Arts & Culture

'An Inspired Evening' to honor supporters of UK Art Museum

Photo by Alan Rideout.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 2, 2024) — Join the University of Kentucky Art Museum for their annual fundraising soiree, "An Inspired Evening," from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Singletary Center for the Arts. Each year, the museum recognizes individuals who make a significant contribution to the art and culture of the Commonwealth.

This year they will celebrate Lexington’s Wendy and Dan Rowland.

“We are thrilled to gather for a memorable fund-and-friend-raiser honoring Wendy and Dan Rowland for their many years of engagement with art and culture on our university campus and in the Lexington community,” said UK Art Museum Director Stuart Horodner.

All proceeds from the event support the museum’s year-round programs and free admission policy.   

Together and separately, the Rowlands are passionate advocates for scholarship and creativity. Wendy is an established artist and writer who serves on the museum’s advisory group and has played an active role in the UK Art Museum’s membership program. Dan is a professor emeritus in UK’s Department of History, served as director of the Gaines Center for the Humanities and director of Civic Lex, and has been instrumental in ongoing preservation efforts for the Pope Villa. 

At this year’s event, guests can expect to enjoy abundant hors d’oeuvres by Selma's Catering and Events, specialty cocktails by Maker’s Mark, lively music and a performance by UK Choirs’ Paws and Listen, on the stage in the Singletary Center’s Concert Hall and in the lobby.  Plus, a silent auction of unique arts experiences.

Tickets: $125 each, available online at Cocktail attire. Free reserved parking or valet for an additional fee.  


As the state’s flagship, land-grant institution, the University of Kentucky exists to advance the Commonwealth. We do that by preparing the next generation of leaders — placing students at the heart of everything we do — and transforming the lives of Kentuckians through education, research and creative work, service and health care. We pride ourselves on being a catalyst for breakthroughs and a force for healing, a place where ingenuity unfolds. It's all made possible by our people — visionaries, disruptors and pioneers — who make up 200 academic programs, a $476.5 million research and development enterprise and a world-class medical center, all on one campus.   

In 2022, UK was ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Employers for New Grads” and named a “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity, a testament to our commitment to advance Kentucky and create a community of belonging for everyone. While our mission looks different in many ways than it did in 1865, the vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world remains the same. We are the University for Kentucky.