Arts & Culture

Open Studio 2019: The 'Most Wonderful Time of the Year' at UK SA/VS

photo of lady looking at ceramic vase at Open Studio 2017
photo of man looking at art by UK student in his studio at Open Studio
photo of child with 2 students looking at artwork at Open Studio 2017

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 26, 2019) — University of Kentucky School of Art and Visual Studies (SA/VS) will throw open its doors again this December with the university’s most popular visual arts event, Open Studio. The free public event, which gives the community a rare look inside UK artists' studios, will run from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, in the Art and Visual Studies Building

This annual celebration showcases the talent of the university's students and celebrated art faculty. Studios of graduates and select undergraduates will be open with the young artists present to talk about their ongoing projects.

Open Studio also includes the Carey Ellis Juried Student Show, featuring the very best of UK students' work over the last year. An awards program for both studio artists and undergraduate art history students, will also take place in the Bolivar Art Gallery during the night's events. 

In addition to seeing a working arts facility located at 236 Bolivar St., Open Studio visitors also can purchase unique one-of-a-kind gifts at the event's popular ceramics sale featuring the work of students and acclaimed UK faculty.

The UK School of Art and Visual Studies, part of the College of Fine Arts, is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of art studioart history and visual studiesart educationcuratorial studies and digital media design.


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 three 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 four 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.