Arts & Culture

UK Art Museum Closed for Holidays, Upgrades

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 2, 2016) The University of Kentucky Art Museum will be closed until Jan. 18, 2017, to replace the track lighting system throughout the facility's 10,000 square feet of gallery space; a process which requires all of the art on view be stored for safety. The facility upgrade was timed to coincide with the end of the fall 2016 semester and several university closings in observance of the holidays.

The new LED track lighting will significantly improve the lighting of all artwork on display, while meeting and exceeding conservation goals and standards. By sourcing Energy Star rated components, the museum will achieve a vast reduction in energy usage, a helpful savings in operating costs. UK Physical Plant Division is overseeing this project, and their guidance has been essential throughout the planning process.

UK Art Museum Director Stuart Horodner states, “This improvement to our lighting capacity is another sign of the maturation and vitality of the museum, and UK’s commitment to helping us present significant art to our campus and community.”

The UK Art Museum will re-open in January with several new exhibitions including "Face Value: Photographs by DORIS ULMANN & ANDY WARHOL" and "MIKE MCKAY: Singularities." For information about these exhibitions and other events, go to:

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