LVA holds several exhibitions for the public throughout the year. Attend an exhibition opening for a chance to meet and mingle with other artists and arts supporters!

LVA PUBLIC @ 131 W Main Street   |  Open Thursday-Saturday from 11:30-4:30

Quiet Lines: Over Time

An exhibition of drawings by Dale Leys

August 27 – September 26 @ PUBLIC


The space between objects is just as important as the objects themselves. In these drawings, Dale meticulously builds layers upon layers of delicate lines that carve the space of the paper.

He subtly captures the energy of the unseen so that we may have the chance to perceive the intricacies of these spaces. He draws attention to what we normally disregard as negative space, creating a holistic experience that interweaves our physical, metaphorical and psychological understanding of space and time. Dale Leys stresses the importance of each and every line- "you start somewhere, go somewhere, and stop somewhere." Throughout his career, Dale has created drawings that beautifully exemplify this approach. Quiet Lines Over Time is a collection of drawings that visually interprets the synergy of positive and negative space.

DALE LEYS earned his MFA from the University of Wisconsin after earning his BFA from the Layton School of Art and Design in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and studying at the Yale University Summer School of Art and Music in New Haven, Connecticut. He has been a visiting artist and has had solo exhibitions at universities and art centers all over the U.S., such as the Gould Gallery at the Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Grand Junction, CO, The Speed Art Museum in Louisville, KY, and his recent Retrospective at the Yeiser in Paducah, KY. Dale is a Professor of Art at Murray State University where he has taught drawing since 1977. He also frequently teaches summer art courses in Rome and Florence in Italy and Prague in the Czech Republic. Dale lives and works in Murray, Kentucky.

Into the Jungle: Drawings from Taiwan

An exhibition of recent drawings and video of Larry Keaty.

July 16 – August 22 @ PUBLIC

This exhibition is a culmination of over three years spent in Taiwan. From Taipei to Taichung, Larry made a living as a teacher and an artist in residence at the Lei Gallery. During his time there, he created a body of drawings and produced a wordless novel titled Münster, a book about the Anabaptist Rebellion that took place in Münster, Germany in the 1530s.

This collection of drawings is a product of his literary interests - intertwining his personal experiences with stories from history. As a storyteller, Larry depicts his own life in Taiwan with a tinge of fantasy.

LARRY KEATY holds an MFA from the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Art at Washington University in St. Louis. He has shown nationally and internationally at Galerie 239 in Taichung, Taiwan, The Archetype Factory in Taipei, Taiwan, The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum in St. Louis, MO, and the Olin Gallery in Gambler, OH where he received his BFA in studio arts from Kenyon College. Earlier this year he participated in Young Art Taipei with Taipei City’s East Gallery. Larry currently lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Three Artists Explore the Nude Within the Landscape

An exhibition of photographs by Julius Friedman, with spoken word audio by Devin Katayama and performance/video by Alli Wiels.

June 4 – July 11 @ PUBLIC Gallery

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Julius Friedman’s photographs involve the nude figure in nature.  The land and body forms combine together to create imagery that ranges from abstract to reflective.  Landscape ranges from stretches of wheatgrass, bamboo, wisteria, ice and trees.  For this exhibition, he has chosen to print pieces on aluminum. 

Devin Katayama’s audio piece, ‘Becoming Wisteria’, is both a reflection of the imagery produced by Julius Friedman and an abstract interpretation of the theme as a whole.  It involves real-time dialogue from the photographic sessions, along with personal interactions and sounds from the landscape.

Alli Wile’s piece is a live-recorded performance that will take place during the Artist’s Reception June 13.  Imagery from the landscape, such as wheatgrass and wisteria are photographed and projected onto the nude form in-motion throughout the allotted gallery space.  The recording will be produced live and will play on a loop throughout the duration of the exhibition.

VANTAGE POINT: Photographs by Wendy Whelan

May 8th - May 23rd @ PUBLIC Gallery

To experience life through the eyes of a dancer is a rare treat. Wendy Whelan’s photography exhibition encompasses uncommon sights and vantage points that will be entirely new to most viewers. Using the mobile platform Instagram (@WendyW), Ms. Whelan captures moments from the secret side of the dance world not usually revealed to the public from her own unique perspective. The images within this exhibition were initially the inspiration for a larger gallery of photography taken by Ms. Whelan as well as a number of other well-known dancers in the field. The original exhibition of dancer photography, Shooting Stars, which was on view at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Blake’s Barn during the summer of 2013 was curated by Norton Owen, Jacob’s Pillow’s Director of Preservation. As she continues to develop her creative eye for photography, Wendy Whelan shares her artistry on a day-to-day basis with her 17,000+ followers on Instagram.

“I like to show the secret side of our world that people don’t usually get to see. I fell in-love with dance when I could see the inside workings of it… the backstage. I find, being a dancer, all of the work and your creativity and your focus goes to a product that in the end disappears; and by taking a photograph, you get to keep it.” – Wendy Whelan

WENDY WHELAN was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, where at the age of three she began taking dance classes with Virginia Wooton, a local teacher. At age eight she performed as a mouse with the Louisville Ballet in its annual production of The Nutcracker. Joining the Louisville Ballet Academy that year, she began intense professional training. In 1981 she received a scholarship to the summer course at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet and a year later she moved to New York to become a full-time student there. She was invited to become a member of the New York City Ballet corps de ballet in 1986 and was promoted to principal dancer in 1991. Whelan has performed a wide spectrum of the Balanchine repertory and worked closely with Jerome Robbins on many of his ballets. She has originated featured roles in 13 ballets for Christopher Wheeldon, as well as in the ballets of William Forsythe, Alexei Ratmansky, Wayne McGregor, Jorma Elo, Shen Wei, Jerome Robbins and Twyla Tharp. In 2007, Whelan was nominated for an Olivier Award and a Critics Circle Award for her performances with Morphoses/Wheeldon Company. She has been a guest artist with The Royal Ballet and with the Kirov Ballet. She received the 2007 Dance Magazine Award, and in 2009 was given a Doctorate of Arts, honoris causa, from Bellarmine University. In 2011, she was honored with both The Jerome Robbins Award and a Bessie Award for her Sustained Achievement in Performance.

In 2012, Whelan began developing new collaborative projects. Her i naugural project, Restless Creature, which premiered at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in August of 2013, is a suite of four duets, created by and danced with four of today’s most cutting edge contemporary dancer/choreographers, Kyle Abraham, Joshua Beamish, Brian Brooks and Alejandro Cerrudo. R estless Creature traveled to London and Vail in 2014 and began touring in the US in January 2015. Whelan was recently appointed an Artistic Associate at New York’s City Center and for two years beginning November 1, 2014, City Center will be her home for developing future projects. She resides in New York City with her husband, the artist David Michalek.

Lustron Stories: Americans At Home – Photographs by Charles Mintz

Over the past three years, using his large wooden film camera, Mintz produced 120 portraits of Americans living in these quite quirky homes scattered around fifteen states. Throughout his adventure, Mintz not only captured how the affordable Lustron design has held its purpose but more importantly achieved an understanding about the meaning of home from the people in his photographs.

Cinema Killed the Video Star

Curated by Andrew Cozzens & Stacey Reason

Video art, as opposed to cinematic film, does not have to rely on conventions that are defined by studio production, like characters, dialogue, narrative or plot. It is a medium that can be employed strictly for its inherent characteristics: moving images, passage of time, temporal existence, and creation of mood through sequence and framing. Traditional media are often stagnant: sculptures stand, paintings hang, and photographs capture an instant. Video activates any surface on which it is presented and incorporates the notion of duration.


Featured Artists

Visitors view video work at Cinema Killed the Video Star

Visitors view video work at Cinema Killed the Video Star

  • Korkut Akacik
  • Aaron Bos-Wahl
  • Amanda Bowles
  • Zlatko Cosic
  • Dominic Guarnaschelli
  • Joshua Jenkins
  • Sarah Katherine Davis
  • Claire Krueger
  • Kent Krugh
  • Tom LeGoff
  • Scott Scarboro
  • Rob Southard

The Untold Tale of Bob Lockhart: A Retrospective

The Untold Tale of Bob Lockhart: A Retrospective is a series of three exhibitions, co-produced by the Louisville Visual Art Association, Bellarmine University and the University of Louisville Hite Art Institute. Included in the schedule are the following exhibits, events and community programs:

  • All of Bob Lockhart – The Louisville Visual Art Association’s PUBLIC Gallery, November 6-December 31, 2014 (Artist reception, open to public: November 21, 5-7PM). Curated by Jessica Bennett Kincaid, Exhibitions Assistant, the Hite Art Institute at the University of Louisville, this exhibition will feature a broad selection from the artist’s oeuvres, which is abundant and complex.
  • Bobzilla! The Legacy of Lockhart, Bellarmine University’s McGrath Gallery, November 7-December 13, 2014 (Artists’ Public Reception: December 5, 5-7PM). Curated by former Lockhart student, Jessica Miller and the LVAA Exhibition Committee, the exhibition of Bob Lockhart, 1968-2010. Several works int he exhibition were produced expressly for this exhibition.
  • The Sardonic Eye: Bob Lockhart in Context – Hite Art Institute Cressman Center for Visual Arts at the University of Louisville, Nov. 21, 7-9PM. The Sardonic Eye: Bob Lockhart in Context provides an original reflection on Lockhart’s work, drawing from the Hite Art Institute Print Collection and loans from the Speed Art Museum and significant private collections. Remarks by exhibition curator, Peter Morrin, Director, Center for Arts and Culture Partnerships, University of Louisville and director emeritus of the Speed Art Museum, and the artist.