Arts Tasting Menu

A handcut tasting of cultural delicacies from Lexington, the region, and beyond.

Starting the late summer and early fall season with some interesting blockbuster visual art exhibitions.


The League Members Exhibition. Lexington Art League, September 14-October 14.

Reviving an exhibition long a central focus of The Lexington Art League, the Loudoun House galleries will showcase work by past and current League members. A three-part exhibition, the show will include work by members active between 1957, the inception of the organization, and 1983, along with work by members of ten years or more, and work by current members. Historic documents, publications, photographs and other memorabilia will also be displayed. New Lexington Art League interim Executive Director, Matt Collinsworth, formerly of the Kentucky Folk Art Museum at Morehead State, will greet guests at the opening on September 14.


RALPH EUGENE MEATYARD: Stages for Being. UK Art Museum, September 8-December 9.

The upstairs galleries of the museum have been completely devoted to this exhibition of 99 works by influential Lexington photgrapher, Ralph Eugene Meatyard (1925-1972). His uncanny work, featuring friends and family members posed in abandoned, decrepit places, creating elusive narratives, and often using props like masks and dolls, has been highly influential in modern photography. The images will be used over the course of the next several months as springboards for a number of different concerts, plays, poetry readings at the museum. The downstairs galleries at the museum will exhibit work in two different exhibitions meant to be complementary to the Meatyard show.

Photopgraph by Ralph Eugene Meatyard


Faculty Series: Vol II. UK School of Art and Visual Studies Bolivar Gallery, thru September 29.

This show, curated by Julien Robson, former Curator of the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, and now Director of the Great Meadows Foundation, features recent work by select UK faculty. The exhibition shows work in different media by ten faculty members and includes installation, photography, animation, fiber, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, and mixed media. This exhibition is part of a recasting of the traditional faculty show, in that each installment features the work of different select members of the SAVS faculty.

Bob Shay, ‘Untitled’, Drawing, 2018

Photograph by Doreen Maloney