LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 24, 2009) - Lexington is home to a thriving arts scene and is lucky to have some great art galleries and museums; the UK Art Museum at the Singletary Center, LexArts and the Lexington Art League usually come to mind when art is mentioned in the city. But did you know that there's an art gallery in UK's Student Center? One of UK's hidden gems is the Rasdall Gallery.
UK's Student Activities Board (SAB) operates and maintains the Rasdall Gallery. It is open 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday through Friday during the academic year and is located on the second floor of the Student Center, just beneath the Grand Ballroom and off of the Great Hall. Each year, the Rasdall hosts many excellent exhibits throughout the semester, most of which are planned by SAB’s cultural arts committee. Various works of art are displayed within the gallery depending upon the theme of the exhibit. SAB works with current UK students and local artists for the exhibits in the gallery.
In the past, SAB has hosted events such as "Art of the Brick," which displayed full size sculptures made out of LEGO bricks. Another popular event, "The World is your Canvas," is an event during K Week each year when students may come and artistically express themselves on large canvases in the gallery. Frank Warren has been a guest of the Rasdall Gallery when SAB hosted his well-known exhibit "Post Secret."
This semester promises to continue the great tradition of the Rasdall Gallery with exhibits for everyone's interests.
The current exhibit in the gallery is the UK Sports Timeline. This presents the visual athletic history of our institution in one place for Wildcats of all ages to enjoy. This exhibit is free and open to the public and runs now through Friday, Oct. 16.
Oct. 26, the Rasdall continues its "UK flavor" with an exhibit highlighting the pageantry and tradition of UK's Homecoming. The exhibit lasts through Homecoming week.
The final exhibit of the semester features the photography of Kevin Connolly. Connolly, born without legs, began skateboarding and taking pictures in 2005. While living abroad in New Zealand, he took his first photo for what is now known as "The Rolling Exhibition." Beginning Nov. 1 and continuing through dead week, students and the Lexington community can see the world from Connolly's point of view at the Rasdall. Connolly will also be traveling to campus for a lecture Nov. 11.
The gallery is a great place for students to relax, study, socialize and expand their horizons. Be sure to stop by and take in all the Rasdall Gallery has to offer!