Kentucky Tourism

Special Exhibits

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea presents exciting exhibits of artisan works and displays that showcase Kentucky's culture, heritage and attractions.

Gallery exhibits are formatted and curated by invitation and also by a statewide call-for-entries. Gallery exhibits run 5-6 months and often focus on a theme, technique, or specific medium. 

Lobby exhibits are often educational, cultural or historical in content and are researched and formatted to inspire visitors to learn more about Kentucky. The lobby also features large format 2-D works, showcased in the annual exhibit "Reveal" every January-April.

See the current and upcoming Kentucky Artisan Center exhibits listed below.

Regular monthly events are listed on our calendar of events.

Current Lobby Exhibit


Lobby Exhibit - Now through April 30, 2018

TOP: "The Bog" by David Stratton  Bottom: "Calm Ocean Waves" by Trent Altman in the exhibit "Reveal"

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea showcases its third exhibit introducing two new artists in, “Reveal: David Stratton and Trent Altman.” This exhibit will continue through April 30, 2018, in the lobby of the center. Both artists work in large two-dimensional formats.

David Stratton is professor of art and graphic design at Brescia University in Owensboro, Kentucky. He specializes in large format drawings in pen and ink. Stratton has presented over 30 solo exhibitions of his artwork. He is a 2007 Kentucky Arts Council “Al Smith Fellowship” recipient. The five drawings in this exhibit depict natural wooded scenes.

“My landscape imagery is based upon photos I take while hiking and bird watching,” Stratton states. “These quiet compositions try to focus on the moment, and the textural beauty of both the image and the moment.  My technique using ink lines on paper includes an overlapping cross hatch style and a wandering gestural line to create the final images. Each work typically has 1.5 miles of line length.”

Trent Altman is a Louisville, Kentucky painter that specializes in colorful abstracts. Diagnosed with autism, Altman has been painting for 15 years and is a juried Kentucky Arts Council artist with many international awards. One of his paintings was selected as the design for the United Nations stamp in 2012. Two of his large format canvases are included in this exhibit.

Altman states, “I observe and absorb the setting, then take my emotions and convey them as images onto the canvas.”

Altman’s works convey color and texture through his use of acrylic paint and mixed media on canvas. This combination creates tones and surfaces that transmit motion and feeling in his landscape and abstract compositions. 

The Kentucky Artisan Center features works by more than 750 artisans from more than 100 counties across the Commonwealth. Special exhibits currently on display include, “Get Ready, Get Set: Multiples in Clay.” For more information about events call 859-985-5448, go to the center’s website or visit us on Facebook.

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is located at 200 Artisan Way, just off Interstate 75 at Berea Exit 77. The center’s exhibits, shopping and travel information areas are open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the cafe is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. 

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is an agency in the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

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Upcoming Lobby Exhibit

Mixed Media

Lobby Exhibit - May 5 - September 30, 2018

Current Gallery Exhibit

April 8 - August 31, 2018


This exhibit celebrates the Center's 15th Anniversary and recognizes 39 Kentucky artists from all across the state who have shared their talents by giving demonstrations at the Center and bringing the creative process to life for visitors. 

The exhibit brings together new works, biographies, photos and videos of theses artists from over the years. Since opening in 2003, the Center has offered 1,026 artist demonstrations!

All of the artists included in this exhibit have demonstrated at least eight or more times, talking with travelers and showing the processes and techniques they use to create their individual artworks. 

Photo: "The Bog" by David Stratton The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea announces its third exhibit introducing two new artists in, “Reveal: David Stratton and Trent Altman.”...
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Gallery Exhibit 
September 8, 2018 - February 28, 2019
Reception - Sunday, September 9, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

In celebration of the Center's 15 Year Anniversary, this exhibit will showcase Masterworks in array of  mediums by Kentucky artists. This exhibit will have a meet-the-artist reception on Sunday, September 9 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Photo: "Sassafras Baby" by Ron Isaacs

Gallery Exhibit 
April 7 - July 21, 2018

This exhibit showcases more than 30 Kentucky artists who over the Kentucky Artisan Center's 15 year history have shared their artistic know