Kentucky’s largest hotel announces the selection of

its inaugural artist in residence: Gibbs Rounsavall.

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY – The Galt House Hotel announced today that Gibbs Rounsavall has been selected as its first “Artist in Residence,” a search that began in the fall of 2018 from twenty-nine entries.

Rounsavall, a Louisville-based geometric abstract painter, was appointed by the Artist in Residence selection committee, comprised of twelve prominent members of Louisville’s arts community who reviewed samples of submitted work, interviewed prospective artists and evaluated how the artists might represent the arts community and Louisville.

Gibbs Rounsavall embodies all of the qualities of this program. He is a force of energy in the local art community. His work is visionary. He is simply a pleasure to work with and we are delighted to host him at the Galt House Hotel,” said Michelle McCarragher, Artist in Residence Program Manager.

The public is invited to meet the Artist in Residence at the Meet the Artist in Residence Reception during the Republic Bank Friday Trolley Hop on June 7 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.. A reception will be held outside the Artist in Residence studio on the third floor of the hotel in the west tower.

As Artist in Residence, Rounsavall will receive a working studio where his work and creative process will be on exhibition and open to the public. In addition, the Galt House awarded Rounsavall a monthly stipend and a food and beverage credit within the hotel. Rounsavall will serve as the Artist in Residence until February of 2020.

“We’re excited to see how Gibbs will impact visitors to our city and groups meeting within the hotel, both in studio and through events. Meetings, conventions and social gatherings at the Galt House will be able to offer the option of having Gibbs participate in their gatherings, offering an enrichment that no other hotel in our region can rival.” said McCarragher.


The public is invited to meet the Artist in Residence and view an exhibition of his work during the First Friday Hop on June 7th from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. A reception will be held outside the Artist in Residence studio on the third floor of the hotel in the west tower.

Event: Meet the Galt Artist in Residence – Gibbs Rounsavall
Date: 6/7/19
Time: 5pm
Venue: Galt House Hotel – 3rd Floor
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About the Galt House Hotel:
The Galt House Hotel is Louisville’s Only Waterfront Hotel and offers more meeting space than any hotel in Kentucky. With 1,310 guest rooms and suites, 130,000 square-feet of meeting and convention space, and more than 50 meeting rooms and 70 residences, the Galt House® can comfortably accommodate groups of all sizes and lengths of stay. Located on the Urban Bourbon Trail and connected to the KFC Yum! Center via Skywalk, the Galt House Hotel is central to all that Louisville offers. This Legendary Louisville® hotel is just steps from the Kentucky International Convention Center, Whiskey Row, and Museum Row. The Official Hotel of the Kentucky Derby 145, the Galt House® is a short drive from Churchill Downs Racetrack. The iconic waterfront property is currently undergoing an $80 million renovation, including public spaces, convention and meeting facilities, social and wedding spaces, restaurants, and guest accommodations, expected to be complete in late 2020. The Galt House Hotel® is the flagship hotel in the Trademark Collection by Wyndham. For reservations, call 1-800-THE-GALT, or visit


About Gibbs Rounsavall:

Gibbs Rounsavall was featured as one of 13 artists in Louisville Magazine’s, “13 Artists You Need to Know Now” issue. In 2018, he was named the first Artist in Residence at Syndicate Design and had work permanently installed in the new Kentucky International Convention Center. 

 His work has been included in academic presentations on subjects from abstract art to urban climate change. He has appeared in print, radio and online interviews and feature articles.

Rounsavall’s public art mural in the Shelby Park area of Louisville was the focus of a short documentary film and has been used as a backdrop in numerous film and still photography, becoming a destination location in Louisville and ranking as one of the most “Instagrammable” spots in the city.

 Rounsavall earned his BFA from Washington University in St. Louis and his MAT from the University of Louisville. His work can be found in public and private collections worldwide. He lives in Louisville Kentucky with his wife and two daughters.

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