With each new exhibit, KMAC art educators create an informative and free guide for teachers to use in their classroom. Guides include images of art, pre- and post-visit activities, classroom activities, vocabulary, information about art and craft, and a list of Common Core standards met for the activities. These guides are free for all teachers, even if you are unable to visit us at the museum!
Poems for Every Occasion
August 18 - December 2, 2018
"Poems for Every Occasion" features recent video and digital collages using Huffman’s personal archive of constructed images, text, and sounds, combined with pop culture material. In this era of smart phones and screens, Huffman’s work explores the effects of our media-saturated environment on the American imagination.
Victory Over the Sun
August 19 - December 3, 2017
Victory Over the Sun takes into account the cosmic phenomenon and a host of other meanings that are held within the word "eclipse." Artists who engage in acts of silencing, covering, or masking, as well as conceptual gestures related to eclipsed narratives in American art and culture, will examine themes of blindness, censorship, obscurity, and oppression.
William J. O'Brien: Oscillates Wildly
January 21 - April 9, 2017
KMAC presents acclaimed Chicago artist William J. O’Brien in a solo exhibition that features ceramic and steel sculptures, textiles, drawing and painting. O'Brien shows an appreciation for manual labor and the handmade through a dexterous manipulation of multiple materials and forms, revealing a primary tenet of craft itself: valuing our relationship with the physical world.
Sisters of the Moon: Art and the Feminine Dimension
October 15, 2016 - January 8, 2017
Sisters of the Moon features artists who investigate ideas related to mysticism and mythology, illuminating the creative spaces where female identity, artistic practice and spirituality converge. Rooted in the ancient belief that women more fully embody nature, possessing a greater connectedness to the surrounding environment, this exhibition provides a unique setting for art exploring the poetics of nature and the feminine divine.
Connect|Disconnect: A Public Art Experience
Louisville Metro Government, in conjunction with the Commission on Public Art (COPA), has invited artists to transform a unique riverfront site at the Ohio River through an exhibition of site-specific, temporary public art installations. Through compelling and interactive art projects, Connect/Disconnect invites visitors to explore and contemplate the riverfront in its present state and engage with the many layers of our vibrant post-industrial river city.
Food Shelter Clothing
May 23 - September 6, 2015
In the exhibition Food Shelter Clothing, artists use references associated with the “materials” food, shelter, and clothing to address the questions of how needs are interpreted, exchanged, challenged, shared and perceived in our society.
April 17 - May 10, 2015
KMAC Couture 2015 involves both the production of art as well as the showcasing of these artworks in a performance. On April 17, 2015, KMAC will present a runway show of unique, wearable art created by emerging and established regional artists. The garments displayed in this year's KMAC Couture will then be on view until May 10, 2015 at the museum. The selection of pieces for KMAC Couture is based on originality, creativity, durability, and concept.
Simone Leigh: Crop Rotation
February 6 - April 5, 2015
Simone Leigh's practice is an object-based on-going exploration of the African American female. She creates sculpture, videos and installations informed by her interest in African art, ethnographic research, feminism and performance.
Ritual and Residue: The Art of Drink
September 13 - November 9, 2014
Artists in this exhibition explore the rituals formed around beverages like tea, coffee, cider, beer, wine, and bourbon and the residue left behind. These beverages, created by humans, have inspired countless cultural traditions from decorative vessels to social gatherings. Whether habit, necessity, or custom, consuming beverages is often a community endeavor.
June 14 - August 31, 2014
Taxidermy is a traditional craft form used by Kentucky artist, John James Audubon, to help him paint realistic images of birds. Second Life uses taxidermy to look at animals and nature in a whole new way. The work of the Second Life artists help us to think about the spirit of the animal and ways we can preserve it. The exhibit asks us to think about the lessons we can learn from the lives and inherited traits of these creatures.
The Essential Elijah Pierce
February 1 - March 16, 2014
Among America’s foremost woodcarvers and folk artists, Elijah Pierce began carving wood as a child. Born in Baldwyn, Mississippi in 1892, he spent a brief time as an itinerant worker before finding his religious calling. His personal and spiritual narrative carvings are regarded among the most unique and whimsical produced by an American folk artist.
Denise Furnish and Walter Early: Color Stories
February 1 - March 16, 2014
Through interactions with discarded quilts Denise Furnish creates new possibilities for exploring the concepts and designs that are embedded within these cultural-historical artifacts. Likewise, sculptor Walter Early repurposes the leftover material from industrial craft-making and the excesses of another artist’s studio practice.
Eero Saarinen: A Reputation for Innovation
November 23, 2013 - January 19, 2014
Eero Saarinen is recognized today as one of America's most influential architects of the 20th century. The exhibition highlights his brief yet brillian career in designing numerous corporate, educational, cultural, public, and private buildings, including the St. Louis Gateway Arch and the TWA terminal at New York's JFK Airport. The exhibit documents Saarinen's groundbreaking brand of mid-century modernism.
Creative Growth: Dan Miller and Judith Scott
September 6- November 3, 2013
Creative Growth features work by artists with disabilities collected from national art centers that offer support in exploring self-expression. The exhibited artists employ drawing, sculpture, and painting as a means of communication with a society that struggles to comprehend the barriers faced by adults with disabilities. Each work reveals a unique vision that defies human impairment and exemplifies that act of creation.