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LexArts announces University Open Fine Arts Exhibition Open to showcase emerging talent

LexArts is once again conducting its University Open, showcasing the state’s emerging talent. Now in its eleventh year, University Open is a juried competition and exhibition between fine arts majors attending Kentucky colleges and universities. The exhibit will be on display at ArtsPlace Gallery May 18 – July 1. LexArts will host a special opening reception and awards ceremony on Wednesday,...

Marcello Cormio appointed newest musical director for Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras

The Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras (CKYO) have appointed Marcello Cormio as the new Music Director. After an almost year-long search and vetting process, Cormio was chosen from three final candidates for the position. A search committee formed in July 2016 to interview and select the candidates for the next conductor, who, in addition to conducting CKYO’s Symphony and Concert Orchestras, will...

LexArts Fund for the Arts campaign kickoff, arts showcase, set for Tuesday at Transylvania

LexArts, Lexington’s United Arts Fund and community arts council, will renew its commitment to raising funds on behalf of Lexington’s arts and culture industry at a campaign kickoff and arts showcase on Tuesday, March 14. The even begins at 5:30 p.m. at Haggin Auditorium on the Transylvania University campus. Doors open at 5 p.m. Arts administrators, area business leaders, local government...

People in the News: Razor, Flanery named to nonprofit board; LexArts adds new board members

Kentucky Nonprofit Network, the state association of nonprofit organizations, has elected two new members to its board of directors: Sarah Razor, executive director of the National Association of State Chief Administrators, and Lori Hudson Flanery, president and CEO of New Directions Housing Corporation. Sarah Razor Razor brings more than 12 years of association management experience to KNN’s seven-member...

Cardinal Valley art teacher Michelle Armstrong, elementary students complete downtown mural

Local artist Michelle Armstrong, who teaches at Cardinal Valley Elementary, recently wrapped up a year-long mural project in downtown Lexington. Her artwork – which depicts a beehive, native Kentucky flowers, and bees – appears on all four sides of The Hive Salon and ArtHAUS, at 156 Deweese St. Armstrong got an assist from several student groups, including the Sisopromateum Art Club, the Cub Scouts...

Gardenside Pride celebrates dedication of new bus shelter, sign thanks to collaboration for beautification

11th District Councilmember Peggy Henson, in partnership with Art in Motion, Inc. (AIM), Lextran, LexArts and several Gardenside neighborhood associations, kicked off the first celebration of Gardenside Pride and dedication of the new Gardenside Plaza bus shelter and sign Sunday. Peggy Henson Gardenside Pride Celebration The inaugural Gardenside Pride Celebration featured music from two Lexington bands,...

Traditional Christmas entertainment on LexArts calendar — family favorites to enjoy

Make your holiday complete with these family favorites on the LexArts calendar: A CHRISTMAS CAROL – THE MUSICAL presented by THE REP THEATRE Broadway heavy hitters Alan Menken (Disney’s Beauty And The Beast, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Little Shop Of Horrors) and Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Seussical, Once On This Island) have breathed fantastic new life into Charles Dicken’s classic...

Trails A-blaze-ing: New art project makes Legacy Trail ‘more vibrant and beautiful’

  Blazes created artist Janice Durham mark one of 15 spots on the Legacy Trail. (City of Lexington photo)   Sixty-one flags – called “blazes” – now grace the Legacy Trail, Lexington’s popular cycling/walking trail.   Hanging in clusters of three to five on poles 25- to 35-feet tall, the flags are scattered along the trail in 15 spots. Each was inspired by its...

Trails A-blaze-ing: New art project makes Legacy Trail ‘more vibrant and beautiful’

  Blazes created artist Janice Durham mark one of 15 spots on the Legacy Trail. (City of Lexington photo)   Sixty-one flags – called “blazes” – now grace the Legacy Trail, Lexington’s popular cycling/walking trail.   Hanging in clusters of three to five on poles 25- to 35-feet tall, the flags are scattered along the trail in 15 spots. Each was inspired by its...

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...

LexArts, LFUCG announce finalists for the public art project for Oliver Lewis Way Bridge

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...

Four Lexington artists selected to ‘beautify’ new Euclid Avenue Kroger inside and out

John Lackey works on a mural in his North Limestone studio and gallery Homegrown Press. He won the commission to create the largest mural on the west wall of the new Krogers. (Photo from Homegrown Press/Facebook)   Four Central Kentucky artists have been selected by LexArts and the Kroger Company to create a large-scale mural to beautify the new Kroger at 704 Euclid Ave. in Lexington.   John...

LexArts chooses new president and CEO from Arkansas, Michigan after nationwide search

Ellen A. Plummer has been selected to lead LexArts as president and CEO. Plummer, known as “Nan,” will begin her tenure on Nov. 17.   Plummer’s appointment followed a nationwide search for a successor to retiring CEO James Clark and her unanimous approval by the LexArts Board of Directors.   Nan Plummer (Photo from LinkedIn) Plummer comes from Little Rock, Arkansas, where...

Visiting sculptor strikes balance between nature, man-made materials in installation

This sculpture is one of four by Brian Rust to be installed at Raven Run Nature Sanctuary in Lexington. The image is expected to create a “cascading effect” on a mobile free-standing sculptural base. (Photo from LexArts)   LexArts and Lexington’s Department of Environmental Quality and Public Works will unveil and dedicate artist Brian Rust’s Signs of Change/No Away, the...

New Kuhn mural on wall of SHARE Center in Lexington to be officially dedicated this week

Artist Christine Kuhn of Lexington stands next to one of her murals at a bus shelter. Her new mural at the SHARE Center will be dedicated on Wednesday, Aug. 20. (Photo from C.Kuhn/Facebook)   A new mural created by Lexington artist Christine Kuhn and painted on the brick wall of the SHARE Center at 572 Georgetown St. will be dedicated by Lexington officials and participants from the center on...

Kentucky projects – Hindman to Louisville – get NEA Our Town grants worth $300,000

The National Endowment for the Arts is investing $300,000 in four Kentucky arts-based community development projects through its Our Town grant, the federal agency announced this week.   Our Town grants are awarded to projects that contribute to the livability of communities nationwide and place the arts at their core.   This three-string dulcimer was built by Tad Wright Woodworks. (Photo...

Date set for public forum for the search for new president and CEO of LexArts

  LexArts wants to hear what the public has to say as they look for a new president and CEO.   An integral part of the search process is determining what role the new leader will play.   As such, the search committee and LexArts’ contracted search firm, Management Consultants for the Arts, have determined that a public discussion is in order.   The panel will be moderated...

A public forum will take place to help panel find LexArts CEO replacement

  The Board of Directors of LexArts is taking steps to find a new leader for their organization.   President & CEO Jim Clark announced his retirement would go into effect June 30 and the board wants to include citizens of Lexington in the conversation.   The board’s search committee is comprised of LexArts board members, representatives of the mayor’s office and the...

LexArts hosts the eighth annual University Open competition, exhibit of fine arts majors

The eighth University Open, a juried competition and exhibition between fine arts majors attending Kentucky universities, will run from Friday, May 16, to Friday, June 20, at the Downtown Arts Center City Gallery.   Sponsored by LexArts, the opening reception and awards ceremony will be held May 16 from 5:30-7 p.m.   Jennifer Smith of Transylvania University won first place in the 2013 University...

Using arts to boost economic development is topic of upcoming symposium in Lexington

The University of Kentucky Gaines Center for the Humanities, LexArts and the North Limestone Community Development Corporation will present a symposium on the urban phenomenon of creative placemaking featuring Anne Gadwa Nicodemus of Metris Arts Consulting. Nicodemus is considered an authority on the intersection of arts and community development.   Anne Gadwa Nicodemus moved from professional...