Arts & Culture

‘Art of Covid’ exhibit honors UK’s AAPI employees

A photograph submitted to the "Art of Covid" exhibit by Shuling Fister, with the UK College of Medicine. "Without prom nor HS graduation, Angie still stayed at positive as a heritage of AAPI."

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 28, 2022) — Through Nov. 4, visitors to the Gatton Student Center can view an art exhibit expressing the pain, empowerment and pride of University of Kentucky’s Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) employees during the pandemic.

“Art of Covid” is the culmination of a two-year effort by faculty and staff across 11 colleges and offices at the university. The event was to collect and exhibit visual or literary works from a contest that reflected the individual and collective experiences of UK faculty and staff over the past two years.  

Art works were collected beginning in May, and winners were announced at the end of June. A total of 37 pieces of art were submitted, in a variety of forms, including poems, dances, sculptures, drawings, paintings, essays and photos.

With funding from the participating UK colleges, a total of $2,900 was awarded to 10 winners — two first-place winners ($500 each), three second-place ($300) and five third-place ($200).

A tabletop exhibit of the entries will be available for viewing three times a week through Nov. 4.

View a brochure here that includes a list of winners along with their entries and more details about the competition.

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.