Upcoming Artist Talks 


A Conversation with Bruce Linn & Joey Yates

Thursday, October 27th at 6 pm

Join KMAC for an evening with artist Bruce Linn, whose painting Building America serves as a cornerstone within the 2022 KMAC Triennial: Divided We Fall exhibition.


Linn’s nine-panel, 54’ long painting depicts the dominant American narrative. In this program, the artist, in conversation with KMAC Curatorial Director, Joey Yates, will go in-depth about how he created the work conceptually and physically, research conducted for the piece, and his thoughts on how popular national histories function within society. 


Visit KMAC on Thursday, October 27, 2022 at 6pm to hear from Linn and learn more about the Divided We Fall exhibit from our Curatorial Director, Joey Yates. This program will last roughly 45 minutes and be followed by Q&A.


This program is free and open to the public, but we ask anyone interested in attending to register by emailing KMAC’s Assistant Curator, Anna Blake, at anna@kmacmuseum.org.

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Installation shot of Building America, 1996-2001, Oil on canvas, 72” x 648”, Courtesy of the artist and Chris Iovenko. Photo Courtesy of Diane Deaton Street

Born in Coral Gables, Florida, in 1966, Bruce Linn is a painter, filmmaker, musician, performer, curator, and educator. Linn recieved a BFA (1988) and MFA (1992) from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He studied under Ray Yoshida, Don Baum, and Suzanne Doremus, among others. Linn has shown his paintings in a variety of exhibitions in the United States and in the Czech Republic, including solo exhibitions at The Project Room of the Grand Central Art Center (California State University Fullerton) in Santa Ana, California; Mutmuz Gallery in Los Angeles, California; and Meduza Gallery in Prague, Czech Republic. In 2002, Linn accepted an offer of a two-year residency and travel fellowship in Prague by philanthropist John Caulkins. In 2009, Linn was awared an Al Smith Individual Artist Grant from the Kentucky Arts Council in recogniition of his artistic achievements. Linn currently lives in Louisville, Kentucky. The subjects of his work are steeped, both, in an admiration for the "epic" dimensions of folklore and the winks-and-nods of burlesque.


A Conversation with Vadis Turner, Ceirra Evans  & Joey Yates

Sunday, November 6, 2022 at 1:30 PM

KMAC is delighted to present a public conversation featuring Divided We Fall exhibiting artists Vadis Turner and Ceirra Evans in discussion with KMAC Curatorial Director Joey Yates.

Join the conversation Sunday, November 6, 2022 at 1:30pm and hear more about Turner’s and Evans’ work on display, creative practices, and their journeys as artists. The program will last roughly 45 minutes and be followed by Q&A.


This program is free and open to the public, but we ask anyone interested in attending to register by emailing KMAC’s Assistant Curator, Anna Blake, at anna@kmacmuseum.org.

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Ceirra Evans is a Louisville-based painter who graduated from Spalding University in January 2021 and has established an independent practice and curating for Folx Gallery. Her work is exhibited in 21c Louisville and is held in multiple private collections. Born and raised in Eastern Kentucky, Evans’ body of work depicts scenes directly from her early life in the foothills of the Appalachian region. Her work uses humor to sift through the discourse around the stigmas and stereotypes surrounding the holler. Ceirra uses personal stories to highlight the love and forgiveness that the region deserves.

Vadis Turner's first solo museum exhibition was presented at the Frist Art Museum in 2017. Her next solo museum shows will be at the Huntsville Museum of Art in 2022 and the Abroms-Engle Institute for Visual Art in 2023. Turner was awarded the Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant in 2016.
Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, 21C Museum Hotel, KMAC Museum, Tennessee State Museum and the Hunter Museum of American Art. Turner’s work has been presented at numerous museums and institutions, including the Brooklyn Museum, ICA Portland, Andy Warhol Museum, The Bunker Artspace, Minnesota Museum of American Art, Knoxville Museum of Arts & Crafts and Cheekwood Museum. Residencies include Yaddo, Museum of Arts & Design, Materials for the Arts, Hambidge Center and an upcoming Fellowship at Vermont Studio Center. Selected press includes Artforum, New York Times, Hyperallergic, Wallpaper*, Elle Magazine, Vanityfair.com, Observer, Artnet, and White Hot Magazine. Turner received a BFA and MFA from Boston University. She is currently the Hamblet Artist in Residence at Vanderbilt University and is represented by Geary in Millerton, NY and Zeitgeist Gallery in Nashville, TN.

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