The reception is free and open to the public.


The $5,000 M.A. Hadley Prize is awarded from the George and Mary Alice Hadley Fund at the Community Foundation of Louisville. Focused on the arts and humanities, particularly visual arts, crafts, theater and the Louisville Free Public Library, the endowment has supported our community for more than 25 years.

The Hadley Prize winner is selected through a blind process by a diverse panel of arts professionals from Louisville and the surrounding area. The 2018 prize drew 40 applicants from the greater Louisville area, including Southern Indiana, whose work demonstrated mastery in ceramics, graphic design, drawing, crafts, painting, photography, sculpture, video, film and printmaking.

“Art soothes and calms our collective souls. Art causes us to question and to think. Through the years, art has been used to tell the story of those who came before. The work of KCJ Szwedzinski is powerful and will cause those who see her work to pause and reflect on this horrific period in our history,” said Louisville Visual Art's Executive Director, Lindy Casebier. “Louisville Visual Art is pleased to partner with the Community Foundation of Louisville in support of KCJ's growth as an artist and in turn share that personal growth with others in our community.”

Szwedzinski's itinerary has been designed to fuse personal history and artistic inspiration, "to synthesize seemingly disparate bodies of knowledge - archival practices for historical information and my personal inherited legacies."

“This experience will broaden my ability to make work that is rooted in my own Judaic heritage,” said Szwedzinski, “while facilitating engagement of a more universal audience.”


“It’s important for people to seek to find common ground and part of the way we do this is from remembering our collective history," said Susan Barry, President & CEO of the Community Foundation. "We are pleased the Hadley Prize will support an artist like KCJ, who is using art to begin difficult conversations around the Holocaust, one of the most tragic moments in our history."

The Community Foundation of Louisville believes that art is a vital part of a community where people and places thrive. The Hadley Prize is just one of the ways that the Community Foundation of Louisville supports local artists. Hadley Creatives is the Foundation's six-month comprehensive professional development program for working artists that recently celebrated its inaugural class with an exhibition that is running through July 1 at KMAC.

Events, Exhibits, Artist Support, Community

art[squared] 2018

It's a wrap! Art [squared] 2018 was a big success, thanks to the hundreds of artists who donated original pieces to support Children's Fine Art Classes; the hundreds of attendees who saw and/or bought pieces; our staff, board members and volunteers who gave their time, energy and hard work; and everyone else who contributed to this essential fundraiser. Let's do it again next April!

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Events, Artist Support

The Stars Among Us 2018 - A Gallery

  Wilma Bethel,   Vinhay   Keo, Mayor Greg Fischer, Elmer Lucille Allen, Porter Watkins, LVA Executive Director Lindy Casebier

Wilma Bethel, Vinhay Keo, Mayor Greg Fischer, Elmer Lucille Allen, Porter Watkins, LVA Executive Director Lindy Casebier

  LVA Executive Director Lindy Casebier addresses the sold-out crowd

LVA Executive Director Lindy Casebier addresses the sold-out crowd

  Carol Seifer, Elmer Lucille Allen, Lindy Casebier, Gill Holland

Carol Seifer, Elmer Lucille Allen, Lindy Casebier, Gill Holland

  Wilma Bethel, Porter Watkins, Elmer Lucille Allen

Wilma Bethel, Porter Watkins, Elmer Lucille Allen

 Today LVA  celebrated  individuals that have made a significant impact in our visual art community, including Elmer Lucille Allen, Porter Watkins, Wilma Bethel, and Vinhay Keo. Mayor Greg Fischer introduced the luncheon, which was hosted by Gill Holland at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage.  We look forward to seeing you at the second ceremony, coming in 2019!

Today LVA celebrated individuals that have made a significant impact in our visual art community, including Elmer Lucille Allen, Porter Watkins, Wilma Bethel, and Vinhay Keo. Mayor Greg Fischer introduced the luncheon, which was hosted by Gill Holland at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage.  We look forward to seeing you at the second ceremony, coming in 2019!

Events, Artist Support

Fund for the Arts 2018 Showcase & Campaign Kickoff

  LVA student Donielle Pankey with Mayor Greg Fischer

LVA student Donielle Pankey with Mayor Greg Fischer

  LVA student Donielle Pankey with Fund for the Arts President & CEO Christen Boone

LVA student Donielle Pankey with Fund for the Arts President & CEO Christen Boone

  LVA's Annette Cable, Ehren Reed and Lindy Casebier with student Donielle Pankey

LVA's Annette Cable, Ehren Reed and Lindy Casebier with student Donielle Pankey

  Shannon Cogan interviews Donielle Pankey and students

Shannon Cogan interviews Donielle Pankey and students

 LVA joined the  Fund for the Arts  and other arts organizations to participate in their 2018 Arts Showcase & Campaign Kickoff.  Donielle Pankey, a veteran of LVA programs, was interviewed by  WAVE 3 News  anchor and philanthropist  Shannon Cogan !

LVA joined the Fund for the Arts and other arts organizations to participate in their 2018 Arts Showcase & Campaign Kickoff.

Donielle Pankey, a veteran of LVA programs, was interviewed by WAVE 3 News anchor and philanthropist Shannon Cogan!

Events, Artist Support

Fischer Prize 2018 reception

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 LVA partnered with the Community Foundation of Louisville in congratulating Elizabeth Hardy, the inaugural winner of the  Bill Fischer Award for Visual Art ! The celebration was held at the Tim Faulkner Gallery, located across the street from LVA's office in Portland.  Hardy plans to use her prize money "to provide a suitable environment with tools to establish a space to be able to create works on a larger scale than I am physically capable of doing with the restrictions of my current studio space. I could expand my practice for my own productions as well as have a proper venue to function as a learning environment that I could share the techniques I have learned with others."

LVA partnered with the Community Foundation of Louisville in congratulating Elizabeth Hardy, the inaugural winner of the Bill Fischer Award for Visual Art! The celebration was held at the Tim Faulkner Gallery, located across the street from LVA's office in Portland.

Hardy plans to use her prize money "to provide a suitable environment with tools to establish a space to be able to create works on a larger scale than I am physically capable of doing with the restrictions of my current studio space. I could expand my practice for my own productions as well as have a proper venue to function as a learning environment that I could share the techniques I have learned with others."

Events, Artist Support, Community

Seeking Nominations For LVA's "The Stars Among Us" Visual Art Awards

 "Enchanted Rider" by Bob Thompson, oil on canvas, 1961

"Enchanted Rider" by Bob Thompson, oil on canvas, 1961

LVA is seeking nominations to celebrate those who have made a significant impact in our visual art community. At the  Louisville Visual Art Honors the Stars Among Us... inaugural luncheon on March 1, 2018 at KY Center for African American Heritage, the awards will presented to those selected from the categories listed below. Award Recipients must be available to attend the ceremony on March 1, 2018.

Final selection of award recipients will be made by a select panel of judges.

Rising Star Award - In Memory of Bob Thompson

Thompson was a Louisville-born African-American figurative painter known for his bold and colorful canvases, whose compositions were appropriated from the Old Masters. He was prolific in his eight-year career, producing more than 1,000 works before his death in RomeItaly, in 1966. The Whitney Museum in NYC mounted a retrospective of his work in 1998.

The Rising Star Award is an annual recognition of an emerging artist in the Kentuckiana region. The artist receiving this distinction will be considered a new and/or up-and-coming artist; however, age will not be a determining factor. The winner of the award will separate them self from the rest of the candidates by demonstrating a widely acknowledged expert skill set in their respective field. Commercial success will help in distinguishing candidates - however, it will not be the most determining factor. The Rising Star Award-winning artist will be an individual whose future is bright both in terms of commercial success and in impacting the local visual arts community.

Visual Art Educator Award  - In Memory of Anna Huddleston

Huddleston was born in Louisville, where she taught elementary school for 19 years with Louisville Public Schools and then was a junior high school art teacher and consultant for 20 years. She was also president of the Kentucky Art Education Association and the first African American to receive the Milner Award.

This award will be given to an individual in the Kentuckiana region who has had a longstanding and important impact on developing, teaching, and inspiring artists. This individual will be recognized for their dedication to enriching the lives of students of all ages by meaningfully and continuously educating people in the world of visual art.

Benefactor of the Year Award - In Memory of Charlotte Price

Price was a gifted sculptor and painter committed to supporting the arts in the community, especially Louisville Visual Art (formerly the Art Center Association).

This award will be given to an individual who has gone above and beyond in giving back to the local visual arts community. Whether it be through funding education initiatives, sponsoring events, or through personal/familial/estate gifts, this individual has left a lasting impact on the visual arts community over the past year.

Legacy Award  - In Memory of Julius Friedman 

Friedman was a Louisville-based graphic designer, photographer, artist and design studio owner who was one of Kentucky’s most influential artists and an invaluable part of the Louisville arts community.

The Legacy Award will be given to an individual who has positively impacted and improved the visual arts community in many different ways for a time period spanning decades. This individual truly represents what it means to leave the world a better place than you found it, and their positive impact in the visual arts community will be felt, seen, and remembered for generations to come.

The deadline for suggested nominations is December 29, 2017.

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Events

2017 Bourbon, Bets & Bow Ties Artwork Auction

 Art Auction Alert!!! Beautiful Bourbon Barrels!!!  Click here to make one of these unique pieces yours today:  https://www.32auctions.com/LVA_Auction_2017   The online-only auction begins on Wednesday, November 15 at noon and ends on Friday, November 17 at 5 p.m.  "Downs After Dark - Bourbon, Bets & Bowties" was held at  Churchill Downs  on September 23. As a part of that event, 12 Louisville artists used authentic bourbon barrels culled from Kentucky distilleries to create original art! Some painted on them, some built images from thread and wire, and some deconstructed the barrels to fashion wholly unique sculptural forms.  The resulting 12 pieces are being offered for sale - an unusual opportunity for art collectors and bourbon enthusiasts! All proceeds will benefit Louisville Visual Art’s Children’s Fine Art Classes, which reach more than 5,500 students annually all over the Louisville Metro area and surrounding counties, including in Southern Indiana.  Participating artists included  Bri Bowers ,  Adam Horton Art ,  Bobby Hinkel ,  Braylyn Resko Stewart ,  Ewa Perz , John King ( DrunkWood ),  Wood & Twine , Ashleigh Anthony ( Art From Ashes ),  Brandon Harder Art ,  David Nichols , Branden McClain ( Slugger City Sign Company ) &  Mandi Caskey  (Birdy), and  Casey Mckinney .

Art Auction Alert!!!
Beautiful Bourbon Barrels!!!

Click here to make one of these unique pieces yours today: https://www.32auctions.com/LVA_Auction_2017

The online-only auction begins on Wednesday, November 15 at noon and ends on Friday, November 17 at 5 p.m.

"Downs After Dark - Bourbon, Bets & Bowties" was held at Churchill Downs on September 23. As a part of that event, 12 Louisville artists used authentic bourbon barrels culled from Kentucky distilleries to create original art! Some painted on them, some built images from thread and wire, and some deconstructed the barrels to fashion wholly unique sculptural forms.

The resulting 12 pieces are being offered for sale - an unusual opportunity for art collectors and bourbon enthusiasts! All proceeds will benefit Louisville Visual Art’s Children’s Fine Art Classes, which reach more than 5,500 students annually all over the Louisville Metro area and surrounding counties, including in Southern Indiana.

Participating artists included Bri BowersAdam Horton ArtBobby HinkelBraylyn Resko StewartEwa Perz, John King (DrunkWood), Wood & Twine, Ashleigh Anthony (Art From Ashes), Brandon Harder ArtDavid Nichols, Branden McClain (Slugger City Sign Company) & Mandi Caskey (Birdy), and Casey Mckinney.

Events, Artist Support, Community

Open Studio Weekend 2017 - Day 2

How can we best sum up the many highlights of even just the second day of Open Studio Weekend? 2017 was even bigger and better than ever, thanks to the more than 100 artists who opened their studios to the public all over Louisville. LVA was thrilled that our partnership with the University of Louisville's Hite Art Institute has been so well-received. We'll see you again on November 3 & 4, 2018!

 Lori LaRusso at KyCAD's Candy Factory with a guest

Lori LaRusso at KyCAD's Candy Factory with a guest

 Josh Johnson answers questions at Art Sanctuary

Josh Johnson answers questions at Art Sanctuary

 Debbie Shannon meets LVA's Executive Director, Lindy Casebier

Debbie Shannon meets LVA's Executive Director, Lindy Casebier

Events, Artist Support, Community

Open Studio Weekend 2017 - Day 1

How can we best sum up the many highlights of even just the first day of Open Studio Weekend? 2017 was even bigger and better than ever, thanks to the more than 100 artists who opened their studios to the public all over Louisville. LVA was thrilled that our partnership with the University of Louisville's Hite Art Institute has been so well-received. We'll see you again on November 3 & 4, 2018!

 Hyland Glass and fans.

Hyland Glass and fans.

 Joyce Garner  

Joyce Garner
 

 Page Penna at Hope Mills

Page Penna at Hope Mills

PUBLIC Radio, Artist Support, Events

Open Studio Weekend on Art FM

"LVA’s Artebella" on community radio station Art FM featured Open Studio Weekend artists Andy Perez, Tad DeSanto and Megan Bickel.

Andy Perez's studio is in Clifton. Tad DeSanto works out of his Highlands home. Megan Bickel shares space in Portland. They are all preparing to welcome you into their creative spaces for one weekend only, so get your tickets now: http://www.louisvillevisualart.org/open-studio-weekend

Tune in Thursdays at 10 a.m. to hear interviews with local artists on 97.1 or artxfm.com.

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CFAC, Events

Adventures in Water Festival 2017

 Making Water Tower trading cards at the Adventures in Water Festival 2017, held by the Louisville Water Company.

Making Water Tower trading cards at the Adventures in Water Festival 2017, held by the Louisville Water Company.

 The beginning of a complex Corinthian Column - trading card point value - 1.

The beginning of a complex Corinthian Column - trading card point value - 1.

 It couldn’t have been a better day for drawing beside the river.    The teachers went home with Water Tower Trading Card instructions for two different games and our project will continue to grow at school.

It couldn’t have been a better day for drawing beside the river.
 

The teachers went home with Water Tower Trading Card instructions for two different games and our project will continue to grow at school.