Open Studio Weekend (OSW) is a partnership of LVA and the University of Louisville's Hite Art Institute to raise funds for LVA's signature program, Children's Fine Art Classes, and the Hite Art Institute's Mary Spencer Nay Scholarship program.
More than 100 artists all over Louisville open their doors to the public once a year for Open Studio Weekend! This event is a wonderful opportunity for anyone interested in art - on any level - to see artists at work, get a glimpse into their process, and in some cases, take advantage of studio sales. It's also a fun way to discover new favorites. Visitors create their own self-guided tour using the printed, downloadable or mobile-friendly directory. Whether you're a fan, a collector, a fellow artist or just starting to explore this bustling scene, Open Studio Weekend is a very exciting way to celebrate Louisville's creative community.
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If you missed a tour but would like to take a look at the Studio Directory & Artist Guide, you can view or download our Guide now.
Lenihan Sotheby’s International Realty presents an exhibition of new work by Douglas Miller and Karen Weeks. Presented by: First Financial Bank. In affiliation with Louisville Visual Art.
Douglas Miller is a professional artist whose drawings have been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the US. Additionally, Douglas does freelance illustrations as well as private and corporate commissions. Recently, he received the prestigious Al Smith Fellowship for Visual Arts from the Kentucky Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. His artwork is in the collection of the Evansville Museum of Arts and Science, the University of Louisville, the Speed School of Engineering, and numerous private collections throughout the world. His work has appeared in Fine Art Connoisseur, American Artist: Drawing magazines, Manifest Gallery Drawing Annuals and has been featured on NPR First Watch. In 2018, Douglas received his MFA from the University of Louisville.
Karen Weeks is primarily a printmaker, utilizing the letterpress printing machine to generate her imagery. Her focus on pattern and repetition is reflected in her use of this outmoded technology built for creating multiples of the same image. Creating exact replicas, though, is not her aim; instead through exploring the variations within limitations, she finds a more compelling goal. After generating these images and color fields, she later collages them into unique pieces of artwork. Karen finds inspiration from nature and enjoys meditating on the repetitious systems of nature from which all patterns evolve; evoking in her imagery the cross section of technology and the natural world.
Celebrate the Fourth with music, fireworks and family fun!
The family-friendly Louisville Waterfront Fourth celebration will open at 5 p.m. with a variety of activities produced by popular arts and cultural attractions in the Catfish Louie Kids Area. The activities will be nestled in the shade of the trees near the Children’s Playground and will appeal to a variety of interests – Science, Music, Art, and Nature! There will also be a large area devoted to engaging with our community helpers. Families can meet our first responders, firefighters and police officers who will have special equipment on display.
Kentucky Science Center will provide science activities and demonstrations.
WUOL Youth Stage, hosted by Jecorey Arthur
National Jug Band Jubilee will provide music education activities by helping children create their own musical instruments, which they can use to join in a jug band performance!
DrumSmart LLC will engage community members of all ages and abilities in a drum circle that will make you feel refreshed, creative, and full of energy.
Louisville Visual Art and Steam Exchange art activities for children.
Waterfront Botanical Gardens nature activities, lawn games, pony rides and a petting farm!
Other new attractions for 2018 include the Kentucky Derby Museum, One Love Louisville, and the Mayor's Office for Safe & Healthy Neighborhoods.
Louisville Metro Police Department and Louisville Fire Dept. will have a helicopter and other safety equipment on display for children and families. These activities will occur from 5-9 p.m. and are completely free.
Thanks to our generous sponsors:
• Coors Light
• Louisville Metro
• Louisville Public Media
• Louisville Downtown Partnership
• Waterfront Development Corporation
• Old Forester
• WHAS11 News
• Magic 101.3 FM
• Friends of the Waterfront
• Louisville Bats
• Bearno's 502 Pizza
• Simon Signs
• WaterSide at RiverPark Place
• Jug Band Jubilee
• Kentucky Science Center
• Louisville Folk School
• Louisville Visual Art
• Steam Exchange
• WUOL Summer Listening Program
• Waterfront Botanical Gardens
Bill Daniel book release show: "Tri-X-Noise"
One evening only: Wednesday, June 6, 6-9 PM
Louisville Visual Art
1538 Lytle St., 40203
Bill Daniel is back on the road with a pop-up photo show comprised of 30 years of 35mm photographs beginning with the early '80s punk scene in Texas. Daniel has continued to document various subcultures using the same camera, lens, flash and Kodak Tri-X film for over 30 years. This exhibit, all non-digital darkroom prints, charts a path starting with punk shows in Texas and crawls through the '90s graffiti scene in San Francisco, freight-hopping scenarios, art openings in Los Angeles, house shows in Louisiana, generator shows on the Monongahela River, etc., all seen through Daniel's unique spelunker flash-lit vision.
Bill Daniel was a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts and is an American experimental documentary film artist, photographer, film editor, and cinematographer. He is also an installation artist, curator and former zine publisher. His full-length film, "Who is Bozo Texino?," about the tradition of hobo and railworker boxcar graffiti, was completed in 2005 and has screened extensively throughout the United States and Europe.
May 11 from 6-8 PM: The Academy of LVA (High School) reception
May 9-16: The Academy of LVA (High School) exhibition
May 20 from 2-4 PM: CFAC Middle School reception
May 20-30: CFAC Middle School exhibition
June 3 from 2-4 PM: CFAC Elementary School reception
June 3-13: CFAC Elementary School exhibition
Gallery hours: Mondays - Thursdays from 12-4 PM or by appointment.
Porter Watkins is a Louisville native who inherited a strong sense of community involvement and philanthropy from her family. Her Grandmother, Nora Iasigi Bullitt, was President of the Ladies' Auxiliary in 1913, and her uncle, Eugene “Bud” Leake, was for a decade the director of The Art Center (now know as Louisville Visual Art). Porter was a precocious child whose upbringing was a mix of the rural and the urban, characterized by adventures on horseback up and down Lime Kiln Lane and exposure to an arts and culture scene experiencing tremendous growth. Porter and her husband, George Bailey, follow their passion when it comes to the arts, and Porter put her “time, talent, and treasure” to work for several organizations over many, many years, serving on the boards of Louisville Visual Art, Sister Cities of Louisville, English Speaking Union, The Zoo, Kentucky to the World and YouthBuild-Louisville, and she has been significantly involved with Food Literacy Project at Oxmoor Farm and has recently taken an interest in the Waterfront Botanical Garden.
Legacy Award - Elmer Lucille Allen
In Memory of Julius Friedman
photo by Tom LeGoff
Elmer Lucille Allen, born in Louisville, Kentucky, is a ceramic artist and chemist who graduated from Nazareth College (now Spalding University) in 1953. She became the first African-American chemist at Brown-Forman in 1966. Allen retired from Brown-Forman in 1997, after which she devoted more time to her art. Starting in 1981 she began to study art at the University of Louisville, receiving her Masters of Creative Arts with a focus in ceramics and fiber in 2002. Allen's textile work incorporates Japanese Shibori dyeing techniques. She states, "When I rented my first studio in 2005 at Mellwood, I knew that I was truly an artist." In 2011 Allen's work was included in the show Powering Creativity: Air, Fuel, Heat at the Carnegie Center for Art and History in New Albany, Indiana. Allen's work was part of the 2016 Women's Artist Exhibition: The African Heritage Experience at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage.
Fleet Feet Louisville will be donating 10% of sales from every purchaser to LVA when you provide this flyer on Thursday, December 14! The 10% donation can only be applied if you mention Louisville Visual Art.
Thank you so very much, Fleet Feet Louisville, and happy holidays from your friends at LVA!
Open Studio Weekend (OSW) is a partnership of LVA and the University of Louisville Hite Art Institute to raise funds for LVA's signature program, Children's Fine Art Classes, and the Hite Art Institute's Mary Spencer Nay Scholarship programs.
One weekend each year, artists from all over Louisville open their doors for Open Studio Weekend!
This innovative weekend of fundraising events is in its fifth year, having replaced the partnership's annual art auction event of 47 years. The goal is to deepen our relationship with the community while simultaneously supporting local talented artists. OSW expands cultural and economic opportunities for artists and art lovers alike.
This event is a wonderful opportunity for anyone who appreciates art - from enthusiasts to collectors - to see artists at work, get a glimpse into the process of making art, and in some cases, take advantage of studio sales. It's such an amazing chance to see the behind-the-scenes world of your favorite artists, as well as new artists that will quickly become your favorites!
Buy tickets by clicking here now!
If you missed the 2016 tour but would like to take a look at the Studio Directory & Artist Guide, you can view or download our Guide.
The 4th Annual PAHF Juried Exhibition is a juried exhibition in conjunction with the Portland Art and Heritage Fair and will be on view at the LVA gallery in Portland, Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 11am-5pm. The awards ceremony will be held at 2pm.
The exhibition is part of the Portland Art & Heritage Fair and a production of Portland, Now! The exhibition will be held at the LVA Gallery, 1538 Lytle Street, Louisville, Kentucky.
Studio 2000 Mural Unveiling Celebration
Louisville Visual Art, in partnership with Metro Parks and Recreation, welcomes you to join us as we celebrate the completion of the Studio 2000 mural at Christ Way Missionary Baptist Church!
Our Studio 2000 students have been hard at work, under the guidance of artist Casey McKinney, creating a vibrant new artwork that is sure to become a beacon in the neighborhood. We hope that you will be able to join us in celebration! Friends and family are welcome!
The Studio 2000 exhibition and sale is your chance to see artwork from 18 up-and-coming local high school artists while supporting an amazing program!
- Sale Preview: 5:00-5:30PM
- Sale 5:30-7:00PM
An ongoing partnership between Louisville Metro Parks and LVA now in its 3nd year, Studio2000 pairs high school students who aspire to be visual artists with professional artists to work in clay, fiber & mixed media. Each participant receives a $500 stipend at the end of the eight-week session. The program culminates with a public exhibition and sale on August 3rd at the Actors Theatre. Proceeds from this sale are recycled through Studio 2000 to support future programming.
Elementary School CFAC Opening Reception
June 4th - 2-4 PM
Elementary School CFAC Annual Exhibition
June 3rd - June 7th
Revelry Boutique Gallery
742 E. Market St.
Louisville, KY 40202
CFAC Middle School Opening Reception
May 28th from 2-4 PM
CFAC Middle School Annual Exhibition
May 27th - June 1st
Revelry Boutique Gallery
742 E. Market St.
Louisville, KY 40202
The Academy of LVA Opening Reception
May 19th from 6-8 PM
The Academy of LVA Annual Exhibition
May 19th - May 25th
Revelry Boutique Gallery
742 E. Market St.
Louisville, KY 40202
It's that time of year again, folks! We invite you to participate in Louisville Visual Art's (LVA) 4th Annual art [squared] Anonymous 8" x 8" Art Sale. This thrilling and vital fundraising event will be held Friday evening, April 7, 2017 and will continue Saturday morning, April 8, 2017 at LVA, and most importantly, will raise funds for LVA's Children's Fine Art Classes (CFAC) program.
As done in previous years, all works donated to art [squared] will be exhibited anonymously and sold on a first-come, first-served basis at LVA's new location on Lytle Street on Friday, April 7th at 7 PM. The beauty of anonymous exhibition is viewers will be able to respond to the artwork on its merits alone, without prejudice or preference. Each piece will be priced at $100. The work will also be on public display for one week leading up to the sale, and for an additional week following the sale.
Hundreds of art works - the largest number of talented local artists to be found in one location – and each piece is ONLY $100.
Friday, April 7th - Preview, Sale & Party - Ticketed Event
7:00pm-7:30pm – Preview
7:30pm – Sale Begins
Saturday, April 8th - Public Sale - (Free Event)
10am-1pm – Sale open to the public
The Middle of the 20th century in America brought an expansion of mediums and techniques in what we traditionally categorized as “Fine Art.” Such redefinition of craft mediums helped expand our understanding of the act of creativity. The current generation of textile artists whose work we can now find in the art gallery take craft techniques and reconfigure them into work that rivals painting and printmaking in its expressiveness, while maintaining the supple textures of the world of fiber art.
These three artists approach the use of textiles in much the same way other artistsapproach paint. Elmer Lucille Allen uses the Shibori dying technique to create geometric patterns evocative of primitive tribal motifs. Denise Furnish reclaims discarded quilts to use as the basis of abstract paintings of bold color and textural complexity. Vallorie Henderson creates her material at a more fundamental level, geometrically abstracted landscapes made from hand-dyed and hand-felted wool and silk organza with both machine and hand stitching.
Elmer Lucille Allen, a clay and fiber artist was born in Louisville and in 1953 graduated from Spalding University (then Nazareth College) with a chemistry degree – one of the country’s first African-American female chemists. In 1966 she became the first African American chemist at the Brown-Forman Company in Louisville. Allen was one of three women employed at the company, where she held the title of senior analytical chemist. She retired in 1997 and returned to college at the University of Louisville earninga MAin creative arts with a major in ceramics in 2002. Her work can be viewed in the main stairwell of Metro Hall.
In the second floor hallway, you can find the work of Denise Furnish. Denise received her MA in Fine Arts Fiber from the University of Louisville in 2010, and a BFA from that same institution in 2008, having also studied at the Louisville School of Art and the University of Kentucky, where she earned her BA in Fine Arts. She has been recognized with awards and grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, the Kentucky Arts Council, has exhibited in Mainz, Germany, and twice received the Juror’s Choice Award of Excellence in the annual Artist as Quiltmaker exhibit in Oberlin, Ohio. "A quilt is shelter, adornment, and gift. A quilt is a story–a text that reveals a time in history, a vernacular. I am aware of its significance as both art history and women’s history." she says in her artist statement.
Raised in Somerset, Vallorie Henderson is proud of her rural Kentucky roots. “I've lived and worked in both large and small communities in and outside of the United States. My Kentucky heritage has always provided me with a strong sense of self and the confidence to approach life with enthusiasm and curiosity.” Vallorie said of herself recently. “I will always call Kentucky my home.” That heritage provided early exposure to multiple traditional crafts. She is an experienced river cane basket maker in the Eastern Cherokee tradition as well as an award-winning quilter. Her work can be found in the 4th-floor hallway of Metro Hall. “My creative process stems from a belief in perfection and symmetry but with the knowledge that these qualities often hide within imperfection and asymmetry. I want to bring a love of exploring, a minimalist sensibility, and a somewhat organic approach to making. For this reason, I strive to understand the capacities of my chosen materials, wool and silk, to perform both physically and poetically." she says about her work.
The exhibition is on view at Louisville Metro Hall during their business hours:
- Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 9AM - 5PM
- Saturday: 12AM–5PM
- Sunday: Closed
- Monday: 9AM–12PM
An intimate and innovative dance and visual art experience
Feb. 22-26, 2017
Bomhard Theater, The Kentucky Center
Choreography by Lucas Jervies
Music by Adam Starr
Designs by Louisville Visual Artists Tiffany Carbonneau, Andrew Cozzens, Ezra Kellerman
A co-production between Louisville Ballet and Louisville Visual Art, this production will push the boundaries of how art can be created through collaboration. Choreographer Lucas Jervies brings a psychological drama to life in the intimate setting of the Bomhard Theater, where you will feel a close connection to the power of the art you see.
Join us for hors d’oeuvres, music, cocktails, and new artwork from Louisville artist, Patrick Donley. Patrick Donley is a longtime member of the Louisville art community who has made his reputation with his colorful, collage-based abstract paintings, compositions composed of spherical objects applied with an insistent mark-making technique. His new work explores the global connection with the game of baseball with flags serving as the visual starting point.
"This series began as an excuse to use the imagery of America’s Game in my art. For years, I have been fascinated by the gritty, rugged, glorious, and often tarnished visual lexicon of baseball, a game full of heroes, heroines, legends, myths, successes and failures. It fascinates me that although Soccer is the 'World’s' game, Baseball has 'the World Series', and now, for me, that phrase finally makes a little more sense."
One weekend each year artists from all over Louisville open their doors for Open Studio Weekend! This event is a wonderful opportunity for anyone who appreciates art, from enthusiasts to collectors, to see artists at work, get a glimpse into the process of making art, and in some cases, take advantage of studio sales. It's such an amazing chance to see the behind the scenes world of your favorite artists— as well as new artists that will quickly become your favorites! Learn more here.
Saturday, November 5 - 10AM-5PM
Sunday, November 6 - 12PM-5PM
Purchase your Open Studio Weekend ticket and gain access to artist studios throughout the city! Print out your e-mail confirmation to pick up your OSW Artist Directory and Studio Guide at one of our sponsor locations between October 20 - November 4, 2018:
Cressman Center for Visual Arts - 100 E. Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202
Kentucky Fine Art Gallery - 2400 Lime Kiln Lane, Louisville, KY 40222
Kentucky Mudworks - 506 Baxter Ave, Louisville, KY 40204
LVA - 1538 Lytle Street, Louisville, KY 40203
Preston Arts Center - 3048 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40205
Nitty Gritty - 996 Barret Ave, Louisville, KY 40204
Revelry Gallery Boutique - 742 E. Market Street, Louisville, KY 40202
Silica Ceramic Studio - 246 Spring Street, Jeffersonville, IN 47130
Members of LVA use code MEMBEROSW to receive your membership discount. Not a member of LVA? Become a member here
For information on group rates contact Amy at email@example.com or 502.584.8166 x 108