FEBRUARY 7, 2020
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Kentucky Center for African American Heritage
1701 W Muhammad Ali Blvd, Louisville, KY 40203
Join Louisville Visual Art in celebration of individuals
that have made a significant impact in our visual art community
at the Louisville Visual Art Honors luncheon.
THE 2019 LOUISVILLE VISUAL ART HONOREES
Legacy Award - Ed Hamilton
The Legacy Award will be given to an individual that has positively impacted and improved the arts community in many different ways for a time period spanning decades. This individual truly represents what it means leave the world a better place than you found it and their positive impact will be felt, seen, heard, and remembered for generations to come.
Raised in Louisville, Ed Hamilton attended Louisville Visual Art’s Children’s Free Art Classes in middle school. At the start of his career, he was mentored by Barney Bright, the city’s great sculptor of the preceding era, and Ed has now mentored many young artists in his own right. His Spirit of Freedom Memorial in Washington, D.C. is an iconic tribute to the African America Soldiers and Sailors of the Civil War. Alongside the representational monuments to Booker T. Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and many others for which he is best known, his studio practice includes Junkology, a series of abstract sculptural collages. His generosity and enthusiasm for art and art-making are truly infectious.
Benefactor of the Year Award - Reverend Alfred Shands III
This award will be given to an individual (at least in the beginning, possibly later to an organization) that has gone above and beyond in giving back to the local artist 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 arts community over the past year.
Reverend Al Shands III became enthralled with visual art as a child visiting museums like the Phillips Collection, in Washington, D.C. In the early 1980s, the purchase of three works by Louisville potter, Wayne Ferguson, started Al and his wife, Mary, on the path to developing one of the most important privately-owned collections of modern and contemporary ceramics and sculpture in the United States. His Great Meadows Foundation supports national and international travel by artists seeking to expand their horizons or pursue art study in locations away from Louisville.
Visual Art Educator Award - Professor James Grubola
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 art.
James Grubola has taught studio art at the University of Louisville for more than forty years. In that time, many of his former students have gone on to distinguished careers as artists and as university art faculty. Throughout, he has maintained a vigorous studio practice centered on drawing the human figure. Professor Grubola is among a disappearing breed of artists who are also experts in anatomy. He has shown his drawings in many exhibits sponsored or organized by Louisville Visual Art, and lauds the organization for supporting local visual artists and building professional and social connections among them.
Emerging Artist Award - Monica Stewart
This 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 his or herself 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 will be an individual who's future is bright both in terms of commercial success, but as well as impacting the local artist community.
An MFA candidate in her last semester at the University of Louisville Hite Art Institute, Monica Stewart is an artist who’s evocative use of materials and thoughtful engagement with subject matter create visually compelling works imbued with deeply resonant meaning. Stewart is interested in the ways that our patriarchal society subjects girls and women to experiences which are often oppressive and repressive. She looks for inspiration to stories where females find strength in each other and in community, and happily recognizes that she is her best self when making and sharing artwork.
The emcee for the event will be Renee Shaw, KET Public Affairs Managing Producer and Moderator
Thank you to our sponsors
The 2018 LVA Honors honorees: Porter Watkins (Benefactor), Vinhay Keo (Rising Star), Wilma Bethel (Educator), and Elmer Lucille Allen (Legacy) standing with Louisville Visual Art Executive Director, Lindy Casebier.