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 themself 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, as well as 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 the 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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PUBLIC Radio

LVA's Artebella On The Radio 12.7.17

"Onions and Tomato" by Mary Ann Currier, Oil pastel on mat board, Metropolitan Museum of Art.

"Onions and Tomato" by Mary Ann Currier, Oil pastel on mat board, Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Cathy Shepherd and Peter Morrin joined us December 14 to discuss the work and impact of the late, great, Mary Ann Currier. Cathy was a former student and Peter was Director of The Speed Museum when a retrospective of Mary Ann's work was mounted there several years ago. Join us each Thursday at 10am for LVA's Artebella On The Radio on WXOX 97.1 FMA R T x F M.com.

Community, Artist Support, Exhibits

Mayor Fischer announces steps to explore Louisville’s history and values through public art and monuments

"Colonel William Oldham" by sculptor Matt Weir. Photo by Keith Waits. "In an effort to ensure Louisville’s public art and monuments not only tell our history but also showcase our community values, Mayor Greg Fischer today announced steps to establish principles for such works, while creating additional opportunities for artists to explore issues of race, discrimination, xenophobia and values." Read more, including about LVA's role in this process, here now.

"Colonel William Oldham" by sculptor Matt Weir. Photo by Keith Waits.

"In an effort to ensure Louisville’s public art and monuments not only tell our history but also showcase our community values, Mayor Greg Fischer today announced steps to establish principles for such works, while creating additional opportunities for artists to explore issues of race, discrimination, xenophobia and values."

Read more, including about LVA's role in this process, here now.

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Exhibits, Community, Artist Support

Google Fiber murals

Louisville Visual Art has forged a new and dynamic partnership with Google Fiber. Together, we commissioned artists for three murals celebrating Louisville's diverse neighborhoods and unique culture.

After receiving submissions from more than 70 local and regional artists, LVA and Google Fiber collaborated to select three very talented locals, all working in very distinct styles, to bring more color to different Louisville neighborhoods. Finalists were invited to submit a site-specific proposal for one mural each. The mural designs reflect each artist's vision of Louisville's diversity, independence, and optimism. The three artists are Carrie Donovan, Liz Richter and Carlos Gamez de Francisco.

Carrie Donovan worked in Portland at The Table restaurant in the Church of the Promise building (1800 Portland Avenue, owned by Kathie & Larry Stoess). “'Portland flows with promise'” is a phrase that represents all that happens in the Promise building," Donovan said. "The shapes connect the different aspects of their work, and the banner and the type express the idea of 'flow' — like the river, and like the way their work flows into the community."

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Carlos Gamez de Francisco brightened up a wall on the side of the Nitty Gritty vintage clothing store (996 Barret Ave., owned by Terri Burt) in the Highlands. He sought "to give visibility to one of the most important features of the people of Louisville: acceptance, respect, and tolerance to others," he said. Burt is thrilled by his work and said, "Everyone loves it. I actually have people coming into my business to tell me how cool the mural is on the building. My business neighbors love having it represent the 'hood." Gamez de Francisco 's folkloric style is synergistic with the colorful and eclectic feel of this neighborhood, and his images reference different immigrant cultures represented in Louisville. Burt added, "The building is much more noticeable. It has become a conversation in the Louisville art scene."

Carlos Gamez de Francisco brightened up a wall on the side of the Nitty Gritty vintage clothing store (996 Barret Ave., owned by Terri Burt) in the Highlands. He sought "to give visibility to one of the most important features of the people of Louisville: acceptance, respect, and tolerance to others," he said. Burt is thrilled by his work and said, "Everyone loves it. I actually have people coming into my business to tell me how cool the mural is on the building. My business neighbors love having it represent the 'hood." Gamez de Francisco 's folkloric style is synergistic with the colorful and eclectic feel of this neighborhood, and his images reference different immigrant cultures represented in Louisville. Burt added, "The building is much more noticeable. It has become a conversation in the Louisville art scene."

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Liz Richter added to the growing mural movement in NuLu on the side of Red Tree Furniture (701 E. Market St., owned by Garwood Linton). "I believe my design will help elevate the local culture as it relates to the mural scene by providing an example of a different kind of street art then what is seen around town, and from a distinctly feminine perspective. I want to make this mural bold, exuberant and engaging," Richter said. Her Kentucky Wildflower is "signifying the growth of local businesses and freethinking individuals. Overlapping, interdependent blades and flowers illustrate a community of connectivity."

Liz Richter added to the growing mural movement in NuLu on the side of Red Tree Furniture (701 E. Market St., owned by Garwood Linton). "I believe my design will help elevate the local culture as it relates to the mural scene by providing an example of a different kind of street art then what is seen around town, and from a distinctly feminine perspective. I want to make this mural bold, exuberant and engaging," Richter said. Her Kentucky Wildflower is "signifying the growth of local businesses and freethinking individuals. Overlapping, interdependent blades and flowers illustrate a community of connectivity."

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Support from corporate partners, like Google Fiber, for public art projects celebrating distinct local perspectives has a significant impact on both neighborhoods and the business community. Louisville Visual Art Executive Director Lindy Casebier said, “Public art makes a big difference in every community. We are thrilled that Louisville is one of five cities chosen across the U.S.”

Support from corporate partners, like Google Fiber, for public art projects celebrating distinct local perspectives has a significant impact on both neighborhoods and the business community.

Louisville Visual Art Executive Director Lindy Casebier said, “Public art makes a big difference in every community. We are thrilled that Louisville is one of five cities chosen across the U.S.”

CFAC

Price 5x5 Mural

At Price Elementary, we talked about our vision for our Fund for the Arts 5x5 mural. The student artists decided on a seasonal theme that followed “Price Pride”:
P - positive attitude
R - respect
I - integrity
D - do the right thing
E - excellence in learning

Students drew various elements; instructor Annette put them together on the computer and added a grid pattern to the sketch. We made a large 12”x12” grid on the wall, transferred our drawing to the wall, and began painting... 

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CFAC

Varying Lines

This is our last CFAC project of the semester at North Oldham Middle School. The student artists were given black paper and pastels, and tasked with creating a piece made of lines of varying thickness and type - broken, curved, diagonal, horizontal, vertical, thick, thin, etc. They could use any colors they wanted in any combination. Lines must leave the page on all four sides. The results so far are amazing!

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Friday Link Roundup: December 1, 2017

FRIDAY: It's time to "Deck the Walls" again at the Tim Faulkner Gallery Because it's a "Winter Wonderland!" at Reverly Boutique Gallery "Don't Krampus My Style" this holiday season at Block Party downtown Craft offers "Atmospheric Energy" by Justin Rothshank Moremen Moloney highlights "The Elegant Form" Art Sanctuary shows a "Studio Artists Exhibition" SATURDAY: The Flea Off Market moves indoors to Art Sanctuary for the "Holiday Bazaar" "Come Home" with Angie Reed Garner to Consider Boutique ALL WEEKEND: "The Square" screens at the Speed TUESDAY: Art Sanctuary hosts even more "Holiday Art!"

FRIDAY:
It's time to "Deck the Walls" again at the Tim Faulkner Gallery
Because it's a "Winter Wonderland!" at Reverly Boutique Gallery
"Don't Krampus My Style" this holiday season at Block Party downtown
Craft offers "Atmospheric Energy" by Justin Rothshank
Moremen Moloney highlights "The Elegant Form"
Art Sanctuary shows a "Studio Artists Exhibition"

SATURDAY:
The Flea Off Market moves indoors to Art Sanctuary for the "Holiday Bazaar"
"Come Home" with Angie Reed Garner to Consider Boutique

ALL WEEKEND:
"The Square" screens at the Speed

TUESDAY:
Art Sanctuary hosts even more "Holiday Art!"

PUBLIC Radio

LVA's Artebella On The Radio 11.30.17

"Riverbank #1" by Ray Kleinhelter, oil on panel (2016)

"Riverbank #1" by Ray Kleinhelter, oil on panel (2016)

Ray Kleinhelter was in the studio this week to discuss painting on a boat, the new gallery he is building in New Albany, and his work on exhibit at Lenihan Sotheby International Realty. Tune in every Thursday at 10am to hear Keith Waits speak with local artists on LVA's Artebella on The Radio. WXOX 97.1 FM on the dial or stream at A R T x F M.com.

CFAC

Expressive Lines

CFAC middle school student artists at North Oldham Middle School focused on expressive lines. Students were given black paper, chalk pastels, white charcoal and black charcoal and instructed to fill the page with expressive lines, curves, diagonals, etc. and use color to enhance and highlight them. The color on black paper really pops!

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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.