Arts & Culture

UK Art Department Opens Up


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 29, 2010) − The University of Kentucky Department of Art throws open its doors to the public again this holiday season. The Bluegrass community is invited to come discover UK's talented young artists at the popular Open Studio event. Check out what the students have been up to and make this a part of your holiday shopping experience from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, at Reynolds Building Number 1, located at 349 Scott St.

Open Studio marks the one evening a year that the public is invited to visit UK student and faculty artists' studios in the huge former tobacco warehouse located on Scott Street. The event gives individuals an opportunity to see the various media of artwork created by UK’s undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty. Media on display will include metalwork, fiber, paintings, photographs, drawings, ceramics, plaster casts, printmaking and woodwork. Most artwork will be for sale at very reasonable prices.

Open Studio is a wonderful event for holiday shoppers interested in purchasing art as gifts, as a large portion of the artwork exhibited will be for sale. Other festivities scheduled for Open Studio include the following:

·       the Carey Ellis Juried Student Art Exhibition, featuring work by graduate and undergraduate art students;

·       creative activities for kids presented by students in the UK Art Education Program;

·       a ceramics production demonstration;

·       a metal casting demonstration;

·       art demonstrations and displays of students' new and original works;

·       an art sale, including the popular ceramic bowl sale; and

·       live music performances and refreshments.

The awards program for winning art in the Carey Ellis Juried Student Show will be presented during the Open Studio event at approximately 8 p.m., in the facility's Barnhart Gallery.

A donation of $5 to the UK Department of Art is suggested for entry to Open Studio. Proceeds go to various programs provided by the Department of Art. Free parking for individuals attending Open Studio can be found nearby on both Broadway and Scott Street. To find out more about Open Studio, contact Waylon Bigsby, president of the UK Art Graduate Student Association, or Dmitry Strakovsky, assistant professor of new media, at (859) 257-2727.