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UK Art Museum fall virtual events invite art lovers to enjoy exhibits from comfort and safety of home

By Whitney Hale University of Kentucky In conjunction with “This is America*” and an exhibition of sculptor Jeanne Silverthorne’s work, the University of Kentucky Art Museum will offer several virtual events for arts lovers to enjoy from the safety and comfort of their homes as the winter months approach during the pandemic. All of the events are free and open to the public. Rhea Combs will give...

University of Kentucky musicians continue making beautiful music behind the mask

By Whitney Hale University of Kentucky Although audiences aren’t gathering at the Singletary Center for the Arts and other similar arts and entertainment venues due to the COVID-19 pandemic, music can still be heard around campus as University of Kentucky’s instrumentalists and vocalists adapt to the “new normal.” To make sure these Wildcats can continue to make music, several precautions...

UK artists put creative talents to work answering colleagues’ call for PPE donations during pandemic

By Whitney Hale University of Kentucky From sculpting art and painting brushstrokes to crafting lines of dialogue, building scenery and designing costumes, artists use their hands to bring their work to life. And now as the Bluegrass, like the rest of the world, fights a pandemic, University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts’ artists are using their hands to create, as well as collect, personal protective...

UK names University of Wisconsin-Madison librarian Doug Way as next dean of libraries

By Whitney Hale University of Kentucky Doug Way has been selected as the next dean of the University of Kentucky Libraries pending approval by the UK Board of Trustees. Way is currently associate university librarian for Collections and Research Services at University of Wisconsin-Madison. “I am honored and thrilled to be joining the University of Kentucky as dean of Libraries. This is an exciting...

Oral history collection chronicles storied past of University of Kentucky Cheerleading dynasty

By Whitney Hale University of Kentucky C-A-T-S spells more than a storied tradition in basketball. It is also the chant of the 23-time Universal Cheerleaders Association champions — the University of Kentucky Cheerleading team. And this weekend, the team will travel back to Orlando, Florida, to defend its title and, hopefully, bring back a 24th national championship. So, what is the winning formula...

University of Kentucky alumna earns roles in Gap holiday ad campaign, ABC sitcom ‘black-ish,’

By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward What does a series of new holiday ads for Gap featuring Janelle Monáe and two episodes of ABC’s award-winning TV show “black-ish” have in common? They all include performances by University of Kentucky alumna Angel Laketa Moore-Tanksley. Moore-Tanksley plays a character name Erica in an episode of the ABC hit, which first aired Dec. 5. She will also appear...

A Cornucopia of Arts: UK offering diverse selection of concerts, theatre and dance this season

By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward From the university’s art studios, gallery and museum to the stages of Singletary Center for the Arts and Guignol Theatre, students, faculty and staff in the University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts will entertain and move audiences with a diverse selection of concerts, exhibits, theatre and dance offerings beginning this fall all while marking the 50th...

Daughter’s gift to University of Kentucky Libraries continues legacy of Earle C. Clements

By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward When the National Archives and the University of Kentucky Libraries Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center present this year’s Earle C. Clements Innovation in Education Awards to three Central Kentucky history/civics educators Wednesday at the Special Collections Research Center Great Hall, in the Margaret I. King Library Building, it will be just one...

Calling All Artists: UK’s Memorial Hall Art Committee looking for Kentuckians to paint murals

Through Sept. 1, 2017, the Memorial Hall Art Committee and the UK Office of the President will solicit submissions to create artworks to be installed in the vestibule of Memorial Hall (Photo from UK Now) By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward In recent years, University of Kentucky has been the site of several important discussions on inclusion of all members of campus and what makes it a more welcoming...

Exploring the life and times of Gatewood Galbraith — better known as ‘The Last Free Man in America’

By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward “If I was going to lie to you, I’d already be elected.” If you ever attended a Gatewood Galbraith campaign event, it was likely you heard just those words from the perennial candidate. A Kentucky politician, activist, author and public figure, Galbraith had a one-of-a-kind and frequently frank delivery unlike any of his competitors. A current...

Sculpt a more beautiful summer while honing your skills in the arts at UK Fine Arts Institute

By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward The University of Kentucky’s Fine Arts Institute will offer a variety of classes this summer that explore different aspects of art and creativity. The classes are all offered as noncredit art courses and are perfect for adults with busy work schedules. Courses range from ceramics and metalworking to jewelry-making and sculpture, a new class offered by the...

From A(laddin Sane) to Z(iggy Stardust): New UK class explores life, work of David Bowie

By Whitney Hale and Jenny Wells Special to KyForward A new class designed by music theorist Kevin Holm-Hudson and art historian Anna Brzyski took University of Kentucky students on a journey through the universe of the multi-talented artist David Bowie this spring semester. This interdisciplinary class for students from UK’s School of Art and Visual Studies and School of Music surveyed the 52-year...

Presidential Look: UK Art Museum exhibit examines changing American attitudes about the presidency

By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward With all the talk of what it means to be and look presidential during this year’s inimitable election, it makes perfect sense that the University of Kentucky Art Museum is displaying an exhibition of representations of individuals who have been president, as well as those who aspire to the office. “POTUS,” which is free and open to the public,...

Spoken-word recording artist Ursula Rucker lends her voice to Kentucky Women Writers Conference

By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward Celebrated poet and spoken-word recording artist Ursula Rucker will participate in the upcoming Kentucky Women Writers Conference. Rucker will perform excerpts from a variety of her works and answer questions on her career as part of the conference’s opening event, the Sonia Sanchez Series, which brings a major thinker in multicultural and human rights issues...

UK Fine Arts Institute again offering variety of classes to community exploring art, creativity

By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward The University of Kentucky’s Fine Arts Institute is set to start their second session of art classes this summer on July 11. UK Fine Arts Institute will offer a variety of classes that explore all aspects of art and creativity. All classes are being offered to anyone and everyone as noncredit art courses. The classes range from painting to jewelry making and...

Mozart opera Così fan tutte brings battle of the sexes to UK Opera Theatre center stage

By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward A battle of the sexes takes center stage as University of Kentucky Opera Theatre brings “Così fan tutte” to campus for one weekend of performances Feb. 26-28, at the Singletary Center for the Arts. The opera opens to two couples enjoying a romantic getaway when it is proposed that all women are cheaters — the bet is on. Complete with sets and costumes,...

Silver Lining: While Keeneland Hall readied for students, staff find forgotten silver stash

A photo of the punch bowl being presented to the first Miss Keeneland, Mary Ann Tobin, can be found in the 1963 Kentuckian yearbook. The award was presented at the residence hall’s Christmas formal held at Lafayette Hotel. In addition to her name being inscribed on the bowl, Tobin received a small bowl to keep herself. (Photo from UK)   By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward   In today’s...

Novelists Rebecca Makkai, Margaret Wrinkle to be at Kentucky Women Writers Conference

By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward   Fiction writer Rebecca Makkai, whose novel The Hundred-Year House was published this month, and the multi-talented Margaret Wrinkle, author of the 2013 novel Wash, will read from their work and teach fiction at the Kentucky Women Writers Conference being held Sept. 12-13, in Lexington.   Rebecca Makkai just released her second novel, The Hundred-Year...

Back Home Again: Documentary follows U.S. veterans’ transitions from war to university

The University of Kentucky documentary about veterans making the transition from war to home and college campus will begin touring the state on Friday, April 4. (Photo from UK)   By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward   The transition from home to the battlefield and back home again is a long and, at times, bumpy road for our war veterans.   Voices of Student Veterans chronicles those...

University Lofts on schedule to be Bolivar Building – home of Art and Visual Studies

  By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward   Interior demolition is complete and renovations are underway at University Lofts, the future home of the University of Kentucky School of Art and Visual Studies in the UK College of Fine Arts.   A sprawling, brick building located on Bolivar Street immediately adjacent to the UK campus, University Lofts (or the Bolivar Building, as the school...