"Looking Up: Heroes for Today" is the title of the new art show LVA coordinated at Louisville Metro Hall. Artists Brianna Harlan, Ashley Cathey and Zed Saeed are all on display, and anyone visiting Metro Hall can ask to see their pieces through January 11, 2019.
Zed Saeed is an art and documentary photographer currently working with recent refugees and immigrants that have settled in Kentucky. In Louisville, he connects with these individuals mostly through the Catholic Charities-Migration and Refugee Services. Saeed believes strongly in the power of photography to create connections and to alter perceptions about people, places and things.
Ashley Cathey is a painter whose creative journey began with performing arts before she was eventually encouraged to develop her visual art talents, which, up until then had been purely for her own personal edification, by exhibiting in Chicago before returning to her native Louisville. She came to prominence when ArtsReach commissioned Cathey to create a series of portraits for their annual Keepers of the Dream celebration at the Kentucky Center for the Arts. In 2016 her work was featured on the cover of LEO Weekly as part of an extensive story on artists of color in Louisville.
Brianna Harlan describes herself as, “a mixed media artist that creates Radically Vulnerable art to invite transformative dialogue. Themes of her work include identity, social/cultural dynamics, intimacy, oppression, and self-suppression. Brianna works primarily with participants, inviting them to share and unpack sensitive topics through questions and actions. The discoveries that come from these mindful investigations shape the concept and inform the work's medium. She creates with people, not just about them, and views the process and resulting work as a tool for a moving experience and constructive conversation.
It's a wrap! Art [squared] 2018 was a big success, thanks to the hundreds of artists who donated original pieces to support Children's Fine Art Classes; the hundreds of attendees who saw and/or bought pieces; our staff, board members and volunteers who gave their time, energy and hard work; and everyone else who contributed to this essential fundraiser. Let's do it again next April!
LVA joined Mayor Greg Fischer, Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith, Metro Public Art Administrator Sarah Lindgren, Metro Parks and a large crowd of friends and supporters at Metro Hall on Monday, January 29.
LVA coordinates exhibitions of local artists at Metro Hall, so on this night all gathered to pay tribute to artists CJ Pressma, Jenny Zeller, and Mitch Eckert. Also saluted were the participants of our summer program Picture Love, a partnership between LVA and Metro Parks that returns this summer!
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 Rome, Italy, 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 them self 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 and in 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 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.
Mayor Fischer announces steps to explore Louisville’s history and values through public art and monuments
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."
How can we best sum up the many highlights of even just the second day of Open Studio Weekend? 2017 was even bigger and better than ever, thanks to the more than 100 artists who opened their studios to the public all over Louisville. LVA was thrilled that our partnership with the University of Louisville's Hite Art Institute has been so well-received. We'll see you again on November 3 & 4, 2018!
How can we best sum up the many highlights of even just the first day of Open Studio Weekend? 2017 was even bigger and better than ever, thanks to the more than 100 artists who opened their studios to the public all over Louisville. LVA was thrilled that our partnership with the University of Louisville's Hite Art Institute has been so well-received. We'll see you again on November 3 & 4, 2018!