LVA's Artebella On The Radio: October 10, 2019

J. Ariadne Calvano is the director and Dr. Janna Segal the dramaturg for the upcoming production of Anna Deavere Smith’s Fires in the Mirror at the University of Louisville. They were in the studio to talk about it this week. Tune in to WXOX 97.1 FM, or stream on each Thursday at 10:00am to hear Keith Waits talk with artists about their work.

The University of Louisville’s Theatre Arts Department Presents Fires in the Mirror by Anna Deavere Smith

Thursday, November 7-17 at 7:30pm at the Thrust Theatre, 2314 South Floyd Street


J. Ariadne Calvano is an Assistant Professor of Acting and Movement at the University of Louisville, and as a freelance movement director and performer. She earned her PhD and MA in Theatre from the University of Colorado Boulder; and additionally, holds a BA in Fine & Performing Arts from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and a BA in History from the University of Maryland. Earlier this year she directed Theatre [502]’s production of Women Laughing Alone with Salad by Shelia Callaghan.


Dr. Janna Segal teaches undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Louisville in: theatre history, literature, and theory; Shakespeare and Shakespearean adaptation; American feminist theatre; and dramaturgy. Dr. Segal is also a freelance dramaturg whose past production work includes Shakespeare, Shakespearean adaptation, contemporary theatre, and new plays in development. She is the Resident Dramaturg of the Comparative Drama Conference, for which she dramaturgs two to three new plays a year, and a dramaturg for ATHE’s annual New Play Development Workshop. At UofL, she has dramaturged Baltimore,Eurydice, and The Master and Margarita, and The Taming of the Shrew. She has also worked locally as a guest dramaturg for Commonwealth Theatre Center. Dr. Segal is a member of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA), and she serves on the Board of the Comparative Drama Conference.


LVA's Artebella On The Radio: September 26, 2019

The 2019 Photo Biennial is underway! Mia Hanson and Rachid Tagoulla are just two of the local artists exhibiting their work. They visited the Artxfm studios joined by Ash Braunecker of the Portland Museum and Mr. Photo Biennial himself, Paul Paletti of Paul Paletti Gallery. Tune in to WXOX 97.1 or stream at this and every Thursday at 10am to hear Keith Waits talk with artists on LVA's Artebella On The Radio.

Magic Realism: Imagery by Mia Hanson Oct.26 – Nov. 30, reception Oct. 26 12-4pm

Portland Museum, 2308 Portland Avenue, Louisville, KY 40212


Mia Hanson Studied film theory and photography in San Francisco’s Bay Area before leaving to pursue a photographic mentorship with influential photographer/ videographer Matt Mahurin in NYC in the 90’s.She has lived in Stockholm but returned to the states with her partner, painter Hawk Alfredson to live for several years in the fabled Chelsea Hotel in NYC. While in residence there she, “Created portraits utilizing the light and charged energy of the hotel atmosphere while careful not to disturb or “document “ what is not entirely capable of being captured. The ghosts are best left alone.”

Morocco: Many Eyes, One Vision – Curated by Rachid Tagoulla Oct. 4-26, reception Oct. 5 1-3pm

University of Louisville Rowan Street Gallery, 1606 Rowan Street, Louisville, KY 40203


Rachid Tagoulla is teaching assistant at University of Louisville pursuing his MFA. He attended Ibn Zohr University - Agadir, Morocco, where he was born. He studied Leadership Skills for Teachers- Pilgrims' course at University of Kent. His exhibit at U of L/Hite combines images from University of Louisville students and Moroccan photographers from time spent together in Agadir, Morocco in Spring 2019.


Ash Braunecker is from Tell City, Indiana. She who earned her BFA from Syracuse University with a concentration in public and landscape art (sculpture major; metalsmithing and jewelry minor) and University of Louisville…and has worked at Portland Museum for a few years, where she was just named Co-Director with Danny Seim.


Paul Paletti is a Louisville, KY native. He attended Middlebury College for 3 years before transferring to the University of New Mexico where he studied with Beaumont Newhall, Van Deren Coke, and Ray Metzker and received a BFA in photography. Paletti earned a MA in photography at Central Washington University in 1975 and his JD at the University of Louisville in 1987. He has been a partner in the law firm of Sturm, Paletti, and Wilson since 1994.


The eleventh Louisville Photo Biennial takes place September 20, 2019 through November 10, 2019 throughout Louisville Metro and its surrounding communities. Our photography exhibitions – spanning traditional to contemporary, local to global – are mounted at museums, galleries, universities, and cultural institutions. The Biennial also presents accompanying workshops, public lectures and panel discussions to stimulate learning and reinforce visual literacy. Since photography is the most widespread art form, our goal is to educate via meaningful dialogue to help bridge understanding in our diverse world through this dynamic medium.


LVA's Artebella On The Radio: September 19, 2019

Eric King from the Fund for the Arts, Louisville Visual Art Mural Art Program Director Katy Delahanty, and artists Braylyn Stewart & Ashley Cathey all joined me this Thursday to talk about the October 20 Imagine Mural Festival taking place in the Smoketown neighborhood. Tune in to WXOX 97.1 FM, or stream on each Thursday at 10am to hear Keith Waits talk with artists.


Eric King is the new Director of Communications and Engagement for the Louisville Fund for the Arts. King previously served as a Senior Strategist for C2 Strategic Communications, a News Anchor and Special Projects Reporter with WLKY-TV, Louisville’s CBS affiliate, and is currently a Board Member of the Bardstown Foundation for Excellence in Public Education, as a reporter, he earned three Emmy awards for reporting and an Edward R. Murrow award for documentary production. 


Braylyn Resko Stewart Born in Youngstown Ohio but grew up all over the world. His Army veteran father was stationed in Germany when the Berlin Wall came down, which was a formative experience. He attended DuPont Manual High School and has remained in Louisville. Braylyn is a tattoo and mural artist whose work has been featured at The Speed Museum and at various other public events and locations around Louisville.


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. 


Katy Delahanty is a graduate of Cooper Union with a strong background in art, teaching and mediation. She is the Outreach Director and head of the Mural Art Program (MAP) for Louisville Visual Art and a member of the board of directors for the Portland Museum.


LVA's Artebella On The Radio: September 12, 2019


Jacob Heustis' “Beasts Will Be Still There” opens September 20 at John Brooks' Quappi Projects space. Both were here in the studio Thursday morning, and Peter Morrin joined us in the 2nd half to talk about the Afloat cruise. Tune in to WXOX 97.1 FM, or stream on each Thursday at 10am to LVA' Artebella On the Radio to hear artists talk about their work.


Opened by artist John Brooks in 2017, Quappi Projects is a Louisville-based art gallery featuring contemporary artists whose works are reflective of the zeitgeist. “Because we believe the highest function of art is to allow human beings to know ourselves more deeply, we are interested in exhibiting challenging, even discomforting, work as a way to explore and understand the mysteries of the human experience.”


Jacob Heustis uses painting, drawing, and installation to question and explore value and class systems, vanity and desire and the nature of art and aesthetics within the context of contemporary society. Heustis’ large-scale works consist of a minimal but expressive application of medium and materials often combined with self-referential phrases and appropriated pop-culture lexicon in the form of hand written text.

Since 2004 he has exhibited at Swanson Contemporary, the Green Building Gallery, Land of Tomorrow, Zephyr Gallery, Actor’s Theatre, Brown Theatre, Kentucky School of Art, Hite Art Institute, The Speed Art Museum, Cressman Center for Visual Arts, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, and 21C Bentonville, Durham, and Cincinnati.

Jacob Heustis’ “Beasts Will Be Still There” will have an opening reception Friday, September 20, 5-9pm, Quappi projects, 827 West Market Street, Louisville


Peter Morrin was the Director of the Center for Arts and Culture Partnerships at UofL from 2010 until his retirement in 2016. Mr. Morrin also taught in the Department of Fine Arts, especially in courses serving the Critical and Curatorial Studies track in the Master’s Degree program, and before that he was the Director of the J.B. Speed Museum. He is now co-founder with John Begley of Afloat.

On September 22nd, join AFLOAT on the Belle of Louisville for a cruise with a variety of scholars, artists and performers who can tell about every aspect of Ohio River life and natural history. Informal, one-on-one up close and personal chats with the experts will be the order of the day. 5-8pm. Tickets at afloat


LVA's Artebella On The Radio: September 5, 2019


Whitney and Waller Austin were on the show this week talking about the upcoming WhitneyStrong Foundation event and how making art can play a role in addressing gun violence. Tune in to WXOX 97.1 FM, or stream on Thursday at 10am to hear artists talk about their work and social acvtivism on LVA's Artebella On The Radio with Keith Waits.

Waller Austin is an interdisciplinary artist who relies heavily on humor to engage viewers with a myriad of subversive themes, juxtaposing the authentic with the apocryphal. The reactionary nature of his work has compelled him to explore concepts of originality and memisis, post-colonial colloquialisms, and mythologized identities of self and the other.

Austin studied painting and art history at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and earned a Master of Fine Art degree from Sam Fox School of Art and Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis. Austin currently lives in Louisville, Kentucky with his wife, Whitney and their two children, where he is an adjunct art instructor at Jefferson Community and Technical College.

Austin had prepared a silly art exhibition to open at the Tim Faulkner Gallery on September 21st, but after his wife survived being shot 12 times as she walked into work in Cincinnati, Ohio on September 6th, Waller was moved to create a much different installation in response to the incident.


Whitney Austin is a Louisville native who studied Entrepreneurship and Psychology at the University of Louisville. With her husband Waller she is the founder of Whitney/Strong

“For nearly a year, Whitney/Strong has worked tirelessly to create relationships, both on the local and national stages that will help us on the road to ending gun violence. In celebration of our efforts, we are excited to announce our largest event yet, A Night for Life. It will provide an in-depth overview of the majority-supported solutions we've selected to help end the epidemic of gun violence in our country.”


LVA's Artebella On The Radio August 29, 2019

Flame Run Gallery has co-ordinated an exhibit of works by some of the many assistants of Stephen Powell. Flame Run Director Brook F. White, Jr. is one of them, and he will be in the WXOX studios to talk about the exhibit this Thursday. Tune in to LVA's Artebella On The Radio at 10am on WXOX 97.1 FM, or stream on


Brook Forrest White, Jr. is a glass artist and the Director of Flame Run Glass Studio at 815 West Market Street.

A native of Owensboro, Kentucky, Brook grew up playing baseball, soccer and the drums.  He was captain of his high school soccer team and went to Centre College in Danville, Kentucky to continue playing soccer at the collegiate level, where he was a four-year letterman.

Brook was pursuing a government degree when he had to take an art class to fulfill a general requirement at Centre College. That class was Hot Glass I and was taught by internationally renowned glass artist Stephen Rolfe Powell. In the glassblowing studio, Brook found an outlet for his passion, intensity, athleticism and creativity.

Brook went on to work many years for Powell. Those apprenticeship years would prove to be invaluable to Brook as he continued his fascination with hot glass. Brook credits his nearly decade of time spent with Powell as the inspiration he needed to start his own studio.



The Godfather of Kentucky glass, Stephen Rolfe Powell, left behind a legacy in the lives he touched.  Among those he strongly influenced, were his assistants over the years. 

Flame Run has co-ordinated an exhibit of works by some of the many assistants, including:  Brook F. White, Jr., Thomas Spake, Nate Watson, Adam Haigh, Matthew Cummings, Jonathan Capps, DH McNabb, Che Rhodes, Paul Nelson, Sam Spees, Patrick Martin & Paul Hugues


LVA's Artebella On The Radio August 22, 2019

Kelly Zellers & Ericka Jeffries

Kelly Zellers & Ericka Jeffries

O Art at Natalie O Design is hosting an exhibition of new work by Ericka Jeffries and Kelly Zellers, two artists exploring transitional spaces. The opening is Friday, August 23, from 5 pm - 9 pm. The show will run from August 23 - September 27. There will be an artist talk on Friday, September 6, 5 pm - 8 pm. They were our guests on LVA's Artebella On The Radio this week. Tune in to WXOX 97.1 FM, or stream on Thursday at 10am to listen live!

Ericka Jeffries: is from Louisville, BFA: Studio Art, University of Louisville MFA: Painting, New York Academy of Art, and has participated in several exhibits in NYC.

Kelly Zellers is from Salem Indiana and studied fine arts with a concentration in painting for several years at Indiana University Southeast.


LVA's Artebella On The Radio August 15, 2019

Remy Sisk from Acting Against Cancer and Jordan Clark from CirqueLouis will be with us to talk about the upcoming collaborative production of PIPPIN that opens at Art Sanctuary on August 23, and cast member Myranda Thomas will be singing a song (or two). Keith McGill will also be joining us at the end to talk about the Midwest Queer Comedy Festival happening in Louisville.Tune in to WXOX 97.1 FM, or stream on Thursday at 10am to listen to this power-packed episode!


Remy Sisk is a Louisville native and has been active in the local theatre community for the last six years. He currently serves as executive director for Acting Against Cancer, and favorite previous credits with AAC, CenterStage, Pandora Productions, Theatre [502] and The Liminal Playhouse. In addition to regularly directing AAC’s annual production of The Rocky Horror Show, he recently directed AAC’s productions of [title of show] and The Last Five Years and choreographed Mamma Mia!. Remy holds a B.A. in English from Indiana University and, when not directing or performing, works in community relations at Churchill Downs Incorporated.

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Jordan Clark, born in Louisville, Kentucky. He has been performing with CirqueLouis for several years and has directed their recent productions Gravity’s Varieties and Happy Birthday!  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 counties as well as at sea.


Myranda Thomas (Leading Player): Myranda is a recent graduate from the University of Kentucky, where she earned two degrees in theatre and elementary education. She currently works at StageOne Family Theatre as an education associate as well as at Acting Against Cancer as a teaching artist for their after school children’s program. Her favorite roles include Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), Sense and Sensibility (Elinor Dashwood) and Alice in Wonderland (Caterpillar/White Queen).  

Directed by Remy Sisk, Circus Director: Jordan Clark
Music Director: Jessica Bullock & John Austin Clark
Choreographer: Zachary Boone & Paul McElroy

PIPPIN is presented by Acting Against Cancer in collaboration with CirqueLouis and is an unprecedented partnership in the Louisville area. Art Sanctuary, 1433 S. Shelby St., Louisville.      August 23 - 31


Keith McGill is a free-lance theatre teacher and workshop facilitator, an actor, and a stand-up comedian. He has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Louisville and was a member of the 2019 Hadley Creatives Cohort.

Founded in 2017, the Midwest Queer Comedy Festival is dedicated  to highlighting diverse talent, and showcasing that talent to Midwestern comedy fans. A secondary mission of the festival is to bring about awareness of a deserving local charity.

The Festival will be held Aug 21-25 in multiple venues around Louisville, KY: Comedy Caravan, The Bard’s Town, Kaiju, Aloft Louisville, and PLAY


LVA's Artebella On The Radio August 8, 2019

On this week's broadcast we will be talking about The Future Is Now mentorship program. Susan Brooks, Sabra Crockett are 2 of the mentors, and Emily Riney & Cheyenne Elder are 2 of the mentees. Tune in to WXOX 97.1 FM, or stream on each Thursday at 10:00am to hear Keith Waits talk to artists!

The Future Is Now is facilitated by Louisville Visual Art and Kentucky College of Art + Design.

Opening Reception: Friday August 9, 5-7 p.m.
849 Gallery, 849 South Third Street


Susan Brooks is a children’s book illustrator, drawing on her own life experience in Mozambique, Africa, and Turkish Cypress to create original stories. She taught art for many years, including at Portland Christian School, and is a member of the American Impressionist Society, Inc. & Louisville Visual Art, and has been included in Fine Art America’s Artist Listings.

 Her mentee is Emma Riney, a junior at DuPont Manual High School

Sabra Crockett is a painter. She was a recipient of a Great Meadows Foundation Professional Development Grant, and was in SALON International, in New York City in 2017. She is a muralist and scene painter, having worked at Actors Theatre of Louisville, and she is a member of Art Sanctuary. 

Her mentee is Cheyenne Elder, a sophomore at DuPont Manual High School 



LVA's Artebella On The Radio August 1, 2019

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Suzi Zimmerer, Juli Edberg, Nancy Currier, & Keith Kleespies together form ZECK, and they are exhibiting at Pyro beginning August 1. This week on LVA's Artebella On The Radio: what the HECK is ZECK. Tune in Thursday at 10am on WXOX 97.1 FM, or stream on

ZECK Featuring Suzi Zimmerer, Juli Edberg, Nancy Currier, and Keith Kleespies
Pyro Gallery Show dates: August 1 - September 7, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday August 2, 6-9 p.m. Gallery Talk: Sunday August 4, 1 p.m.

Suzi Zimmerer:  Not many of us are old enough to recall the name of Marian Etz, the actress and singer who, hailed for her exotic looks, played the boards of Eastern Europe in the 1930’s. Unfortunately for us, very few notices, programs, or photos survive. Marian is celebrated here in four of her most loved performances.

Please also enjoy four drawings made from the Museum of Imaginary Ethnography.

Juli Edberg: I am attracted to the peculiar, the geometric, the humorous, and words. The shape idea comes first. Then I create inkjet-printed paper that looks wonderful when cut up and glued onto cardboard tiles. Then these tiles are tied together.  A sculpture is formed. Like a PUZZLE! Graphic design and fashion design are combined. My airiness becomes solid.

Nancy Currier:  My past year’s adventure in art started with one happy little family of pieces who got wanderlust and began to roam about. They ventured into foreign territories and saw exciting new things - in color, in size, in material. “We like these,” they said. And decided to bring it all home with them. There the newcomers quickly settled in and became part of the family until, weeks later, they too got wanderlust and set off. It became a repeating cycle, and that’s how the happy little family kept growing. You can meet them.

Keith Kleespies: The expressionist power of East European puppet films has long intrigued and inspired me. Back in the days when there was film, I made numerous live action and animated puppet films and thought it was time to return to them. As there is no film to shoot now, I am presenting the work as an installation. The narrative is based loosely on the life of the Polish artist, Andrzej Kuhn [1929-2014].


LVA's Artebella On The Radio July 25, 2019

Photograph © Grayson Dantzic

Photograph © Grayson Dantzic

Mia Hanson & Hawk Alfredson were the guests on this week's LVA's Artebella On the Radio. Hawk's new solo exhibition, "Mind Rivers", will be opening at Craft(s) Gallery & Mercantile on August 2. Tune in each Thursday at 10am to WXOX 97.1 FM, or stream on

“Chance Meeting in the Outskirts of Town” by Hawk Alfredson, Oil on canvas 36x24in, 2013

“Chance Meeting in the Outskirts of Town” by Hawk Alfredson, Oil on canvas 36x24in, 2013

Hawk Alfredson was born in Örebro, Sweden in 1960. He moved to New York City in 1995, where he for many years lived and painted in the fabled Chelsea Hotel. In 2006, Art & Antiques Magazine proclaimed Mr. Alfredson as "one of the most collectible of the European Contemporary Surrealists of the new Century".

Alfredson’s prestigious list of exhibits includes The Katonah Museum (in a group show curated by Thelma Golden of The Whitney Museum), Japan's Prefectoral Museum in Tokyo, New York's Alternative Museum, Australia's Regional Art Museum in Orange, NSW, and the historic Nordiska Museet in Stockholm, Sweden. Gallery exhibitions can be counted in the hundreds and include the destinations Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Boca Raton, Boston and Baltimore along with his frequent showings throughout New York City.

“Ida Disa” by Mia Hanson, Photograph, POR

“Ida Disa” by Mia Hanson, Photograph, POR

Mia Hanson Studied film theory and photography in San Francisco’s Bay Area before leaving to pursue a photographic mentorship with influential photographer/ videographer Matt Mahurin in NYC in the 90’s.She has lived in Stockholm but returned to the states with her partner, painter Hawk Alfredson to live for several years in the fabled Chelsea Hotel in NYC. While in residence there she, “Created portraits utilizing the light and charged energy of the hotel atmosphere while careful not to disturb or “document “ what is not entirely capable of being captured. The ghosts are best left alone.”

Hanson will be exhibiting at The Portland Museum in October as part of the 2019 Louisville Photo Biennial.


LVA's Artebella On The Radio July 18, 2019

Naveen Chaubal is the recipient of the 2019 Hadley Prize for Visual Art. he will join us, along with his producing partner Bryn Silverman, to talk about their film "Pinball". Tune in to WXOX 97.1 FM/ to hear artists talk about their work on LVA's Artebella On The Radio.


Pinball is a feature-length documentary and fictional narrative hybrid about a teenage Iraqi immigrant figuring out his life as he straddles the two worlds and cultures he embodies—the world from which he emigrated and his current life in Louisville.

The Hadley Prize will allow Chaubal and Silverman to travel to Egypt with the local teenager featured in Pinball, where they will document the teen’s first return visit to the place he identified as home before coming to America 10 years ago.


Naveen Chaubal began making films while on a dramatic childhood family vacation amongst a forest in Michigan. Since then, he attended the USC School of Cinematic Arts and received the Thomas Bush Scholarship in Cinematography. Soon after graduating, he co-produced and co-shot “Tomorrow We Disappear,” a feature documentary about a displaced colony of traditional artists in India which premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. He has worked for, Vice News, Bon Appétit and produced music videos for James Blake and Frank Ocean. He has traveled the world directing and producing advertisements in the Middle East, Europe, and Central America. In 2012, Naveen went through Film Independent's Project Involve program. In 2015, he filmed a short documentary with Eric Garner’s family as they dealt with the aftermath of a senseless tragedy for AJ+. His recent short film "Pinball" screened at a Director's Guild showcase in Los Angeles, Syndicated Theater in Brooklyn, TIDE Festival, the Speed Art Museum, and the Kansas City Film Fest. "Pinball" the feature project, produced by Bryn Silverman, is a hybrid documentary fiction film and will paint a portrait of immigrant suburbia with Louisville as a lush backdrop.


Bryn Silverman is an Oregon born Louisville based filmmaker whose work focuses on portraiture and people in both documentary and narrative film. She believes in entrepreneurship and seeing the world. She is a shorts screener for the Tribeca Film Festival. Most recently, she worked as a story-producer for a new Netflix series that will air in 2020.


LVA's Artebella On The Radio July 11, 2019

Keith Waits returns after 2 weeks off to host three of the seven playwrights featured in the 2nd Derby City Playwrights New Play Festival July 12-28 at The Bard's Town. David Clark, Liz Fentress & Vidalia Unwin were in the studio at WXOX 97.1 FM/ on July 11.


David Clark co-founded Derby City Playwrights with playwright Brian Walker. His play Shrodinger’s Girl was part of the first Derby City Playwights New Play Festval in 2016. His work has been produced in Louisville in The Ten-Tucky Festival & the Finnigan & the 2012 Minnesota Fringe Festival. He has been published in two volumes of collected monologues, presented at the Last Frontier Conference Play Lab, and been selected as a semi-finalist for the Roots of the Bluegrass New Play Award, the Source Theatre Festival and as a finalist for the Heidemann Award at ATL.


Liz Fentress is playwright, director, and actor. In Louisville, she acts for Stage One, and has been a teaching artist for ATL’s New Voices program for ten years. She conducts playwriting workshops for the University of Wisconsin’s Department of Continuing Studies and wrote the department’s Online Playwriting Workshop. She is the Kentucky Regional Rep for the Dramatists Guild of America.

Liz’s plays have been produced locally at the Public Theatre of Kentucky in Bowling Green, Bunbury Theatre & The Bard’s Town Theatre in Louisville. Her play The Honey Harvest, which premiered at Kentucky Repertory Theatre, won the North American Actors Association Playwriting Competition and was staged in London's West End. Kentucky Educational Television’s production of Liz's Circus Story, a solo play which Liz wrote and performs, won the National Educational Television Association award for Best Dramatic Narrative.


Vidalia Unwin studied creative writing at the University of Louisville and has failed repeatedly to write the Great American Novel, ultimately giving up and deciding to write it as a play instead. Her other full-length work includes “The Ballad of Night Moose” (with Lex Mitchell), “@con”, and “Broken Iris”.


LVA's Artebella On The Radio June 20, 2019


Ewing Fahey, Caren Cunningham, Gloria Wachtel, Emily Schuhmann joined Keith Waits in the studio this week to talk about the 150th celebration for renowned Louisville-born sculptor Enid Yandell and the two upcoming exhibits of the Enid Sculptors Group. Yandell was a suffragette so we heard songs from the suffragette movement recorded by Elizabeth Knight in 1959. Tune in to WXOX 97.1 FM, or stream on Thursday at 10am.

Keith Waits will be on vacation for the next two weeks. LVA’s Artebella On The Radio will return on July 11.

Ewing Fahey & Caren Cunningham in 2014. Photo: Rich Copley/Lexington Herald Leader

Ewing Fahey & Caren Cunningham in 2014. Photo: Rich Copley/Lexington Herald Leader

Ewing Fahey graduated from the University of Louisville in 1942 with a double major in Fine Arts (painting and drawing) and Art History. During her senior year that Fahey became the editor of the University’s Cardinal newspaper, the first woman to hold that position. That journalistic experience led to her being hired as the first female reporter for WAVE Radio (television was still a few years in the future). She also taught art at the Louisville Girl’s School. In 1946 Fahey took off for New York City to work as a copywriter for McCalls Pattern Sales and later became an Art Director for Norcross Greeting Cards. When Fahey returned to Louisville, in 1953, it was to become the first female Advertising Manager at Louisville Magazine, and within two years she had become editor. She was still in her early 30’s.  

In 1998, she helped form ENID, a collective of women sculptors named in honor of celebrated Louisville sculptor Enid Yandell (1869-1924), who studied in Paris with Auguste Rodin and Frederich MacMonnies and was only the second female to be inducted into the National Sculpture Society.

Caren Cunnignham international artist and educator has work in numerous private collections on five continents. She has held 27 solo exhibitions in the U.S., China, Finland, Kenya, and Peru, as well as over 60 group exhibitions in the U.S., Tanzania, and Germany. Articles have been written about her work in English, Finnish, Hebrew, Mandarin, Spanish, German, and Swahili. She has over twenty-five years of teaching experience from three different continents. She is a Professor of Art and Director of the Arts Administration Department at Bellarmine University. She has served on the boards of the Louisville Visual Art, the Kentucky Foundation for Women, and Exceptional Equitation.

Emily Schuhmann, a Louisville Kentucky native, received her BFA from Ball State University in Metalsmithing and later her MFA in Metalsmithing/Jewelry Design from Texas Tech University along with a secondary in painting and a graduate certificate in contemporary art history. She has participated in numerous local, regional, national, international shows since 2002. Currently she is living and working in Louisville where she has served as an instructor for a wide variety of art programs including Bellarmine University, U of L, and Indiana University Southeast. When she isn’t in her studio, Emily is a swing dance and vintage style enthusiast.

Gloria Wachtel studied Art History & Sculpture at the University of Louisville and an MA from the University of Cincinnati. She is a mixed media sculptor currently exploring deconstruction and reductive techniques repurposing her own work.

  • “Olmsted’s Louisville: 1891 to Present” exhibit with special events featuring historicalinterpreters as Enid Yandell — Frazier History Museum, April-September

  • Breaking the Mold: Sculptor Enid Yandell’s Early Life” exhibit — Filson Historical Society, June 7- Dec. 27

  • “Enid Exhibit” — Speed Art Museum, July 17-Jan. 12

  • “ENID: Generations of Women Sculptors” exhibit — Louisville Free Public Library, Aug. 17-Oct. 8

  • “ENID: Generations of Women Sculptors” exhibit — Bellarmine University, Sept. 7-Oct. 5

  • “France For Me: Enid Yandell in World War I Paris” — Louisville Free Public Library, Sept. 12

  • Enid Yandell bus tour — Filson Historical Society, Sept. 27

  • Enid Yandell Lecture & Birthday Bash, featuring a talk from Dr. Juilee Decker, author of a forthcoming book “Enid Yandell: Kentucky’s Pioneer Sculptor” — Filson Historical Society, Oct. 3

  • Speed Reading Book Club: “Three Girls in a Flat” — Speed Art Museum, Nov. 12 


LVA's Artebella On The Radio June 13, 2019

Rita M. Cameron's work appears on the June issue of Louisville magazine. She joined Keith Waits this week for LVA's Artebella On The Radio. Tune in to WXOX 97.1 FM/or stream on Thursday at 10am.


Rita M. Cameron was born in Louisville KY. She was educated at MSU in Morehead KY (started out as printmaker then turned to painting). From 1994-1998 she maintained a studio on Billy Goat Strut Alley- an old warehouse with no plumbing or heat since 2013 she has worked out of her studio space at Art Sanctuary.



LVA's Artebella On The Radio June 6, 2019

Tatiana Rathke & Keith McGill are two (out of 15) members of the 2019 Hadley Creatives Cohort, which will be presenting "Dis/comfort Zones" at Actors Theatre on June 8. Hear them talk all about it with Keith Waits Thursday morning at 10am on LVA's Artebella On The Radio. Tune in to WXOX 97.1 FM, or stream on


The Community Foundation of Louisville presents the 2019 class of Hadley Creatives’ culminating project with a show on Saturday, June 8th, 2019 from 6-9 pm at Actors Theatre of Louisville. The 2019 Hadley Creatives class will present Dis/Comfort Zones: a journey into the sensations and politics of being, on Saturday, June 8th, 2019.

Tatiana Rathke is a visual artist and photographer who creates dream-like, colorful portraits and digital collages. Her work explores the beauty and drama of human beings and the natural world. 



Keith McGill is a free-lance theatre teacher and workshop facilitator, an actor, and a stand-up comedianHe has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Louisville.

The other members of the 2019 Hadley Creatives are Theresa Bautista, Andrew Cenci, William M.Duffy, Morgan Ecklund, Erica De La O, Eli Keel, Adrienne Miller, Irene Mudd, Brandon Ragland, Gibbs Rounsavall, Erica Cody-Rucker, Sanjay Saverimuttu, & Richard Sullivan.


LVA's Artebella On The Radio May 30, 2019

Looking for Lilith Theatre Company is producing the world premiere of Eli Keel's Note May 31, and Meghan Logue Holland is one of the cast. They joined Keith Waits in the studio May 30 to talk about it. Tune in WXOX 97.1 FM, or stream on Thursday at 10am.


ELI KEEL is a playwright, actor, and journalist. Eli is also a non-binary queer who is bi-polar. He is a member of the 2019 cohort of the Hadley Creatives | Co-founder of Louisville Fringe Festival | Work produced by Theatre 502Looking for Lilith Theatre CompanyDerby City PlaywrightsSpalding UniversityPPINK, 1619 Flux: Art + Activism, and Suspend the Moment Productions LLC. He won the award for best new play, the Theatre [502] Produced Nobody Bunny in the Golden Age of Animation.


MEGAN LOGUE HOLLAND is an actor making her Looking for Lilith debut. Here in Louisville she has worked with The Bard’s Town Theatre; Mary Shelley Electric Co; Baby Horse Theatre Group; Finnigan Productions; Derby City Playwrights; Clarksville Little Theatre. She is a Member of the Louisville Championship Arm Wrestling roster as ‘Jane Saw’. Training: BFA Northern Kentucky University (Acting).

NOTE by ELI KEEL presented by Looking for Lilith

MAY 31, JUNE 1, 3, 7, 8 @ 7:30 pm, and JUNE 9 @ 5:30 pm at
The Mex Theater at The Kentucky Center for the Arts


LVA's Artebella On The Radio May 23, 2019

Tammy Burke and Helen Payne, from the current UofL/Hite MFA Graduates Exhibition at Cressman Center will be joining KeithWaits in the studio this week to talk about their work. Tune in to WXOX 97.1 FM, or stream on each Thursday at 10am to hear artists speak about their work on LVA's Artebella On The Radio.


Tammy Burke has a MA in Media Communications, Webster University 2008 and a BFA in Painting Herron School of Art, IUPUI Indianapolis 1997. “Thinging”, solo MFA thesis exhibition, Grow West MFA Studios, Portland neighborhood, April 22 to May 3, 2019.   She mounted an installation concurrent with the run of Eurydice, at the U of L Thrust Theater in January 2018, and participated in the Artlink Regional Exhibition, Artlink Contemporary Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN, January through March of 2018. 


Helen Payne was born on Jamestown, RI and was raised in Appalachia.  She’s studied poetry at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics and art at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL and the Maryland Institute, College of Art. Helen’s paintings and drawings have been shown nationally including Fraser Gallery, Washington, DC, Woman-Made Gallery, Chicago, IL, Bromfield Gallery, Boston, MA, Mobius Gallery, Cambridge, MA and the Holzwaser Gallery. Her work is held in many private collections and Governor Gaston Caperton’s West Virginia Collection.

The Hite Art Institute 2019 MFA Graduates Exhibition. Featuring a selection of works from this year’s graduating MFA student’s thesis exhibitions.

2019 MFA Graduates include Lauren Bader, Reid Broadstreet, Tammy Burke, Helen Payne, Monica Stewart and KCJ Szwedzinski.

The exhibition will run through - August 30, 2019
Gallery Hours: Wed-Friday 11am - 6pm
Saturday 11 am - 3 pm


LVA's Artebella On The Radio May 16, 2019

Sara Cissell & Diane Dillman joined us to talk about "Mental Misconceptions: The Art of Self Care", the exhibit they curated at the Hite Institute at U of L. They also brought one of the artists, Carrie Donovan. Tune in to WOXO 97.1 FM, or stream on Thursdays at 10am to listen to LVA's Artebella On The Radio.

By Brianna Harlan

By Brianna Harlan

Sara Cissell will be graduating this upcoming fall 2019 with her BA in Art History and Humanities. Sara has eight years of museum experience formerly working at the Frazier History Museum, and currently the Speed Art Museum. She has interned for the Speed, KMAC, and Sheherazade Gallery. This will be Sara’s first curated show.

Diana Dillman graduated Fall 2018 with her BA in Art History and has interned for the Filson Historical Society and the United States Capitol Visitors Center. Diana currently works at the Kentucky Derby Museum. She has previously curated for the Critical and Curatorial Studies II class with “Caprices: Wit and Whimsy,” which was also at Schneider Hall.

Carrie Donovan is currently the Design manager at The Speed Art Museum. Originally from the Washington, D.C. area, she received her BFA in Communication Art & Design from the University of Louisville. 

The Hite Art Institute is pleased to present “Mental Misconceptions: The Art of Self-Care”, an art exhibition that investigates, comments, and validates the correlation between mental health and the healing process otherwise known as “post-trauma growth.” Post-trauma growth refers to those who have experienced a stronger sense of well-being after a traumatic event. This exhibition solely focuses on local artists and their unique interpretations towards their own self-care and the treatment of others.

“Mental Misconceptions: The Art of Self-Care” features eleven local artists including: Megan Bickel, Jeremy Brightbill, Julio Cesar Rodriguez Aguilar, Andrew and Simon Cozzens, Carrie Donovan, Brianna Harlan, Tammy Richardson, KCJ Szwedzinski, and Letitia Quesenberry.


LVA's Artebella On The Radio May 9, 2019: Corie Neumayer and Carrie Neumayer

Corie & Carrie Neumayer are exhibiting as mother-daughter at Pyro Gallery, but first they stopped by the WXOX studios to talk about it with Keith Waits. Tune in each Thursday at 10am to WXOX 97.1 FM, or stream on

Photo by Amber Estes Thieneman

Photo by Amber Estes Thieneman

Corie Neumayer is a painter “who creates abstracted paintings of the landscape that focus on open spaces; deserts, mountains, lakes, as well as the countryside of Kentucky and Indiana. My work is done in a variety of untraditional and traditional media. My current work reflects the changes in our climate and the effect on our earth.”

As an educator, Neumayer helped create and develop the Visual Art Magnet program at DuPont Manual High School in Louisville and was a teacher in that program 1986-2004. Neumayer has been a member of PYRO Gallery since 2005.

Carrie Neumayer is a Louisville, Kentucky based artist and a graduate of the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Co-Founder and Executive Director at Girls Rock Louisville. Her Illustration work can be viewed at

The House Paint & Pencil Show, New artwork by Corie Neumayer & Carrie Neumayer

May 10 – June 15, opening reception Friday, May 10, 6-9pm