Community

Community

Helping Hands with Nanz & Kraft Florists

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Nanz & Kraft Florists and Louisville Visual Art have joined forces to benefit our community! Their Helping Hands program "was designed as a way to continuously give something back to our community all year long. With each order, a customer can select a charity organization and Nanz & Kraft will make a $2.00 donation to one of our participating organizations."

Simply check the box that reads "Helping Hands" at the bottom of the payment screen on the order form. You can then select Louisville Visual Art to receive your contribution. Thanks, Nanz & Kraft!

Community, Artist Support

Music Video Features LVA

  Louisville band  Annapurna  have debuted their video for the song "Henna". The video was filmed at LVA, showcasing members of our neighbors Cirque Louis, as well as at Lydia House and in a band member's garage. Louisville Public Media station WFPK debuted the song on the radio and  wrote about it .    Go  here online  and  here also  to see us in all our glory! Thanks, Annapurna, we're so glad to have been part of this with you.

Louisville band Annapurna have debuted their video for the song "Henna". The video was filmed at LVA, showcasing members of our neighbors Cirque Louis, as well as at Lydia House and in a band member's garage. Louisville Public Media station WFPK debuted the song on the radio and wrote about it.

Go here online and here also to see us in all our glory! Thanks, Annapurna, we're so glad to have been part of this with you.

Artist Support, Community, Events, Mural

Mary Alice Hadley Prize for Visual Art Winner Announced

  The Community Foundation of Louisville, in partnership with Louisville Visual Art, is pleased to announce that Louisville-based multi-media artist  KCJ Szwedzinski  is the winner of the sixth annual Mary Alice Hadley Prize for Visual Art. The $5,000 award is an opportunity for local artists to enhance their careers through a targeted enrichment experience of their own design.  “My most recent body work has been on Jewish memory, identity and legacy," said Szwedzinski. "As an artist, I am continually mindful of who I intend as my audience. I question why it is important for me to make work about Judaism and how my work connects to contemporary issues.”  Szwedzinski will use the award to visit the Jewish Contemporary Museum and the Holocaust Center in San Francisco, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Archives in Washington, D.C., and the Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana, as well as to take a course at the Rare Book School in Philadelphia.  "I believe that the act of remembering is a powerful tool in fostering empathy and breaking barriers of bias," Szwedzinski said. "It's important, now more than ever, to remind people that when true diversity is present in a community is when we all thrive."   Louisville Visual Art will honor KCJ Szwedzinski on Thursday, June 21, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in their Portland gallery at 1538 Lytle Street, 40203. The reception is free and open to the public.     The $5,000 M.A. Hadley Prize is awarded from the George and Mary Alice Hadley Fund at the Community Foundation of Louisville. Focused on the arts and humanities, particularly visual arts, crafts, theater and the Louisville Free Public Library, the endowment has supported our community for more than 25 years.    The Hadley Prize winner is selected through a blind process by a diverse panel of arts professionals from Louisville and the surrounding area. The 2018 prize drew 40 applicants from the greater Louisville area, including Southern Indiana, whose work demonstrated mastery in ceramics, graphic design, drawing, crafts, painting, photography, sculpture, video, film and printmaking.  “Art soothes and calms our collective souls. Art causes us to question and to think. Through the years, art has been used to tell the story of those who came before. The work of KCJ Szwedzinski is powerful and will cause those who see her work to pause and reflect on this horrific period in our history,” said Louisville Visual Art's Executive Director, Lindy Casebier. “Louisville Visual Art is pleased to partner with the Community Foundation of Louisville in support of KCJ's growth as an artist and in turn share that personal growth with others in our community.”  Szwedzinski's itinerary has been designed to fuse personal history and artistic inspiration, "to synthesize seemingly disparate bodies of knowledge - archival practices for historical information and my personal inherited legacies."  “This experience will broaden my ability to make work that is rooted in my own Judaic heritage,” said Szwedzinski, “while facilitating engagement of a more universal audience.”    “It’s important for people to seek to find common ground and part of the way we do this is from remembering our collective history," said Susan Barry, President & CEO of the Community Foundation. "We are pleased the Hadley Prize will support an artist like KCJ, who is using art to begin difficult conversations around the Holocaust, one of the most tragic moments in our history."  The Community Foundation of Louisville believes that art is a vital part of a community where people and places thrive. The Hadley Prize is just one of the ways that the Community Foundation of Louisville supports local artists. Hadley Creatives is the Foundation's six-month comprehensive professional development program for working artists that recently celebrated its inaugural class with an exhibition that is running through July 1 at KMAC.

The Community Foundation of Louisville, in partnership with Louisville Visual Art, is pleased to announce that Louisville-based multi-media artist KCJ Szwedzinski is the winner of the sixth annual Mary Alice Hadley Prize for Visual Art. The $5,000 award is an opportunity for local artists to enhance their careers through a targeted enrichment experience of their own design.

“My most recent body work has been on Jewish memory, identity and legacy," said Szwedzinski. "As an artist, I am continually mindful of who I intend as my audience. I question why it is important for me to make work about Judaism and how my work connects to contemporary issues.”

Szwedzinski will use the award to visit the Jewish Contemporary Museum and the Holocaust Center in San Francisco, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Archives in Washington, D.C., and the Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana, as well as to take a course at the Rare Book School in Philadelphia.

"I believe that the act of remembering is a powerful tool in fostering empathy and breaking barriers of bias," Szwedzinski said. "It's important, now more than ever, to remind people that when true diversity is present in a community is when we all thrive."

Louisville Visual Art will honor KCJ Szwedzinski on Thursday, June 21, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in their Portland gallery at 1538 Lytle Street, 40203. The reception is free and open to the public.


The $5,000 M.A. Hadley Prize is awarded from the George and Mary Alice Hadley Fund at the Community Foundation of Louisville. Focused on the arts and humanities, particularly visual arts, crafts, theater and the Louisville Free Public Library, the endowment has supported our community for more than 25 years.

The Hadley Prize winner is selected through a blind process by a diverse panel of arts professionals from Louisville and the surrounding area. The 2018 prize drew 40 applicants from the greater Louisville area, including Southern Indiana, whose work demonstrated mastery in ceramics, graphic design, drawing, crafts, painting, photography, sculpture, video, film and printmaking.

“Art soothes and calms our collective souls. Art causes us to question and to think. Through the years, art has been used to tell the story of those who came before. The work of KCJ Szwedzinski is powerful and will cause those who see her work to pause and reflect on this horrific period in our history,” said Louisville Visual Art's Executive Director, Lindy Casebier. “Louisville Visual Art is pleased to partner with the Community Foundation of Louisville in support of KCJ's growth as an artist and in turn share that personal growth with others in our community.”

Szwedzinski's itinerary has been designed to fuse personal history and artistic inspiration, "to synthesize seemingly disparate bodies of knowledge - archival practices for historical information and my personal inherited legacies."

“This experience will broaden my ability to make work that is rooted in my own Judaic heritage,” said Szwedzinski, “while facilitating engagement of a more universal audience.”


“It’s important for people to seek to find common ground and part of the way we do this is from remembering our collective history," said Susan Barry, President & CEO of the Community Foundation. "We are pleased the Hadley Prize will support an artist like KCJ, who is using art to begin difficult conversations around the Holocaust, one of the most tragic moments in our history."

The Community Foundation of Louisville believes that art is a vital part of a community where people and places thrive. The Hadley Prize is just one of the ways that the Community Foundation of Louisville supports local artists. Hadley Creatives is the Foundation's six-month comprehensive professional development program for working artists that recently celebrated its inaugural class with an exhibition that is running through July 1 at KMAC.

Open Doors, Community

Russell Neighborhood Springfest

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Despite this morning’s rain, today turned into a beautiful day for the Russell Neighborhood Springfest!

 We were excited to talk with neighbors and gather community input to inspire our new murals on Muhammad Ali Blvd! 

We were excited to talk with neighbors and gather community input to inspire our new murals on Muhammad Ali Blvd! 

 Even Mayor Fischer stopped by to enjoy the fun! 

Even Mayor Fischer stopped by to enjoy the fun! 

 Thanks to  New Directions Housing Corporation  and the Russell Neighborhood Association for hosting such a great family event, and to  Imagine Greater Louisville 2020  for their support!

Thanks to New Directions Housing Corporation and the Russell Neighborhood Association for hosting such a great family event, and to Imagine Greater Louisville 2020 for their support!

Exhibits, Artist Support, Community

Looking Up: Heroes for Today at Metro Hall

  Brianna Harlan

Brianna Harlan

  Ashley Cathey

Ashley Cathey

  Zed Saeed

Zed Saeed

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"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.

The Academy of LVA, Community

A Tribute to Sunny Ra

 All of us at Louisville Visual Art bid a fond farewell to Sunny Ra, a local artist who has been involved with us for many years as a teacher. She will shortly be on her way to take up the post of Museum Educator for K-12 and Community Programs at The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College in upstate New York.  Sunny is a Louisville native who received her BFA from the University of Pennsylvania and earned an MFA from Hunter College CUNY. She exhibited with LVA in 2014 and taught Painting and Developing Concepts in our Academy program for high school students. Additionally, she was an instructor for the Governor’s School for the Arts.  We are extremely grateful to have had Sunny as an important part of our family for the last several years, and we wish her the best in her new adventure!

All of us at Louisville Visual Art bid a fond farewell to Sunny Ra, a local artist who has been involved with us for many years as a teacher. She will shortly be on her way to take up the post of Museum Educator for K-12 and Community Programs at The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College in upstate New York.

Sunny is a Louisville native who received her BFA from the University of Pennsylvania and earned an MFA from Hunter College CUNY. She exhibited with LVA in 2014 and taught Painting and Developing Concepts in our Academy program for high school students. Additionally, she was an instructor for the Governor’s School for the Arts.

We are extremely grateful to have had Sunny as an important part of our family for the last several years, and we wish her the best in her new adventure!

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Exhibits, Community, Artist Support

AC Hotel Installation #2

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 Artist Steve Heine of  Cranium Glass  hung his new piece “Honeycomb Clouds” at NuLu's new AC Hotel. LVA helped bring local artists Heine, Ewa Perz and Kate Mattingly to the hotel, where most work will he accessible to guests and the public for 6 months. Steve Heine's installation is permanent.  Details for “Honeycomb Clouds”: 4’-0” x 4’-0” x 4” each, laser-cut steel, maple, LED panel [variable color and a remote wi-fi controller], from his current series of “Cloud Panels”.

Artist Steve Heine of Cranium Glass hung his new piece “Honeycomb Clouds” at NuLu's new AC Hotel. LVA helped bring local artists Heine, Ewa Perz and Kate Mattingly to the hotel, where most work will he accessible to guests and the public for 6 months. Steve Heine's installation is permanent.

Details for “Honeycomb Clouds”: 4’-0” x 4’-0” x 4” each, laser-cut steel, maple, LED panel [variable color and a remote wi-fi controller], from his current series of “Cloud Panels”.

Events, Exhibits, Artist Support, Community

art[squared] 2018

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!

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Community

Louisville Arts Organizations Awarded $473,451 on Arts Day in Kentucky

 From the Kentucky Arts Council: "  On Feb. 20, arts leaders came from across the Commonwealth to celebrate the public value of the arts and to thank legislators for their continued support of the Kentucky Arts Council. Checks were presented to organizations awarded Kentucky Arts Partnership operational support grants by the arts council in July 2017.   Representatives of Louisville arts organizations gathered Feb. 20 in Frankfort for Arts Day in Kentucky, an annual meeting that fosters discussions in the Commonwealth’s arts community about the state of the arts industry in Kentucky. The day is also an opportunity for arts leaders to thank members of the Kentucky General Assembly for their continued support of arts funding through the Kentucky Arts Council.  Louisville’s 26 Kentucky Arts Partnership (KAP) organizations received a combined $473,451 in grant awards. The funds were awarded by the arts council in July 2017 through the KAP program. The funding is part of $1.2 million the arts council awarded to 93 nonprofit arts organizations across the state for the 2018 fiscal year.  KAP grants provide operating support on a competitive basis to arts and cultural organizations and community arts programs to ensure participation in the arts is available to the people of Kentucky.  For more information about Arts Day in Kentucky, visit the  Kentucky Arts Council’s website ."

From the Kentucky Arts Council:
" On Feb. 20, arts leaders came from across the Commonwealth to celebrate the public value of the arts and to thank legislators for their continued support of the Kentucky Arts Council. Checks were presented to organizations awarded Kentucky Arts Partnership operational support grants by the arts council in July 2017.

Representatives of Louisville arts organizations gathered Feb. 20 in Frankfort for Arts Day in Kentucky, an annual meeting that fosters discussions in the Commonwealth’s arts community about the state of the arts industry in Kentucky. The day is also an opportunity for arts leaders to thank members of the Kentucky General Assembly for their continued support of arts funding through the Kentucky Arts Council.

Louisville’s 26 Kentucky Arts Partnership (KAP) organizations received a combined $473,451 in grant awards. The funds were awarded by the arts council in July 2017 through the KAP program. The funding is part of $1.2 million the arts council awarded to 93 nonprofit arts organizations across the state for the 2018 fiscal year.

KAP grants provide operating support on a competitive basis to arts and cultural organizations and community arts programs to ensure participation in the arts is available to the people of Kentucky.

For more information about Arts Day in Kentucky, visit the Kentucky Arts Council’s website."

Exhibits, Artist Support, Community, Open Doors

Art at Metro Hall

  L-R: Artists CJ Pressma, Jenny Zeller and Mitch Eckert, Mayor Greg Fischer, Metro Public Art Administrator Sarah Lindgren, LVA Executive Director Lindy Casebier

L-R: Artists CJ Pressma, Jenny Zeller and Mitch Eckert, Mayor Greg Fischer, Metro Public Art Administrator Sarah Lindgren, LVA Executive Director Lindy Casebier

  L-R: Participants in the Picture Love class with Mayor Greg Fischer and instructor Shawna Dellacave

L-R: Participants in the Picture Love class with Mayor Greg Fischer and instructor Shawna Dellacave

  L-R: Participants in the Picture Love class with Mayor Greg Fischer

L-R: Participants in the Picture Love class with Mayor Greg Fischer

  District 4 Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith and LVA Executive Director Lindy Casebier

District 4 Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith and LVA Executive Director Lindy Casebier

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!

PUBLIC Radio, Community

Art FM: Between Heaven and Earth

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 Vian Sora was our "LVA's Artebella On The Radio" guest on January 18, along with Michelle Winters from the Louisville Orchestra. The Louisville Orchestra “War and Peace” concerts include the new collaborative work "Between Heaven and Earth," composed by Sebastian Chang, and as Chang noted in the score, “set to original oil paintings by  Vian Sora .”  Tune in Thursdays at 10am to WXOX 97.1 FM or  Artxfm.com.

Vian Sora was our "LVA's Artebella On The Radio" guest on January 18, along with Michelle Winters from the Louisville Orchestra. The Louisville Orchestra “War and Peace” concerts include the new collaborative work "Between Heaven and Earth," composed by Sebastian Chang, and as Chang noted in the score, “set to original oil paintings by Vian Sora.”

Tune in Thursdays at 10am to WXOX 97.1 FM or Artxfm.com.

Mural, Artist Support, Community

The Hunt for Fiber

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 LVA was thrilled recently to discover that  Amanda James , an Assistant Director of Young Alumni & Student Philanthropy at the University of Louisville and self-described "wall crawler" (mural fan!) ended her 2017 by visiting the  trio of murals  LVA & Google Fiber helped bring to life for artists Carrie Donovan, Liz Richter and Carlos Gamez de Francisco.  She credits her friend Josephine Lee for introducing her to the murals and said of them, "I absolutely love these additions to Louisville!" We do, too, Amanda! Thank you for these wonderful photos.

LVA was thrilled recently to discover that Amanda James, an Assistant Director of Young Alumni & Student Philanthropy at the University of Louisville and self-described "wall crawler" (mural fan!) ended her 2017 by visiting the trio of murals LVA & Google Fiber helped bring to life for artists Carrie Donovan, Liz Richter and Carlos Gamez de Francisco.

She credits her friend Josephine Lee for introducing her to the murals and said of them, "I absolutely love these additions to Louisville!" We do, too, Amanda! Thank you for these wonderful photos.

Community, Artist Support

Announcing "Taking Art in a New Direction"

 Louisville Visual Art is a recipient of a Jennifer Lawrence Foundation  Fund for the Arts  Imagine 2020 grant!  "Taking Art in a New Direction" - In partnership with  New Directions Housing Corporation , LVA will expand its existing Mural Art Program and target locations throughout Louisville's West End to develop a vibrant mural network.  LVA is grateful to the Jennifer Lawrence Arts Fund at the Fund for the Arts, Louisville Metro Government and Imagine Greater Louisville 2020. We are thrilled to partner with New Directions on this initiative in West Louisville!

Louisville Visual Art is a recipient of a Jennifer Lawrence Foundation Fund for the Arts Imagine 2020 grant!

"Taking Art in a New Direction" - In partnership with New Directions Housing Corporation, LVA will expand its existing Mural Art Program and target locations throughout Louisville's West End to develop a vibrant mural network.

LVA is grateful to the Jennifer Lawrence Arts Fund at the Fund for the Arts, Louisville Metro Government and Imagine Greater Louisville 2020. We are thrilled to partner with New Directions on this initiative in West Louisville!

Events, Artist Support, Community

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 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.

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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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