Arts & Culture

May the 'Force Fields' Be With UK

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 5, 2010) − Alumna and artist Ellen Mollé will be the third artist to present in this year's Little/Gaines Artist Series, an event hosted by the University of Kentucky's Lucille C. Little Fines Arts Library and Learning Center and the Gaines Center for the Humanities. Mollé's presentation, "Force Fields," is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, in the Niles Gallery of the Little Fine Arts Library. The event is free and open to the public. Additionally, applications are now being accepted for the series.

Ellen Mollé, from Nicholasville, fell in love with art at the University of Kentucky while earning her bachelor's degree in art studio. She is known for creating sculptures and embroideries that echo natural forms and growth patterns: imprints of ferns, hives, fossils and cocoons using materials such as twine, wax, canvas and thread. A selection of previous work by Mollé can be seen on the artist's Flickr website at:

The Little/Gaines presentation "Force Fields" is a departure from Mollé's normal artwork. This event is an opportunity for the artist to explore another area of interest, that of the intersection of physics and metaphysics. The energies of objects, both in material and sentiment, are the subject of "Force Fields." Through the exhibit Mollé will explore the different ways that objects have energy in space and present a series of others' objects also focusing on this topic.

Artists interested in being a Little/Gaines Artist can apply now to be featured in two of the three spring programs of the Little/Gaines Artist Series, a popular collaborative series designed to showcase the work of Kentucky artists. A fusion of artists from varying genres and mediums, the series features Little/Gaines Artists accompanied by one or more collaborators in visual, literary, musical or dramatic arts.

The two final presentations, in February and March 2011, of the series will be selected through an open application process. Little/Gaines Artists receive a $200 honorarium and a certificate of recognition as the Little/Gaines Artist for the given month. A Kentucky artist who is not currently affiliated with the University of Kentucky will be named Little/Gaines Artist for February 2011, and will be asked to present on Feb. 8.

A University of Kentucky student will be named the Little/Gaines Artist for March 2011, and will be asked to present on March 8.

The deadline for applications for the Little/Gaines Artist Series is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2010. If you have questions about the application process, please contact Gail Kennedy,, or Lisa Broome-Price, For more information on the Little/Gaines Artist Series, also see

All Little/Gaines Artist Series programs will take place on Tuesdays in the Niles Gallery of the Little Fine Arts Library. Each program will last approximately an hour and a half and will include a reception.

For more information on the Little/Gaines Artist Series or the Ellen Mollé presentation, contact Gail Kennedy, director of the Little Fine Arts Library, at (859) 275-4631, or Lisa Broome-Price, associate director of the Gaines Center, at (859) 257-1537, or visit the series Facebook page at