Kentucky Tourism

Special Exhibits

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea presents changing exhibits of artisan works and displays representing cultural heritage attractions in Kentucky. Artists across the state are invited to submit their Kentucky art and crafts for consideration for these special exhibits which often focus on a theme, a technique, or a medium.

See the current Kentucky art exhibits listed below or click here for a calendar of all events.

Outdoor Sand Sculpture

"The Sands of Time" by Damon Farmer

Now through August 11, 2017

Kentucky Artisans interpret the world – and the Kentucky Artisan Center is illustrating that fact with sand, in the amazing sculpture “The Sands of Time” by internationally known sand sculptor Damon Farmer. 

Directly in front of the Center on a circle of pavement, Farmer has sculpted 10 tons of compacted wet sand into a montage of portraits and scenes from Kentucky’s rich history. Included in the artist’s design are images of Abraham Lincoln, bourbon, horses, Daniel Boone and even Natural Bridge!


Current Lobby Exhibit

Agate: Jewel of Kentucky

Lobby Exhibit - July 4 - November 11, 2017

Kentucky has one of the rarest forms of agates with rich and varied colors. They are prized by collectors and jewelers and are found only in the east-central parts of Kentucky. Rarer than diamonds, Kentucky agates are mainly found in Estill, Powell, Jackson, Madison and Rockcastle counties.

This exhibit explains the unique geological formation of agates, explains where they are found and includes examples for sale of agate specimens, polished cabochons and beautiful agate jewelry made by Kentucky agate hunters, collectors and jewelers. Participating artists are: Jarod Cox, Science Hill; Scott Hardy, Irvine; John Leeds, Richmond; Albert Mooney, Berea; and Rachel Savane, Lexington.



Current Gallery Exhibit

225: Artists Celebrate Kentucky's History

Now through September 23, 2017

Kentucky celebrates the 225th Anniversary of becoming a state in 2017, and the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea honors that history with the exhibit 225: Artists Celebrate Kentucky’s History.

With a long and rich history behind it, Kentucky offers artists a multitude of historical subjects, ideas, traditions and connections. This exhibit includes 60 works by 51 Kentucky artists that record, capture, embrace and celebrate a facet or subject from Kentucky’s rich 225 year history.

These works capture the essence of Kentucky – its historical places, people, events, state commerce, agriculture and the state’s unique flora and fauna. Accompanied by written stories and histories in each artist’s words, this exhibit entices the viewer visually and verbally. 


Upcoming Gallery Exhibits

GET READY, GET SET
Multiples in Clay

Gallery Exhibit - October 7, 2017 - February 24, 2018
ENTRY PROSPECTUS - ENTRY FORM

ENTRY DEADLINE - SEPTEMBER 19, 2017

This exhibit, "Get Ready,Get Set: Multiples in Clay" will showcase the creative ideas and variety of works made by Kentucky’s many talented ceramic artists. 

Entries can be made from any type of clay and may be either functional or non-functional. Each entry must be in multiples or sets of 4. 

A set can be defined in several ways. 1) an entry might be four pieces, all of the same form and size; 2) Sets of 4 can be of the same form but in different sizes or scale; 3) Sets of 4 can even be made up of different forms that relate to each other in some way; 4) Sets can be of not only different forms but also in different scale or size. 

The overall requirement is that the 4 pieces in each entry relate to each other in style or form as a set. If four different ceramic works are created for the set - they must look related to each other in some manner.

This exhibit is open to any Kentucky ceramic artist. Works must not exceed the maximum dimensions of 4 feet in height or width. As part of this exhibit, artists will be asked to write about their work and why they were designed in a particular way.





Photo: Carved wood tiles by Will Bondurant During the month of August the Kentucky Artisan Center will present demonstrations by six Kentucky artisans who create baskets, t...
Photo: "Cane" by Mark A. Selter The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea will honor the 225th Anniversary of Kentucky becoming a state in 2017, with the exhibit 225: Artists Ce...
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea has a new exhibit featuring the Kentucky agate, a stone rarer than diamonds, in “Agate: Jewel of Kentucky” on display in the C...
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Exhibit Opportunities

Kentucky artisans are invited to submit entries for upcoming exhibits.

GET READY, GET SET
Multiples in Clay

Gallery Exhibit - October 7, 2017 - February 24, 2018

ENTRY FORM HERE - DEADLINE - SEPTEMBER 19, 2017

This exhibit, "Get Ready,Get Set: Multiples in Clay" will showcase the creative ideas and variety of works made by Kentucky’s many talented ceramic artists. 

Entries can be made from any type of clay and may be either functional or non-functional. Each entry must be in multiples or sets of 4. 

A set can be defined in several ways. 1) an entry might be four pieces, all of the same form and size; 2) Sets of 4 can be of the same form but in different sizes or scale; 3) Sets of 4 can even be made up of different forms that relate to each other in some way; 4) Sets can be of not only different forms but also in different scale or size. 

The overall requirement is that the 4 pieces in each entry relate to each other in style or form as a set. If four different ceramic works are created for the set - they must look related to each other in some manner.

This exhibit is open to any Kentucky ceramic artist. Works must not exceed the maximum dimensions of 4 feet in height or width. As part of this exhibit, artists will be asked to write about their work and why they were designed in a particular way.