KMAC Triennial Call for Artists Triennial Showcasing Contemporary Art of the Commonwealth to Open Late Summer 2019

Earlier this year, KMAC Museum in Louisville, Kentucky announced the inaugural edition a new art triennial intended to “showcase contemporary art of the Commonwealth.” The first KMAC Triennial is slated to open in August of 2019. This juried, curated exhibition will feature artists based, or artists whose formative years were spent, in Kentucky.

The first KMAC Triennial jury is issuing a call for artist portfolio submissions, open now through February 1, 2019. Each submission requires an artist bio, CV, and three images of previous works (no larger than 300dpi). These can be install or detail shots of works, with the purpose being to show materials, process, skill, and context. The call is open to artists of all disciplines. Submissions will then be reviewed by a committee of art professionals from around the state, led by KMAC Curator Joey Yates; Alice Gray Stites, Chief Curator and Museum Director at 21c; Dr. Emily Elizabeth Goodman, Curator and Assistant Professor of Art History at Transylvania University; and Matt Distel, Exhibitions Director at the Carnegie in Covington, KY. Once artists are selected, the Triennial jury will visit artist studios throughout the late spring of 2019, selecting and commissioning works for the show.

“The purpose of the KMAC Triennial is to learn. We wanted a dedicated, recurring show that would allow us to focus on artists from our state and to explore the narrative of contemporary art in the area around KMAC Museum,” said Yates. “Right now, it’s experimental, but we’re anticipating the KMAC Triennial becoming a key show for this region.”

The first KMAC Triennial will be on view at KMAC Museum in downtown Louisville from August – December 2019. A private vernissage for the show will be held before the show’s opening. Artists can learn more about the process and submit at For more information, or to schedule interviews, contact Maddie Tong, Communications Manager, at or by phone at 502.589.0102 ext 1007.

Republic Bank First Friday Hop joins FEAT of Louisville

Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT) of Louisville is a non-profit organization that actively supports and funds autism programs for the entire family. Created for families by families, FEAT of Louisville is dedicated to easing the autism journey through ongoing support, education and programs and the Republic Bank First Friday Hop is proud to participate in and support this community.

Join us!

Autism Friendly Business on the Hop

For the most up to date list please see the FEAT member list here. This is just a limited list of our many hop members and event locations that are part of the Autism Friendly Businesses you will find while on the hop.

Autism Friendly resources on the Hop

Where to find a quiet place while traveling on the hop?
The Kentucky Science Center has designated quiet places while traveling on the HOP. You may also find a comfortable place to reduce sensory input on the first floor of the Green building, the hall is usually quiet enclosed and has benches with windows to the courtyard for a quiet moment to reset. You may also find a nice quiet place to sit and reset on South 4th street at the 4th Street Live! food court, it is enclosed, quiet, away from the lights and offers quick access to public restrooms.

ADA and Wheelchair Accessibility on the Hop

All TARC routes are wheelchair accessible. The front of every TARC bus has priority seating for seniors and citizens with disabilities. All TARC routes feature buses with either lift mechanisms or ramps to assist customers in wheelchairs or with other mobility impairments.

Call for Young Artists in Louisville for Sister Cities!

Sister Cities of Louisville is calling for young Louisville Artists to join a National Artist and author Showcase!

The Young Artists and Authors Showcase (YAAS) encourages youth from around the globe to express the mission of Sister Cities International through original artwork, literature, film, and photography. Students from national and international sister city member communities interpret an annual theme and send their work to Washington, DC where a panel of judges selects Grand Prize Winners and Finalists based on originality, composition, and theme interpretation. After the finalists for art, literature, film, and photography are announced for the national competition, the works go on a yearlong tour hosted by local sister city programs on a monthly basis, and the grand prize winners receive $1000 each.

2018 Theme: The Art of Diplomacy This year’s theme, “The Art of Diplomacy”

highlights the importance of citizen diplomacy and the innovative ways citizen diplomats achieve peace through people-to-people interaction. Students are encouraged to draw inspiration from their experiences with sister cities, travel, exchange, international friendships, and the many ways that people cultivate relationships across cultures.

Deadline to submit entries : April 10th Entries due to Sister Cities of Louisville (502-681-9764)

Rules & Requirements:

Student must be 13 – 18 years old Art must be 2D, unframed, and no larger than 24 in x 36 in (61 cm x 91.5 cm) One submission per student.
LOCAL WINNERS – One (1) Winner will be chosen to represent Louisville in the national competition. The national winners will be announced in June.

Student must be 13 – 18 years old Essays: 500 words or less | Poems: 200 words or less Multiple entries allowed
WINNERS – Three (3) LOCAL Winners in each category will be chosen to represent Louisville in the national competition. The national winners will be announced in June.

Student must be 13 – 22 years old Submit photos via Instagram with the following: @SisterCitiesLouisville, #SCL_YAAS2018, and photographer City/State/Country Multiple entries allowed
WINNERS – Three (3) LOCAL Winners will be chosen to represent Louisville in the national competition. The national winners will be announced in June.

Student must be 13 – 22 years old Film must be 1-10 minutes in length Film must be submitted to Cinequest
Film must be submitted to Cinequest WINNERS – All Local entries will be judged in Washington DC. One (1) Grand Prize Winner and One (1) Finalist will be announced in June.


Art & Literature entries should be submitted to Sister Cities of Louisville (502-681-9764) Local Winners and finalists will be announced on Sunday, April 15th at the Sister Cities’ Spring Bash – National Winners will be announced in June All art, photography, and writing entries will be published online with Sister Cities of Louisville and Sister Cities International All winners and finalists will be displayed at the 2018 Annual Conference in Aurora, Colorado and go on a tour to select cities across the U.S. There is NO FEE for art, writing, or photography entries. There is a $25 fee for film entries. There is a $25 return fee per art piece for the Young Artists Showcase if the program/artist wants the art returned.

Download the official PDF:

call for artists

Where is the best place to hold a wedding party in Downtown Louisville?

Having a wedding or wedding reception in Louisville and need something fun to entertain the guests without breaking the budget?

Here are the top best things to do in Louisville on the cheap.

  1. The Republic Bank First Friday Hop
    • Where: Downtown Louisville
    • What: Gallery openings, wine tastings, window and boutique shopping, music, shows, walking tours and great street food.
    • When: Every First Friday, all day long
    • How much: Free events and free transportation
    • Why: Why is the Hop perfect for a wedding party? The Hop offers free transportation for groups up to 30 or more at a time on the Zerobus all day long from 7am til 7pm and connects you to over 150 unique stops in Downtown Louisville from the Louisville Visitor Center and Belle of Louisville for your out of town guests to great local night life spots like restaurants and galleries in NuLu, Butchertown, Museum Row and South 4th as well as all the best Downtown Louisville hotels.
    • Reservations required: No reservations are required! Just check out the latest events on the Hop event page and make your own itinerary! There is always something fun and exciting to see, do and taste on First Friday!
  2. Get all access passes to Museum Row
    • Where: 600- 800 west main and Market Street
    • What: Visit 6 great museums all in one day in just a few blocks in Downtown Louisville.
    • When: Year Round
    • How Much$31.99 for Adults(13+) $24.99 for Children(6-12)
    • Why: Get 6 museums for a fraction of the price! Fill a day with fun and entertainment for your family and guests as they mingle on Main street. Bonus there are amazing photo opportunities on every corner so bring your photographer. Your ticket includes admission to these exciting attractions! Frazier History Museum, Louisville Slugger Museum, Kentucky Science Center, KMAC Museum*, Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, Muhammad Ali Center, Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts*, Peerless Distilling Co and the 21c Museum.
    • Reservations Required: Purchase tickets any time at Museum Row on Main.
  3. Shake it up on South 4th Street
    • Where: 300 – 800 South 4th Street
    • What: South 4th Historic Store Fronts, Theaters, restaurants and boutiques topped off with 4th Street Live!
    • How Much: Free with Free Zerobus trolley service.
    • Why: From the stunning bridal boutique at Modern Trousseau to the most iconic theater spaces in Louisville, South 4th street is the perfect pairing of vintage style and modern flair. Where bar hopping includes two of the top awe inspiring roof top views, and two of the best locally made chocolatiers as well 5 fabulously affordable art galleries and a  hip haberdasher, your wedding party will be thoroughly wowed while your budget will stay perfectly petite.
    • Reservations Required: Shopping and strolling is always free but do call ahead if you plan to tour the Palace Theater or eat as a group at 8up or SET.
  4. Tour Nulu
    • Where: 500 – 900 East Market and Main
    • What: NuLu Business District
    • How Much: Free with Zerobus Circulation. Parking is limited so plan to park at Slugger and catch the Zerobus.
    • Why: Keeping Louisville weird since 2001, NuLu is the hip spot on the Hop. Ever changing, always growing NuLu is now a dense and sprawling landscape of bars, galleries, shops and restaurants. A perfect spot for a stroll day or night.
    • Reservations: Call ahead to confirm with each location you plan to attend.

“It’s so hot we’re making the bourbon balls naked.” (The Bourbon balls not the people.)

Sarah G., one of the many brilliant minds behind Cellar Door Chocolates sat down to talk 10th Anniversary, chocolate, dog rescue, Downtown Louisville Love, and why they are “making their Bourbon Balls Naked!” Yes, naked. Thanks to the incredible heat this summer, Cellar Door is now making the bourbon balls naked, a process you can view up-close and personal from the public side of their glass walled bean-to-bar production kitchen in Butchertown.

Making Naked Bourbon Balls at Cellar Door: a dramatic reenactment Now, before you start envisioning a more risque version of Lucille Ball’s famous entrepreneurial chocolate adventure happening on the back side of the Butchertown Market I should clarify; it’s the buxom bourbon balls going au natural, not the fine chocolate slinging staff. Sitting in the brisk production space, a fully clad Sarah explained, “Chocolate is very sensitive to heat so we have had to make some accommodations.” including undressing the bourbon balls which normally are ostentatiously robed in shimmering individual colors to signify their interior flavor.

RBFFH: “So you are not naked while you make the chocolates?” 

Sarah G:“No, not at all! It’s 40 degrees back there, we would all freeze to death! Ha! All 16 flavors look the same, like a classic box, and we get super organized before we foil everything.”

Each of the 16 newly nude chocolate pieces will now be bearing all in the open window of a classic museum-style chocolate box. The change is not permanent though. “Naked” bourbon balls will be available on a limited basis as dictated by the weather. So, if you are a minimalist, enamored with with enjoying a decadently unpretentious box of unadorned chocolates, snag some while it’s hot.

What else is happening at Cellar Door? Each Saturday in July the downtown location (601 A South Fourth St.) has been featuring adoptable friends from Saving Sunny, Fat Heads, Barktown Rescue, The Arrow Fund and the Kentucky Humane Society in order to raise money for their foundations, with a huge Paw-ty on July 29th to celebrate their 1oth anniversary of chocolate making. The 10th anniversary will celebrate turning 70 in dog years with the pups they love so much including adoptable pups and awesome treats for both 4 legged and 2 legged friends.

Cellar Door Chocolates, one of our featured Republic Bank First Friday Hop hot spots, can be found in 3 locations: Butchetown Market, South 4th Street, and Oxmoor Mall, but that is not the only place you can find the fab confections. They are staking out some serious territory all over Louisville from comic conventions to Haute Couture boutiques. They have pioneered one of Louisville’s first bean to bar cafes (with a glassed-in area open to public viewing), and have shared over 40,000 pieces of chocolate as the official chocolate of events like “Creative Arts and Primetime Emmys” and “Churchill Downs and Secretariat.” Get all the info on the confection masters on their website and latest press release listed below.



Erika Chavez-Graziano, Owner
Sarah Gaither, Client Liaison
Cellar Door Chocolates
601a South 4th Street
Louisville, KY 40202

Cellar Door Chocolates Turns 70!
Celebrating their 10th Anniversary in Dog Years

Louisville, KY June 27th, 2017 – Cellar Door Chocolate announces the celebration of their 10th year in
business with a community wide event giving back to our less fortunate four legged friends. “The
community has played a big part in our success and we have decided to give our ten year anniversary to
the dogs.” – Erika Chavez Graziano – Cellar Door Chocolates. For the entire month of July, Cellar Door
Chocolates will be giving 10% of each purchase from the downtown location to a different animal
foundation. Their downtown location will be serve as a pop up adoption facility and on July 29th they
will be hosting a huge celebration with multiple local businesses and any of the remaining un-adopted pets!

Each Saturday in July the downtown location (601 A South Fourth St.) will feature adoptable friends
from Saving Sunny, Fat Heads, Barktown Rescue, The Arrow Fund and the Kentucky Humane Society in
order to raise money for their foundations and hopefully help some furry friends find forever homes.
The downtown location will also feature pup attire from The Mysterious Rack and Handmade by Peake
to encourage any current dog owners that are coming to the party to participate in our best dressed contest!

The Paw-ty on July 29th will include adoptable pups from Saving Sunny Inc., Fat Heads, Barktown
Rescue, The Arrow Fund, The Kentucky Humane Society as well as goodies from Eight Up, Brendan’s
Catch 23, The Comfy Cow, Macaron Bar, The Highland Dog and Rocko’s Rewards. Cellar Door
Chocolates is thrilled to have this opportunity to celebrate their success with such great groups
throughout our community and are looking forward to seeing all of you there!

About Cellar Door Chocolates
Cellar Door Chocolates opened in 2007 as a small batch wholesale chocolate confectionery in Louisville,
KY with a reputation for handmade truffles, buttercreams, sea-salt caramels and a wide selection of
other chocolate treats. Since then Cellar Door has opened not one but three retail locations, traveled
to Los Angeles, CA and shared over 40,000 pieces of chocolate as the official chocolate sponsor of the
66th, 67th and 68th Creative Arts and Primetime Emmys. As well as becoming the official chocolate of
Churchill Downs and Secretariat. For more information, please visit us at any of our three locations or at:

26 Places to celebrate #NationalWineDay in Louisville tonight

Looking for a place to celebrate National Wine Day tonight? Over the 9, Taste and Al J’s are a great place to start! Check out these 26 awesome bars Downtown with wines from locally sourced to imported and start your celebration early! As with all things have fun responsibly and Happy National Wine Day! 🙂

Over the 9 with a lovely glass of Old 502 Wine

Where else can you enjoy a delicious meal paired with the official downtown made wine of the #KentuckyDerbyFestival? Fun begins when you step outside your comfort zone. Go #overthe9 Old 502 Using grapes grown by local, Kentucky farmers, they craft some of the most eclectic — dare we say funky — wines you’ll ever have the pleasure of tasting and challenge wine-making convention with selections like Bach’s Music to your lips, Bourbon Barrel red, White Noise and After Choc.

Taste Fine Wine and Bourbon in Nulu

Taste’s focus is fine wines from smaller vineyards in Europe, the Americas, South Africa and New Zealand, among others.  They also happen to feature Kentucky distillers who produce in small batches of the best Bourbon, controlling quality and creating bourbons with smooth, rich flavors.

Al J’s At The Conservatory

A cozy place to settle in with a glass of white with a fun name -Cupcake, 14 Hands, or Francis Ford Coppola Director’s Cut. The Conservatory, which spans Fourth Street and links the hotel’s SUITE Tower and RIVUE Tower at the Galt House Hotel, is an impressive glass-domed great room modeled after the Crystal Palace in London. It is anything but ordinary with a live fish tank bar, tropical plants and home to an aviary with exotic and colorful songbirds, the Conservatory is truly one of the most exotic places for a glass of wine Louisville.

26 Places you can get a great glass of wine in Downtown Louisville


Do you support the arts in Louisville?

First time supporters and long time art lovers are all welcome to join us as we promote all things creative in Downtown Louisville.  Become a VIP member and sponsor an article about your favorite local artist. Do you have a space in Downtown Louisville? We are always looking for new locations to feature our next emerging artist. Host your very own art opening on First Friday and join us on the Hop tour!

Ten New Restaurants in Louisville You Have to Try!

Staying on top of the Louisville restaurant scene is no easy feat. With a new, locally owned, uniquely inspired restaurant opening nearly every week, it’s easy to get lost in the fast-paced world of where to dine next. The late summer and fall of 2015 were no exception, with an impressive slew of dining establishments putting down roots in the always foodie-centric Highlands and NuLu neighborhoods, as well as more up-and-coming corners of the city like Portland and Schnitzelburg.

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Kentucky Peerless Distillery Company In The News

The story begins in Henderson, Ky., in 1889 when Henry Kraver, a banker by trade, purchased the Worsham Distillery following the death of former distillery owner Elijah Worsham. Within several years, Kraver increased the volume of production from eight to 200 barrels per day, and in 1907, he incorporated it as the Kentucky Peerless Distillery Company.

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