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

Although summer is waning, things are heating up in the visual arts across the region. Three not-to-be-missed exhibitions.

Appetizer

Interwoven: Joan Snyder, Judy Ledgerwood, Crystal Gregory. University of Kentucky Art Museum, Lexington. September 14th to December 9th, 2019.

An exciting exhibition of work by three women artists, including UK SAVS faculty member Crystal Gregory. Snyder’s evocative, dense work include markings, floral references, and writing. Ledgerwood’s colorful paintings reference craft and ornamental traditions. And Gregory embeds weaving with nontraditional materials such as metal and concrete.

Judy Ledgerwood, Pretty Monster, 2015, oil and metallic oil on canvas.

Entree

KMAC Triennial: Crown of Rays. KMAC Museum, Louisville. August 24th to December 1st, 2019.

This first triennial exhibition at KMAC sought submissions from artists who spent formative years in Kentucky. The group of twenty artists in this exhibition were culled from over two-hundred submitting artists and selected by a jury headed up by KMAC Curator, Joey Yates. The Triennial reflects the diversity of practice by Kentucky artists ranging from traditional artworks in weaving and painting to works in sound and video. UnderMain will have a review of this important exhibition this fall.

Dessert

Robert Colescott: Art and Race Matters. Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati. September 20, 2019 thru January 12, 2020.

This first comprehensive retrospective of the work of Robert Colescott, who died in 2009, brings the often controversial work of this artist who explored below the surface notions of race, diversity, stereotypes, and identity. An important exhibition coming in the midst of our heated national conversation about these matters.

Robert Colescott, Sleeping Beauty, 2002, acrylic on canvas.