LVA's Artebella On The Radio 8.9.18

Grass Men, Living Costume, Grass, Soil Substrate, Fabric,  2013

Grass Men, Living Costume, Grass, Soil Substrate, Fabric,  2013

Jenny Zeller, the Visual Art Coordinator at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest was our guest this week, and she will introduced us to Ashley Peevor, who is in the middle of a Residency at Bernheim. We talked about CONNECT at Bernheim, which takes place August 18. Join us each Thursday at 10:00am on WXOX 97.1 FM/


Jenny Zeller was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky and earned an Arts Administration degree from University of Kentucky in 1995.

Jenny is currently working with the Louisville Photo Biennial, helping to bring arts education to underserved communities in the Louisville Metro area. In 2017 she was awarded an Artist Professional Development Grant from the Great Meadows Foundation and a Regional Artist in Residence at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest.


In July 2017, Jenny stepped into the role of Visual Arts Coordinator at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest.

Ashley Peevor, a qualified fashion designer who studied fine art at Arts University Bournemouth. In recent years, his costumes have been showcased at festivals and venues across the UK, including the artist-led Bristol Biennial in 2014. He is perhaps best known for the creation of his living costumes, fondly referred to as "Grass men". Part-sculpture and part-performance, Grass men is a body of work that involves carefully crafted living costumes made from grass, flowers, and other flora.


Bernheim received a Regional Imagine Greater Louisville (IGL) 2020 grant for the Seeds of CONNECTion! Project.

The show begins approximately 4 minutes into the recording.


LVA's Artebella On The Radio 8.2.18

Matthew Mazzotta

Matthew Mazzotta

Artist Matthew Mazzota and Architect John David Wagner are developing a project in the California neighborhood on the west side of Louisville, and they came on the August 2 LVA's Artebella On The Radio to talk about it. Listen to Keith Waits talk to artists every Thursday at 10am on WXOX 97.1 FM/

Matthew Mazzotta works at the intersection of art, activism, and urbanism, focusing on the power of the built environment to shape our relationships and experiences. His community-specific public projects integrate new forms of civic participation and social engagement into the built environment and reveal how the spaces we travel through and spend our time living within have the potential to become distinct sites for intimate, radical, and meaningful exchanges. Through his process, each project starts by creating temporary public spaces for listening – ‘Outdoor Living Room’ - as a way capture voices from local people that might not attend more formal meetings. Stemming from this approach are experiences that involve people from a range of backgrounds working together to create new models of living that contribute to local culture beyond the economic realm. Mazzotta received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a Masters of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Program in Art, Culture and Technology, and is a Loeb Fellow of Harvard University. 

John David Wagner is a Master of Architecture student at Harvard Graduate School of Design. His area of interest is in the emerging methods of alternative architectural practice and collaborative artistic engagement in the civic realm. Working with cities such as Fitchburg, MA, Charlotte, NC, and Louisville, KY, his studies and professional practice address art, public space, and community empowerment. 

Mazzotta & John David Wagner in the WXOX studios just before broadcast.

Mazzotta & John David Wagner in the WXOX studios just before broadcast.

"We have been working closely in the California neighborhood with residents, local artists, and the Metro Louisville government for 1.5 years. They have been on the ground in Louisville for the summer organizing community design meetings and culminating our efforts in a final design to be debuted in mid-2019. The project focus is on food and community space. With a network of partners, we envision a new community food ecosystem, providing affordable meals at a constellation of pop-up restaurants. At the project's focal point will be an installation near several new developments at 18th and Broadway. Here, we are interested in providing a unique new space in California reflective of the neighborhood culture and experience."  - Matthew Mazzotta & John David Wagner


LVA's Artebella On The Radio 7.26.18


We began this week's show with the announcement from WXOX Station Manager Sharon Scott and outgoing LVA Outreach Director Ehren Reed that this design by Wilfred Seig III won the selection for a mural on WXOX's east facing wall! Seig will begin the mural soon, and expects to be finished by the end of August.

Then incoming LVA Outreach Program Manager Katy Delahanty, Portland studio artist, and board member for the Portland Museum, joined us to talk about her new job with LVA, why the Portland neighborhood is important to the city. She was joined by fellow Portland artist Bryan K. Holden to discuss The Future Is Now mentorship program that is a collaboration with LVA and KyCAD. he was paired with Ballard HS student Marc Nadmid, who was also in the studio with us.

The Future Is Now exhibit of opens Friday, July 27 and runs through August 7 at KyCAD's 849 Gallery, with a reception July 27 from 5-7pm. Tune in WXOX 97.1 FM/ every Thursday at 10:00am for the live broadcast of LVA's Artebella On The Radio.


LVA's Artebella On The Radio 7.19.18

Jordan Clark, Lee Mai, & Abbie Springer of Cirque Louis were with us in the studio July 19. They will be performing at iroquois Amphitheatre on July 20 & 21 as a part of the Amphitheatre's 80th Birthday Celebration! Tune in WXOX 97.1 FM/ at 10am each Thursday to hear Keith Waits talk to artists!



Jordan Clark was first taken to see the circus by his grandparents. From there, a fascination of the circus and its characters began to grow. The circus was a place where Jordan’s childlike imagination could manifest into a tangible experience. After training on his own in high school, Jordan began his formal circus training in 2006 at the National Circus School of Montreal’s summer program. He was later accepted into the school’s prestigious college program where he completed his training in 2012. Jordan has performed his hand-balancing act in over 20 countries as well as at sea.




Lee Mai is a Juggler and circus enthusiast who is one of CirqueLouis’ most consummate and active performers. He is a regular fixture at CirqueLouis’ city wide events and productions, playing a Vaudeville star in Bootleg “Untapped” (2015) and Puck in “A Midsummer Night’s Circus” (2016) and major roles in Pinocchio (2016), East of the Sun (2017), and Kaleidoscope (2017). In addition to performing, Lee is also an instructor for CirqueLouis’ educational outreach and Social Circus program. Beyond circus, Lee enjoys food, good conversation, kindness, and cheesy sci-fi.




Abbie Springer grew up in Kansas City, Mo, but moved to Louisville to compete with the nationally ranked University of Louisville cheerleading squad and in 2009, she began her circus arts training. Abbie has trained extensively in doubles acts and apparatus (Acro, Adagio, Trapeze, Chandelyra, and Sphere). She has trained on Silks, Aerial Rope, Lyra and completed her instructional training through NECCA (New England Center for Circus Arts). Abbie has performed in CirqueLouis’ previous productions of Bootleg “Untapped” (2015), A Midsummer Night’s Circus (2016), Pinocchio (2016), East of the Sun (2017), and Kaleidoscope (2017).


LVA's Artebella On The Radio 7.12.18

Zoë Peterson, Megg Ward, & Jon Becraft were my guests on the July 12 edition of LVA's Artebella On The Radio. All 3 will be participating in the new Louisville Fringe Festival that starts July 13: Tune into WXOX 97.1 FM/ each Thursday at 10am to hear me talk with Louisville artists.


Zoë Peterson is a student at Atherton High School and the Commonwealth Theatre Center, where she has acted, written, and directed. She is also involved with the Derby City Playwrights, from which has sprung her first full length play, “Shot In The Dark”, which will be presented during the Louisville Fringe Festival, Friday, July 13 at 7pm, Saturday, July 14 at 10pm and Friday, Feb. 20 at 7pm, all times at Four Pegs.


Megg Ward is a Louisville native who studied Theatre Arts, Humanities, Communicating History at University of Louisville & Shakespeare and Creativity at Shakespeare Institute. She will be premiering her new play, “If”, at the LFF on Sunday, February 15 at 10pm at Four Pegs.


Jon Becraft is a theatre artist active with Kentucky Shakespeare, The Bard’s Town, and others, and he is the co-founder of Baby Horse Theatre and the LWW. Baby Horse will be presenting “Robothello” on Saturday, February 14 at 7pm at the Monnik Beer Co. and Saturday, February 21 at 10pm at both at Four Pegs.


LVA's Artebella On The Radio 7/5/18


Kristi Papailler is an actor, director, teacher and activist who recently directed "Fences" and appeared in "Steel Magnolias" and teaches at Central High School, so we had no problem filling the hour this Thursday on LVA's Artebella On The Radio. tune in to WXOX 97.1/ at 10am.


LVA's Artebella On The Radio 6.14.18


Scott Davis, Founder and Producing Director of The Alley Theater and the Arts Caravan was our guest on the June 14 LVA's Artebella On The Radio. We talked about the closing of The Alley Theater on August 1 after 25 years producing plays in Louisville, and the future for the Arts Caravan initiative. Tune in to WXOX 97.1 FM/ every Thursday at 10am.


LVA's Artebella On The Radio 6.7.18


A couple of weeks ago I taped an interview with Billy Hertz pictured here with partner Tom Schnepf), local living legend in the visual arts community. Think that's hyperbole? Listen to the interview, which aired on this week's LVA's Artebella On the Radio. Tune in each Thursday at 10am on WXOX 97.1 FM/

Because of some technical difficulties in the live playback, the actual interview begins about 12 minutes into this file.


LVA's Artebella On The Radio 5.31.18


C.J. Pressma opened a new show at PYRO Gallery May 31, Steve Heine just installed a new piece at the new AC Hotel in NuLu, and Printmaker Elizabeth Foley is a member of the inaugural class for Hadley Creatives through the Community Foundation of Louisville, which opened an exhibit at KMAC June 1.Tune in WXOX 97.1 FM/ every Thursday at 10am for LVA's Artebella On the Radio, hosted by Keith Waits.



LVA's Artebella On The Radio 5.24.18


Mixed Media Artist Ashley Cathey and Photographer Zed Saeed were my guests this week. They are part of Looking Up: Heroes For Today – An LVA Exhibit at Metro Hall. Join us by tuning into WXOX 97.1 FM/ each Thursday at 10am.


Ashley Cathey is a Louisville native whose paintings have brought her to prominence in a fairly short time after moving back to Louisville from Chicago. When she returned, she quickly found her footing and exhibited work in a group show at the Louisville Community Center, one of the Metro Parks community centers overseen by Portia White. From there, Cathey caught the attention of ArtsReach’s Julia Youngblood, who commissioned Cathey to create a series of portraits, which ArtsReach used for posters for their annual Keepers of the Dream celebration at the Kentucky Center for the Arts.

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.

Looking Up: Heroes For Today – An LVA Exhibit at Metro Hall, May 14, 2018 – January 11, 2019


LVA's Artebella On The Radio 5.17.18


Eileen Yanoviak is the new director of the Carnegie Center for Art & History in New Albany. She joined us to talk about the challenges of a new job and the community of artists she has worked with for the past few years.

Spalding Instructor Ezra Kellerman also came on with student Miguel Rodriguez to discuss the Senior Thesis exhibit for KyCAD/Spalding. Tune into WXOX 97.1/ each Thursday at 10am for LVA's Artebella on the Radio.

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LVA's Artebella On The Radio 5.10.18


Alphaeus Green, Jr. preparing for the upcoming Faithworks Studios production of August Wilson's "Fences" directed by Kristi Papailler. He was in the studio with me on May 10 to talk about the production, which opens May 23, Tune in at 10am each Thursday for LVA's Artebella On The Radio on WXOX 97.1 FM/


LVA's Artebella On The Radio 5.3.18


"Poetry in Motion: The Equine Art of Jaime Corum and Richard Sullivan" is on exhibit at The Brown Hotel through July 1. What better Derby week guests to have for LVA's Artebella On The Radio! Tune in Thursday at 10am on WXO 97.1 FM/

"Gabi + Izzy" by Jaime Corum

"Gabi + Izzy" by Jaime Corum

Jaime Corum is an equine artist based in Louisville, Kentucky. Jaime's equine art is inspired and refined by her own experience with horses, especially her own horse Chesapeake. She has been drawing horses since she can remember and riding ever since she could talk her parents into it. Jaime's art evolved from doing portraits of friend's horses for fun to a full time career of commissioned portraits and original compositions. Jaime's work can be seen at Kentucky Fine Art Gallery in Louisville, KY, New Editions Gallery in Lexington, KY, and Tilting at Windmills Gallery in Vermont and Saratoga, NY

"Derby Field #2" by Richard Sullivan

"Derby Field #2" by Richard Sullivan

Richard Sullivan is an artist and former professional baseball player with the Atlanta Braves. Born and raised in Louisville, KY, he studied at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) where he received a BFA in Illustration. He had the opportunity to play baseball at SCAD and to continue his interest in art and illustration. In 2008, Richard was drafted by the Braves in the 11th round as a junior and played 6 years of minor league baseball. He returned to SCAD in 2014 to finish his degree and focus exclusively on his artwork.  

His work has been accepted into the permanent collection of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the Yogi Berra Museum and exhibited by the Louisville Slugger Museum and the Kentucky Derby Museum.

In 2017 the Atlanta Braves commissioned Richard to create 18 original watercolor paintings and 20 prints for their new stadium SunTrust Park. The paintings line the corridors of the Champions suite and the Executive Offices.


LVA Interview with Commonwealth Theatre Center


Can you find Charlie Sexton and Donald Kimmel in this picture from 1977? They came in the WXOX 97.1/ studios with Keith Waits April 26 to talk about their history with Walden Theatre, and then later that night they were performing as a part of A Night Of Acting Up! at Commonwealth Theatre Center (Walden Theatre/Blue Apple Players).


LVA's Artebella On The Radio 4.26.18


Stone sculptor Mike McCarthy with "Cor Liberum", his large-scale commission for Norton Audobon Hospital. He was with us in the studio April 26 to talk about this large public installation, which took almost a year to complete. Tune in for LVA's Artebella On The Radio at 10am each Thursday on WXOX 97.1/



LVA's Artebella On The Radio 4.19.18


LouFringe is excited to announce the dates for the 1st ever Louisville Fringe Festival. The weekend of July 13, 14, 15, and 16 will get things started, and the fun continues the weekend of July 20, 21. Confirmed venues include Kaiju, Four Pegs, and The Cure. If you wish to submit something, proposals are due by May 1st. The three organizers of the festival joined us to talk about how people can get involved.

Eli Keel is “pretty much” a Louisville native. You may have seen him around town reading poetry, short stories, dancing or acting. He’s a passionate locavore, so you may have also seen him stuffing his face at one of Louisville’s amazing restaurants. When he isn’t too busy writing short stories, he blogs at

Nicholas Hulstine is an actor and director known for his work on Above Suspicion (2018) and My Friend Dahmer(2017). In Louisville he has worked with Theatre [502], The Bard’s Town, and The Alley Theater.

Paul Coffey is a film producer and the CEO and Founder of Jutsu Aiki Martial Arts.

Tune in to WXOX 97.1 FM / each Thursday at 10am for LVA's Artebella On The Radio.


LVA's Artebella On The Radio 4.12.18

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Julia Davis is a painter working in the Portland neighborhood, and Douglas Miller is just finishing up his MFA at U of L, and both are featured artists at the 2018 LVA Art[squared] Benefit for Children's Art Classes. We will be talking with them this Thursday at 10am on LVA's Artebella On The Radio. Tune in to WXOX 97.1 FM / 


Douglas Miller is a professional artist whose drawings are exhibited regionally and in galleries across the United States. Additionally, Douglas does freelance illustrations as well as private and corporate commissions. His artwork is in the collection of the Evansville Museum of Arts and Science, the University of Louisville, the Speed School of Engineering, and numerous private collections. Douglas lives and works in Louisville, Kentucky.

Julie Davis got her BFA from the University of Louisville, now maintains a studio in the Portland neighborhood, and has recently been working a lot with Squallis Puppeteers. She remains dedicated to her studio practice for painting however, and was included in Not Just a Drawing: A Line with Intent in Chicago in March 2018.  Her piece for "Art [Squared]", is called, Look before you leap.



LVA's Artebella On The Radio 4.5.18

Chuck Swanson & Ewa Perz are two of the featured artists for the 2018 Art[squared] sale to benefit LVA's Children's Fine Art Classes. We talked with them on the April 5 LVA's Artebella On The Radio. Tune in each Thursday at 10am on WXOX 97.1 / 

Photo by Geoff Carr.

Photo by Geoff Carr.

Chuck Swanson is an artist, primarily a painter, but he is also one of the pioneer gallerists in Louisville, having opened a gallery on Bardstown Road in 1982 and then in 1998 on East Market Street in what would eventually become the celebrated NuLu neighborhood. For the record, Swanson opened the space near Market and Clay well ahead of the rechristening of the area, so he must be counted as one of the reasons why the once-neglected and depressed environs became a hot spot for redevelopment.


Ewa Perz has paintings on display in Revelry Gallery Boutique, Tim Faulkner’s Gallery, European Splendor, Anne Tower Gallery (Lexington), Art on the Levee (Cincinnati), and Galerie Municipale (France). Her paintings have been featured in galleries in US, as well as Mexico, and France. Perz’s one-person show, Water Strokes, was at Revelry Gallery in November 2017. In May 2018, she will be the first artist to exhibit in the new AC Hotel when it opens in the NuLu neighborhood in Louisville.



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Dan Cameron is a New York-based independent curator, art writer, and educator. He is known for being the founder of Prospect New Orleans, an organization he ran from 2006-2011 — a period when he was also Director of Visual Arts for New Orleans’ Contemporary Arts Center (CAC).

Cameron is currently a Critic-in-Residence at the Great Meadows Foundation in Louisville, and he came in the studio Thursday to speak about that experience.

Join us each Thursday at 10am on WXOX 97.1 FM/



LVA's Artebella On The Radio 3.22.18


Patrick Smith is an artist from Lexington, Kentucky who studied at Transylvania University. Viewers may be familiar with his work from seeing it at Swanson Contemporary on East Market Street in Louisville, where he is currently exhibiting through March 31.and







Amira Karaoud is a Documentary Photographer and Visual Anthropologist who immigrated from Tunisia to the US to pursue her MBA in Financial Management. Karaoud is a member of Sociologists for Women in Society and Treasure assistant for "US Women Caucus with the UN". Recently participated in the CSW-62 in the UN headquarter in NY. 2018: Amira won Grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women in January 2018,  to work on a new multimedia project given voice to Arab Women in the US. 

She will be participating in the 2018 SWAN Day at the Louisville Free Public Library on March 24 from 2-3pm. 

Tune in each Thursday at 10am to WXOX 97.1 FM/