Arts & Culture

UK Art Museum Earns a Blue Star


LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 2, 2010) − The Art Museum at the University of Kentucky is proud to join the ranks of hundreds of other museums in the military appreciation program, Blue Star Museums.

The Art Museum at UK is one of more than 800 museums across the country taking part in this military appreciation program. Now until Labor Day, all active military personnel and their families will receive free admission to any of the participating museums.

Blue Star Museums is the product of the partnership between Blue Star Families and the National Endowment for the Arts. Blue Star Families, created by military families in 2008, is a nonprofit support group developed to raise awareness to civilian communities and leaders of the challenges of military family life.

The National Endowment for the Arts is the nation's largest public agency that funds the arts, both old and new, throughout all 50 states. Established by Congress in 1965, the Endowment's mission is to bring the arts to all Americans and provide leadership in arts education.

This summer, military personnel and families can enjoy two special exhibitions featured at the Art Museum at UK. "The Bluegrass Palette of Andre Pater" and "Hoofbeats and Heartbeats: The Horse in American Art" are two equine inspired exhibitions that coincide with the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games coming to Lexington, Ky., beginning Sept. 25.

"The Bluegrass Palette of Andre Pater" opened June 27 and runs through Oct. 10; and "Hoofbeats and Heartbeats" will open Aug. 22 and run through Nov. 21.

The Art Museum is open noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and noon to 8 p.m. Friday. For more information about the Art Museum at UK, visit the museum online at or by phone at (859) 257-5716.

For additional information about the Blue Star Museums program and to view a listing of all participating museums, visit