Arts & Culture

UK Art Museum Reopens to Public Offering Inspiration, Respite in a Safe Environment

photo of detailed image from Susan King's 1971 undergrad student show announcement at UK
photo of sculpture titled "Vicissitude" by Hunter Stamps
photo of sculpture titled "Tiny Dancer" by Mike Goodlett
photo of Susan E King's announcement for her 1971 undergrad student show at UK
photo of painting "Green Sea" by Milton Avery
photo of UK Art Museum staff masked and seated behind plexiglass

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 25, 2020) For months, Kentuckians have had limited arts and entertainment options available to comfort and inspire them during difficult times, as arts organizations of all kinds researched and problem-solved ways to open their doors amid a global pandemic. Starting today, University of Kentucky Art Museum reopens to the public offering the public an opportunity to take a break to peruse work from some of the state, country and world’s most celebrated artists while remaining safe.

“I am happy to announce that the UK Art Museum will reopen with new protocols in place, and many exciting exhibitions to see,” UK Art Museum Director Stuart Horodner said. “We are thrilled to welcome everyone back!”

Like most places, the public is expected to play a role in the reopening of the museum by complying with social distancing, wearing face masks and following additional health precautions. To help UK Art Museum maintain a safe environment, and for contact-tracing purposes, all visitors must pre-register for a timed appointment. Reservations can be made here

“We remain hopeful that we can serve the campus and Lexington community with thoughtful and careful operations,” Horodner said.   All visitors must abide by the following protocols when visiting any exhibitions or activities at the UK Art Museum:

  • Face masks must be worn by all visitors older than 2 years of age.
  • Capacity will be reduced and controlled to 20 visitors at any time.
  • Temperature checks will be required for visitors and staff prior to entry.
  • Visitors showing signs of illness at any time will be asked to return when they are healthy.
  • Visitors must use provided hand sanitizer upon entry.
  • Social distancing is required and will be enforced.
  • Follow signs noting the direction of traffic in the galleries.
  • Credit or debit cards only; no cash permitted for any purchases. 

UK Art Museum staff will also wear masks, undergo temperature checks prior to entry, use hand sanitizer and practice social distancing.

In addition to the guidelines above, the museum will operate on a slightly more limited schedule. The UK Art Museum’s new hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. The museum will be closed on Sundays and Mondays.

As always, the museum’s exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Please check the UK Art Museum website before you visit for the most up-to-date information.

Currently on display at UK Art Museum are exhibits previously on view:

‘Body Language: Hunter Stamps and Mike Goodlett’

In "Body Language," Stamps, an associate professor of ceramics at UK School of Art and Visual Studies, and Wilmore native Goodlett use a variety of media to create sculptures with a deep relationship to human flesh and form. Without being literal, their work suggests body parts and organs, the fluidity of desire, and both the joy and anxiety of living as physical beings.

‘Susan King: Redressing the Sixties’

Susan King grew up in Lexington with deep Kentucky roots and was shaped by a family of Southern storytellers. In "Redressing the Sixties," she uses art, ephemera and personal narratives to relate the story of her journey as an artist — from her beginnings in 1965 as a UK student to a 30-year stint in Los Angeles, and back again. Along the way, she became a founding member of the legendary nonprofit community art center known as The Women’s Building in Los Angeles, headed the Women’s Graphic Workshop, became internationally known for her artist books, and developed a serious interest in photography.

‘A Celebration of Donors’

The museum is celebrating the passion and insight of donors whose generosity has meaningfully shaped the collection. Exhibitions recognize significant gifts from Robert C. May, George and Susan Proskauer, Gerald T. and Ann W. Silvers, and Mr. and Mrs. James Wenneker.

You can read more about current and upcoming exhibitions here

The mission of the UK Art Museum, part of the UK College of Fine Arts, is to promote the understanding and appreciation of art to enhance the quality of life for people of Kentucky through collecting, exhibiting, preserving and interpreting outstanding works of visual art from all cultures. Home to a collection of more than 4,800 objects including American and European paintings, drawings, photographs, prints and sculpture, the Art Museum presents both special exhibitions and shows of work from its permanent collection. 

The UK Art Museum is located in the Singletary Center for the Arts at Rose Street and Euclid Avenue. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. 

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.