Arts & Culture

Pick 'Art in Bloom' and Help Support UK Art Museum

photo of "Flowers" by Andy Warhol
photo of floral design and artwork from 2016 Art in Bloom
photo of Art in Bloom Cocktail Party
photo of floral drawing

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 2, 2017) The University of Kentucky Art Museum will host its annual fundraiser, Art in Bloom, Feb. 3-5. The exhibition and corresponding events will showcase floral designs inspired by the museum's new exhibition, "Face Value: Photographs by Doris Ulmann and Andy Warhol," and the permanent collection.

“I think Art in Bloom gives visitors new insight into a work of art," said Amy Nelson, director of grants and assets at UK Art Museum. "The floral designer often focuses on the color or line in a painting, or a special detail in a work of art, that people might not have noticed before. I think about art differently during Art in Bloom.”

The floral works of art created by local floral designers for Art in Bloom will be on view 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 4 and 5. The Art in Bloom exhibition is free and open to the public.

In conjunction with the exhibition, there will be two art demonstrations presented. UK Art Museum's own Pam Hardy will give a floral drawing demonstration at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4. The following day, Ann Roughton, member of Garden Club of Lexington and flower guild chair at Christ Church Cathedral, and Rachel Wolfe, owner of Rachel's Rose Garden in Wilmore, Kentucky, will present a floral design demonstration at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5. Both demonstrations are free and open to the public as well.

As the museum's primary fundraising event, Art in Bloom will also host its popular cocktail party for designers, art lovers and revelers alike. The party, which includes food, drinks and music, will run 7:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4. Four Roses will also be on hand to help celebrate. Tickets for the Art in Bloom Cocktail Party are $50 and available online at or at the door.

The mission of the UK Art Museum, part of the UK College of Fine Arts, is to promote the understanding and appreciation of art to enhance the quality of life for people of Kentucky through collecting, exhibiting, preserving and interpreting outstanding works of visual art from all cultures. Home to a collection of more than 4,800 objects including American and European paintings, drawings, photographs, prints and sculpture, the museum presents both special exhibitions and shows of work from its permanent collection. 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: #uk4ky #seeblue