Open Doors

Open Doors Feature: Western Middle School & Broadway Across America

With support from Broadway Across America and the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, Louisville Visual Art's Ehren Reed worked with eighth grade students at Western Middle School to create this immersive installation in anticipation of the upcoming performance of "The Little Mermaid".  The students explored a variety of textile techniques including traditional Japanese indigo dyeing and silk painting to create this work. Thanks to Western Middle School teachers Amanda Thompson and Becky Kelm for their participation and support! You can see the installation in person from now until Februaty 19th.

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Images by Sarah Katherine Davis and Zoie Richey 

Member Monday

Member Monday: Beth Holladay

How did you first get involved with LVA?

As a high school art teacher at the Academy at Shawnee, I worked with LVA and Ehren Reed on a Kentucky Fund for the Art's grant funded Open Doors Honor Quilt Project inspired by Judy Chicago’s International Honor Quilt.

 When did you first know that art was going to be a big part of your life?

In elementary school I wanted to be an author/illustrator, later I wanted to be a photographer, and in college, I finally discovered the field of graphic design. I was lucky enough to have a fantastic professor, Angela Lee, that grounded that design education in studio art practice, and I knew it was the field for me. It wasn’t until years later, though, that I decided to attend graduate school to study art education.

It took me (what felt like) a very long time to really grasp my role as an artist, but that became much clearer when combined with my desire to teach.

 What does LVA add to your life?

LVA provides artist connections, support, teaching opportunities, and most importantly, opportunities for my students through programs like Studio 2000 and Children’s Fine Art Classes (CFAC). I see LVA as a critical driving force of connection, camaraderie and momentum in the growing Louisville art scene. LVA makes me feel hopeful about the future of the arts in our city.

How else are you involved in the community?

I’m a mentor with Big Brothers, Big Sisters. My little, Julia, is a high school student who inspires me as an artist and as an educator, and BB/BS has given us many opportunities to get engaged in our community together.

I’m also a proud volunteer at Girls Rock Louisville, who aims to empower girls and gender­ non-conforming youth from all backgrounds by exploring music creation in a supportive, inclusive environment. At their summer camps, I’ve taught campers to create their own band logos and how to screen print their own t-shirts.

Describe your perfect Sunday afternoon.

I’d love to have a meaningful talk with friends over a meal, do some exploring, make a few photographs, and hear live music.

Who is your favorite local artist?

So many favorites! Illustrator Robby Davis, Photographer and Installation artist Mary Carothers, assemblage artist Caroline Waite, painter Ericka Jeffries and painter Gaela Irwin, and photographer Sarah Lyon.

Where would you like to see Louisville 10 years from now?

Making progress in intentionally confronting and dismantling barriers to equity and social justice - addressing our housing and public school crisis. Empowering and celebrating underserved communities through the Mural Arts Project. Improving public transportation. Reinforcing our declaration of Sanctuary city status through profound supports for immigrants and refugees. Supporting LGBTQ people.

Beth and her students, courtesy of Beth Holladay

Beth and her students, courtesy of Beth Holladay

What neighborhood do you live in? What are some of your favorite things about it?

I live in Schnitzelberg. I love being able to walk to Nord’s Bakery, Sunergos Coffee, Zanzabar and Dairy Del. I also love living in a connected community with a lot of fascinating history and close access to downtown.

What three items would you bring to a desert island?

A luxurious treehouse, a boat, and a massive sketchbook.

What advice would you give your past self if you could?

Travel as much as possible, take time to slow down and meaningfully reflect, dream big for the future.

Link Round Up

Friday Link Round Up: January 6th, 2017

Link Round Up

Friday Link Round Up: December 30th, 2016

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Friday Link Round Up: December 16th, 2016

Open Doors

Open Doors Feature: Water Tower - Form & Function

We had a wonderful time bringing "Water Tower - Form & Function" to Brandeis Elementary this fall through a partnership between LVA and the Louisville Water Company made possible through Louisville Water Foundation.  By breaking into small groups to create their very own water tower design, students increased their awareness of the form and function of a water tower and learned all about the different architectural elements involved in the facade. Even more importantly, students strengthened their critical thinking skills, learned new creative problem-solving techniques and worked collaboratively towards a common goal! We were incredibly impressed with the work they created, and were even more impressed with their ability to discuss their artwork and process! 

We loved our snapchat story so much we decided to share it with you too! 

Link Round Up

Friday Link Round Up: December 2nd, 2016


Event Feature: Open Studio Weekend

Open Studio Weekend 2016 might have been the most successful year yet! We had such a great time visiting artists in their studios and we hear you did too— thanks to everyone who came out and showed your support for these amazing artists. Over 227 visitors went to the 67 participating studios— totaling over 4,000 studio visits in all! 

Check out the #osw2016 tag on Instagram to see more images from the day!

Link Round Up

Friday Link Round Up: November 25th, 2016

Open Doors

Open Doors Feature: Home of the Innocents Inside Out Boxes

We've had a great time working with Kosair Kids® through Kosair Charities and Fund for the Arts to bring a 28-week art therapy program as part of a full school year initiative with Home of the Innocents! During this class visit, students were finishing up their Inside Out Boxes with Lori Kelley. They decorated the outside of the boxes as a representation of the self they show to the world and the inside of the boxes as their inner self. Students made the boxes very personal— illustrating their hopes, dreams, and fears. A couple students wanted to share their work with the camera, others chose to keep it private.

Students who finished their boxes worked on creating "quote trees" with their own quotes and tree designs.