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Friday Link Round Up: February 17th, 2017

PUBLIC Radio

PUBLIC // 2.9.17

Brandon Ragland

Brandon Ragland

Ezra Kellerman

Ezra Kellerman

Leigh Ann Albrecht

Leigh Ann Albrecht

Visual artist Ezra Kellerman, and Louisville Ballet dancers Leigh Ann Albrecht and Brandon Ragland were our guests on the February 9th PUBLIC. They are just some of the creative individuals working together on "Human Abstract", a collaboration between LVA and the Ballet that opens Feb. 22. Tune in to 97.1 WXOX-FM/ Artxfm.com Thursday at 10am.

Learn more and get your tickets for Human Abstract here

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Friday Link Round Up: February 3rd, 2017

PUBLIC Radio

PUBLIC // 2.2.17

'Black Beauty' by Fahamu Pecou

'Black Beauty' by Fahamu Pecou

"#BlackArtMatters" is the Carnegie Center's first exhibition of the New Year and runs February 3 - April 8, 2017. Curator Daniel Pfalzgraf joined us on the February 2 PUBLIC to discuss the show and the work of ten African American artists from across the United States: Ray Dalton, Stephen Flemister, Robyn Gibson, Natasha Giles, Christina Long, Fahamu Pecou, LaNia Roberts, Dread Scott, Scheherazade Tillet, and Shawn Michael Warren. Tune in to PUBLIC on 97.1 WXOX-FM every Thursday at 10am, or stream it on Artxfm.com.

Open Doors

Open Doors Feature: Klondike Elementary Visual History Project

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We're so excited to be bringing the Visual History Program to Klondike Elementary this spring! Students have begun creating their quilt pieces based on Judy Chicago's International Honor Quilt. Each student has researched a female figure that played an important role during World War II to base their quilt piece on. Students are learning the importance of feminism while also learning how to turn the knowledge they gain into a creative work of art. This program, taught by Ehren Reed, is a perfect complement to social studies, literature lessons, and art lessons.

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Images provided by LVA's media intern Zoie Richey 

Member Monday

Member Monday: Andy Cozzens

How did you first get involved with LVA?

I volunteered in high school as an intern to Lisa Work. After returning from graduate school, I joined the membership committee and started an artist organization that worked alongside LVA.

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

I had a feeling at a very young age, my interest grew throughout high school, and I knew it was exactly what I wanted to do after my first semester in college.

What does LVA add to your life?

A sense of community within the art scene of Louisville. A springboard for launching new initiatives to improve the lives of artists, and thus improving the city of Louisville. 

How else are you involved in the community?

I live in Louisville. I teach Interdisciplinary Sculpture at KyCAD. I exhibit my work around Louisville. I volunteer on the Board at LVA. I often involve myself in programs that benefit artists and arts education. I am currently developing artwork to benefit health outcomes within the Smoketown Neighborhood through Project HEAL. I am collaborating with the Louisville Ballet. 

Describe your perfect Sunday afternoon.

Wake up. Coffee. Read the newspaper. More coffee. Into the studio. Feed myself. Go Bowling. Eat dinner. Relax and reflect on the day. Bourbon. Sleep.

Who is your favorite local artist?

Carlos Gamez de Francisco

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

I would like to see a city that artists want to live in. A city that supports their artists and values them as a necessary component of the city. The arts give the city it’s flavor- artists create the art- if you don’t support the artists- your city will be flavorless. I would like to see Louisville understand this within the next 10 years. 

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

I currently live in Portland. I love the proximity to downtown and living on the river.

What three items would you bring to a desert island?

Sketchbook. Pen. Knife.

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

Read more.

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 February 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.

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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! 

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