MARCH 1, 2018

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Kentucky Center for African American Heritage
1701 W Muhammad Ali Blvd, Louisville, KY 40203

Louisville Visual Art Honors the Stars Among Us...
an inaugural luncheon on March 1, 2018, 11:30am-1pm at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, where awards will be presented to those selected from the categories listed below:


Vinhay Keo - Rising Star Award

In Memory of Bob Thompson

Vinhay Keo is originally from Cambodia, where he spent his first 10 years. He earned his BFA from the Kentucky College of Art + Design at Spalding University. He received the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship to study at Yale Norfolk Summer School of Art, a Great Meadows Foundation recipient, participated in workshops such as Anderson Ranch Art Center and Anne West’s writing reflection. His work has been exhibited throughout galleries in Louisville, Kentucky with a recent solo exhibition at Moremen Moloney Contemporary Gallery. That exhibit, Confront, was one of the more important exhibits of 2017, a commentary that spoke to the chaos in American society, the worth and importance of the immigrant in that chaos, and the very core value of diversity that lies at the heart of the United States of America.

Visual Art Educator Award - Wilma Bethel

In Memory of Anna Huddleston

Wilma Bethel graduated with a BFA from Morehead State University in 1971, then went on to receive her MAT in Art Education from the University of Louisville in 1975. She taught with JCPS at Crosby Middle School from 1971-2012, as well as at Bellarmine University from 2008-2012. For Louisville Visual Art, she has taught in the CFAC program since 1973! Her goals as a teacher have always been for her students take away an appreciation of the different genres of Art.  Through the use of different mediums, she imparts knowledge of the elements and principles of art and design, and the confidence to discover each young artists creative potential.


Benefactor of the Year Award - Porter Watkins

In Memory of Charlotte Price

Porter Watkins is a Louisville native who inherited a strong sense of community involvement and philanthropy from her family. Her Grandmother, Nora Iasigi Bullitt, was President of the Ladies' Auxiliary in 1913, and her uncle, Eugene “Bud” Leake became the director of The Art Center, now know as LVA, and held the position for a decade. Porter was a precocious child whose upbringing was a mix of the rural and the urban, characterized by adventures on horseback up and down Lime Kiln Lane and exposure to an arts and culture scene experiencing tremendous growth. Porter and her husband, George Bailey, follow their passion when it comes to the arts, and Porter put her “time, talent, and treasure” to work for several organizations over many, many years, serving on the boards of Louisville Visual Art, Sister Cities of Louisville, English Speaking Union, The Zoo, Kentucky to the World and YouthBuild-Louisville, and she has been significantly involved with Food Literacy Project at Oxmoor Farm and has recently taken an interest in the Waterfront Botanical Garden.


Legacy Award  - Elmer Lucille Allen

In Memory of Julius Friedman

Elmer Lucille Allen, born in Louisville, Kentucky, is a ceramic artist and chemist who graduated from Nazareth College (now Spalding University) in 1953. She became the first African-American chemist at Brown-Forman in 1966. Allen retired from Brown-Forman in 1997, after which she devoted more time to her art. Starting in 1981 she began to study art at the University of Louisville, receiving her Masters of Creative Arts with a focus in ceramics and fiber in 2002. Allen's textile work incorporates Japanese Shibori dyeing techniques. She states, "When I rented my first studio in 2005 at Mellwood, I knew that I was truly an artist." In 2011 Allen's work was included in the show Powering Creativity: Air, Fuel, Heat at the Carnegie Center for Art and History in New Albany, Indiana. Allen's work was part of the 2016 Women's Artist Exhibition: The African Heritage Experience at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage.