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ART CENTER RECEIVES EMERGENCY GRANT FROM NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS

The Art Center of the Bluegrass has been approved to receive an American Rescue Plan grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to help the arts and cultural sector recover from the pandemic. The Art Center has been recommended to receive $50,000, payable over two years. “Our nation’s arts sector has been among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Endowment for the Arts’ American Rescue Plan funding will help arts organizations, such as the Art Center of the Bluegrass, rebuild and reopen,” said Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson, chair of the NEA. “The arts are crucial in helping America’s communities heal, unite, and inspire, as well as essential to our nation’s economic recovery.”  In total, the NEA will award grants totaling $57,750,000 to 567 arts organizations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, …

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APPALACHIA FROM THE INSIDE: CELEBRATING KENTUCKY’S APPALACHIAN ART AND CULTURE

(January 13 to March 16, 2022) The Art Center of the Bluegrass celebrates Kentucky’s Appalachian art and culture through its latest exhibit – Appalachia from the Inside. This 2022 winter show features three inter-related exhibits that showcase the enduring history and contemporary relevance of Appalachian art, artists, and ethos. Appalachia is a cultural region in the Eastern United States made up of thirteen states stretching from southern New York to northern Alabama and Georgia. The Appalachian culture consists of art and crafts, food, music, dance, storytelling, and poetry with multiple ethnic influences including African, European, and Native American. Its influences extend far beyond its borders and permeates the state of Kentucky. Appalachia has a deep and rich culture that is connected to family, the land, and resourcefulness. Niki Kinkade, the Executive Director at the Art Center of the Bluegrass, was looking …

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Art Center of the Bluegrass Announces New Visual Arts Director

The Art Center of the Bluegrass is adding a new member to the team. Jeffrey Nichols has been hired as Visual Arts Director, bringing with him decades of studio art and arts administration experience. “We are very excited to introduce Jeffrey to Danville,” says Executive Director, Niki Kinkade. Nichols is already well-known regionally, having served as Gallery Director for the Living Arts and Science Center in Lexington since 2012. In his curatorial statement, Nichols describes his goal of “developing exhibitions that engage and inspire, unite institutional programming and mission, encourage scholarly research and critical analysis, promote collaborations with community partners, and focus on presenting a diverse group of artists.” “The more we talked with Jeffrey, the more it was clear that his creative vision and artistic skill-set were a fantastic match for our organization,” says Kinkade. Since rebranding as Art …

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GoodGiving Challenge Returns

Ready to make a BIG difference in your community? Join us for the 2021 GoodGiving Challenge, an online giving campaign that runs November 30 to December 6. 

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2021 Holiday Programming

Get a big dose of creative cheer when you visit the Art Center this holiday season. Shop the Holiday Market, browse the Kwanzaa and Nativity displays, paint an ornament, or take a workshop!

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Launching new tea “Spring’s Splendor” in partnership with Elmwood Inn Fine Teas

This fall the Art Center partnered with Elmwood Inn Fine Teas, located in Danville, Kentucky to create its own blend – “Spring’s Splendor.” This tea was inspired by acclaimed Kentucky artist, David Farmer, and his painting of the same name. Farmer is one of the Art Center’s artist-in-residence and his signature style in this piece evokes the beauty and freshness of spring. His vibrant palette of spring colors comes to life in this fragrant blend of flower petals and tropical fruits, combined with handpicked tea from the Blue Mountains of South India. This loose black tea is a custom blend from Bruce Richardson, Elmwood Inn Fine Teas Master Blender. This blend contains safflower, marigold, cornflower, and blue mallow betters with organic mango and passion fruit flavor. To purchase your own “Spring’s Splendor” to brew at home or as a lovely …

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An international juried exhibition of contemporary still life opens

The Object Seen: Contemporary Still Life opens September 15 and runs through October 30 at the Art Center of the Bluegrass, one of Kentucky’s rising premier exhibiting art spaces. The exhibit celebrates one of art history’s oldest traditions – the study and practice of still life as subject matter.  This exhibition honors both traditional realism as well as more experimental contemporary techniques and welcomes a variety of media.    The exhibit is juried by nationally recognized artist, Sheldon Tapley. Tapley is the Stodghill Professor of Art at Centre College, where he has taught painting and drawing throughout his career and is a master still life artist. His works have been exhibited and collected at public institutions across the country. “Tapley masterfully blends the discipline of a hard-earned classical technique with a vision that is thoroughly modern and personal,” wrote Bill Creevy in American Artist. “We are excited …

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Exploring Still Life

The Art Center’s fall exhibit – The Object Seen – is a celebration of one of art history’s oldest traditions – the study and practice of the still life as subject matter.  This exhibition honors both traditional realism as well as more experimental contemporary techniques and welcomes a variety of media. Want to learn more about the medium? Check out our upcoming classes, workshops, and arts appreciation events. [amilia_store_iframe base_url=”https://www.amilia.com/store/en/art-center-of-the-bluegrass/api/Activity/Search?days=0&SelectedTags=3932930″][/amilia_store_iframe]