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Bellarmine appoints new deans for education, business, arts and sciences for 2019-20

Bellarmine University’s vice president for academic affairs and provost, Dr. Paul Gore, has appointed new academic deans to oversee programs in education and the arts and sciences, as well as an interim dean for the business school. The appointments — made in consultation with Dr. Susan Donovan, Bellarmine’s president — are: • Dr. Elizabeth Dinkins, dean of the Annsley Frazier Thornton...

Forecastle Festival reveals artist lineup for three-day celebration of music, art and activism July 12-14

Embarking on its 17th year, the Forecastle Festival will return July 12-14 and feature one of the most iconic alt-rock bands of the past decade, The Killers. In addition, high-energy folk rockers The Avett Brothers, and 2019 Grammy-winning hip-hop, funk and soul performers Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals will also be featured performers. The three-day celebration of music, art and activism...

Transylvania Theater’s 2018-19 season under leadership of new program director Tosha Fowler

Transylvania University’s 2018-19 theater season will feature four productions — from the contemporary to Shakespeare — under the leadership of Tosha Fowler, the new Lucille C. Little Chair of Theater and program director. All productions will be in Little Theater and are free to the public thanks to the generous support of the Dixon-White Fund. Transylvania Theater will benefit from Fowler’s...

Hayes Middle School’s Deener named Kentucky History Teacher of the Year

April Deener of Edythe J. Hayes Middle School has been selected the 2018 History Teacher of the Year for Kentucky by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, a nonprofit organization dedicated to K-12 history education. April DeenerThe award honors one teacher from each state, the District of Columbia, Defense Department schools, and U.S. territories. Deener is now in this pool for National...

Chef John Foster: What chefs really want and what chefs get when they choose a culinary career

Imagine if you could, an empty table, clear of food, utensils, plates and napkins. A bare table made by hand, highly polished with light and dark swirls running through the reclaimed wood. Now shift gears to an empty prep table in a small intimate kitchen. Gleaming stainless steel, highly polished by years of prep work, wiping down and more prep work. Overhead lights that are just bright enough, and...

Small Business Spotlight: Tim and Ellie Harman are high on art, high on coffee and, yes, high on success

(Photo by Jonathan Coffman) “Some people look at us like we’re nuts … but we say hello every time anyone walks through the door.” — Ellie Harman, High on Art & Coffee By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern When Tim and Ellie Harman married, her passion for art and his passion for a good cup of joe were also joined together. And if that wasn’t enough wedded bliss,...

Campbellsville artist, Charlotte Humphress, and her students to have art exhibit at CU

Campbellsville University will host “Artists in the Studio,” a group exhibition of artwork featuring Charlotte Humphress of Campbellsville and her students.   The exhibition will be Monday, Sept. 14 until Friday, Oct. 2 at the Pence-Chowning Art Gallery, located at 205 University Drive in Campbellsville.   A piece by Charlotte Humphress (Photo provided) The exhibit is free and...

Art comes to life in Centre professor’s intensive painting and drawing course

    Under the guidance and encouragement of faculty, students at Centre College refine their skills and abilities across all disciplines, developing themselves as strong writers, articulate speakers, critical thinkers and, for students of the college’s studio art program, mature visual artists.   Stodghill Professor of Art Sheldon Tapley, middle. (Photo provided) H.W. Stodghill,...

New exhibit in Danville explores the world of creative gaming; ‘Gamecraft’ opens March 4

The Community Arts Center announced its newest interactive blockbuster exhibit, Gamecraft: The Art of Video Game Design. Once considered child’s play or a computer programmer’s hobby, video games have evolved into one of the most dynamic art forms today. Exhibit dates are March 4 through April 25.   Gamecraft will provide opportunities for children and adults to explore the full scope of the...

Finalists to present proposals for Oliver Lewis Way Bridge Public Art on Feb. 11

Three finalists have been chosen for the arts project for the Oliver Lewis Way Bridge (Photo provided)   LexArts Inc., in association with 2nd District Council Member Shevawn Akers and the LFUCG Corridors Commission, earlier this year issued a call to artists for the creation of public art that enhances the Oliver Lewis Way Bridge, located just south of the intersection of Main Street and Newtown...

Arts Day at the Capitol shines light on importance of the arts in Kentucky

  The Kentucky Arts Council and arts organizations from across the state will celebrate Arts Day in Kentucky, 9 a.m.-noon Feb. 11 in the Capitol Rotunda, 700 Capital Ave. in Frankfort.   The arts council hosts Arts Day each year during the legislative session to bring awareness of the many roles the arts play in the Commonwealth. Arts leaders, artists, the general public and other supporters...

Work of muralist and historian is on display at Artisan Center, originals throughout state

“Berea Commencement in the Old Days,” 1940, by Frank W. Long, found in Berea’s police and municipal building (Photo by Berea Public Art Tour, Berea College and the City of Berea)   A new lobby exhibit, “Kentucky Murals by Frank W. Long” has opened at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, where it will be on display through April 18.   The exhibit showcases the...

Expressions of Courage Gala celebrates and benefits Markey cancer survivors and artists

  The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center will host a special gala on Saturday, Feb. 7, to support its second annual Expressions of Courage exhibit this summer.   Markey’s Expressions of Courage exhibit is a yearly art showcase featuring original, artistic expressions connected in some way to an experience with a cancer diagnosis, or crafted by or in memory of a Markey patient...

UK art professor’s work makes Art in America’s ‘Top 10 Most Memorable’ list

“…wata marassa-beyond the bladez” by Ebony G. Patterson (Photo provided)     A piece of art by Ebony G. Patterson, an associate professor in painting at the University of Kentucky School of Art and Visual Studies, was named to “David Ebony’s Top 10 Most Memorable Artworks of 2014.”   The managing editor of Art in America praised Patterson’s...

Artist’s exhibit looks at the different ideas of ‘Genesis’: Bible and Sega video game

  The University of Kentucky School of Art and Visual Studies has welcomed artist Daniel Hernandez to campus for an exhibition and residency.   The University of Kentucky School of Art and Visual Studies has welcomed artist Daniel Hernandez to campus for an exhibition and residency. Among the Hernandez work featured is “The Ecstasy of S. Omair” seen here. (Photo provided) The...

Bright colors, history and all sorts of artistic mediums are on display in the Capitol Annex

“Kentucky Moonrise” by Alexey Stiop of Georgetown (Photo provided)   The hallways of the Capitol Annex are vibrant with art, as “Kentucky Visions at the Capitol” is on exhibit through March 30.   The annual Kentucky Arts Council exhibit features 56 pieces of artwork by 20 Kentucky artists, including three Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship recipients and 17 artists...

The Kentucky Artisan Center has exhibits, demonstrations, gallery talks and more

  Gallery Exhibition: “Put a Lid On It: Containers by Kentucky Artisans” Now through Feb. 28   The exhibit, “Put a Lid on It: Containers by Kentucky Artisans,” is on display at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, showcasing containers by 48 Kentucky artisans. Some works are purely functional while others offer new interpretations of the container form. They are created from a variety...

Kentucky Crafted: The Market gives artists opportunity to sell Kentucky-made products

  Buyers and representatives of retail businesses interested in offering fine art and Kentucky-made products to their customers can register now to attend Kentucky Crafted: The Market 2015 at the Lexington Convention Center.   Produced for more than 30 years by the Kentucky Arts Council, The Market is open exclusively to the trade from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Mar. 6.   “The...

Adopt-a-Highway poster contest sparks awareness and creativity from students

1st place poster in the 15-17 age category by Nicole Giesbers from Williamstown Independent Schools, Grant County (Photo provided)   Most of them may not be able to drive yet, but students ages 6 to 17 showed that they care about the highways across the state.   Students from Williamstown Independent Schools in Grant County, Drakes Creek Middle School in Warren County, Immaculate Heart of...

Giving can be groovy; arts and entertainment event at ballpark will benefit local charities

  (Photo provided)   “Groove” is most associated with the ’60s, but Lexington is bringing it back.   With live and electronic music, multimedia art and fashion, Give Into The Groove is an event that benefits Lexington charities and entertains the crowd.   It is described as a “creative event for kids of all ages.”   Using all mediums to bridge...